Members Area

Become a member and invest in Ethical Consumer

ECRA is a formally structured as a not-for-profit Industrial and Provident Society and is regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

As such it is a multi-stakeholder co-operative and now has both worker members and investor members.

Both classes of member are involved in decision-making and the election of Directors onto the Board.

The conversion was designed to give ECRA better access to external capital and skills – whilst retaining the not-for-profit and co-operative principles at its core.

ECRA’s conversion to a multistakeholder co-operative was generously supported by a grant made by the Co-operative Fund in 2008.

Because of the principle of open membership, any consumer able to make the minimum investment (currently £200) and who supports the objects of ECRA, can now become a member of the co-operative.
 
Investor members receive annual interest at our variable rate, currently 3.25%.

Your investment not only earns you money but also helps support one of the world’s most innovative not-for-profit organisations which:

  • encourages sustainable behaviour across the corporate sector through market pressure
  • empowers individual consumers to take action on issues of concern to them
  • leads international discussion and research on the potential of ethical purchasing

The investment money is spent on projects that further the aims of the organisation and through our unique structure as an investor member you get to help shape them.

Other benefits of becoming an Investor Member include:

  • earning interest on your investment at our variable rate (currently 3.25%)
  • attending, voting and put forwarding motions at our AGM
  • nominating candidates for ECRA’s board, voting in elections and standing for election yourself

Investor members must be over the age of 16 years.

Download the Ethical Consumer Research Association Rules

Download an application form here [pdf] or call us on 0161 226 2929 for more information

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting 2019

Our Annual General Meetings are the main opportunity during the year when we can meet with investors to share ideas and plans, and to discuss our previous year's results.  
It’s coming soon.

Date: Friday 13 September 2019
Time: 12.30 to 4.00 pm
Venue: Ethical Consumer Office, Unit 21, 41 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RF (Directions can be found here.)

Minutes of the previous meeting as well as the accounts can be downloaded below. 

If you are a member and you do plan to attend, please let us know at finance [@] ethicalconsumer.org

Agenda for the day

12.30 pm Registration and refreshments (buffet lunch)

1.00 pm Start of official AGM business

    1. Introductions and welcome
    2. Apologies
    3. Minutes of the AGM held on September 22nd 2018
    4. Directors’ Report and Financial Statements
    5. Reappointment of accountants (Rule 54) and resolution to utilise exemption from filing audited accounts (Rule 55)
    6. Investor-Director elections
    7. Proposal: amendment to Rule 32 (see below)
    8. Any Other Business 

2.00 pm Close of official business  /  Refreshment break

2.15 pm Tour of the Ethical Consumer office and the cooperative workspaces and housing complex where it is located

2.45 pm Presentation: Ethical Consumer’s 3 year plan 2019-2022

3.15 pm Discussion: Would a wider subscriber membership model work for Ethical Consumer?

4.00 pm Close

Agenda item 6 – Proposed amendment to amend Rule 32

In many organisations it is normal for board members to serve for several years before standing for re-election. Our rules state that the term of service is one year:

Rule 32 - A Board member shall, subject to Rule 37 below, hold office until the end of the next Annual General Meeting following her/his election. Retiring members shall be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting at which they retire.

(Rule 37 concerns the ineligibility of a person to become or remain a board member if they resign, cease to be a member, are removed from office etc.)

Given that it takes at least a year to learn the ropes on a new board and given that the norm is for board members to serve for several years before standing for re-election, we propose to amend rule 32 so that board members serve for a minimum of two years rather than one. This would involve replacing the word ‘next’ with ‘second’ so that the Rule reads:

Rule 32 - A Board member shall, subject to Rule 37 below, hold office until the end of the second Annual General Meeting following her/his election. Retiring members shall be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting at which they retire.

Annual Reports

Ethical Consumer's Annual Reviews report draft financial results. You can view our final financial results in our annual filings on the FCA's Mutuals Public Register.

Older reports are available on request. Call us on 0161 226 2929 for more information