e license genuine ethical brands to display the eb symbol on their websites, stationery,
signage, advertising and products. We do this so that everyone who not only cares about quality and value for money, but also about pressing
social, economic and environmental issues can instantly identify those organisations, products and services that are part of the solution and not the problem.
The problems afflicting our world today are as diverse as they are complex - ranging from the destruction of our natural environments to advertising
standards, corporate greed, government corruption, poverty in employment and growing economic inequality. Awareness of the many issues is generally high but real solutions rare.
Nevertheless, we do know that commerce has a significant role to play in making the world a better place. That is why it is so important for everyone who cares about these things
to be able to instantly identify
the organisations that are part of solutions and not problems. These ethical brands are members of a humane, civilised, polite and just society.
Each time good people decide to support these organisations by buying their products and service, investing and working in them, the better our world becomes.
Ethical Brands don't claim to have all the solutions but each one consistently demonstrates that it is focused on managing
gaps between what their customers, staff, investors and partners expect and the reality of their brand experiences. They are not registering as ethical brands because it is the latest
must have PR accessory, but because they are genuinely committed to doing the right thing.
The term ethical brand is often misinterpreted and misappropriated. Claims that a product is - for example -
environmentally friendly or
organic, or that a brand should be trusted,
perhaps even because it makes charitable gestures all encourage us to
believe that it is good - in other words an ethical brand. Sometimes that assertion is true, but these claims and gestures are often used to
deliberately foster perceptions of a brand that simply are not true.
This is the problem that inspired us to research and develop our ground-breaking service.
The licensing program is the only one of its kind that
is so widely accessible to organisations of all shapes and sizes worldwide, and underpinned by a strong authentication methodology.
This will establish the identity as one of the most widely recognised
symbols of operational integrity because all registered ethical brands are qualified using our real-time evidence-based monitoring system. Our methodology identifies and reports gaps between stakeholder expectations and the real-world brand experiences that these organisations deliver
each and every day.
These gaps are common to every organisation, but genuine ethical brands are qualified
by their demonstrated willingness to minimise them by engaging with the issues that we identify as well as report into the most
senior levels of these organisations. We monitor the outcomes of these reports as a condition of every license to display