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Consumer resources list compiled by Fran Hawthorne

Consumer resources list compiled by Fran Hawthorne

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For consumers who would like to research the social responsibility records, policies, and practices of the companies they do business with, here are some reliable sources of information, many of which were used in Ethical Chic.
For consumers who would like to research the social responsibility records, policies, and practices of the companies they do business with, here are some reliable sources of information, many of which were used in Ethical Chic.

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CONSUMER RESOURCES LIST
Compiled by Fran Hawthore, author of 
For consumers who would like to research the social responsibility records, policies, and practices of the companies they do business with, here are somereliable sources of information, many of which were used in
Ethical Chic.
ANIMAL WELFARE
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals),www.peta.org
 An animal rights organization with focus areas in factory farms, the clothingtrade, laboratories, and the entertainment industry.
CONSUMER/GENERAL
Better Business Bureau,www.bbb.org.
 An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other.
Center for a New American Dream,www.newdream.org 
 A nonprofit that encourages consumers to reduce consumption.
 
Consumers Union,www.consumersunion.org
Working for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and toempower consumers to protect themselves.
Publisher of Consumer Reports,www.consumerreports.org
Good Guide,www.goodguide.com
Rates products and companies on their health, environmental and social performance.
National Consumers League,www.nclnet.org
Protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workersin the United States and abroad.
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ENVIRONMENT
Business for Social Responsibility,www.bsr.org 
While the organization is more geared to business members, the website can provide some information for consumers regarding which companies chooseto belong to BSR and what issues they’re working on.
Climate Counts,www.climatecounts.org
 A collaborative effort to bring consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change.
Global Reporting Initiative,www.globalreporting.org
 A non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and socialsustainability. Provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensivesustainability reporting framework.
Greenpeace,www.greenpeace.org
 An international direct-action environmental organization.
 An environmental news and commentary site.
INVESTING
As You Sow,www.asyousow.org
Promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility throughshareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.
Proxy Preview: provides an overview of upcoming votes onenvironmental and social shareholder resolutions
GMIRatings,www.gmiratings.com
Focuses on shareholder-governance issues not just socially responsible/ESGinvesting.
Risk List: GMIRatings’ most poorly rated firms. Ratings cover an array of environmental, social, governance (ESG), and accounting issues.
Moxy Vote,www.moxyvote.com 
Facilitates constructive communication between shareholders, customers,concerned citizens and the companies.
US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment,www.ussif.org
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Ethical Chic
 
The U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions andorganizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing.
FOOD
Center for Science in the Public Interest,www.cspinet.org 
 A consumer advocacy organization that conducts research and advocacy  programs in health and nutrition and provides consumers with current, usefulinformation about their health and well-being.
LABOR
“Best Companies” Lists
Fortune
magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For,” publishedannually in January.
Black Enterprise
magazine, “40 Best Companies for Diversity,” publishedannually in July.
Latina Style
magazine “50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in theU.S.,” published annually in August.
Working Mother 
magazine “100 Best Companies,” published annually inOctober.
CHILD LABOR
The Child Labor Coalition,www.stopchildlabor.org 
Promoting 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, andtin.
DIVERSITY 
Human Rights Campaign,www.hrc.org
Civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender Americans.
IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS
America’s Voice Education Fund,www.americasvoiceonline.org
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Ethical Chic

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