Consumers Union is a non-profit organization based in the New York, United States whose mission is to advocate on policy issues related to telecommunications, mass media, vehicle safety, health care, product safety, financial services, investing, food safety, housing, and energy and utility deregulation.
The organization published the Consumer Reports magazine since its founding in 1936 until 2012. In 2012, Consumers Union created a spin-off company named Consumer Reports to continue its mission of product research, testing and reporting via its Consumer Reports magazine (as well as via an online website), while the Consumers Union company dedicated itself exclusively to advocacy matters.
Consumers Union has four advocacy offices that attempt to influence policy that affects consumers. Employees based in these offices testify before federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies, petition government agencies, and file lawsuits on behalf of the consumer interest.