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How ethical is Quorn?

Quorn is a plant-based food brand which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Vegan & Vegetarian Foods Ratings Table. Although Quorn has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Quorn if it applied for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

Find out more about the ethical issues facing the Ethical Vegan & Vegetarian Foods sector.

What does Quorn do?

Quorn is a brand of meat-free ingredients and convenience foods founded in 1985 in Yorkshire. The brand was originally sold by Marlow Foods which was a joint venture between Rank Hovis McDougall and Imperial Chemical Industries who had found a way to grow and process the fungus Fusarium venenatum as a protein for human consumption.

In which areas does Quorn perform poorly?

Quorn was marked down under our criteria for Organic due to a lack of certification.

Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Quorn’s record

Quorn’s parent company, Monde Nissin, received a poor score in the Food Products category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment which analyses economic, environmental and social performance.

In which areas does Quorn score well for its ethics?

Quorn performs well for its Environmental Report as parent company, Monde Nissin Corporation, has a Sustainability Report containing lots of targets. It also gets a top rating for GM as its Sustainability Report 2022 includes a non-GMO statement. It also scores well for Vegetarian as it is certified by The Vegan Society.

We found no public record criticisms of Quorn relating to; Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments, therefore the brand scores well for these criteria. Find out more about how we rate.

How can Quorn improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Quorn is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s  Ethical Vegan & Vegetarian Foods Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Quorn has some issues to resolve, including its lack of organic certification. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Quorn some guidance to improve on these areas.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Brands accredited by The Good Shopping Guide can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Ethical Innovator


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