How much do consumers really know about the major retailers and suppliers of goods and services in Canada? Which companies encourage the hiring and promotion of women and minorities? Or violate environmental laws? Or support community investments and charitable donations?
Conscious Consumption, released in November 2002, reviews the social, labour and environmental policies and performance of 80 of Canada's largest food and consumer product companies, as did our 1992 double-best seller, The Ethical Shopper's Guide. Written for ethical consumers, investors, fund managers, company presidents, pension committee members, and students, the book features short essays on each company along with score cards that compare each company's performance on ten social responsibility criteria.
Conscious Consumption won't tell you which grocery or consumer products manufacturers to buy from. But it will offer some little-known information about many Canadian companies, allowing you to make purchasing decisions while voting with your wallet. Consumers can use easy-to-read charts and comprehensive profiles on the major retailers and suppliers of goods and services to assess which companies most closely reflect their values and convictions.