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NEW: The IRS "Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft" describes what tax-related identity theft is, how it happens, and what to do about it. It also links to a list of state tax agencies' websites.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

"Greenpeace ranks 17 leading consumer electronics companies based on sustainability"

New York Times op-ed on climate change provides a number of positive actions, but says by far the most effective thing an individual can do is fulfill their transportation needs in a fuel-efficient vehicle. United States drivers have a disproportionate effect on global warming, due to the number of miles driven and poor average miles per gallon of its cars, but have a wide variety of new vehicle options that do much better.

Google Transparency Report: check on safe browsing status of a website

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Network of investors working on public policy and education on such things as divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in more sustainable energy.

What's Green with Betsy "Simple Steps That Make a Difference" to help the environment

U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor

Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for help enforcing laws that protect consumers, monitoring financial markets, understanding mortgage disclosure laws, researching consumer behavior, etc.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: "Tracking the positive and negative impacts of over 5100 companies worldwide"

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Be cautious about ceramic cookware, such as crockpots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says 15% of ceramics tested have lead and/or cadmium contamination. "Emphasis should be placed on those items designed to hold liquid foods."

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Tech companies Tesla, Blue Apron, and Amazon accused of working conditions that sacrifice worker well-being for profit

Tesla was accused of racism, "excessive mandatory overtime", and constant pressure to work faster. "In 2015, Blue Apron appeared to violate a litany of OSHA regulations, ranging from wiring to chemical storage", which it claims to have quickly rectified. Amazon warehouse employees say hours are long, breaks few, and fulfillment demands high.

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Good and Cheap food: a cookbook developed to meet nutritional needs for people on food stamps, but with great ideas for all budgets. Emphasizes fruits and vegetables, innovative variations, and frugality that allows for a bit of luxury along with a lot of fun and great eating. The entire book is free online. To enlarge text, hold down the ctrl key while pressing the plus key.

Green America's National Green Pages: Special offers on green gifts

Animal-friendly products and companies: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals "Proggy" award recipients.

Games, dolls, puppets from Taraluna: Socially responsible toys, gifts for children

Paintings and prints by Marlene Bell

Corporate Guidelines

Human Rights| Animal Welfare | Environment

Below are some resources for companies wanting to establish their own guidelines and check on social responsibility of partners and suppliers, as well as for consumers.

Human Rights Guidelines

Guidelines for companies doing business in oppressive regimes.

Summary of letter from Executive Director of Amnesty International to a company doing business in China.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Full text of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Simplified
BBC summary, in plain language, of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

United Nations Global Compact Principles

Six of the original nine principles relate to business practices in the areas of human rights and labor. The other three relate to business practices as they affect the environment. A tenth principle, relating to corruption, has been added.

Another complicated issue addressed by the United Nations Global Compact is that of sustainable supply chains. Tracing and addressing human rights, labor, environmental, and other ethical issues throughout the supply chain of a large company is a difficult and time-consuming but crucial task. This U.N. website tries to improve the efficiency of doing so by describing initiatives, resources, tools, and real life examples to help companies undertake the task. "The information is searchable by issue area (human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption), industry sector, region and practice category." Companies can register on the site to share information.


Animal Welfare Guidelines

Companies that don't test on animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) list of companies that do not test on animals. Be aware that many products that are not tested on animals do contain animal ingredients (see below, Animal ingredients and their alternatives).

Companies that test on animals
PETA list of companies that do test on animals.

Animal ingredients
PETA list of many of the animal ingredients found in cosmetics, etc. Especially valuable for enabling consumers to recognize animal ingredients whose names often give no clue they come from animals. Quite often these ingredients are found in products from companies that do not test on animals.

Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals
Explanation of the Leaping Bunny logo, which signifies cosmetic, personal care, and household products that were developed without animal testing at any stage.


Environmental Guidelines

NEW: Chinese Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs Green Choice Alliance, English language version. Addresses the extremely complex issues of global supply chain transparency and standards. The Institute provides a wealth of information for both corporations and consumers, such as: