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Silver Spoon

How ethical is Silver Spoon?

Silver Spoon is a brand of sugar which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Sugar Ratings Table. Although Silver Spoon has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Silver Spoon if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

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What does Silver Spoon do?

Silver Spoon was established in 1972 as the retail brand of the British Sugar Corporation on a regional basis and rolled out internationally in 1977.

In which areas does Silver Spoon perform poorly?

Silver Spoon was marked down under our criteria for GM as it confirms use of GMOs in some cases, and Fair Trade due to a lack of certification. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Silver Spoon’s record

We found no past criticisms of Silver Spoon.

In which areas does Silver Spoon score well for its ethics?

Silver Spoon’s parent company, Associated British Foods, has a number of documents containing targets including packaging, carbon emissions and responsible sourcing, so Silver Spoon gets a top rating for its Environmental Report.

We found no public record criticisms of Silver Spoon relating to Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Silver Spoon improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Silver Spoon is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Sugar Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Silver Spoon has some issues to resolve, including its use of GMOs and lack of Fair Trade association. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Silver Spoon 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



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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