Last updated: June 2016
Campaigns We Support
We actively endorse a number of campaigns. We have worked closely with the campaigns below to provide support and research to help strenghen each overall message.
The Ethical Consumer team at the Lush Prize Awards 2015.
The Lush Prize
The Lush Prize is a collaboration between Ethical Consumer and Lush Cosmetics; a £250,000 annual fund to reward groups or individuals working in the field of cruelty-free scientific research, awareness raising and lobbying.
The Prize combines the research and campaigning skills of Ethical Consumer and the passion and resources of Lush staff and is the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector. The Prize will continue until all animal testing has been replaced.
Lush Prize 2015
The Lush Prize Awards and Conference took place on Friday 20 November in London. In addition to £200,000 being shared by the winners of the lobbying, training, public awareness, science and young researchers awards, this year the judges launched the Black Box awards.
It is called the ‘Black Box Prize’ because traditional product safety testing, relying on animal tests, explains little about whether and how chemicals cause adverse health effects in humans: it treats the issue as a ‘black box’.
Discover more about The Lush Prize here.
Save Our Bank
Ethical Consumer and the Save Our Bank campaign launched a new crowdfunder to set up a Customer Union for Co-op bank customers. The target of £15,000 was smashed in just a few days and is currently at £24,683 with the campaigning running until 15 December 2015.
The aim of the campaign is to keep the co-op bank ethical and return it to mutual ownership at the earliest possible opportunity.
The three aimes for the Customer Union are:
- Keeping and pushing forward the bank's ethical policies and campaigning
- Building a strong customer voice in how the bank is run
- Growiing a "co-operative stake" in the bank, and campaigning for its eventual return to majority co-operative ownership
Palm Oil Campaign
Ethical Consumer and the Rainforest Foundation joined forces to respond to the threat facing the Congo rainforest. Palm oil is an ingredient used in thousands of products from chocolate to shampoo. However, the mass production of palm oil is devastating the world's rainforests.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage consumers to buy best rated products, forcing companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.
We have researched extensively into palm oil to highlight which products contain it and subsequently the best ways to avoid it.
Read more about the campaign >
Fashion Revolution Transparency Index
More transparency equals greater consumer and regulatory accountability in the supply chain.
As a result, to track the fashion industry’s problem in this area and progress over time, Fashion Revolution and Ethical Consumer have partnered to publish the first edition of their Fashion Transparency Index which includes 40 of the biggest global fashion brands and ranks companies according to the level of transparency in their supply chain.
Discover more about the campaign >
Move Your Money Campaign
Move Your Money is a national campaign to help improve the banking system and ensure it works for us. With the help of Ethical Consumer's report into banks, this campaign has encouraged customers to ditch the top 5 big banks and switch to an ethical alternative.
In the past two years it has convinced over 2.4 million to move their money out of the big banks.
"Real change won’t come from Westminster or the boardroom, but from ordinary people putting their foot down and saying enough is enough." Laura Willoughby MBE, Move your Money
Move your money now.
Learn more about our research behind the campaign.
Save The Hen Harrier
The hen harrier is one of the UK's most endangered birds of prey. Thanks to illegal persecution, this iconic bird has now all but disappeared from the moors and uplands of northern England and Scotland that once formed its home.
Driving the hen harrier's decline is the fact that its diet includes red grouse, something which brings it into direct conflict with the land managers of grouse moors.
Photo credit: RSPB
Ethical Consumer's report 'Turn Your Back on Grouse' (PDF) confirms that illegal persecution of hen harriers by gamekeepers is a key issue, but paints a more complex picture of intensification, greed and ignorance at the heart of some of the UK's few remaining wild spaces.
You can sign the e-petition here to ban driven grouse shooting, an activity which often leads to the deliberate illegal killing of protected birds of prey including hen harriers:
Listen to the BBC's Chris Packham talk about the plight of the Hen Harrier:
Donate to the RSPB's Hen Harrier appeal here.
Global BDS Movement
Ethical Consumer support the BDS movement which is a global civil society intervention aimed at exerting economic pressure on Irsael, de-legitisming the country as an apartheid state.
One of the key aspects of the campaign is to ask consumers to boycott products that operate within illegal Israeli settlements.
For more information see our 'Boycott Israel' page which details more about the movement and lists the top 10 BDS campaign consumer boycott targets.
Video from the BDS Movement explaining the campaign so far.