Adding another dimension to the shopping experience, besides looking for the low price, high quality and nutritional value, I try to buy responsibly. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I do make an effort to buy from those companies that are socially responsible. Not exclusively but, as much as possible.
There have been a few articles recently regarding which companies are socially responsible and which do a good job talking about it. Since those are not necessarily the same thing, I have my own list of companies, in no particular order, that I feel good about supporting.
1. Whole Foods 2. Google 3. Intel 4. Microsoft 5. Home Depot 6. Target 7. 3M 8. Green Mountain Coffee 9. Wild Oats 10. The Body Shop 11. Toms of Maine 12. Starbucks 13. Seventh Generation paper products
It takes a bit of research to determine which companies can best be considered socially responsible. Fortunately, this is a rather hot topic in the investing community these days, so there are sources available to do the research for you.
These companies may not be on your list, for various reasons and they may drop off of mine in the future. Unfortunately, it’s an ongoing process, trying to buy well and do good. Thank goodness for the Internet!