Ethical Consumer - What we do


Making it easy to be ethical (whatever your beliefs)


Each day we all make choices according to our personal ethics. Ethical Consumer provides the tools and resources you need to make these choices simple, informed and effective. 

For over 25 years we have been the hub of the ethical consumer movement, helping consumers to shop ethically, campaigners to challenge corporate power and businesses to improve their supply chain.

Some of this is free to access, while the full set of tools is available for a small yearly subscription, which in turn helps fund our work.  



Ethical Consumer Magazine

The UK's leading alternative consumer magazine, published 6 times a year.

Available as a paper copy delivered to your door, as a flip-book or as a digital download.

View a sample issue.





Product Guides and information for shoppers

We've developed the world's most sophisticated and simple personal ethical rating system to give you the information you need, based on detailed research of over 40,000 companies, brands and products.

These ratings are updated in real time from our corporate critic database.

You can personalise our 200+ ethical product guides in a way that accurately reflects the issues that are most important to you - be that animal testing, climate change, sweatshop labour, GM crops, nuclear power or whatever.

Subscribers can also access detailed product, brand & company information, plus hundreds of detailed research downloads.






We run campaigns on key ethical issues such as the Boycott of Amazon for tax avoidance, and jointly run campaigns on Palm Oil and to 'Save our Bank'.

We also collaborate on The Lush Prize, and set up the Fair Tax Mark




Research & Consultancy

We provide research and consultancy for campaign groups and organisations such as Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Co-op Bank, and the Guardian. 





Since 1999 the Ethical Consumer Markets Report has been acting as an important barometer of UK spending.

We track sales data across a wide range of consumer sectors and publich the findings. 



About Ethical Consumer


We are an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership, founded in 1989 and based in Manchester.

Our income comes entirely from:

  • reader subscriptions (50%),
  • consultancy work for campaign groups and ethical organisations (30%), 
  • adverts from ethically vetted companies, grants and other income (20%). 


We are one of the leading voices of the global ethical movement, and our mission is to make global business more sustainable through consumer pressure.

You can join and support us, and become part of our work. 


Ethical made easy

Detailed ethical ratings for over 40,000 companies, brands and products, plus Ethical Consumer magazine.

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