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What's unique about Ethical Consumer?

We are a completely independent not-for-profit co-operative and since 1989 have been the leading research organisation in the consumer movement. 

Our mission is to help consumers make informed ethical choices, support campaigners challenging corporate power, enable progressive businesses and charities to check their supply chains, and drive corporates to improve their behaviour. 

We provide transparent and reliable ethical rankings for thousands of companies and products, all fed from our main database which has been built up over 20 years.

We rank companies and products according to 300 topics in 19 areas under 5 main categories. As a subscriber you can choose to personalise the scorecard ratings you see according to these different areas, depending on what is of most relevance to you.

Your settings are saved in your profile so they apply to whatever you look at. You can temporarily or permanently amend them  using the sliders on product or company guide pages.



How good is our data?

In 2011, as part of a potential joint venture with BBC Worldwide, our data was thoroughly stress-tested and passed by the research team from Panorama. 

Some other shopping guides claim to provide similar ratings to ours, but these lack our depth, academic rigour, independence and transparency, and barely scratch the surface of what's really going on.

The few that do carry similar data to Ethical Consumer are designed primarily for investment funds and cost £000's per year to access.


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There are also organisations that claim to provide similar ratings to ours for free, but these lack our depth, academic rigour, independence and transparency, and barely scratch the surface of what's really going on. The few that do carry simailar data to Ethical Consumer are designed primarily for investment funds and cost £000's per year to access.


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