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CONSUMER ETHICS

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

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Comment by Louis Davout on October 17, 2009 at 7:06am
Comment by A Former Member on October 10, 2009 at 5:09pm
Good vid, Louis. Thanks.
Comment by Louis Davout on October 10, 2009 at 9:41am
Comment by Louis Davout on September 26, 2009 at 9:15am
Comment by Louis Davout on September 26, 2009 at 8:02am
Comment by Jaume on September 26, 2009 at 5:11am
"The last thing you need to fortify yourself for your journey is a Big Mac."

Funny. That's as good advertising material as McDo' will ever get.
Comment by Louis Davout on September 24, 2009 at 8:49pm
Oh man. I don't know if my blood pressure could handle reading that Pigs book. I think my head would explode with outrage.
Comment by A Former Member on September 12, 2009 at 8:14pm
Sydni, I just watched that CRUDE trailer. Incredible that there is so much denial on the part of the oil companies. Truly sad.
Comment by A Former Member on September 12, 2009 at 6:46pm
Tell Obama's Antitrust Czar: Investigate Monsanto

Massive agrichemical and seed corporation Monsanto -- through acquisitions and cut-throat business practices -- has cornered 90% of the soy, 65% of the corn, and 70% of the cotton seed markets, all without government anti-trust officials raising an eyebrow.

Not only that, but in order to be productive, most of Monsanto's seed lines all but require the use of the herbicide Roundup, trapping farmers into buying it. Who owns Roundup? Monsanto.

Monsanto has, it seems, cornered the market on abusive monopolistic practices as well. In the middle of a recession, while farmers' incomes are dropping, Monsanto recently announced a 42% price hike on its most popular genetically modified seeds. When in many areas of the country distributors carry nothing but these seeds, this sure looks like evidence of a monopolist abusing its market position.

Take Action Today!» President Obama's antitrust chief Christine Varney has promised rigorous enforcement of antitrust law with a special focus on the agricultural sector. She should start with the worst of the worst, Monsanto.

Sign the petition to demand that Varney immediately open an investigation into Monsanto and its abusive business practices.
Comment by A Former Member on August 28, 2009 at 8:58pm
Sydni, that movie looks good, and will probably be somewhat accurate. However, as much as I like Moore, I also know he (as all directors do) will edit to make his point. I think he is basically accurate a lot of the times, but it is really hard to be totally fair and investigative in a two-hour movie.
 

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