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Vita Coco

How ethical is Vita Coco?

Vita Coco is a brand of Cooking Oil which has been given a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Cooking Oil Ratings Table. Although it has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see Vita Coco make progress in future.

Read more about the issues facing the Ethical Cooking Oil sector and find out which companies have achieved accreditation for their commitment to being ethical and sustainable.

What does Vita Coco do?

Vita Coco produces a range of cold pressed unrefined virgin coconut oil for cooking. It was founded in New York in 2003 and also makes a wide range of coconut water-based soft drinks.

In which areas does Vita Coco perform poorly?

Vita Coco is given a bottom rating for our Organic and Fair Trade criteria as it does not have any certification. It gets a middle rating for its Environmental Report, as it does have a 2022 Impact Report but this lacks targets which we would expect for such a large company. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

In which areas does Vita Coco score well for its ethics?

Vita Coco gets a top score for GM as it is Non-GMO Project verified. We found no criticisms of Vita Coco relating to; Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments, so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Vita Coco improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Vita Coco is awarded is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum benchmark score and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Vita Coco has some issues to resolve including its lack of Organic certification.

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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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