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I'm Asking: Are You a Socially-Conscious Consumer?

I'm Asking: Are You a Socially-Conscious Consumer?

Apple has long been admired for its product innovation, but amid reports this week that an Apple company audit revealed 17 "core violations" with various suppliers, including breaking with child labor laws, I'm hoping the company can help innovate supplier factories. To be clear, I'm not knocking the company, after all, it was a company audit, which revealed and reported the violations. With discoveries that include "falsified records" and "noncompliance with labor standards," by Apple's suppliers, I feel that the report was necessary. I'm the kind of consumer that wants to be informed — for me, ignorance isn't bliss at all, and if there's been a shady violation from a company that I'm a customer of, I want to know about it.

I'm confident that Apple has the power as a big name company to push for improvements in manufacturing, and hopeful that other companies are just as informed about how their business is carried out, because when it comes to the consumer-side of things, I try to do just that — stay informed. What about you, are you a socially conscious-consumer? And to what extent does your social awareness shape your purchases?


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a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 5 years
I try to be but it is difficult on a budget. Where I make my biggest effort is when it comes to coffee, mints, teas, etc. I only buy FT coffee and it's only $5 at Walmart (Sam's Club brand- several varieties). Honest Teas are widely available and World Market also has a good selection of FT products that don't break the bank.
jenni5 jenni5 5 years
If we all were rich it would be so much easier. I would really love to be but I am not. Plus I imagine it would be very difficult to research all aspects of each company you want to buy from.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
Probably not. I'm all for free trade and I guess if I can find a cheaper made-in-China product at Walmart than I can find something anywhere else, I'm going to buy it.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I very much am. The only time I have ever bought anything at Walmart was when I had to have a Boba Fett shirt they had there. I also always pay attention to HRC's list of gay friendly employers.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
i'm really really not i know i should be, and i have social issues on the brain often, but when it comes to shopping, i buy what i like and what's cheap...terrible, i know, but true
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