Consumer Resources

Animal Welfare

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)  http://www.peta.org
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  http://www.bbb.org.
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  http://www.consumersunion.org
One of the oldest consumer-oriented organizations, rating and investigating a range of products

Good Guide  http://www.goodguide.com
Rates products and companies on their health, environmental and social performance

Green Pages Directory   http://www.greenpagesdirectory.net

Institute for Local Self-Reliance    www.ilsr.org

National Consumers League   www.nclnet.org


 

Diversity

Human Rights Campaign  http://www.hrc.org
Advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights

  • The HRC Workplace Project
  • Corporate Equality Index
  • Buyer’s Guide

 

Environment

Business for Social Responsibility  http://www.bsr.org
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   www.carbonfund.org
Arranges carbon offsets

Climate Counts  http://www.climatecounts.org
Investigates and ranks companies and industries on their efforts to counter climate change

Global Reporting Initiative   http://www.globalreporting.org
Provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework

  • Sustainability Disclosure Database

Greenpeace   www.greenpeace.org/usa/
An international direct‐action environmental organization

  • Guide to Greener Electronics

Grist  http://www.grist.org
An environmental news and commentary site

Sierra Club   www.sierraclub.org                                                                                                      
One of the oldest environmental groups


 

Food

Center for Science in the Public Interest  http://www.cspinet.org
A consumer advocacy organization that conducts research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition

  • Food Safety Outbreak teports

Monterey Bay Aquarium   www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx   
Sustainable seafood guide


 

Immigrants’ Rights

America’s Voice Education Fund  http://www.americasvoiceonline.org
Advocacy for immigrants' rights and protection


 

Investing

As You Sow  http://www.asyousow.org
Promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and legal strategies

GMIRatings  http://www.gmiratings.com
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  http://www.moxyvote.com
Tries to support communication among shareholders, customers, concerned citizens and the companies

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment  http://www.ussif.org
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 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”

CHILD LABOR
National Consumers League
 http://www.nclnet.org
International advocacy group for consumers and workers

  • Child labor

The Child Labor Coalition  http://www.stopchildlabor.org
Promotes health, safety, education, and well‐being for working minors

  • Products using child labor.

OVERSEAS/SWEATSHOPS

United Students Against Sweatshops  http://www.usas.org
A grassroots organization run entirely by youth and students that runs student‐labor solidarity campaigns 

Worker Rights Consortium  http://www.workersrights.org
Investigates working conditions in factories around the globe

  • Factory investigations

UNIONS

AFL‐CIO   http://www.aflcio.org

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  202  659 0670   www.ebri.org                 
Clearinghouse of data and other background information

Pension Rights Center   202  296 3776    http://www.pensionrights.org
Advocacy on behalf of workers and retirees


 

Politics

Center for Responsive Politics  http://www.opensecrets.org
Tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy

  • Spending on lobbying by industry
  • Political Action Committees