The Ethical Consumer Group
The Ethical Consumer Group is a community based, not-for-profit group set up to help facilitate more sustainable purchasing practices for the everyday consumer.
The Ethical Consumer Guide has come out of a shared concern that many people although eager to make changes in their buying habits for the better, do not have access to information to make informed choices.
We produce an annual pocket buying guide - 'The Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping', which provides background information on common brands and their related companies, and run ‘Shopping with a Conscience’ workshops and supermarket tours. We also hold monthly 'Meal & Movie' nights - exploring what it means to live sustainably within a consumer culture.
Our website and accompanying guides, provide information on companies and brands, drawing from existing sources. The information allows evaluation of the social and environmental impact of companies on the earth and our society, and gives insight into the ever-increasing concentration of company and brand ownership.
This guide is specific to Australia. We hope that this ethical buying guide can allow people to not only make wiser choices in their purchases and open up a dialogue with companies, but also come to more fully understand the connection between how we act and what is going on in the world around us.
It is our aim to:
- inform shoppers of more ethical or less ethical choices in their buying
- empower people and create awareness about consumer power
- provide a means for consumers to give feedback to companies and government, and so encourage change
In doing this we seek to make all information:
- freely accessible
- transparent and well sourced
- easy to use for the everyday shopper