Ethical shopping

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Many UK consumers would prefer to shop at stores with reputable ethics records that exhibit corporate social responsibility, but a much smaller number buy exclusively from companies whose ethics they agree with, says a recent report by YouGov SixthSense into the ethical shopping practices of UK consumers.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept that seeks to bring business and manufacturing practices into line with widely accepted ethical standards so that companies’ business practices are compatible with the rights and wellbeing of all members of the public sphere.

Half of UK consumers say that they would like to buy from companies that have a strong CSR programme in place, yet, in a blow to rights watchdogs and charities that seek to ensure CSR is widely implemented, 61% of consumers say they hear a lot about the concept but ‘nothing of any substance’.

Similarly, while seven out of ten shoppers say they like shopping with compan

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