The Ethical Company Organisation offers Ethical Accreditation, which certifies the Company or Brand in question has scored highly enough in our overall analysis of its Corporate Social Responsibility record.
The application process takes 6 weeks and involves our research teams analysing each applicant company’s record on up to 15 specific criteria under the 3 general headings of Environment, Animals and People. We search for criticisms within several thousand documents from NGO’S, Campaign Groups and Court Reports. Ethical Accreditation screening includes the applicant company and its ultimate holding company. The research is repeated every 12 months to ensure that our Ethical Accreditation awards remain up to date.
To apply for Ethical Accreditation, please fill out the form below.
For further information, please call 0845 544 2819 or email accreditation at ethical-company-organisation.org.
Introduction to Ethical Accreditation
A. Ethical Accreditation by the Ethical Company Organisation is widely respected by consumers, NGOs and progressive companies because it illustrates an independently researched corporate social responsibility standard. It covers a very wide range of ethical criteria including animal welfare, human rights and the environment and it can set up a Company and its brand(s) for the 21st Century.
B. Benefits of gaining Ethical Accreditation include: independent verification of a good CSR record; simple communication of the message through use of the logo’s; strengthens relevant consumer brands by giving competitive advantage; attracts ‘positive purchasing’ from consumers; avoids boycotts from wrongly informed consumers; can help support price premium (similar to other standards/marks); attracts B2B benefits – those corporate and NGO customers who prefer to do business with genuinely ethical companies.
C. Following successful Ethical Accreditation, the logo’s can be used by companies across letterheads, packaging, links from websites to www.ethical-company-organisation.org, email footers, brochures & sales materials, marketing materials, signage, advertising and PR. It will be supplied to you in a suitable electronic format.
D. The logos read ‘Good Shopping Guide – Ethical Company’ and ‘Ethical Award – Ethical Company Organisation’. Logos usage licences are awarded at the discretion of the Ethical Company Organisation.
E. The annual cost is £5,400, £3,600, £1,800 or £180 (dependent on Company turnover – see section 3 within the application form).
This cost includes the following:-
1. Research fee – a full ethical research update is carried out to cover the period between the original research date and licence issuing date
2. Licence fee
3. Artwork fee
4. Administration fee
F. The licence fee also includes the right to re-produce the product table(s) that your Company appears in eg. For use in press releases or on websites – as shown on The Good Shopping Guide online (if applicable).
G. The licence fee includes global usage of the logo’s.
H. Unsuccessful applications are unusual as the Ethical Company Organisation only invites applications from companies that have passed our initial ethical audit. However, in the unlikely event of your application failing, the Ethical Company Organisation will refund 50% of the total fee.
I. All Ethical Accreditation licence awards are annual and will automatically renew every year, subject to certain safeguards and a successful review by the Ethical Company Organisation. License fees are due annually, 30 days after the commencement date. (A letter will be sent to you 2 months prior to the accreditation licence renewal date which will include an option to cancel your licence for the following year if you require this for any reason).
J. See following full Terms & Conditions for full details.
K. To apply, please complete the online application form (see below) within sections 1, 2, 3 and 4. Or you can download the form and fill it in and post back to us at the return address below or scan and email to accreditation[at]ethical-company-organisation.org.
Completed application forms, if not submitted digitally (either by email or via the form below), should be posted to:
Ethical Accreditation, Studio Three, 5-11 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UA
NB: For those small companies (up to £2 million turnover) receiving the 97% discount please include a cheque payable to the Ethical Company Organisation for £180 plus vat. Or you can make a bank transfer on the date of your application direct to Co-operative Bank / Account Number: 69212088 / Sort Code: 08-92-99 (please quote your company name as the reference).
Apply for Ethical Accreditation
To apply for Ethical Accreditation using our online form, please click here.
Ethical Accreditation Fees*: Payment Amounts
*fee includes VAT at the current rate of 20%