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

Amazon Kindle: Now you read it, now you don't

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 31, 2010. 2 Replies

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Comment by Фелч Гроган on January 19, 2010 at 6:45pm
Comment by A Former Member on December 5, 2009 at 1:29pm
The Time to Change the Rules of the Road for Wall Street Is Now!

The House of Representatives will vote this week on a major overhaul of the financial industry to ensure more accountability, stability and protections for consumers.

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) will provide much-needed regulation of the greed and recklessness that has wreaked havoc in our economy and brought hardship to so many hard-working Americans. In particular, a strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency with the ability to place limits on predatory behavior is essential, and any attempts to strip the agency of enforcement of critical consumer protections like this should be opposed.

Now, the bill is fast approaching time for debate on the House floor. But the big banks are spending hundreds of millions of dollars—from the billions they got in taxpayer-funded bailouts—on lobbyists and public relations firms to oppose real consumer protections.

Use the simple form below to tell Congress to pass the financial reform package with no exemptions or loopholes in accountability. Tell your representative you want a strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency and a strong economy that works for all of us.

Sign here.
Comment by A Former Member on November 29, 2009 at 8:14pm
Why the American Consumer Will Keep on Buying
When do you shop? And why do you sometimes buy things that you don't really need? We'll talk this hour with former editor in chief of Esquire Magazine Lee Eisenberg, author of "Shoptimism: Why the American Consumer Will Keep on Buying No Matter What" (Free Press, 2009).
Comment by A Former Member on November 28, 2009 at 2:33pm
This is an hour long radio show covering multiple topics. Advance to 7:45 to start. - DG

The Credit Card Economy Comes Home to Roost

When the great recession got under way, credit card companies began changing their rules, making it harder for struggling consumers to pay their bills. Congress enacted reform in May, but gave the industry nine months to clean up its act. What we told you in March, when this discussion originally aired, will still be valid until after this Christmas.
Comment by A Former Member on November 14, 2009 at 1:56pm
Thanks for the video Louis. Senator Phil Gramm was from Texas, and he was as crooked and vile and dishonest as they come. That was not the first time he introduced legislation that came back to bite us.
Comment by Louis Davout on November 13, 2009 at 8:52pm
Comment by A Former Member on November 5, 2009 at 6:09pm
If you are interested in this, listen to it soon. Podcasts are removed after a while. I have not had a chance to listen to this myself. - DG

Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty
Why do hunger and famine persist and do we possess the knowledge and resources to feed the planet's poor? We'll talk to Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent Roger Thurow, co-author of "Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty" (Public Affairs, 2009).

Listen to the podcast here.
Comment by Louis Davout on October 30, 2009 at 1:15am
Comment by A Former Member on October 28, 2009 at 2:17pm
Take Action on Critical Transparency Legislation in the Senate

Last month, as a member of the Publish What You Pay U.S. (PWYP US) coalition, ERI announced the introduction in the U.S. Senate of the "Energy Security through Transparency Act of 2009," by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). The Act, if passed, would require companies registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to report how much they pay each government for access to their oil, gas and minerals. This disclosure would apply to all companies that file with the SEC, regardless of where they are based, and would be added to existing SEC requirements. Most of the world’s extractive industries would be covered by this law, and would set a new international standard for corporate and state behavior.

Take action here.
Comment by A Former Member on October 24, 2009 at 1:59pm
Brilliant video, Sydni.

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