Our organisation is here to inform you about the latest and most important developments in eco-friendly products and services.
To be a responsible consumer is to acknowledge that you can help change the world through the choices you make every day.
Each of these choices carries social and environmental costs, which have side effects not just on biodiversity but on your health and our globalised world.
When we choose something because it is environmentally friendly or socially just, we set a trend for similar products and services to be developed in the future.
It influences the behaviour of manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and encourages decision makers to adopt policies that protect the environment and the rights of citizens.
That’s what The Consumer is all about. We’re here to provide you with the latest news, insights and analysis to inform consumers about all environmental and socially positive developments from consumer-facing companies.
Community Interest Company
The Consumer is a community interest company; highlighting our commitment to improving society through environmental sustainability.
CICs are limited companies which operate to provide a benefit to the community they serve. The purpose of CIC is primarily one of community benefit rather than private profit. Whilst returns to investors are permitted, these will be balanced and reasonable, to encourage investment in the social enterprise sector whilst ensuring true community benefit is always at the heart of any CIC.
The creation of a CIC has a number of significant legal implications. One of the most important of these is the 'asset lock'. This is designed to ensure that the assets of the CIC (including any profits or other surpluses generated by its activities) are used for the benefit of the community or to help the business grow.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Consumer also supports Sustainable Development Goal #12 to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty - United Nations