About Us

The heart of the ethical consumer movement, since 1989



Ethics Made Easy

Each day we all make choices according to our personal ethics. Ethical Consumer provides the tools and resources you need to make these choices simple, informed and effective. 

Some of this information is free to access, while the full set of tools is available for a small yearly subscription, which in turn helps fund our work.  



Product Guides

We've developed the world's most sophisticated and simple to use, personal ethical rating system to give you the information you need, based on detailed research of over 40,000 companies, brands and products.

These ratings are updated in real time from our Corporate Critic database. The database is a result of over 20 years work conducting primary and secondary research and systematically organising it using our ratings system. We continue to update it daily. 

Our ratings cover around 300 topics in 19 areas in 5 main categories. See what criteria we use to rate companies.

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, brand & company information, plus hundreds of detailed research downloads.



Ethical Consumer 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.




Who We Are

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%). 




Challenging Corporate Power

For over 25 years we have been the hub of the ethical consumer movement, helping consumers to shop ethically, campaigners to challenge corporate power and businesses to improve their supply chain.

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





We run campaigns on key ethical issues and are currently campaigning for a boycott against Amazon for their use of tax avoidance. We also collaborate on The Lush Prize, and set up the Fair Tax Mark and Save Our Bank

       Ethical Consumer at Lush Prize 2015                                                                     Radstock Cooperative with Fair Tax Award





Research & Consultancy

We provide research and consultancy for campaign groups and organisations such as Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Co-op Bank, and the Guardian. 




Consumer markets report

Since 1999 the Ethical Consumer Markets Report has been acting as an important barometer of UK spending.

We track sales data across a wide range of consumer sectors and publish the findings.





Meet The Team

Ethical Consumer Staff Profiles

Meet the team behind Ethical Consumer, discover their research specialisms and see what they get up to outside the office. 

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Ethical Consumer at 25

25 Years of Ethical Shopping 

In 2014, Ethical Consumer turned 25. To mark such a milestone we looked back over the successes of the company and predict what the next 25 years will bring for the future of Ethical Consumerism. 

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Ethical made easy

Detailed ethical ratings for over 40,000 companies, brands and products, plus Ethical Consumer magazine.

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Ethical Consumer is the trading name of:

Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd
Company Registration Number 30575 R

VAT Number 519643136.

Unit 21, 41 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RF, UK



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