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

  • Shopping guide to compassionate clothing



Consumer Information (General)

Better Business Bureau
A clearinghouse based on consumer complaints against businesses

  • Search for BBB business reviews

  • File a complaint

Center for a New American Dream   http://www.newdream.orgCenter
A nonprofit that encourages consumers to reduce consumption

  • Conscious Consumer Shopping Guide

Consumers Union
One of the oldest consumer-oriented organizations, rating and investigating a range of products

Good Guide
Rates products and companies on their health, environmental and social performance

Green Pages Directory

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

National Consumers League



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

  • The HRC Workplace Project

  • Corporate Equality Index

  • Buyer’s Guide



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
Arranges carbon offsets

Climate Counts
Investigates and ranks companies and industries on their efforts to counter climate change

Global Reporting Initiative
Provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework

  • Sustainability Disclosure Database

An international direct‐action environmental organization

  • Guide to Greener Electronics

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



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

  • Food Safety Outbreak teports

Monterey Bay Aquarium   
Sustainable seafood guide


Immigrants’ Rights

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



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

Focuses on shareholder‐governance issues, not just socially responsible/ESG investing

  • Risk List: GMIRatings’ most poorly rated firms. Ratings cover an array of environmental, social, governance (ESG), and accounting issues.

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





  • Fortune magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For”

  • Black Enterprise magazine, “40 Best Companies for Diversity”

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

  • Working Mother magazine “100 Best Companies”

National Consumers League
International advocacy group for consumers and workers

  • Child labor

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

  • Products using child labor.


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

Worker Rights Consortium
Investigates working conditions in factories around the globe

  • Factory investigations



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

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

  • Executive Pay Database



Employee Benefit Research Institute  202  659 0670                 
Clearinghouse of data and other background information

Pension Rights Center   202  296 3776
Advocacy on behalf of workers and retirees



Center for Responsive Politics
Tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy

  • Spending on lobbying by industry

  • Political Action Committees