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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."

See also: npr.org report

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


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Why This Site

It should be easy to get the information necessary to put one's money where one's values are, and to buy the products that meet these criteria. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is a wealth of information on the Web about human rights, animal rights and welfare, and environmental concerns, but it takes a lot of digging to tie this information to specific companies or products. When the information on particular companies or products is tied to human rights and environmental concerns, it often is not tied to animal rights and welfare. The purpose of the site is to start filling the information gap. ResponsibleConsumer.net is founded on the belief that torture, cruelty, and suffering should not be inflicted on any sentient being, whether human or animal, and that humans, animals, and the environment are all interconnected and interdependent.

Mission

The mission of ResponsibleConsumer.net is to inform consumers about human rights, animal rights and welfare, and environmental issues related to products and securities they buy; develop a large group of socially responsible consumers to advocate for businesses that are responsible to people, animals, and the environment; and provide a central location for finding products and companies that are responsible to people, responsible to animals, and responsible to the environment.

About the Information on This Site

ResponsibleConsumer.net will provide as much information as possible on the ways in which consumer decisions directly affect the wellbeing of people, animals, and the environment. We will use established guidelines and existing research to provide information about social responsibility of specific businesses. Visitors to ResponsibleConsumer.net are invited to submit suggestions for further guidelines: admin [at] ResponsibleConsumer.net.

Unfortunately, ResponsibleConsumer.net does not currently have the resources to verify compliance with these guidelines or do independent research. Even much larger organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, do not have such resources. We must do the best we can with what we have, and advocate, as has Human Rights Watch with the UN, for organizations that do have the power to put more teeth into the guidelines. As they are, the guidelines are still powerful, because corporations that have signed on to them can be exposed to consumer boycotts, shareholder activism, and damaging publicity if they are exposed as having violated the guidelines. On the other hand, consumers, shareholders, news reports, and Web sites like this one can call attention to and reinforce positive behavior by corporations. The more consumers let it be known that they care about the guidelines, the more powerful the guidelines will be.

Goals of the Site

ResponsibleConsumer.net aims to make a profit, but not at the expense of fulfilling its mission. The site will support itself by providing advertising space for companies and products that enable consumers to be socially responsible. We will keep operating costs as reasonable as possible in order to keep prices as reasonable as possible. We want to demonstrate that socially responsible business can be good business, and socially responsible products can be affordable.

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