So today and this holiday season, I challenge you to use your money ethically. Spend where you know the employees are being treated with respect. Buy items that don't damage the world. Purchase using financial institutions that aren't using bailout money to pay huge bonuses to executives. Do a bit of research before you decide to buy and discover what your money is funding.
If you don't want business that abuse people, don't give them your money. If you don't want banks that take bailouts, don't give them your money.
When the flashy ads come on your television and entice you to buy inexpensive gifts for your family, pause. Think about how the products are affecting not only your family, but the people who made them and the people who sold them to you. We're all in this together and we can make a difference together.
Here's a list of the most ethical companies in 2011 and you can use buying guides to evaluate the products you consume.
The Ethisphere list (linked above) is copied below:
|Computer Software||Construction and Engineering|
|Consumer Electronics||Consumer Products|
|Diversified Industries||Electronics and Semiconductors|
|Energy and Utilities||Engineering and Design|
|Environmental Services||Financial Services|
|Food and Beverage||Food Stores|
|Forestry, Paper and Packaging||Health and Beauty|
|Healthcare Services||Hotels, Travel and Hospitality|
|Internet||Media, Publishing and Entertainment|
|Real Estate||Restaurants and Cafes|
|Specialty Pharma||Specialty Retail|
|Telecom Services||Transportation and Logistics|