Research Hub

Welcome to the the Ethical Consumer Research Hub


Here you'll find a host of information and links to all the latest research on ethical consumption and the ethical consumer movement.


Annual UK Market Report

The latest facts and figures on the UK ethical market

In December 2011 the Co-operative Group released their annual Ethical Consumerism report. The big headline was that, despite the economic downturn, sales of ethical goods and services grew by 8.8% last year against only a 0.4% rise in overall consumer spending over the same period.

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Academic Research

Journal of Consumer Ethics

This section introduces our new journal on ethical consumption and a reading list of academic texts. 

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Accreditation Schemes

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Ethical Schemes

Review of leading global ethical compliance and CSR accreditation organisations and schemes.

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Ethical Markets Research

Research into ethical markets

A list of sources for information on consumer attitudes and behaviours around green and ethical issues

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Global Directory


Discover ethical consumerism around the world

Comprehensive guide to organisations promoting ethical consumerism around the world.

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Remote Research Group

Join our global team of volunteer researchers

We have now started an innovative new program to enagage our community around the world.

Discover more about how you can be a part of the Ethical Consumer research team from the comfort of your own home

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Co-operative alternatives to capitalism

The future is co-operative?

Our project on co-operatives an what would the world look like if co-operatives replaced private business across every economic sector.

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