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Terry’s Chocolate Orange

How ethical and sustainable is Terry’s Chocolate Orange?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a brand of chocolate, scored for its sustainability and ethics by The Good Shopping Guide.  This brand scores below our ethical benchmark for this sector. Terry’s Chocolate Orange has much to improve upon, but we have hope that we will see progress in the future.

For more information regarding the ethical issues within this sector, please visit the Ethical Chocolate sector report by The Good Shopping Guide and see how competitive brands score in our Ethical Chocolate Ratings Table.

The history of Terry’s Chocolate Orange 

In York, England, in 1932, the renowned Chocolate Orange was first offered for sale. It was first known as the “Dessert Chocolate Orange” and came in a little box similar to the one used now. Terry’s Chocolate Apple was replaced by Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which was created in 1926, just six years earlier. The Chocolate Apple had a similar appearance to the Chocolate Orange, but its flavour was apple-flavored chocolate.

Where does Terry’s Chocolate Orange score well as a brand ethically?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange scores well in assessment categories such as: not supporting or directly contributing to Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Political Donations or Armaments.

Where does Terry’s Chocolate Orange score poorly?

Neither Terry’s Chocolate Orange nor its parent company publishes any information on its environmental commitments, resulting in a bottom rating for the Environmental Report category.

The brand also receives a bottom rating for Palm Oil Free, as palm fat is an ingredient within Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

How can Terry’s Chocolate Orange improve its ethical rating?

The Good Shopping Guide uses a variety of things to determine if a brand is considered ethical and suitable for Ethical Accreditation. Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s score in each of the assessed areas is calculated based on these principles. In order to improve its ethical rating, the brand can submit itself for Ethical Accreditation and act on the suggestions we will then make.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange has to make changes within the company. Most importantly, the brand must publish its environmental commitments and initiatives to demonstrate that it is committed to improving its sustainability record. We also recommend that Terry’s Chocolate Orange improves its bottom rating for our Organic criteria, as the brand has no organic products.

If you’re interested in how your company or brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation, get in touch or fill out our Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels


  • Palm Oil Free



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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