Today's global supply chain of goods and services is complex and far from transparent. Yet as consumers, we each have the power to educate ourselves and decide which businesses to support, which goods to buy. Each time you purchase a good or patronize a service, you have a choice — and that choice makes a statement.
Together with UUSC, you can act on a deep commitment to workers' rights, ethical eating, and building a just economy by choosing to spend wisely, in alignment with your values. Together we can choose compassionate consumption.
There are many ways to choose compassionate consumption:
Pledge to choose compassionate consumption
Take our pledge to spend wisely in alignment with your values.
The Choosing Compassionate Consumption Pledge
I have power as a consumer, and I pledge to use that power to promote workers’ rights.
Before buying a product or service, I will ask myself the following questions:
- Does my purchase support a just economy?
- Was the item/service produced with respect for workers’
rights and the environment?
- Who is profiting from my purchase?
- Are workers depending on my tip to enable them
and their families to live with dignity?
- Does this purchase reflect a respect for the
interdependent web of all existence?
I acknowledge that there are no easy answers to these questions and that there may at times be tensions between my values and my actions, yet I pledge to choose compassionate consumption and shop with my values in mind!
Sign the pledge now!
Learn how to shop with your values in mind, and find fair-trade and ethically sourced goods.
We can choose goods that are made with respect for the environment and the workers who produce them, goods that promote a world communty with justice for all. Support fair trade and ethical production practices and make sure that workers benefit.
Stand in solidarity with restaurant workers
Support restaurant workers who are calling for basic improvements like paid sick days and a fair minimum wage for tipped workers.
Changing the U.S. restaurant industry is ambitious and ultimately achievable. But we need your help:
Speak out for small farmers and food-chain workers
Help small farmers and food-chain workers struggling for fair compensation and safer working conditions.
We rely daily on those who plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell our food. Yet some of the lowest-paying jobs in the United States are in the food system, and food workers around the world face some of the worst working conditions. But you can help change this: