Spending money can feel like an ethical minefield. Sharing research with others can help. We list below some schemes and websites that might help to point you in the right direction.
It can take time and effort to research the ethics of particular companies or products, but a group of people – such as a church discussion group – can help each other out. Also, thinking about your answers to questions on your aims and motivations may help you to work out your priorities.
There are several “marks” and certifications that are awarded to products or companies based on ethical criteria, such as the Fairtrade mark and the Freedom Food certificate. If you come across a “mark” you’ve not seen before, it is worth checking it out, as some are based on rigid criteria while others are less strict. Some are assessed by NGOs or similar bodies; some by groups of corporations.
While we can’t list them all here, we hope the following links and suggestions will point you in the right direction for finding out what you want to know.
Part 1 – General Ethical Ratings
Part 2 – Environmental And Animal Welfare
Part 3 – Fairtrade
Part 4 – Pay And Conditions
Part 5 – Tax Avoidance