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Old Speckled Hen

How ethical and sustainable is Old Speckled Hen? 

Old Speckled Hen is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s Beer, Lager & Cider Ethical Ratings Table. Although Old Speckled Hen has not yet lived up to our standards of ethics, we are hopeful that in the future the company will learn from other ethical businesses and make adjustments to become a more ethical organisation. By applying for Ethical Accreditation, which would entail a more thorough investigation and recommendations for ethical development, Old Speckled Hen might raise customer and investor trust.

More information on the issues that may be found in The Good Shopping Guide to Ethical Lager, Cider and Beer brands. Then, in our Beer, Lager and Cider Ethical Ratings Table compare it to other brands.

What does Old Speckled Hen do?

Old Speckled Hen was brewed for the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory. It’s a distinctive brew with a rich, toffee malt taste and fruity aroma. Since then, the brand has expanded its range and now offers gluten-free beer, low alcohol, Golden Hen and Crafty Hen beers. Old Speckled Hen is owned by Greene King Brewing and Retailing Ltd/CK asset holdings.

For which criteria does Old Speckled Hen perform poorly? 

Old Speckled Hen received a middle rating for Public Record Criticisms, due to a criticism against Greene King relating to its discrimination against Irish travellers.

In what areas does Old Speckled Hen score well for its ethics?

For having no negative connections relating to the Nuclear Power, Animal Welfare, Armaments, Political Donations, or Public Record Criticisms categories, Old Speckled Hen obtains a good grade.

How can Old Speckled Hen improve its Ethical Rating?

Old Speckled Hen might apply for Ethical Accreditation for more detailed guidance on how to improve.

The Ethical Rating of a brand is divided into three categories by The Good Shopping Guide: the Environment, People and Animals. Old Speckled Hen may improve its rating and fulfil our fundamental ethical requirements by either releasing its own environmental report or adding targets to Greene King’s Environmental Report as well as introducing an Organic or Vegan beer range.

Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a beer, lager or cider brand that values sustainability and ethics?

Contact us to learn more about the work and ethical research we do, or complete our short form for an initial ethical evaluation.

Ethical performance in category


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Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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