Posts Tagged ‘human rights campaign’

Shopping List

Sure, Santa is making his list and checking it twice—but you have some list checking to do as well.

It is a crime that in 2009, this is still an issue, but there are corporations and businesses out there that do not take care of all of their employees equally. We have a duty to NOT give them our business until they drag their sorry selves out of the dark ages. Luckily, we don’t have to do a ton of our own due diligence to find out what companies have been naughty and who has been nice.

The Human Rights Campaign has once again done the homework for us, for the fifth year. They have released their Buying For Equality 2010 list so we can check up before we spend. Hundreds of America’s most popular brands and stores are ranked and scored based on their treatment of LGBT employees. The guide is broke down into categories:  Food and Beverage, Home and Garden, Apparel & Accessories, Banking & Finance, Eating Out, and Technology.

Just like when you were in school, the higher the score, the better they are. A “green” level makes every reasonable effort to provide workplace equality and gets a thumbs up for patronizing them. A “yellow” ranking business has some work to do but is on the way—shop there with discretion, and perhaps send along a message to management that your confidence would be better if their track record gets better. A “red” rating is given to a business that refuses to take part in the study or flat out does not work for equality. Don’t go there. They simply do not deserve your dollars. In addition to the stoplight colors, each business is also given a score, and in 2010, 305 of the businesses got a perfect 100%.

Buying For Equality 2010

Wild Blue (Green) Yonder

CB009686You already comparison shop for the best airfares, perhaps making decisions based on where you have frequent flyer miles, or who has onboard Internet, or who will still give you a pillow without charging…but another element worth considering when booking air travel is the environmental responsibility of the company. Jet fuel does enormous damage to the world when it burns—you’d be hard pressed to find a more dramatic way consumers directly create a crusty carbon footprint.

Green America is a non-profit organization working to harness consumer power, our power, to mandate and create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Through Green America’s website for concerned consumers, Responsible Shopper, you can find any number of vetted copanies who are rated for their global responsibility. There is now a section for air travel: What company violated drug test requirements for pilots and flew improperly maintained aircraft? What airline passed measures of environmental, human rights, labor, ethics & governance, and health & safety issues with flying colors? (hint for this last one: Southwest and Virgin. Last place: United). Which airlines are actively reducing emissions or received high scores from the Human Rights Campaign?

It makes a difference, and it’s not just travel providers on whom you can check up. Companies are listed and ranked on in the following categories:  agribusiness; airlines; appliances; athletic wear; automobile; banking/financial; beauty and body care; beverage/water; big box retailer; big pharma; booksellers; chemicals; cleaning products; clothing; coffee; computer/electronics; department stores; electric utilities; electronics; fast food; food; gas/oil; home improvement/building; Internet; mass media (TV, radio, film); supermarkets; tires; tobacco; and toys/games.

Look it up before you buy and let your dollars talk.