For over 25 years Ethical Consumer has been the hub of the ethical consumer movement. 

Our mission is to make global business more sustainable through consumer pressure.

We are an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership, founded in 1989 and based in Manchester.

Our income comes entirely from:

  • reader subscriptions (50%),
  • consultancy work for campaign groups and ethical organisations (30%), 
  • adverts from ethically vetted companies, grants and other income (20%). 



Information & Tools for Consumers


Ethical Consumer Product Guides 

Everybody has their own unique set of ethics and beliefs, so we've developed the world's most sophisticated and simple personal ethical rating system to give you the information you need, based on detailed research of over 40,000 companies, brands and products. 

You can personalise our 200+ ethical product guides in a way that accurately reflects the issues that are most important to you - be that animal testing, climate change, sweatshop labour, GM crops, nuclear power or whatever. 

Subscribers can also access detailed product & company information, plus hundreds of downloads. Guide & Tour of our tools 


Ethical Consumer Print Magazine

The UK's leading alternative consumer magazine, published 6 times a year. Available as a paper copy delivered to your door, as a flip-book or as a digital download. View a sample issue from December 2012.

We are a member of INK (Independent News Collective), an association of radical and alternative publishers. INK publications cover issues of social, political and personal change; issues which are often neglected by the mainstream media.


Best Buy Label

Consumer product labels now appear on an increasing number of ethical products and services, the Ethical Consumer Best Buy Label helps shoppers choose genuinely ethical products and services.

It's a unique label that looks in detail at the ethical record of the company behind the product and the environmental and ethical record of the product itself.



Research, Consultancy, Ethical Screenings


We undertake research for campaign groups and ethically-minded organisations. Clients include Amnesty International, Christian Aid, the Co-operative Bank and International Consumer Research & Testing.



Campaigns & Collaborations


We run and support campaigns on key ethical issues, such as the Boycott of Amazon for tax avoidance, Stop The Cull with Team Badger, and Move Your Money.  



Media Work


We regularly provide comment, interviews and articles for other media outlets, such as BBC Radio,  the Guardian and news outlets. See our press contacts and information




Ethical Consumer is the trading name of:

Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd
Company Registration Number 30575 R
VAT Number 519643136.