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Russell Hobbs

How ethical is Russell Hobbs?

Russell Hobbs is an American appliance brand which was founded by William Russell and Peter Hobbs who were both ex-employees of Morphy Richards. The brand designed the first automatic coffee percolator in 1952 and established Russell Hobbs in Croyden, Surrey.

Russell Hobbs has been given a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Kitchen Appliances Ratings Table. Although it has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see Russell Hobbs make progress in future.

Read more about the issues facing the Ethical Kitchen Appliances sector and find out which companies have achieved accreditation for their commitment to being ethical and sustainable.


In which areas does Russell Hobbs perform poorly?

Russell Hobbs is given a bottom score for its Environmental Report, as parent company, Spectrum Brands, has a Sustainability Report 2022/3 but this only contains one target which is under ambitious.

Russell Hobbs also gets a bottom score for Animal Welfare, as Spectrum confirms that it does use animal testing ‘when required to by law’. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.


In which areas does Russell Hobbs score well for its ethics?

We found no criticisms of Russell Hobbs relating to; Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Human Rights, Armaments, so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Russell Hobbs improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Russell Hobbs is awarded is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum benchmark score and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Russell Hobbs has some issues to resolve including its use of animal testing.

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  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights



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