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How ethical and sustainable is Milka? 

Milka is a Mondelēz chocolate brand found in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Chocolate Ratings Table. Although Milka does not meet our ethical benchmark at this current time, we would hope to see the brand progress and focus more on developing its ethical practices in the future.

Find out more about the issues in the chocolate industry in our article on ethical chocolate. To compare Milka to other brands, check out our Ethical Chocolate Ratings Table.

What does Milka do?

Milka became a registered trademark in 1901 by Chocolat Suchard in Germany and can now be found in over 40 countries. Milka has been a part of Mondelēz chocolate since 2012 and offers a large range of chocolates with different flavours and fillings, such as Oreo (another Mondelēz brand) and strawberry shortcake.

For which criteria does Milka perform poorly? 

Milka scores poorly for our research criteria regarding Animal Welfare, Political Donations and GMO usage in products. The parent brand of Milka released a policy outlining its belief in the usage of Genetically-Modified ingredients within products; this policy suggests that there is the usage of these within its products.

Mondelēz has donated thousands in past years towards US political parties, which has led to its bottom rating for Political Donations.

Additionally, for consumers concerned about animal cruelty, while the brand itself does not test on animals, the company does allow animal testing when legally required.

In what areas does Milka score well for its ethics?

Milka performed well for its detailed Environmental Report, which is released annually by its parent company, Mondelēz. The company has out specific goals to help preserve the environment, such as targets on packaging and carbon emissions.

How can Milka brand improve its ethical rating?

A brands’ Ethical Score is calculated by The Good Shopping Guide and is based on three main criteria which looks at the Environment, People and Animals.

Milka could achieve a higher score through improving in a number of areas, including the issues discussed above, as well as Public Record Criticisms.

Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide‘s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a chocolate company that places ethics high on its priority list? This certification of sustainability and ethics has benefited chocolate manufacturers including Seed & Bean, Alter Eco, and Raw Living. Contact us to learn more, or complete our short form for an initial assessment.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels


  • Palm Oil Free



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Public Record Criticisms+


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