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Flaw with Ethical Consumer
Last Post 21/11/2013 15:15:52 by heatheradmin. 3 Replies.
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dptgriggs
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11/07/2012 12:57:12
    I've been on Ethical Consumer for a few months now and have noticed a big flaw that compromises my ability to use the service for making consumer decisions.

    When companies are unethical, EC picks up on it, then I pick up on it, so I don't buy their product anymore, tell my friends about it, etc.

    But a lot of the companies at the top of the scorecards have no to very little information on them via EC. So while I can look at the reasons why a certain company have a low score and say "hey, EC are right, this company are twats", I can't see how EC qualify the higher scores, other than maybe they just haven't found any dirt on them. Which isn't really good enough - I need to know WHY these companies/products are considered by EC to be more ethical.

    Of course, I can check out those companies web sites myself but then what am I giving money to EC for?
    heatheradmin
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    24/07/2012 17:20:52

    Hi dptgriggs,

    Very good question.

    Your right, most of the more 'ethical' companies tend to have very little stories written about them. This is because - in general - the companies have positive policies regarding certain issues such as nanotechnology, GMOs, cotton sourcing etc.

    Companies scoring higher marks will have product sustainability marks and you should be able to click on the story which tells you why they have received this mark and what for. These are the stories that you will be able to use in order to prove why they are better then alternatives.

    Each company (no matter how small) are checked by Ethical Consumer to see if they have been criticised by campaign groups, NGO's, NFP's etc. In general smaller companies are less likely to have committed human rights abuses or caused environmental damage as they have greater control over their supply chain and often depend on a reputation of being ethical in order to sell.

    I hope this explains things, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

    Kind regards,

    Heather 

    Sarah Hubble
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    01/06/2013 15:10:38
    Hope it's ok to tag my question on to this thread rather than starting another one as I have come across a similar situation to the original poster.

    I was looking at crisps and came across KP Foods, who along with their parent company Intersnack, have a score of 14 but absolutely no information about them or where the score came from. Whereas a company like Suma have the same Ethiscore but lots of information to back it up.

    I have put Suma on my list of products to look out for but I'd have to discount KP Foods as I have no confidence in them because of the lack of information.

    I love the Ethical Consumer website and it has been great to have access to all this information to help me make buying decisions. The issue with KP Foods isn't really much of a problem for me as I will just ignore them but I'm just curious as to where their score came from.
    heatheradmin
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    21/11/2013 15:15:52
    Hi Sarah Hubble,

    Thank you for pointing this out. KP Foods were brought recently by another company which we have not updated and therefore they receive full marks. I have asked for this to be removed as it is incorrect. Sorry for the confusion.

    Suma however is our recommended best buy in most of the markets it produces products for. You can find out more about the company http://www.suma.coop/

    Thank you again.

    Kind regards.

    Heather
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