Our Ethical Policies


We pride ourselves on ensuring we minimise our own environmental impacts and carefully assess our supply chain.

Below you can find information on both.

 

 

Company information:

Ethical Consumer Research Association Limited
Unit 21, 41 Old Birley Street, Manchester M15 5RF
 

Main products/processes/activities:

Production of printed material
Distribution of printed material
Production of a rating database and websites
 

Contact email for environmental policy:

enquiries@ethicalconsumer.org

 

About Ethical Consumer 

ECRA Publishing Limited is a multi-stakeholder co-operative (Company Registration Number 30575 R) which was formed in 1989 to research and publish information on the companies behind brand names, and to promote the ethical use of consumer power.

We are aware that our activities have an impact on the environment and seek to minimise this.

We respect the principle of Sustainable Development and aim to work in away that meets the needs of today’s generation whilst ensuring that future generations can also meet their needs.

 

We are committed to:

  • Minimising resource use by using only 100% post-consumer waste, chlorine-free paper, and vegetable-based inks for the printing of magazine
  • Maximising recycling / composting of office consumables
  • Minimising residual waste produced
  • Minimising our energy and water use
  • Supporting the least carbon-intensive transport options for business travel and commuting
  • Purchasing goods and services that are screened for compliance with our ethical/environmental standards; purchase from other co-ops where possible
  • Driving environmental improvements through our supply chain
  • Being a meat-free organisation in terms of our office and events
  • Training co-op members, staff and volunteers as required
  • Publishing an annual environmental report on our website
  • We will review this Environmental policy annually to check it is up to date and to make sure we are looking at new areas for improvement.

 

Date approved by co-op: 14/06/16

Date for review by co-op: 13/06/17

 

 

The following is Ethical Consumer Research Association's code of conduct (supply chain policy) for workers in its supply chain.

This code is a direct copy of the headings in the ETI Base Code. For the details under each heading we use the ETI definitions available here.

We have communicated this code (below) to all our first tier suppliers.

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practised
  • Regular employment is provided
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

 

ECRA is not a member of any multi-stakeholder initiatives.

ECRA is yet to formally audit any of its suppliers. However, our first tier suppliers are deemed as low risk as they are UK-based and not industries known for exploiting vulnerable groups such as illegal immigrants.

We have long term, face to face, relationships with many of our suppliers. Ethics are taken into consideration when we choose suppliers.

We screen suppliers against the standard ethical consumer rating criteria and will only work with companies scoring below 10 when there are exceptional circumstances.

 

We have a policy of complete disclosure of all our first tier suppliers.

 

Technology and computer systems

Openplan IT

Bandicoot

Idonix

Orange Tree Digital

Gordon & Gotch BT

The Phone Co-op

 

Printing and print distribution

Rap Spiderweb (The paper in the magazine is from Cyclus and Lenzing Papier)

Paperback

Modern Bookbinders Ltd

INK

Central Books

Spring Global Mail

Royal Mail

Moonloft Design

 

Office and business

Co-op Bank

Triodos Bank

simonbirch.net

Mike Stocks (bookkeeping)

EMERGE Recycling

Work for Change

Limited Resources

Wesley Community Furniture

 

 

Over the last few years, Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) has regularly reported on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.  This movement began in 2005 with a call from Palestinian civil society; the call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian political parties, organisations, trade unions and movements.

 

According to the BDS Movement website: "The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by: 

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall; 

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194." 

 

 

In June 2014 the ECRA management team, comprising of worker-members of the co-operative, passed a proposal to support BDS.  In doing so, two issues were of primary consideration:

1)  The grave human rights abuses committed by the Israeli state against Palestinians living in both the occupied territories and the state of Israel.  These violations include those which are illegal under international law.

2)  The fact that BDS is supported by a broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations. 

 

 

ECRA recognises that:

  • The international boycott of South Africa was a key element in bringing to an end the apartheid regime.

 

  • The international community has failed to ensure that Israel complies with international law with regard to the treatment of Palestinians.

 

  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions are one of the few, but potentially highly effective, means by which international citizens can stand in solidarity with Palestinians and call for an end to the human rights abuses committed by Israel.

 

 

In supporting BDS, ECRA will not knowingly purchase goods or services that originate in Israel, or in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights.  We also support the academic boycott, which means that we will not accept materials for which any of the inputs have come from Israeli academic institutions.  In addition we will support the cultural boycott and not collaborate with any Israeli cultural or artistic institutions unless they expressly criticise Israeli human rights abuses and work for freedom for Palestinians.

 

For more information, please see the BDS Movement website: www.bdsmovement.net 

 

 

Last updated June 2014

 

 

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