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Samuel Smith

Is Samuel Smith an ethical beer, lager and cider brand?

Within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sector, Samuel Smith is one of our top-rated beer brands due to its high score.

As it reaches our minimum Ethical Benchmark, Samuel Smith is eligible for Ethical Accreditation. To be awarded our Ethical Mark and sustainability certification, all Samuel Smith needs to do is apply so that we can provide it with an assessment and some tips on how to make some small improvements.

To see how other brands within the Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sector compare against Samuel Smith, have a look at the Beer, Lager and Cider Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to learn more about the criteria that a brand has to meet to reach our minimum ethical criteria.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow the example set by our top-rated brands and introduce more sustainable policies before applying for Ethical Accreditation.

What does Samuel Smith receive a top rating for?

As one of our top-rated brands of beer, Samuel Smith receives top scores in most of our categories.

However, we are especially pleased with its top score for our Organic and Vegetarian categories. Samuel Smith has various organic beers which have been certified by the Soil Association, as well as vegetarian beers recognised by The Vegetarian Society.

What does Samuel Smith receive a bottom rating for?

Unfortunately, Samuel Smith receives a bottom rating from The Good Shopping Guide for its lack of an Environmental Report.

What can Samuel Smith do to improve its score? 

Samuel Smith’s score in The Good Shopping Guide is the result of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

As an above benchmark brand with a high score in the Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sector, all Samuel Smith needs to do to receive our prestigious logo and sustainability certification is apply for Ethical Accreditation. By applying, The Good Shopping Guide would give Samuel Smith some tips on how to work on its bottom scores and it would then be able to proudly display our certification.

Would your Beer, Lager and Cider brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other brands within the Ethical Beer, Lager and  Cider sectors have met our minimum Ethical Benchmark and achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like some more information, contact us or fill out a rapid initial ethical 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


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