This page contains tools and resources for dollar voting and boycotting.
Ethical consumption can be a powerful tool for change. It allows the people to starve the providers of goods and services which are harmful to the environment and society by buying products which were ethically produced and/or boycotting those which were not.
Ethical consumerism is typically involving organic/GMO products, fair trade vs child labour or sweatshops, energy-efficient and/or green energy, products made from recycled or recyclable materials, local made, carbon footprint and transportation and so on. This can also be starving those which offer goods and services hostile to liberty, food independence, etc...
There are a handful of powerful tools that ethical consumers can use to identify companies of concern, companies that are ethical, and engage in dollar voting/boycotts.
Ethical Consumer Tools
LIBERTY.menu is a crowd sourced directory for the liberty movement. Liberty.menu highlights events, restaurants & bars, goods & services, news & entertainment, room & board and organizations & communities that share your values of liberty and free market by highlighting their liberty characteristics. liberty.menu is also working on creating a liberty rating system for users.
"CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 15,127+ companies from 135 industries in 130 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world."
GoodGuide is a resource that allows you to search or browse over 210,000 products rated for their impact on health, environmental, and societal factors. They also have an iphone app to be used on the go. GoodGuide provides information about the health, environmental and social performance of consumer products and companies. Their goal is to make "retailers and manufacturers face compelling incentives to make products that are safe, environmentally sustainable and produced using ethical sourcing of raw materials and labor."
B Corp "is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk." their website says. A B Corp is a certification that helps investors and consumers tell the difference between companies that are socially responsible and companies with great marketing. This certification ensures a legal structure that "expands corporate accountability so they are required to make decisions that are good for society, not just their shareholders." There are over 450 Certified B Corporations across 60 different industries presently.
JustMeans Insights provides data visualization tools for comparing companies level of social responsibility, environmental impact and sustainability performance against its competitors. "We look at a number of standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, dig through thousands of historical reports, and then pull all of that into a data visualization tool normalized to financials, employees, etc," Martin explained. "The result is that anyone can then compare companies across industries, sectors, geographies along the same normalized metrics."
CorpWatch provides news, analysis and research tools to respond to corporate malfeasance and profiteering around the globe. They fight for corporate accountability, human rights, social and environmental justice. CorpWatch does investigations and advocacy and also has a hands-on guide to doing your own on-line research on corporations.
Corporate Critic indexes and rates the Corporate Social Responsibility records of over 25,000 companies, ranging from large multinationals to small independents, using primarily civil society data. They collect and categorise information about publicly listed and private companies from anywhere in the world regarding impact on: Environment: Climate Change, Pollution & Toxics, Habitats & Resources, Environmental Reporting, Nuclear Power People: Human Rights, Workers' Rights, Supply Chain Policy, Irresponsible Marketing, Armaments Animals: Animal Testing, Factory Farming, Other Animal Rights Politics: Genetic Engineering, Boycott Call, Political Activities, Anti-Social Finance, Company Ethos Product Sustainability: Organic Product, Fairtrade product, Positive Environmental Features, Other Sustianability Features, Animal Welfare Features.
The community tool box
The community Tool Box has "a free, online resource and platform for starting boycotts. They have thousands of pages of tips and tools for community action: boycotts, community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and advocacy. The Work Group also provides a variety of services including technical assistance and training and participatory evaluation of community-based efforts.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
GRI provides "the world’s most widely used standards on sustainability reporting and disclosure, enabling businesses, governments, civil society and citizens to make better decisions based on information that matters. 93% of the world’s largest 250 corporations report on their sustainability performance."
Trust Across America
Trust Across America offers an audit model they call "FACTS" for measuring trustworthy business behavior. Their audit is meant to "break through the “traditional” corporate reporting model.." "...and provide companies and industries with a holistic assessment tool for measuring trustworthy behavior, and a new method of telling an integrated, unbiased and unified story to stakeholders. Their auditing model is meant to "enable organizations to protect their reputation by anticipating “surprises” and managing risk from both a financial and a non-financial perspective."
Issue Specific Tools
Fair Trade USA A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, is the leading third-party certifier in the United States. They audit the global supply chain and certify over 7,000 products from over 50 countries. Their website provides consumers with a comprehensive directory of products and services consumers can use to vote with their dollars for workers rights.
Climate Counts rates company’s climate footprint and its effort to reduce its impact on global warming on a scale from 0 - 100. It also notes whether companies support progressive climate legislation, and if their climate actions are publicly disclosed, etc...
The Eat Well Guide
The Eat Well Guide is a curated directory of over 25,000 hand-picked farmers' markets, restaurants, grocery stores, family farms who are doing their best by their customers, their workers and the planet.