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

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.

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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Featured Items

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


Investing

Investing Basics

A good place to start understanding stock valuations, trades, find resources, choose a broker and manage accounts, and understand options: Online Investor Knowledge Center.

Green America Retirement Plan Options Guide includes a section entitiled "Where Do I Learn Socially Responsible Investing Basics?"

Robert A G Monks, in a Truthout opinion column, "Is Divesting Activism?" suggests that divesting is often only symbolic rather than effective in bringing about social change. He suggests shareholder activism as a more difficult, but sometimes more effective, alternative.

Links to Socially Responsible Investing Sites

Green America Social Investing strategies page. Green America's Responsible Shopper allows you to compare many companies and industries. Responsible Shopper also notes things companies have been criticised and praised for, such as environmental practices, sweatshop labor, community and labor relations, diversity in the workforce, and charitable contributions. A list of socially responsible mutual funds can be found on the National Green Pages.

2013 Jan/Feb: Articles on fossil-free investing

     How To Invest Fossil-Free.
     Students pressuring educational institutions to divest from fossil fuel holdings.
     The Responsible Endowments Activist: Lauren Ressler.

Cruelty-Free Investing
Easy-to-read, concise, but very informative and persuasive presentation by Nancy Boardman on investing in companies that do not harm animals. Names Rocky Mountain Humane Investment Corporation, Cruelty Free Value Fund, and Humane Equity Fund as examples of cruelty-free mutual funds.

YourEthicalMoney.org
Site based in UK has sections for consumers on banking, investments and ISAs, pensions, insurance, mortgages, credit cards, student finance, and child trust funds

Good Money Home Page
Large site with many pages on ethical investing, consuming, and businesses. Information on social, environmental, and animal welfare issues.

SocialFunds.com
Large site providing information, tools, and news for socially responsible investors. There are sections on mutual funds, community investing, and financial services (including brokers, financial planners, and money managers. On the financial services pages, there are search tools to find brokers and financial planners near you, and links to order a free Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Mutual Funds Guide.

Responsible Investor: why short-term investing is hazardous to our social and financial health
This is one of several free articles in this newsletter by subscription. Disclaimer: Because most of the site is accessible by paid susbscription only, Responsible Consumer has not reviewed more than a sampling of the site. Some of it is hard to follow because of the heavy use of acronyms (such as ESG, which in this case stands for environmental, social, and governance). Much of it seems addressed to investing professionals rather than the general public. Nevertheless, the site seems to embrace important principles of social responsibility and to suggest ways in which investors can address these.

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