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Taylors of Harrogate

What is Taylors of Harrogate?

Owned by Bettys’ Taylors Group Ltd and founded in 1886, Taylors of Harrogate is a British tea and coffee brand. Unfortunately, Taylors of Harrogate receives a low score from The Good Shopping Guide and places low down on the Ethical Coffee Ratings Table. As a result, it cannot be classed as an Ethical Coffee brand.

If Taylors of Harrogate were to make some improvements to its brand it could apply for Ethical Accreditation. The Good Shopping Guide could then provide Taylors of Harrogate with detailed recommendations and an assessment so that it can meet our minimum ethical benchmark.

The Ethical Coffee Ratings Table shows where Taylors of Harrogate ranks against other coffee brands and can help you to learn more about the criteria that needs to be met in order for a brand to be considered ethical.

What does Taylors of Harrogate receive a top score for?

For its lack of negative records under Armaments and Nuclear Power, Taylors of Harrogate is awarded a top score. It also receives a top score for Animal Welfare.

Do Taylors of Harrogate have an Environmental Report?

Taylors of Harrogate receives a middle score under our Environmental Report category. Published annually, Taylors of Harrogate’s most recent Sustainability Report details its targets for improved packaging by 2025. However, due to the lack of other targets we cannot award it a top score.

What does Taylors of Harrogate receive a middle score for?

A middle score is awarded to Taylors of Harrogate for Genetic Modification. The brand has not provided a statement and there have been no negative public criticisms. Taylors of Harrogate also receive a middle score for Public Record Criticisms. A recent claim has been filed against Lujeri and its parent company PGI in UK courts by women working on plantations in Malawi. Their claim alleges that there is “a systemic problem of male workers at plantations abusing their positions of power” and the women state they have not been protected by the organisation. As Lujeri is the supplier of tea for Betty’s and Taylors (Taylors of Harrogate’s parent company) it receives a middle score.

What can Taylors of Harrogate do to improve its score?

Taylors of Harrogate’s score on the Ethical Coffee Ratings Table is the result of The Good Shopping Guide’s calculation of multiple ethical criteria. In order to meet our minimum benchmark and be classified as an ethical coffee brand, Taylors of Harrogate have to resolve some key problems. This includes its middle scores for Public Record Criticisms and its Environmental Report. By doing so, Taylors of Harrogate could apply for Ethical Accreditation and potentially see themselves becoming one of the top brands within the Ethical Coffee sector.

Do you run or work for an ethical coffee company? Perhaps you roast, grow, or sell only one-origin beans or grounds, or you have a strict policy on the traceability of your sources. Perhaps you really care about offering high-quality coffee at every point in the supply chain and only use Fairtrade or organic beans. To begin the process, contact us or complete our brief initial assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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