Co-op Structure


Our unique new structure


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

Both classes of member are involved in decision-making and the election of Directors onto the Board.

The conversion was designed to give ECRA better access to external capital and skills – whilst retaining the not-for-profit and co-operative principles at its core.

Because of the principle of open membership, any consumer able to make the minimum investment (currently £200) and who supports the objects of ECRA, can now become a member of the co-operative.



Become an investor member


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

You can download the Ethical Consumer Research Association Rules 2009 as a PDF file (for which you will need Acrobat Reader).


ECRA’s conversion to a multistakeholder co-operative was generously supported by a grant made by the Co-operative Fund in 2008.

ECRA is now formally structured as a not-for-profit Industrial and Provident Society and is regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Investor members must be over the age of 16 years.