The ETA has once again scored top marks in the survey of ethical companies carried out each year by The Good Shopping Guide.
Beating household-name insurance companies such as John Lewis and the Co-op, the ETA earned an ethical company index score of 100.
For the last 20 years, the survey has revealed the good, the bad, and the ugly of the world’s companies and brands, and ETA has topped the league table for well over a decade.
For a full account of what makes us ethical, read our story.
A key question for individuals is which shares insurers invest in. According to Friends of the Earth, ‘the fate of the global environment is in large part under [institutional investors’] control, and yours too – because it is your money and you are their client’. However, the Ethical Money partnership says that ‘no insurer has an “ethical investment” policy whereby they avoid investing in particular types of company’.
Campaigners have become increasingly impatient over unethical corporate activities and are learning how to put pressure on insurance companies as shareholders. One way to make this pressure work is to keep people aware of what their insurers are investing in. Campaigners ask the insurance companies to use their own power as shareholders to vote or create pressure for more ethical or environmentally sound behaviour by the target company. By working together, campaigners and individuals can push these companies to change their policies. The comparisons carried out by The Good Shopping guide, which cover sectors as diverse as energy and fashion are an excellent first port of call for consumers with a desire to shop ethically.
According to The Good Shopping Guide: “There are some insurers who can be regarded as ‘ethical specialists’….The ETA aims to bring about positive changes in Britain’s travel habits by raising awareness about the impact of excessive car use. It provides travel and bicycle insurance as well as breakdown cover for cars and mobility scooters. See eta.co.uk for further details.”
Ethical cover you can trust
Not only are we ethical, we campaign for sustainable transport. Sometimes that means protesting until a school gets the zebra crossing they’ve been refused or running roadshows to encourage people out of their cars, or fixing bicycles for free. We also launched nationwide campaigns like Green Transport Week, Car Free Day and Twenty’s Plenty to name a few.
We’ve been campaigning for sustainable transport in this way for over 30 years with the help of people like you. Supporting this work is easy – you simply have to take out home insurance, cycle insurance, breakdown cover or mobility scooter insurance and we take care of the rest.
We provide an excellent level of cover while putting concern for the environment at the heart of all we do.