Purchasing Index Report 2002
If you’ve been following the development of the Ethical Purchasing
Index (EPI), the EPI now stands at 125, an increase of 25 points on the
1999 baseline. In real terms, that represents an increase in sales of
£2.0bn in two years. If you’re picking up the EPI for the
first time, please let me explain. The EPI is our attempt to measure growth
in the consumer marketplace for ethical goods and services. At present,
it is the only tool, based on hard sales data, that can be invoked by
business, policy makers and campaigners to support claims about growth
in the ethical marketplace.
This year, we’ve sought to strengthen, with some success, the index
in the areas of transport and leisure; areas that we would hope to expand
further over forthcoming years. We would like to thank all those businesses
and organisations who, once again, have made this report possible by supplying
us with their sales data.
This is our third publication on ethical consumerism. We have taken the
opportunity, within this report, to present some of the issues raised
in our previous publications and address some of the feedback that we
have received to date. It has always been our intention that the EPI should
evolve over time and be a collaborative project between, not just ourselves
and the New Economics Foundation, but all those interested in the development
of the ethical marketplace. We would like, once again, to extend an open
invitation to all parties who would like to contribute to the future development
of the Index.
The Co-operative Bank
Ethical Purchasing Index 2002
Ethical Purchasing Index 2001
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