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Features contributing to the growth of ethical consumerism - a preliminary investigation

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Consumers of the 1990s are claimed to be caring, environmentally and socially aware and are demanding a say in the production, processing and resourcing of the products they regularly purchase. Hypothesizes that the environmentally-aware consumer has become ethically aware and is joined by many other consumers who believe in the principles of fair trade. The increasingly well-informed consumer is not only demanding fairly traded products, but is challenging manufacturers and retailers to guarantee the ethical claims they are making about their products. Reports on a survey to investigate the factors contributing to the development of ethical consumerism in the UK, and provides details of the integrating features which it finds. Discusses the implications of these for management.

Keywords: Consumerism; Ethics; Fair Trading; Green Marketing; Sustainable Development

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 1996

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