Today - more than ever - consumers help to determine the mix of products and services available to them as well as the social and environmental standards found in the production of these product through their purchasing decisions. The shopping list has become a ballot paper. However, how much responsibility should individual consumers take for social challenges and how can they be supported in making well-informed, responsible choices about the products available? ConPolicy supports the development of smart consumer policy by focusing on three key areas:
Towards a fairer deal for consumers and the financial industry - Lessons from the Retail Distribution Review and the ban of commissions in the UK, conducted for Association of German Fee-Only Advisers and quirin bank AG (2012) (.pdf English version).
Employee and consumer interests: Allies or Opponents?, study financed by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (2012) (.pdf German version).
Sustainable Consumption: Consumer information alone is insufficient - new approaches for sustainable consumption, July 2011 (.pdf German version)
What consumer policy can learn from behavioural economics, December 2010 (.pdf German version)
Financial regulatory reform - Lessons from the international debate of 03/10/2010 (.pdf German version)
Consumer information - Limits and requirements of 02/17/2010 (.pdf German version)