pre 2005


2002

 

 

Price is Key Concern for UK Consumers

 

IGD's research shows that price, sell-by-date, and taste are the main factors influencing purchase by over 70% of consumers.  In contrast, less than ¼ of consumers consider factors covering production issues, such as GM, animal welfare, and whether grown in the UK, as influencing purchase.

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2001

 

 

Who are the Ethical Consumers?

 

According to EIRIS, the number of unit holders/policy holders in pooled ethically screened funds increased from 137,000 in September 1997 to 456,000 in June 2001.  Ongoing research since 1989.

 

 

The New Consumer Directory

 

2/3 of UK consumers in their 30's and 40's – with a weekly spending power of £4.5 billion – have boycotted brands because of their 'unethical behaviour'. The Quintin Bell Organisation

 

 

Corporate Social Responsibility increasingly important

 

80 % thought that companies should attach as much importance to 'social responsibility' when making business decisions as profits. YouGov

 

 

5th Annual International Environmental Monitor

 

4/10 people say that they would be willing to pay a 10% premium for a car with a new kind of engine and fuel system that was better for the environment. Environics International Ltd.

 

 

Taking Flight: The Rapid Growth of Ethical Consumerism

 

Total Ethical activity, with banking and investments amount to £13.4 billion in 2000, up 19% on 1999. New Economics Foundation

 

 

Co-op Defies ban on Sale of Organic Peaches

 

77% of consumers would buy more organic food if it was cheaper.  Nearly 6/10 would prefer to buy organic food that is produced in the UK.  85% feel that the Government should be doing more to encourage the growth of organic food in the UK.

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2000

 

 

Ethical goods get a Fair Share in the market

 

A group of (ethical) products and services have been around for some time, and have attained significant market shares, up to 20%.  Examples include sales of energy efficient light bulbs and sales of eggs under the Freedom Foods Label. New Economic Foundation

 

 

Animal Welfare Position Paper

 

44.6% of unit holders rate cosmetic testing on animals as a very important issue and 30.7% rate this as quite important.  Only 7.5% of unit holders rate cosmetic testing on animals as not very or not at all important.Henderson Global Investors

 

 

Who are the Ethical Consumers?

 

Just over half the UK population have bought a product and recommended a supplier because of its responsible reputation at some time in the last year. The Co-operative Bank

 

 

What the Progress of Ethical Consumerism in the 1990's Tells Us About the Prospects for the 21st Century

 

The environment has become an issue over which 1/3 of consumers are prepared to act and will influence the shopping of half.  This should translate into significant sales in key categories and the 'main-streaming' of environmental standards by companies.The Co-operative Bank (Research by the Future Foundation)

 

 

Potential ethical consumers lack information

 

Sixty per cent of the UK sample for this survey either strongly agreed or tended to agree they did not have enough information on companies' social and environmental behaviour to make a purchasing decision.The Co-operative Bank (by MORI)

 

 

Co-op 'Consumers put Industry in Dock over Food Crimes'

 

Eighty six per cent of consumers disapprove of animal blood being fed to animals, yet Government officials admitted, as recently as April 2000, that agricultural cannibalism is still being permitted with feed containing blood products, tallow and gelatine from cows being fed back to cows.  87 % disapprove of feeding animals with growth promoting antibiotics.  84% are concerned that animals are not treated properly, and 61% 'want to know more' about the conditions animals are kept in.  72 % feel the environment is being damaged by global food production.  85 % feel MNCs have too much power over what we eat.  935 believe people have the right to know everything that has happened to their food, not just about the ingredients on the label.
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The UK Green and Ethical Consumer

 

Seventy two per cent of respondents to the survey recycle goods.  Animal welfare is the top environmental concern, particularly among women, with 70 % saying they would buy food advertised as animal-friendly.  A surprisingly high percentage (60%) say they now buy ethically produced food. Keynote.

 

 

 

1999

 

 

Ethical consumerism on the rise

 

¼ people now seek out ethical goods, compared to 1/5 in 1994. Also, the amount of people willing to pay extra for environmentally and ethically sound food has increased 13% since 1990. Mintel

 

 

The Millenium Poll on CSR: Executive Briefing

 

Citizens in 13/23 countries think their country should focus more on social and environmental goals than economic goals in the 1st decade of the new millennium. For instance, 39% of the UK sample felt that the role of larger companies in society was to 'set higher ethical standards and help build a better society', compared with 13% who felt their role was to 'make profit, pay taxes, create jobs and obey all laws'.Environics International Ltd.

 


 

1999

 

 

Cost of organic food and drink is prohibitive

 

The survey found 47% of adults would buy more organic products if they were cheaper. Mintel (non-alcoholic drinks only).

 

 

Ethical Investments on the up

 

The value of ethical funds rose in value from £268m to £1,393m from 1992-1998. In market share, from 0.4% - 0.8%, which was coupled with an increase in the number of funds between these years from 15-25.Mintel

 


 

1997

 

 

Animal living conditions impact upon shopper’s decisions

 

Almost 50% of shoppers say what they buy is influenced by the conditions the animals are kept in. RSPCA

 

 

Adolescents join the boycott bandwagon

 

Nearly 6/10 adolescents had boycotted something because of where, or how, it was made. Trust for the Study of Adolescents.

 

 

Support for ethically friendly packaging drops

 

After an explosion in green consumerism in the late 1980's, the number of people who chose one product over another because of its environmentally friendly formulation or packaging last year dropped to 36%, from 49% in 1991. Social Trends Survey.

 


 

1996

 

 

The Global Supermarket needs ethical products

 

Sixty seven per cent of adults claim to consider a company's ethical stance when buying a product. Ogilvy & Mather for Christian Aid.

 

 

Shades of Green; boycotts affect purchasing

 

In the March survey, people were asked whether recent boycotts had changed their buying behaviour. Sixty two per cent had made no change. However, 6% said they had changed their buying behaviour in response to Brent Spar, 15% in response to French nuclear testing and 24% in response to live animal exports; 36% people make an effort to seek out environmentally-improved products. NCC

 

 

The importance of ethics for today's consumers

 

A survey showed 55% of consumers would not deal with a company if they disliked its ethics. GGT

 

 

Doubts about planet's indestructability

 

One third of people think the planet will not be able to sustain the human race beyond 2100 if goods are manufactured and consumed at current rates. MORI

1995

 

 

Responsible retailing; ethical concerns increase amongst shoppers

 

Compiled by Gallup for CWS, 60% were prepared to boycott products or stores over concerns about ethical standards and 33% had already done so.  Fifty seven per cent said they were more concerned about ethical issues now than 5 years ago. Gallup

 

 

Consumers vote NO to animal testing

 

When buying make-up, 57% of women in 1992, and 52% in 1994, rated 'not tested on animals' as one of the top five influences on choice of product. Mintel

 


 

1994

 

 

Shades of Green: Consumer Attitudes to Green Shopping

 

Forty seven per cent of adults claim to have bought environmentally friendly products in the last 12 months. Harris for NCC.

 

 

Supermarketing; healthy thumbs up for Fairtrade

 

Four out of ten people said they were aware of fair trade products were on sale in supermarkets.  Of these, a healthy ¼ said they had bought a fair trade product in the last month.

 

 

The Green Consumer Vol 1

 

In general terms, ethical consumerism is still an issue for fewer respondents than green consumerism – around 4/10, compared with 6/10 green consumer categories.

 


 

1993

 

 

More desire for Fairtrade

 

84% of people said they would welcome fairly-traded products and 74% are prepared to pay for them. NOP 1992 

 


 

1991

 

 

The Green Consumer; not such a good friend of the animals

 

What is most surprising is not the huge majority (80%) of consumers who claim to always, or nearly always, choose environmentally friendly products, but the depth of support for such issues as animal testing (50%), and irresponsible marketing (42%).The Guardian/Mintel

 


 

1990

 

 

Shoppers want their cosmetics cruelty-free

 

Research has shown the proportion of consumers which rated cruelty-free as the most important criterion when choosing cosmetics has risen from 8%-61% in a 9 month period. EC2

 

 

More boycotts on damaging products

 

Poll found 20% of customers have boycotted products which they felt were damaging to the environment.  A further 32% said they had seriously considered doing so. EC10

 


 

1989

 

 

Fairtrade begins with a cup of tea

 

In a survey carried out for Traidcraft, 49% of respondents said they would be willing to pay more for their tea if it meant better wages for tea pickers. Gallup EC10

 

 

Green sales up

 

UK's green shopper total doubles to £18m in a year.

 

 

Brits are boycott-happy

 

Almost half of those questioned were operating some kind of personal boycott of products in the market place.  The most popular was against products that harm the environment, with 30% avoiding products that destroy the o-zone layer.  A further 25% were concerned with animal testing in products like cosmetics. EC3