Monday, July 21, 2008

Make Your Dollars Count

Last month we told you about Carrotmob, a nonprofit that seeks to organize campaigns of sustainability-minded consumers to collaborate and vote with their dollars. Carrotmob does this by coordinating consumers for a shopping spree at a local business that agrees to reinvest profits back into their own business for environmentally-friendly improvements.

Another way to support responsible business is to shop with companies listed in Co-op America's National Green Pages. The Green Pages directory lists businesses that have made "commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products." Businesses are screened and approved by Co-op America before being listed in the directory.

Another option, of course, is to vote with your dollars by NOT supporting businesses whose practices are not sustainable. Along these lines, you can visit several sites that track and report corporate behavior, such as Co-op America's Responsible Shopper, Business & Human Rights Resource Center, Campaign for Labor Rights, Corporate Watch, CorpWatch, Rainforest Action Network, International Labor Rights Forum, Knowmore, National Labor Committee, and a host of others. These sites provide information on current campaigns related to specific companies.

Make your dollars count.

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