Research & Ratings
About the Ethiscore
The Ethiscore is a numerical ethical rating designed to help
users quickly differentiate companies which have attracted significant levels
of criticism from those which have attracted less attention. The un-customised
Ethiscore rates all the categories equally, and we fully expect subscribers to
use the Customise Scores area of Corporate Critic to generate ratings which
best reflect their own organisational priorities.
Excellent for benchmarking companies within product or
market sectors, the Ethiscore is also a superb tool for monitoring corporate
When used in conjunction with the Customise Scores Function, the Ethiscore rating can reflect your own,
or your organisation�s ethical concerns.
Although Corporate Critic holds data going back to 1991, all
ratings and Ethiscores are based only on information published in the last five
years. Detailed information on how we rate companies in each category appears
on the Ethical Category Definitions
page of this website.
The are two types of ethiscore present in the Corporate
A company Ethiscore of 0 to 15 points.
15 is the best Ethiscore and 0 worst. This is the main type
of Ethiscore which appears throughout the database.
The company Ethiscore is based on the subtraction of all the
corporate responsibility categories in which the database holds current
criticisms from a baseline number of 14.
Therefore if a company has received criticisms in the Animal
Testing (1 point) and Workers Rights (1point) categories, its ethiscore will be
12. [14 (baseline) minus 2 categories = 12].
If the company had a lesser criticism under, say, Workers
Rights (0.5 points) then its Ethiscore would be 14 minus 1.5 = 12.5
The fifteenth point is for 'Company Sustainability' - a
positive Corporate Responsibility category - which gives an additional point to
companies who, for example, only sell organic products.
A product Ethiscore of 0 to 20 points.
20 is the best Ethiscore and 0 worst.
This Ethiscore is a score for products and is made up by
combining a company Ethiscore with a rating for product sustainability, and is
based on five positive attributes which a product may have. Therefore if a 12
point company is listed as selling an organic (1 point) and fairtrade (1 point)
tea, then the tea would receive an ethiscore of 12+2 = 14.
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