Members Area

Become a member and invest in Ethical Consumer


In October 2008 ECRA converted into a multi-stakeholder co-operative with both worker members and investor members.

For a minimum investment of £200 you can become an investor member and receive annual interest at our variable rate of (currently) 3.25%.

Your investment not only earns you money but also helps support one of the world’s most innovative not-for-profit organisations which:

  • encourages sustainable behaviour across the corporate sector through market pressure
  • empowers individual consumers to take action on issues of concern to them
  • leads international discussion and research on the potential of ethical purchasing


The investment money is spent on projects that further the aims of the organisation and through our unique structure as an investor member you get to help shape them.

Other benefits of becoming an Investor Member include:

  • earning interest on your investment at our variable rate (currently 3.25%)
  • attending, voting and put forwarding motions at our AGM
  • nominating candidates for ECRA’s board, voting in elections and standing for election yourself


Read more on our Investment FAQs page


Download an application form here or for more information call us on 0161 226 2929


Join us at our Annual General Meeting

You are invited to join Ethical Consumer for our AGM and get a chance to meet and question Ethical Consumer workers. 

Find out more about our AGM



Investor Member Directors 

Did you know if you have been an Ethical Consumer investor for more then twelve months you can nominate yourself or another investor to become an Investor Member Director at Ethical Consumer?


Nominations are now open for the 2018 cycle of elections. Applications must be received by Ethical Consumer by 5pm Saturday 30th June

Download an application form.


Nominations can be for existing directors reaching the end of their terms, or for other members, and if there are more candidates than vacancies, a postal ballot is held. 

All nominations will be announced via the website and through the investors newsletter. 

Duties of an investor member 

  • Attending Board meetings, which are currently held quarterly in Manchester
  • Additional work or discussions carried out between board meetings (normally by email)
  • Attending Annual General Meetings


The term of office for directors is two years and a fee of £150 per meeting attended is currently payable in lieu of expenses.


No specific skills are sought, although experience of co-operatives and / or social enterprises would be useful. We just ask that nominees have an interest in helping Ethical Consumer to achieve its mission.


Full details are available in the our rules.

If you have any questions about nominations or becoming a board member please contact Rob Harrison.