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1st June 2005

Accepting Corporate Donations with a Clear Conscience

Information on the ethical records of the UK's top 25 corporate charity donors is now available on the internet, free of charge. Access to this information will enable charity fundraisers, campaigners and policy makers to scrutinise the ethical records of some of the UK's largest organisations.

Visitors to the Ethical Consumer Information Systems's (ECIS) stand at Charity Fair 2005 exhibition were presented with a league table that highlighted the true ethical performance of the top corporate donors to charities. The league table was based upon the Ethiscores compiled by the organisation's Corporate Critic database and the Directory of Social Change's own table that appeared in its recent edition of 'The Guide to UK Company Giving 2005'.

As Helen Middleton, Business Development Director at ECIS says: "fundraisers were surprised if not alarmed to discover that some of the leading corporate donors didn't always have the most ethical records. Accepting money directly, or embarking upon corporate sponsorship and marketing arrangements with the 'wrong' partner, could present long-term reputational problems for charities".

The portfolio of the top 25 Corporate Charitable donors includes organisations such as Unilever, Marks & Spencers and Northern Rock plc. In addition, ECIS has substantially lowered subscription prices to the Corporate Critic database since the Charity Fair exhibition.

For further information, please contact:

Rob Harrison
Ethical Consumer Information Systems Limited
Tel: 0161 227 9099
Email: rob@ethicalconsumer.org

Notes to Editor

The company Ethiscores are out of a total of 15. The lower the score, the worse the ethical performance. Users of Corporate Critic can customise and weight the Ethiscores in order to reflect their own organisation's ethical criteria and concerns. Please visit Corporate Critic for further information.

Corporate Critic presents user of the database with a valuable opportunity to perform quick and thorough checks on the true ethical records of potential corporate partners - time which should be spent on actual fundraising activities.

The costs of harvesting low-value mass-market donations and falling government support has led the charity sector to a greater concentration on co-operative agreements with commercial organisations. Large and small charities, voluntary and community groups need to identify compatible commercial partners whilst simultaneously subjecting these alliances to constant scrutiny. Corporate Critic provides this service at low cost.

Ethical Consumer exists to promote universal human rights, environmental sustainability and animal welfare by providing information on consumer issues which empower individuals and organisations to act ethically in the market place.