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Ethical Consumer Research Association

The Corporate Critic Research Database is a project of ECRA (the Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd).

ECRA was founded in 1988 as a not-for-profit workers' co-operative to 'provide information on the companies behind the brand names and to promote the ethical use of consumer power.'

We have published Ethical Consumer magazine since 1989, and now offer a web + print service designed to encourage purchasers to take environmental and social issues into account in the market place.

Production of the magazine required the compilation of a database which collected data on company behaviour. In 1995, an on-line version of this database, called Corporate Critic, was launched and began to be used by campaign groups and ethical investors as an additional research tool.

Early financing for developing the business plan and re-writing the core database was provided by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Further funding for the project was provided by a loanstock issue for supporters of ECRA.

Other partners

Idonix Ltd, Web and Database Programming
7 Sheinton Street, Much Wenlock,
Shropshire TF13 6HT
01952 728 651

Orange Tree Digital Ltd, Web Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation
OpenSpace, Unit 1, 41 Old Birley Street
Hulme, Manchester, M15 5RF