Consumer Resources

Animal Welfare

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) 
An animal rights organization with focus areas in factory farms, the clothing trade, laboratories, and the entertainment industry

  • Search for cruelty free companies and products

  • How to Wear Vegan shipping guide 

Consumer Information (General)

Better Business Bureau  
A clearinghouse based on consumer complaints against businesses

  • Search for BBB business reviews

  • File a complaint

Consumers Union

One of the oldest consumer-oriented organizations, rating and investigating a range of products, and the publisher of Consumer Reports

 

Institute for Local Self-Reliance   

 

National Consumers League

International advocacy group for consumers and workers

Diversity

Human Rights Campaign  
An advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights

  • Healthcare Facilities Search

  • Municipality Database

  • Employer Search

 

Environment

Business for Social Responsibility
While the organization is more geared to business members, the website can provide some information for consumers regarding which companies choose to belong to BSR and what issues they’re working on

Carbonfund.org
Arranges carbon offsets

Climate Counts
Investigates and ranks products related to sustainability lifestyles

Global Reporting Initiative
Standards for organizations to report on their sustainability efforts 

Greenpeace

An international direct‐action environmental organization  

 

Grist 
An environmental news and commentary site

 

Hendy Group Guide to Driving Electric and Hybrid Cars  
While the Hendy Group (a British car dealership) gets mixed reviews from consumers, and its guide is aimed at a UK audience, the guide does include good, basic explanations of hybrid, electric, hydrogen-cell and other alternative auto technologies

Sierra Club                                                                                                    
One of the oldest environmental groups

Food

Center for Science in the Public Interest
A consumer advocacy organization that conducts research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition

  • Food Safety Outbreak reports

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium  
Sustainable seafood guide

Immigrants’ Rights

America’s Voice Education Fund  
Advocacy for immigrants' rights and protection

Investing

As You Sow  
Promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and legal strategies

Moxy Vote
Tries to support communication among shareholders, customers, concerned citizens and companies

MSCI

ESG (environmental, social, and governance) indexes and ratings of various companies

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment  
The U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing

  • Research and tools, in particular, the Financial Services Member Directory

Labor

“Best Companies” Lists

  • Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For”

  • Black Enterprise “40 Best Companies for Diversity”

  • Latina Style  “50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S.”

  • Working Mother “100 Best Companies”

Child Labor

The Child Labor Coalition  
Promotes health, safety, education, and well‐being for working minors

  • Products using child labor

 

Overseas Sweatshops

United Students Against Sweatshops  
A grassroots organization managed entirely by youth and students that runs student‐labor solidarity campaigns

 

Worker Rights Consortium  
Investigates working conditions in factories around the globe

  • Factory investigations

Unions

AFL‐CIO   

The umbrella federation for U.S. unions, encompassing 56 unions 

  • The Union‐Made Vehicle List from the United Auto Workers

  • Executive Pay Database

Pensions

Employee Benefit Research Institute                
Clearinghouse of data and other background information

 

Pension Rights Center
Advocacy on behalf of workers and retirees

Politics

Open Secrets
Tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

Spending on lobbying by industry

Political Action Committees