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San Miguel

Is San Miguel an ethical beer, lager and cider brand?

Owned by Mahou-San Miguel S.A, San Miguel is an above-benchmark brand within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sector due to its high score. Because of its high score, San Miguel is one of our most ethical beer brands and is eligible for Ethical Accreditation. To be awarded our prestigious Ethical Mark, all San Miguel needs to do is contact us and apply so that we can provide it with an assessment and some tips on how to make some small improvements.

To find out how San Miguel ranks against other brands within the sector, you can visit the Beer, Lager and Cider Ethical Ratings Table. The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to meet to achieve meeting our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow the example set by our high-scoring brands like San Miguel and introduce more sustainable policies.

What does San Miguel receive a top rating for?

San Miguel receives a top rating for The Good Shopping Guide’s Political Donations and Public Record Criticisms categories. This is due to the fact that the company was not found to have made any political donations and has not been criticised for any unethical practices.

Does San Miguel produce vegetarian or vegan beers?

Unfortunately, San Miguel receives a bottom score under our Vegetarian category as it does not yet produce any vegetarian or vegan beers. We hope that it will introduce some vegetarian products in the future so that it can receive a top rating in this category.

What can San Miguel do to improve its score? 

San Miguel’s brilliant score in The Good Shopping Guide is the result of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria. As it is already a high-rated brand within the Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sector all San Miguel needs to do to receive our certification is apply for Ethical Accreditation. By applying, The Good Shopping Guide would provide San Miguel with some advice on how to improve its bottom scores before awarding it with our logo.

Do you think that 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 achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. Get in touch if you would like some more information or fill out a rapid initial sustainability assessment form.

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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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