Two big wins this month show that the sustained effort of activism does pay off. Greenseas have agreed to stop using unsustainable fishing practices after more than 18,000 people emailed Woolworths urging them to drop the brand. Also, after intense public pressure, Westpac have committed to not fund the Adani mega coal mine. The focus now turns to CommBank who have not ruled out funding new coal projects. Sign the petition!
Baptist World Aid Australia have released their fourth Ethical Fashion Report ranking clothing brands on how well they manage the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains. We are often asked why our Shop Ethical ratings sometimes differ from those in this report. The reason is that we use a wide range of sources (including this one) that address a variety of ethical issues, not just labour exploitation. See how your favourite clothing brands fare at Shop Ethical Clothing.
Australia’s level of media ownership concentration is already one of the highest in the world. However Australian media looks set to become even less diverse after the federal government announcement of a reform package that will eliminate the "two out of three" rule and open the door for new mergers and acquisitions. See ownership map. Sign this Getup petition to defend a free, fair and unbiased media.
We most often hear about antibiotic-resistance in the context of over-prescribing drugs, however AMP's latest risk report, Is factory farming making us sick?, suggests that antibiotics used in meat production may leave vast numbers of people exposed to potentially fatal diseases that many assumed were treatable (such as pneumonia). A lack of appropriate controls in Australia means we commonly don’t know which antibiotic is given for which animal and how much is used. You can increase demand for antibiotic-free meat by choosing organic.
How do we as a society define business success? What does profit and loss really mean? This month in our 'Be Inspired' section we showcase some leaders and pioneers who are incorporating social and environmental considerations as core values and redefining what it means to succeed.
At Shop Ethical! we believe in the power of consumer action to create a better world. Our online store is a way you can “vote with your dollar” and support companies that do good. We aim to choose products that are Australian-made, made from ethically-sourced or recycled materials, use sustainable production methods, and are sourced from small, local business. Take a look at our selection of ethical goods - free shipping for orders over $120!
The ACCC has begun Federal Court proceedings against Murray Goulburn dairy cooperative for unconscionable conduct. » Australian Food News
Hemp foods will be available for sale for human consumption in Australia from November this year following years of lobbying. » Food & Drink Business
Voiceless have started a new chicken welfare campaign, asking people to take the pledge to go cage-free or egg-free. » Voiceless
Craig Reucassel hosts a new three-part series on ABC, War on Waste, which explores what Australians can do to reduce our waste. » ABC
Ask clothing retailers Roger David and Ally to disclose their supplier policies and take steps to end exploitative labour in their supply chain. » Stop the Traffik