The Ethical Company Organisation


Setting the benchmark for corporate social responsibility

“As an Ethical Accreditation member since 2002, we recognise the importance of corporate transparency and wholeheartedly support the Ethical Company Organisation’s aim to promote a more responsible corporate attitude toward people, animals and the environment.”
– Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive, Good Energy Group Plc


We run the UK’s only cross-spectrum (people, animals and environment) ethical accreditation, which exists to reward ethical companies’ behavior. Companies with excellent scores according our Ethical Company Index analysis may display our CSR standard marks and ethical ranking tables which provide up-to-date positive comparison with less ethical competition. Only the highest ethically ranked 33% of any particular product sector are eligible for ethical accreditation. The Ethical Award and Ethical Company logos are a guarantee of a company’s good ethical standards. A company displaying either of these logos has been through an in-depth research audit in order to attain Ethical Accreditation, which enables them to use the logos as independent verification of their good ethical standing. As part of the research audit, companies are thoroughly screened by The Ethical Company Organisation’s dedicated team of researchers across a wide range of ethical criteria, which fall into the main categories of The Environment; Animal Welfare and Human Rights. A full list of criteria (tailored to specific product categories) can be found below.

Successful Ethical Accreditation earns an Ethical Award for those applicant Companies that score highly (top 33%) overall compared to the other Companies in their sector. Larger Companies can get a good advance understanding of where they are likely to come in their product sector rankings by seeing how we score them on our online ethical comparison site, The Good Shopping Guide.

Companies which are awarded Ethical Accreditation are able to benefit substantially from this respected mark of independent endorsement.

A growing list of ethical companies have become members, to demonstrate the authenticity of their overall Corporate Social Responsibility to individuals, employees, trade partners and share holders.

Accredited companies are listed prominently on The Good Shopping Guide online and are also allowed to use both The Good Shopping Guide-Ethical Company and the Ethical Award marks on letterheads; websites; advertising; in press releases; brochures; emails and packaging.  Accredited companies also gain licence to reproduce our research on their product sector.  Here are the latest research results for Ethical Accreditation members Highland Spring and Burns Pet Nutrition.

Examples of leading participant ethical companies include Cafédirect, Highland Spring, Green People and Good Energy. See full list.

The full list of subject matter that records are searched for includes:

  • Environment: environmental reporting; pollution; nuclear power; other environmental issues.
  • Animals: animal testing; factory farming; other animal rights.
  • People: oppressive regimes; worker’s rights; irresponsible marketing; armaments.
  • Extras: genetic engineering; boycott call; political activity; alerts.

You can apply for ethical accreditation here.

Ethically Accredited Companies

Seed and Bean
Neal's Yard
Good Energy
Green People
Highland Spring
Nom Foods
Yes Yes Yes Co.
IT Ambulance
Ty Mawr
Blue Chip
Pure Dog
Trophy Pet Foods
Paddocks Farm Partnership
Burns Pet Nutrition
Charity Bank
Nash Partnership
Honesty Cosmetics
The Clean Space Partnership
The Green Stationery Company
Arena Flowers
Raw Living
Lily's Kitchen
VBites Foods
Caurnie Soap Company
Essential Care
Oxford Vitality
Barking and Meowing Heads
Colors of Nature
Pooch & Mutt
Call Wiser
Beco Pets
School of Natural Skincare
Brecon Carreg
No Fuss
Almach Energy