Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Better World Shopping Guide

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Though buying votes is a practice generally shunned in democratic societies, Better World Shopping Guide author Ellis Jones fully supports it. In his book he writes: "The average American family spends around $18,000 each year on goods and services. Think of it as casting 18,000 votes every year for the kind of world you want to live in."

The BWSG is essentially a pocket-sized report card for the world’s best and worst corporations. Divided into easily searchable categories like Airlines, Bread, Hair Care or Wine, Jones' handy book flunks dunces and back-pats socially and environmentally responsible corporations.

Jones assimilated all of his data from research done by a variety of non-profit organizations that spans the past 20 years. He profiles more than 1,000 companies and even ranks the top 10 best and worst companies on the planet based on issues like the environment, human rights, community involvement, animal protection, corporate crime, discrimination, employee treatment and philanthropy.

Just a teaser: the planet’s best company is eco-cleaning products manufacturer Seventh Generation, while the worst is, unsurprisingly, Exxon-Mobil.

Here’s a little snack from the Guide’s web site:

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