The Consumer Choice Center was launched in February 2017. We held launch events in both Brussels, Belgium, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Currently, we have staff members in the United States, Canada, and the European Union.
As an independent nonprofit organization, the Consumer Choice Center is dependent on funding from private donors. We do not accept money from governmental institutions. As described in our Code of Ethics, we strictly maintain editorial independence and do not give our funders influence on editorial decisions.
Our support comes from corporations, individuals, and foundations. In the past we have received funding from multiple industries such as energy, fast moving consumer goods, manufacturing, digital, healthcare, cryptocurrencies, and fin-tech. Among our many funders we are proud to count the Atlas Network (foundation), Tokyo Smoke (Cannabis), Japan Tobacco International (which co-sponsored our launch event in Brussels), the Geneva Network, the electric Hand-dryer Association (corporation), Facebook (corporation), the Atlas Project (corporation), and Philip Morris International (corporation).
In 2017 we received seed funding from our parent organization SFL to start our operations in Europe and Canada.
You can find the latest list of our staff members on our staff page.
We define Consumer Choice as a state in which consumers have wide choice among different products, innovations, and price classes. Prohibitive laws, protectionist measures, and indirect taxes are the main ways on how Consumer Choice gets limited.
The CCC works currently with thousands of consumers in the United States, the European Union and its Member States, Canada, Ukraine, Israel, Georgia, and Singapore. We are planning to engage with consumers in South America and Africa in the near future.
We closely monitor trends in consumer regulation and comment on these in traditional media, social media and engage with policy makers and regulators in order to warn how respective regulation can harm the choice of consumers. While we try to shed light on as many issues as possible we usually pick some hot issues and run larger awareness campaigns on these.
The CCC has run campaigns on legalized cannabis across Canada and the United States, evidence-based policy making in Europe’s agriculture and food supply, protecting Diesel-owners of reactionary policies, the soda tax in Montréal, sugar taxes across Canada, a consumer-oriented energy policy in the European Union, Brand Freedom in the Republic of Georgia, tariffs in the United States, transparency in the European Union, allowing innovations in agriculture that would bring down food prices for consumers, and more.
We are actively contributing to the debate through traditional media (opinion pieces, radio, TV, and press releases), infographics and videos through our own social media channels, grassroots activism, organizing roundtable events, conducting consumer polls, and by testifying in committees of legislatures or workshops hosted by regulators, stakeholders, and partner organizations.