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Ethical Purchasing Index Report 2002

Foreword
“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.”

-Simon Williams
The Co-operative Bank


http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk


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