CONSUMER ETHICS was created to help us understand how our purchasing power can help or harm the world around us.

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Anyone who pays attention at all should not be surprised to learn that how we spend our money can profoundly influence social and economic justice, environmental preservation or degradation, animal welfare, and democratic freedoms—especially in third-world countries.

Of course, it is difficult to always be 100% ethical in everything we do. No one lives a blameless life, and in our capitalist culture it is very difficult to monitor and be aware of every injustice that occurs for the sake of profit. Clearly, most economic or consumer injustices take place out of sight – and therefore out of mind for most of us.

Add to that the sheer burden of just getting through the day: working, commuting, doing chores, meeting our obligations and responsibilities, etc., that it seems damn near impossible to be mindful of how, what, and even whom we consume day after day. But doesn’t mean that we can’t try to make better consumer choices as much as possible.

The Consumer Ethics group will allow us to share information that will help us understand and address the above issues and become conscientious consumers by:

  • Identifying unscrupulous corporations that exploit people or animals; or maintain and increase social poverty, inequality, and deprivation
  • Allowing us to share information on fair trade products or services
  • Exposing workplace injustices, sweatshops, and child labor violations
  • Identifying companies that value their employees and customers, that promote living wages and equality and fairness in the workplace, provide safe and healthy working environments, and maintain sustainable business and environmental practices
  • Finding products that are safe to use or healthy to consume
  • Recognizing consumer addiction and consumer propaganda
  • Understanding and voting against economic legislation that is unfair or predatory

We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered. A nation can flounder as readily in the face of moral and spiritual bankruptcy as it can through financial bankruptcy. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, April, 1967

Discussion Forum

Bangladesh's deadly building collapse: Are cheap clothes to blame?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member May 5, 2013. 2 Replies

What Isn’t for Sale?

Started by A Former Member Apr 29, 2013. 0 Replies

The Corporation with Ethos-a time for change films to see

Started by michele ricketts. Last reply by michele ricketts Apr 29, 2013. 2 Replies

The Center for a New American Dream

Started by A Former Member Apr 29, 2013. 0 Replies

The Consumer Ethics Book List

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Apr 29, 2013. 1 Reply

The true cost of Mother's Day flowers

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Steph S. Apr 25, 2013. 1 Reply

Ethical Consumer Buyer Guides

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Ford, Starbucks Among ‘Most Ethical Companies’

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Steph S. May 4, 2012. 1 Reply

A One-for-One Revolution

Started by A Former Member Nov 16, 2011. 0 Replies

We-First Capitalism

Started by A Former Member Sep 24, 2011. 0 Replies

What’s yours is mine

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Richard C Brown Jul 25, 2011. 1 Reply

The Cigarette Century and Beyond

Started by A Former Member Dec 30, 2010. 0 Replies

The Idea of a Local Economy

Started by A Former Member Dec 29, 2010. 0 Replies

Frontline | The Persuaders

Started by A Former Member Jun 7, 2010. 0 Replies

The Ethical Consumer

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Comment by A Former Member on June 23, 2010 at 1:13pm

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Comment by A Former Member on June 5, 2010 at 8:06pm
Foxconn Deaths Illuminate Deeper Tragedies in China’s Workforce

The young workers had one thing in common when they took a deadly plunge at their massive factory in Shenzhen. The day before, each symbolized the vanguard of China's economic miracle. The day after, each body attested to the hidden labor crisis rending China's social fabric.

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Comment by A Former Member on June 4, 2010 at 3:39pm
Last Wednesday's Diane Rehm Show: Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen: "The Power of Half"

What happens when a family decides to drop everything and donate half of their savings to charity? The story of the Salwen family and how their decision to sell their house and donate half of the earnings to charity brought them closer together and taught them the value of family.

Kevin Salwen a reporter and editor at the "Wall Street Journal" for 18 years. Served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and currently works for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Hannah Salwen Daughter of Joan and Kevin Salwen. She is a junior at the Atlanta Girls' School, where she plays volleyball, serves on the student council, and volunteers regularly.

Listen here.
Comment by A Former Member on June 4, 2010 at 1:31pm
Yesterday's Diane Rehm Show: "Plentitude" with Juliet B. Schor

The economic and sociological factors behind ecological decline and how by developing new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different lifestyles, individuals and the country as a whole can be better off and more economically secure for years to come.

Juliet Schor, author of "The Overworked American" and "The Overspent American," is a professor of sociology at Boston College.

Listen here. Here's the book.
Comment by A Former Member on May 21, 2010 at 10:00pm
I just ran across this clip, but I have not seen this yet. But I'm going to try to see it soon. It looks interesting.

Comment by A Former Member on April 20, 2010 at 9:29am
Insurance Invests Billions in Fast Food
Health and life insurance companies invest billions in the fast-food industry, according to a Harvard report. Researchers from Harvard University’s Cambridge Health Alliance analyzed health and life insurance companies’ holdings in the fast-food industry and found that insurers own $1.88 billion dollars worth of stocks in McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s/Arby’s, Yum! Brands (owner of KFC and Pizza Hut), and Burger King. The authors offer the following possible explanations for the conflict of interest: profitability of investments outweighs other concerns, unawareness of social impact, or unawareness of individual divisions’ activities (investments vs. claims, for example). The authors go on to suggest that the insurance companies should either remove their funds from the fast-food industry or leverage their ownership to force them to change their practices.
Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2010 at 5:18pm
Nestlé tried to censor Greenpeace advert but failed

Glad to see the attempts to block this video by Nestlé were defeated. Like the countless stories in recent years ago lead in toys or other harmful products introduced along the supply chain process, Nestlé is being targeted by Greenpeace because of the alleged ties to a company that is destroying the habitat of the endangered orangutan in Indonesia. Nestlé probably did Greenpeace a favor in making this an even bigger story by trying to use their legal team to stop the video. Remember, it's the best and brightest who go to work for these big corporates.
Comment by A Former Member on March 11, 2010 at 5:03pm
Study: Happiness Is Experiences, Not Stuff

If you're trying to buy happiness, you'd be better off putting your money toward a tropical island get-away than a new computer, a new study suggests.

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