Where Else To Go

The Best Consumer Guide Ever!

(the official Resource Guide to accompany Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love )

 

 

 

 

ANIMAL WELFARE

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)  http://www.peta.org
An animal rights organization with focus areas in factory farms, the clothing trade,
laboratories, and the entertainment industry
 Search for cruelty free companies and products
 Shopping guide to compassionate clothing

 

CONSUMER INFORMATION (GENERAL)

Better Business Bureau  http://www.bbb.org.
A clearinghouse based on consumer complaints against businesses
 Search for BBB business reviews
 File a complaint

Center for a New American Dream   http://www.newdream.orgCenter
A nonprofit that encourages consumers to reduce consumption
 Conscious Consumer Shopping Guide

Consumers Union  http://www.consumersunion.org
One of the oldest consumer-oriented organizations, rating and investigating a range of products
 Publisher of Consumer Reports, http://www.consumerreports.org

Good Guide  http://www.goodguide.com
Rates products and companies on their health, environmental and social performance

Green Pages Directory   http://www.greenpagesdirectory.net

Institute for Local Self-Reliance    www.ilsr.org

National Consumers League   www.nclnet.org

 

DIVERSITY
Human Rights Campaign  http://www.hrc.org
Advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights
 The HRC Workplace Project
 Corporate Equality Index
 Buyer’s Guide

 

ENVIRONMENT

Business for Social Responsibility  http://www.bsr.org
While the organization is more geared to business members, the website can provide some information for consumers regarding which companies choose to belong to BSR and what issues they’re working on

Carbonfund.org   www.carbonfund.org                                                                           Arranges carbon offsets

Climate Counts  http://www.climatecounts.org
Investigates and ranks companies and industries on their efforts to counter climate change

Global Reporting Initiative   http://www.globalreporting.org
Provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting
framework.
 Sustainability Disclosure Database

Greenpeace   www.greenpeace.org/usa/
An international direct‐action environmental organization.
 Guide to Greener ElectronicsGreenpeace

Grist  http://www.grist.org
An environmental news and commentary site

Sierra Club   www.sierraclub.org                                                                                                       One of the oldest environmental groups

 

FOOD

Center for Science in the Public Interest  http://www.cspinet.org
A consumer advocacy organization that conducts research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition
 Food Safety Outbreak Reports

Monterey Bay Aquarium   www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx   Sustainable seafood guide

 

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS
America’s Voice Education Fund  http://www.americasvoiceonline.org
Immigration reform

 

INVESTING

As You Sow  http://www.asyousow.org
Promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and legal strategies

GMIRatings  http://www.gmiratings.com
Focuses on shareholder‐governance issues, not just socially responsible/ESG investing
 Risk List: GMIRatings’ most poorly rated firms. Ratings cover an array of environmental, social, governance (ESG), and accounting issues.

Moxy Vote  http://www.moxyvote.com
Tries to support communication among shareholders, customers, concerned citizens and the companies

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment  http://www.ussif.org
The U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing
 Research and tools, in particular, the Financial Services Member Directory

 

LABOR
———“BEST COMPANIES” LISTS
Fortune magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For”
Black Enterprise magazine, “40 Best Companies for Diversity”
Latina Style magazine “50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S.”
Working Mother magazine “100 Best Companies”

——–CHILD LABOR
National Consumers League 
http://www.nclnet.org
International advocacy group for consumers and workers
 Child Labor

The Child Labor Coalition  http://www.stopchildlabor.org
Promotes health, safety, education, and well‐being for working minors
 Products using child labor. See also child labor used in the production of chocolate,
cotton, clothes, and tin

———OVERSEAS/SWEATSHOPS


United Students Against Sweatshops  http://www.usas.org
A grassroots organization run entirely by youth and students that runs student‐labor solidarity campaigns

Worker Rights Consortium  http://www.workersrights.org
Investigates working conditions in factories around the globe
 Factory Investigations

_______UNIONS

AFL‐CIO   http://www.aflcio.org
The umbrella federation for U.S. unions, encompassing 56 unions
 The AFL‐CIO National Boycott List
 The Union‐Made Vehicle List from the United Auto Workers
 Executive Pay Database

 

PENSIONS

Employee Benefit Research Institute  202  659 0670   www.ebri.org                  Clearinghouse of data and other background information

Pension Rights Center   202  296 3776    http://www.pensionrights.org                              Advocacy on behalf of workers and retirees

 

POLITICS
Center for Responsive Politics  http://www.opensecrets.org
Tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy
 Spending on lobbying by industry
 Political Action Committees

 

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