March 18, 2008 12:25 ET

Learn About the Next Step in the Ethical Consumerism Revolution

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - announces that a new market research report related to the Consumer goods industry is available in its catalogue.

The Next Step In The Ethical Consumerism Revolution

Ethical consumerism will increasingly come to the fore as people shop for products they feel akin to politically, ethically and aesthetically. Consumers will choose brands that are actively making a difference in a transparent and trustworthy manner. This is reflected by the double-digit growth forecasted for fair-trade purchases in the next 5 years in nearly all countries covered in this report

Comprehensive analysis of consumer values, attitudes and behaviors with regard to ethically aligned consumption - Sizing of key markets influenced by ethical considerations notably organic and fair-trade spending by country and category - Detailed recommendations offering practical strategies based on the trends and insights uncovered in the report - Covers countries across Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific; France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, US, Japan and Australia

Ethical concerns span the globe covering many consumers in a number of countries. Differences do however occur on the importance of individual issues on a country-by-country basis. For manufacturers and marketers to effectively capitalize on the trend, they need to understand these variations

The organic food segment dominates overall organics' spending with sales in excess of US$20 billion in Europe and US$17 billion in the US alone. Food products are also increasingly being tagged as 'organic'. In 2007 15.1% of new food product launches tracked by Productscan were tagged as organic, compared to 7.3% in 2002

As the ethical movement has grown, a number of companies have tried to position themselves as 'green', some with more success than others. Going forward it is imperative that businesses create a clear plan of how to re-adjust to meet consumer demand or risk being left behind.

Understand the attitudes driving and inhibiting the ethical consumerism revolution - Obtain exclusive data on the consumption; food, drink and personal care market values of fair-trade and organic consumption - Improve your marketing by following best-practice guidelines enabling more effective targeting with on-trend products and relevant communications





INTRODUCTION: There are different levels and consequences of ethical consumption 2

Business leaders want to take action but are unsure how to best succeed 3

Ethical consumerism is becoming more sophisticated 3

TREND: Ethical and environmental concerns are escalating on a global scale 4

Concern over environmental and animal welfare issues are especially high among Europeans 4

US consumers have entered a more reflective and concerned phase of consumption 5

In the Asia-Pacific region more economically developed nations are most concerned about the environment 5

Take-outs and implications: ethical consciousness has entered the mainstream and must therefore prompt a strategic re-think as companies plan for the future 6

TREND: Consumers are increasingly acting on their ethical beliefs via product choices 6

Fair-trade sales are experiencing phenomenal growth 6

Beverages is the most important category in fair-trade, primarily due to extensive coffee and tea sales 8

Organic spending is growing, driven, in part, by ethical considerations 10

Consumers will boycott brands/products that they perceive as lacking environmental credentials 13

Consumers are also disposing of the products they buy in a more ethical manner 13

Take-outs and implications: ethical consciousness is directly impacting consumer goods sales 14

INSIGHT: Socio-demographics impact how shoppers view ethical issues 14

Take-outs and implications: manufacturers and marketers need to take socio-demographics into account but recognize a democratization of ethical consumerism overall 16

INSIGHT: There remains a 'disconnect' between consumers' ethical attitudes and actual buying behavior 17

Consumers desire accurate information and education about ethical / environmental issues 17

Price can be a factor for some consumers failing to adopt more ethical alternatives 18

Consumers demand more from a product than solely being ethical 18

Consumers are also questioning the broader integrity of the ethical movement 18

Strong ethical credentials are associated with enhanced consumer trust 19

Take-outs and implications: removing the major 'inhibitors' to ethical purchasing is needed to reap long-term rewards 19

INSIGHT: Environmental concerns are paramount to the ethical consumption trend 20

Ethical consumption is not a wholly altruistic act 22

Take-outs and implications: concerns about the environment are not entirely selfless 22

INSIGHT: Ethical consumerism is associated with self expressive consumers looking to position themselves in a specific manner 23

Take-outs and Implications: consumers use ethical consumption as a means of expression 23

INSIGHT: 'Going local' is a consumption trend with strong ties to ethics 24

Food miles are in the consumer consciousness, but the term is not without limitations 24

Consumers are responding to concepts of 'carbon footprints' and 'food prints' 25

Take-outs and implications: 'buying local' is a key element of the ethical movement 26

Conclusions 26


ACTION: Determine a clear plan of action to deal with increasing ethical expectations among shoppers 27

Research / monitor your company's ethical performance effectively - if you don't others will 27

ACTION: Endeavour to reduce the impact of your products on the environment 28

Source products and ingredients ethically where possible 28

Demonstrate a commitment to reduce your packaging footprint by reducing material waste 28

Use 'light-weighting' alternatives where applicable 29

Incorporate sustainability initiatives into all operations 30

'Carbon offsetting' can contribute to your ethical profile 31

ACTION: Actively promote your ethical credentials ensuring honest and clear communication 31

Educate and inform consumers about your sustainability credentials 32

Show consumers that your CSR activities are not just PR 33

Use carbon offsetting in conjunction with other procedures and claims 33

Ensure that ethical claims can be substantiated 33

Get passionate activists onside or inside the company 34

Don't be afraid to reflect the positive and 'cool' aspect of ethics 34

Make transparency and traceability core features of supply chain and marketing communications 34

Promote the story of the ethically produced product 35

Avoid making ethical considerations the key message of marketing communications, especially for new product promotion 36

ACTION: Attempt to bring ethical consumerism to mass market 37

Expand ethical product distribution into mass channels 37

Develop branded initiatives that enable consumers to more easily identify eco-friendly packages 38

Use in-store signage to educate and communicate about environmental credentials 38

Command price premiums where possible yet strive to bring prices down 39


Definitions 40

Methodology 40

References/ Further reading 40

Ask the analyst 41

Datamonitor consulting 41

Disclaimer 41

List of Tables

Table 1: Fair-trade overall product sales by country, 2002, 2007, 2012, ($m) 7

Table 2: Fair-trade sales by country and category, 2002, 2007, 2012 ($ millions) 9

Table 3: The percentage of new product launches in the US and Europe tagged as 'organic', by product 2002-07 10

Table 4: Organic food market value ($ millions) by country, 2002, 2007, 2012 11

Table 5: Organic beverage market value ($ millions) by country, 2002, 2007, 2012 12

Table 6: Organic personal care market value ($ millions) by country, 2002, 2007, 2012 12

Table 7: Importance of fair-trade categories by gender, 2006 15

List of Figures

Figure 1: There are a number of drivers and inhibitors affecting ethical consumption 2

Figure 2: Ethical consumerism is becoming more sophisticated over time 3

Figure 3: Australia and Spain are predicted to have the strongest growth in fair-trade over the next five years 8

Figure 4: The US, Spain and Sweden offer the fastest growth potential in organic food sales 11

Figure 5: Higher education positively impacts ethical buying behavior 16

Figure 6: Over the past twenty years their has been a shift in European and US consumer concern toward environmental issues 21

Figure 7: Caring about the environment tops social justice concerns for US fair-trade consumers 21

Figure 8: Recent natural disasters have highlighted the impact of climate change in consumers' minds 22

Figure 9: Tesco has launched a new store with a 50% smaller carbon footprint than a conventional store 30

Figure 10: Educating consumers about ethical sustainability policies increases awareness and adds impact to the changes being made 32

Figure 11: Marketers can adapt farmers' market advantages for the mass market 36

Figure 12: Ethical considerations are secondary to a number of other important needs associated with food and drink consumption 37

Figure 13: In-store signage increases the visibility of sustainable products 39

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