It is important to be familiar with the logos of certification bodies, so that consumers can make the right choices when shopping or using services. We currently use 11 known certifications on our site, which helps us identify businesses that care about the environment, the welfare of animals and people.

We realise there are many certifications out there and have highlighted, on one page, the most prominent ones for the UK.

If you know of any more certifications or are a certification body, please contact us.

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RSPCA Assured

Dedicated to farm animal welfare and making it easy to recognise products from animals that have had a better life, so you can feel good about your choice when shopping and eating out.

Restaurants, butchers and any other type of food business that sells any kind of animal product must at a minimum, supply this certification in order for their listing to be approved.

Soil Association

The UK’s leading organic certifier inspects, audits and approves thousands of organic and ethically produced products across food, beauty, textiles and catering.  With the Soil Association Organic symbol on over 70% of organic products, certified organic guarantees fewer pesticides, higher standards of animal welfare, no GMOs and a fully traceable process of production.

This certification applies to all our categories: Food, Retail and Wellbeing

We highly recommend looking for and purchasing products with this certification.

Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA)

The largest organic body in Scotland, certifying Scottish businesses to EU and UK approved organic standards. Brings together more organic farmers and food processors than any other in Scotland.

Pasture for Life

The certification scheme for grass-fed produce

This Certification Mark ensures that animals are only ever fed on grass and pasture for their entire lives.  With the growing popularity of naturally reared foods it is the only one in the UK to ensure animals are 100% grass-fed.

Research shows that meat and milk produced in this way leads to high standards of animal welfare, benefits to the environment through grassland biodiversity and nutritionally dense produce which is good for human health too.

This certification within Food is highly recommended.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Identifies fish that has been caught in a sustainable way and is only awarded to fisheries that meet their strict environmental standard. MSC-certified fisheries make sure that there is enough fish for the future, they keep marine habitats intact and protect endangered species.

This certification within all categories is our minimum requirement for anyone supplying fish products.

Fsc promotes responsible forest management wordwide.

Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)

An environmental assurance system recognising sustainably farmed products.

This certification is valued highly within the Food and Retail categories.

The Fairtrade Foundation

Support farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities. Products include jewellery, beauty products, footballs, fashion, flowers, bananas, chocolate, coffee, tea and sugar. The Fairtrade Foundation is the UK representative of Fairtrade International.

This certification is valid within all categories.

Cruelty Free International

Working to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. Managing the Leaping Bunny certification programme, the ‘gold standard’ for cosmetics and other consumer products that are not tested on animals.

This certification is highly recommended within the Retail and Wellbeing categories. Try and avoid products that don’t show this symbol or doesn’t state that the product is not tested on animals.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)

Promotes responsible forest management worldwide. When you see the FSC® logo you can buy forest products with confidence, knowing you are helping to ensure our forests are alive for generations to come.

This certification can apply to all three categories Food, Retail and Wellbeing. Companies marked with the FSC logo / licence code are FSC certified or FSC trademark service licensees at the time they were listed on the directory. Please verify certification status via Public Certificate Search or Trademark Service License Holder Search and request FSC certified products when placing an order.

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve forests and natural resources, and support the rights and wellbeing of workers, their families, and communities. The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal is a symbol of environmental, social and economic sustainability that can be found on thousands of agricultural and forest products, as well as tourism operations around the world.

This certification can apply to a variety of crops used in Food and Wellbeing products. The seal is often an indication that a business has good ethical values and practices.

Certified Responsible Source

SCS Global Services offers a variety of environmental certifications to recognise companies’ achievements. Responsible Source certification provides assurance that products use recycled content with strong supply chain management. Certification also requires products to have minimal environmental impact, social accountability, and health and safety practices.

This certification can apply to the Retail and Wellbeing categories. It is a comprehensive certification and is a high indication of a business with good ethical values and practices.

B Corps

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Today, there is a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.