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The Butterworks

How ethical is The Butterworks?

The Butterworks is a brand of butter owned by Castle Dairies Ltd. which has a good score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Butter, Margarine & Spreads Ratings Table.

With a good GSG score, The Butterworks can be considered an ethical brand. The Butterworks hasn’t yet applied for Ethical Accreditation, but its high score would mean that if it did, it would be able to display The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Mark on its products.

We encourage other companies in the Butter, Margarine & Spreads sector to follow The Butterworks example and adopt more ethical policies and practices.

What does The Butterworks do?

The Butterworks is a Welsh milk bottling dairy and Caerphilly cheese producer run by the Lloyd Family.

In which areas does The Butterworks perform well?

The Butterworks performs well for having products certified Organic by The Soil Association. It also scores well across our criteria for Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations and Armaments.

It achieves a middle rating for GMOs as its statement regarding these only refers to rapeseed and not to all ingredients used by the brand.

What can The Butterworks do to improve its score?

The above benchmark score that The Butterworks is awarded on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Butter, Margarine & Spreads Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

As The Butterworks already receives a top score in the Ethical Butter, Margarine & Spreads sector, The Good Shopping Guide encourages it to get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. After sending in its application, The Butterworks will be offered the use of The Good Shopping Guide Ethical Mark. The Butterworks could further improve its score by gaining vegetarian or vegan certification and adding more detail to its Environmental Report for which it currently receives a bottom rating due to a lack of targets.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? If accredited by The Good Shopping Guide, brands can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable supplier.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to attain Ethical Accreditation, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • 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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