Skip to content

Ethical brand ratings and accreditation since 2001

Back to table

Standard Life

Is Standard Life an ethical pensions brand?

Standard Life, owned by Phoenix Group Holdings Plc is a brand which provides pensions. Unfortunately, Standard Life does not reach our minimum Ethical Benchmark. Due to this, it has a low score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Pensions Ratings Table and cannot be classed as one of our best pension providers.

Have a look at the Ethical Pensions Ratings Table to see how Standard Life compares to other brands within the Ethical Pensions sector. Our Ratings Tables can help you to learn more about the criteria that a brand has to reach to meet our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide urges all brands to follow the example set by our top-rated brands to adopt more ethical policies and apply for Ethical Accreditation.

Does Standard Life have an Environmental Report?

Standard Life receives a top score from The Good Shopping Guide for Political Donations, due to the fact that neither Standard Life or Phoenix Group were found to have made any recent political donations, either in the UK or the US.

What does Standard Life receive a bottom score for?

Standard Life unfortunately receives a bottom score for Environmental Destruction. In the most recent report by Amazon Watch ‘Complicity in Destruction IV’, it is revealed that Standard Life has provided millions through loans and underwriting to companies which are linked to Amazon deforestation and breaches of indigenous rights.

What can Standard Life do to improve its score? 

Standard Life’s bottom score within The Good Shopping Guide is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. If Standard Life were to work on its bottom ratings, including its bottom score for Environmental Destruction, it could see its score rise on the Ethical Pensions Ratings Table.

Could your pension brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Have a look at The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables to see which other brands within the Ethical Pension sector have received our Ethical Mark and ethics and sustainability certification. To find out more, get in touch or fill out a rapid initial assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Environmental Destruction


  • Carbon Disclosure & Reduction Targets



  • Irresponsible Lending


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Responsible Investment Policy


  • Other Criticisms


= GSG Top Rating = GSG Middle Rating = GSG Bottom Rating