Here at Green America we stand for economic action for a just planet. We advocate voting with your dollars – voting "yes" to support companies that are good for people and the planet, and "no" to companies that aren't. We've seen over and over again that economic power makes real change.
We're also clear that to be truly green, a company's practices and actions must be good for BOTH people and the planet. Today's e-newsletter links you to resources for saying both "yes" and "no" to companies, based on their record and their business practices.
Our National Green Pages™, links you to the BEST companies, and today's Faces of the Green Pagesinterview features English Retreads, a truly green Colorado-based company selling recycled, vegan, eco-friendly, fair-labor handbags. Heather English, owner of English Retreads, tells you about her worker-friendly manufacturing philosophy for her made-in-the-USA purses and accessories.
Our Responsible Shopper Web site points you toward the latest news on the WORST companies,including the latest sweatshop violations from some familiar retailers – athletic-gear companies, clothing companies, and electronics companies found mistreating the workers at the beginning of their supply chain.
And finally, as the spring shareholder-meeting season draws to a close later in June, we remind you of our new partnership with Moxy Vote. If you own stock, you have a third way to use your economic power to cast a vote, by voting on shareholder resolutions demanding change at the companies in which you're part-owner. There's still time to vote for human rights at some of June's shareholder meetings. Moxy Vote makes it easy to click through and vote online.Here's to using our economic power to build a truly just and sustainable world,
P.S. Your donation today helps us support our Fair Trade program, our anti-sweatshop work, our Shareholder Action program, our Green Business Network, and all our green-economy programs. Thanks for all your support.
Use Your Shareholder Power to Demand Human Rights Standards
Do you own stock in Abercrombie and Fitch or the Caterpillar Company? There's still time for you to vote your proxies in favor of human rights at both companies, which have annual meetings coming up in June.
Shareholders of Abercrombie and Fitch are demanding that the company adopt, monitor, and report on International Labor Organization (ILO) standards through its supply chains. And shareholders of Caterpillar are calling for that company to review and amend its human rights policies in its supply and to post a summary of these policies on the company's Web site by October 2010.
Both companies have been caught up in alleged human rights abuses in the past, with Abercrombie joining many other retailers in settling a sweatshop-abuse lawsuitfiled by factory workers from the US territory of Saipan. And human-rights organizations like Amnesty International, Global Exchange, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Human Rights Watch, have followed Caterpillar for years, as that company has supplied equipment used to bulldoze Palestinian homes and kill Palestinian and American human rights activists.
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Meet Heather English of English Retreads
The singer Dar Williams loves herEnglish Retreads handbag. A Green America member for the last 15 years, Williams wrote to us recently singing English Retreads' praises. "I'm a non-consumer employing the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycling), and a consumer who uses the power of the purse and pen, all the more so thanks to Green America. And your Green Pages led me to the best handbag I've ever had (thank you English Retreads)."
In this month's Faces of the Green Pages interview, English Retreads owner Heather English cites noticing the above Dar Williams quote in one of Green America's newsletters as one of her favorite connections ever made for her through Green America.
English is the owner of a green business that truly walks the walk: manufacturing handbags from recycled materials (used truck-tire inner tubes and recycled plastic bottles) in a fair-labor facility in her hometown of Boulder, CO. To learn more about how she makes her handbags (and where she got the inspiration for making use of recycled tires), check out this months interview
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Responsible Shopper keeps you up to date on the latest sweatshop abuses
These recent updates to our Responsible Shopper Web site keep you informed about companies that aren't playing fair with the workers at the beginning of their supply chains. See if you know which companies these are:
1. Which athletic-gear company last month confirmed a National Labor Committee (NLC) report that its supplier factories in El Salvador have been denying workers their overtime wages, spying on their bathroom visits, and supplying them with unsafe drinking water in factories with excessively high temperatures?
2.. Which giant electronics company in April was found by the National Labor Committee (NLC) to be allegedly sourcing webcams, mice, and other computer products from a Chinese factory where workers (some apparently as young as 14) routinely spend up to 97 hours a week at the factory, working 15-hour shifts, in sweatshop conditions, for around 52 cents an hour (after deductions for factory food)?
3. Which popular US clothing retailers (one, two, and three) were exposed by the Workers Rights Consortium in March as sourcing from Bangalore factories that have failed to pay their workers the legal minimum wage for more than a year, resulting in more than $10 million USD in back-wages owed to these workers?
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