Conference 2017



Ethical Consumer Annual Conference 2017










Challenging corporate power in a changing political landscape






Are corporations now ruling the planet?

Do we need to get them out of politics or could some of them be allies in our renewed battle against the rise of racism, intolerance and climate denial?

Can everyday actions challenge and even channel corporate power?

These were some of the questions we debated at our 2017 annual conference in Shoreditch, London, sponsored by Ecology Building Society.

On this page you can find audio, video and presentations from the day.




Keynote speakers


How Ethical Consumer's work has challenged corporate power.

Rob Harrison - Ethical Consumer's co-founder



Download Rob's presentation (pdf) >



Ten things every corporate campaigner should know about driving change. 

Hanna Thomas – Campaigns Director at SumOfUs UK



Download Hanna's presentation (pdf) >



How consumers can challenge the corporate media 



Challenging racism in the media

Richard Wilson - Founder of Stop Funding Hate


How constructive journalism can challenge the mainstream narrative

Sean Dagan-Wood – Editor of Positive News


 Download Sean's presentation (pdf) >



Should we be using corporate power to further campaign objectives or should companies be banned from lobbying?




The impact of Co-operative lobbying and what we can learn from this?

Claire McCarthy - CEO – The Co-operative Party


How corporate lobbying can be used for good

Paul Monaghan – CEO of Fair Tax Mark 


Download Paul's presentation (pdf) >



From Corporate Policy Making to Public Policy making. Tools to challenge corporate power.

Vicky Cann - European Corporate Observatory. 


Download Vicky's presentation (pdf) >



How can we ensure global trade deals can work for people not corporations post Brexit? 

Nick Dearden – Director of Global Justice Now 




A big thanks to our sponsor, Ecology Building Society

Listen to Paul Ellis, the Ecology Building Society's Chief Executive, talk about the challenge of providing financial services that serve people and planet rather than corporate interests.




Also thanks to all those who contributed to making the conference such an interesting and inspiring event, including:

  • Fair Tax Mark 
  • Stop Funding Hate  
  • Cred Jewellery
  • Women's Environmental Network 
  • Asset Consumerism
  • Ethical Hour
  • the Oddword
  • Global Justice Now
  • Ethex
  • the Journal of Consumer Ethics
  • Triodos Bank
  • Oiko Credit
  • WHEB Group
  • Investing Ethically
  • Shared Interest
  • Greenscents
  • Little Valley Brewery
  • Ragmans Farm






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