Remote Research Group
Our Remote Research Group aims to collaborate with people worldwide to capture and share data on corporate social and environmental responsibility.
Every second, all around the world, research reports, investigations and news stories about corporate malpractice are published.
Our remote research team
Remote researchers summarise articles and reports that they’ve read online, and send them directly to the Ethical Consumer team here in Manchester, UK.
Once moderated, the entries are published on Ethical Consumer's Corporate Critic database, and may also contribute to buyers’ guides, articles and company screenings.
Because the entire project is online, researchers can be based anywhere in the world. We are interested in stories about any company on any of the issues covered by our ratings system. RRG members may add stories which are relevant to their research interests, track a company or companies, or regularly scan a specific publication for any relevant stories. Many researchers choose to take on tasks from a list we share, which we are regularly adding new campaign reports to.
This project aims to ensure that this data doesn't go under the radar and can be shared with a wider audience.
What is your research interest?
We're looking for dedicated ethical consumers worldwide, who have an interest in and a good understanding of some of the issues covered by Ethical Consumer’s research. We follow hundreds of ethical issues daily, across four broad criteria; Animals, Environment, People and Politics.
Your research focus can be as specific or as broad as you like. Whether your passion is for animal rights or against Arctic drilling, we’d love you to be involved!
What's in it for you?
Be part of the Ethical Consumer team
Put your interests and research to good use in challenging corporate power and driving up standards in company behaviour
Build your research skills
Bolster your CV
Gain rewards the more you do
Join a network of like-minded individuals
What you need
All you need is a good grasp of written English, access to a computer (on which you have permission to install applications) and the internet. IT literacy is very important, as you’ll need to be comfortable with installing and getting to grips with new software. Currently, we use Trello to let researchers know about reports they could summarise, and Zotero for submission and editing of entries.
Other beneficial traits for Remote Research Group volunteers are a keen eye for detail and fastidiousness. Previous experience of carrying out research, using databases and social media would be a bonus but are not essential.
How long you commit to the project, or how many hours you put in per month, is open to discussion.
How to apply
To apply, fill in the application form, along with a covering letter stating why you’re interested in the role. If successful, we’ll invite you to an informal interview (either in person or via phone/online) within 2 weeks of your application submission.
Get in touch
If you want to ask more about the RRG project before applying email RRG co-ordinator Ruth Strange: ruth[@]ethicalconsumer.org