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Finance Project Part D-- Ethical Purchasing

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Planning-- Finance Unit Part D

Ethical Purchasing

 

Choose three of the following common items that most of us regularly need to purchase:

 

Food

Clothes

Computers

Cleaners

Paper Products

Energy 

Vehicles

 

Consider the following ethical issues as described in, "the better world shopping guide" by Ellis Jones

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

Rainforest destruction, pollution, recycling, renewable energy, eco-innovations, global warming, greenwashing, toxic waste dumping, sustainable farming.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS

Sweatshops, third world community exploitation, international health issues, divestment, child labour.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Volunteer efforts, local business support, sustainable growth, family farms.

 

ANIMAL PROTECTION

Humane treatment, factory farming, animal testing, animal habitat.

 

CORPORATE CRIME

Class action law suits, government fines, cover-ups, unethical business practices, illegal activities, political corruption, transparency.

 

DISCRIMINATION

Race, gender, age, ability, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, harassment.

 

EMPLOYEE TREATMENT

Health & saftey records, union busting, fair wages, fatalities.

 

PHILANTHROPY

Donations, nonprofit alliances, establishing foundations

 

Other key terms to look for:

Certified organic

Fair Wage/Fair Trade

Sweat Free

Re-using/Recycling

 

For your three items, research and find the most ethical local brand and company to purchase from and give reasons why according to the lists above.

 

 

Item #1 to purchase ___________________________________

 

Best Local Source found: __________________________________

 

Best Local Brand found:

__________________________________

 

Description of how it meets ethical purchasing requirements according to your research:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item #2 to purchase ___________________________________

 

Best Local Source found: __________________________________

 

Best Local Brand found:

__________________________________

 

Description of how it meets ethical purchasing requirements according to your research:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item #3 to purchase ___________________________________

 

Best Local Source found: __________________________________

 

Best Local Brand found:

____________________________________________________

 

Description of how it meets ethical purchasing requirements according to your research: