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'Ethics on the Move' - mobile versions of our Buyers' Guides


The new mobile version of our guides brings power to your pocket, making it simple and convenient to check ethical ratings and information wherever you are.





How it Works


Just visit ethicalconsumer.org from a mobile device and you'll automatically be served with the mobile pages, with quick access to stripped-down versions of over 150 unique ethical buyers guides, product scores and company data. 





Access is exactly the same as for the desktop version of the website: 

  • Most buyers guides are free to view.
  • Registered Users can also view the most recent reports and customise their ratings
  • Subscribers have full access to all reports, product data, company information, and can save their customised scores. 

If you customise your scores, the new settings will be saved on the website too.

To sign in use your normal username and password



New to Ethical Consumer? 


Our Buyers' Guides provide you with information not otherwise available to private citizens. We are a worker co-operative based in Manchester, and since 1989 we have been collecting, analysing and publishing data about the ethics behind products, brands and companies.

Our data is trusted and used by organisations such as Oxfam, The Guardian and the Co-operative Group, as well as by thousands of subscribers, taking much of the effort out of making accurate purchasing decisions according to their own ethics

What makes our data and tools really unique is that you can very simply customise our ratings according to what is important to you. For a more detailed explanation see the step-through guide to using our tools here

It is free to access much of our data and some of the tools, but full access requires subscription. 

Subscriptions cost £29.95 per year, and include 6 copies of Ethical Consumer Magazine. They also fund our work. 

Learn more about your 4 week no-obligation trial subscription, and see what all the fuss is about!



Just 58p a week buys unlimited web access, Ethical Consumer magazine, and more:

  • Full access to all buyers' guides, product details, company information and research data
  • New! - full access on your mobile phone
  • Instant downloadable PDF of every research report (worth over £300)
  • 6 issues of the Magazine as Digital download only, or also as a Print copy 
  • Magazine back catalogue as PDF downloads
  • Free listing in the new business directory
  • Email newsletter, full access to the Forums, introduction booklet.

Choose either a Digital-only subscription, or get a Print copy of the Magazine delivered to your door for the same price (or £46 with postage + packing if overseas).

Cancel by phone or email within 4 weeks for a full no-questions-asked refund!

* What are the Recent (6 months) Buyers' Guides?

Buyers' guides first published in the last 6 months are only available to registered users or subscribers.



** What are the Premium Buyers' Guides?

There are currently 15 premium buyers' guides which are only available to subscribers. They are: cars, cookers, dishwashers, fridges, washing machines, TVs, gas boilers, ethical investments, desktop computers, computer monitors, internet tablets, digital cameras, sat navs, solar PV and wind turbines.



Can I get the information you cover elsewhere?

Much of it yes, from the primary sources we collect information from - NGOs and campaign groups, government data, specialist periodicals, company Annual Reports and such like. If you've got the time to do your own research. But you would also miss out on the analysis and context ECRA brings. 

There are also a couple of commercial organisations that claim to provide similar ratings to ours, but these lack our academic rigour and transparency, and barely scratch the surface of what's really going on.  



Will I use my subscription?

Our stats and feedback show that over 90% of web subscribers visit the site at least once a month, and the large majority of our subscribers regularly use Ethical Consumer to help them make purchasing decisions.

Also, unlike an unused gym membership, you'll still be doing something with your subscription - helping all this to happen!

Still not sure?  Subscribe today and if you aren't satisfied just cancel within 4 weeks to get a full refund!



Can I purchase a subscription over the phone?

Yes, just call us on 0161 226 2929 with your credit card details.



How does the Trial Offer work?

You buy a subscription and if you don't want to continue with it you can cancel any time within the first 4 weeks to receive a full refund.  Just telephone us during office hours on 0161 226 2929 and we'll sort it out. 



What are the  'product details and company information'?

These are the interactive in-depth extras that sit behind all of our Buyers' Guides. They help you to understand exactly what the companies behind the brand names are up to.

To see an example click on any of the brand names in the  free laptops report.  You'll then see more detail about the product - click on any of the category stories to see research data we are using to rate the product. Or click on the Company name to see its rating, and drill down further into some of our research data. 



What is a Research Report? 

A downloadable PDF document - usually 30 to 50 pages long - giving the detailed research data behind a buyers' guide. They cost £3 each or are free to subscribers. Here is an example report. 



Do you have any special offers for Schools?

Yes, we offer a couple of options.

If you wish to make the website available to all the users on a school or educational network, we can do so with access restricted by IP address rather than password. This will allow up to 200 simultaneous logins. The cost is currently £85 +VAT (£99.88 in total).

If you want separate password log-ins, which allows customised settings, we offer 30 subscriptions for £300 +VAT - a saving of £600. Please email us  or phone 0161 226 2929 for more information or to subscribe to this service.



Mmm, I have another question

We'd like to hear it! Please email us  or phone 0161 226 2929.