How to Give Progressive Companies Your Business

What’s your cause?

Whether it’s racial equity or energy conservation, it can be difficult to find businesses that share your values if you don’t know where to look.

From apps that highlight local shops to corporations that donate to progressive causes, there are a number of resources for finding progressive-owned businesses.

Know Where to Look

CorpWatch reports on how socially conscious companies are — or aren’t.

Its site suggests you scan resources like company websites, civil rights records and watchdog organizations to gauge corporate responsibility. Check out the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, for instance.

Shop Small

Frequent small businesses that share the values you do. Or show your support to places owned by members of oppressed groups.

Autostraddle lists more than 70 companies with lesbian, bisexual and queer owners. Meanwhile, Affinity offers a wealth of sources for finding black-owned businesses.

Apps Can Help

Your smartphone can be an invaluable resource for guiding your shopping decisions.

The app 2ndVote may skew conservative, but it rates corporations on how much they give to various progressive and conservative causes. Buycott is a progressive-leaning option.

In this mixed economy, voting with your dollars — as well as in the polls – is something people of all political beliefs should get behind.

Stay Critical

In recent years, many business leaders have come forward to take a stand on one issue or another.

Banks, car dealers and alcohol companies have floats at LGBT Pride parades. Others slap words like “green” and “natural” on their packaging to seem environmentally conscious.

No matter the causes companies seem to tout, look beyond their messaging. Where are their donations going? What are their policies to protect workers on the ground? Where and how do they get the resources for their products?

Demand More

Once you find a company that seems like it’s putting its money where its mouth is, don’t let up on your scrutiny.

Patronizing retailers because they’ve created a few high-profile good things isn’t a bad policy. Being a pre-existing customer gives you more leverage to call for change if you sense something isn’t right.

Most companies out there aren’t perfect. The best we can do is try to frequent those that minimize harm and demand better.

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54 comments

Aaron F
Aaron F5 days ago

Shop small and avoid the mall!

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I9 days ago

Shop small and local!

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Cruel J
Cruel J9 days ago

Noted.

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Maria R
Maria R11 days ago

thank you

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Jen S
Jen S13 days ago

I actively shop my values, boycott products from several corporations I dislike. Typically this does result in shopping small, as well, which I prefer.

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Carl R
Carl R13 days ago

Thanks!!!!

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Julie C
Julie C14 days ago

I try to shop at places that share my core values. Sometimes for convenience I give up and go to the nearest grocery store. When I do I still try to go organic, even though the chain is awful.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees14 days ago

This is the definition of free market Capitalism. People choosing where to spend their hard earned money. Liberty, this is real progress.

Most Care2 authors think the opposite, that government force is progress. They could learn from Emily.

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Bill Eagle
Bill Eagle14 days ago

I am all for giving progressive companies my business.

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE14 days ago

Thank you

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