Students for Responsible Consumerism is a student-run organization at Ball State University. Our main goal is to present resources and accurate information to whomever may seek it, specifically regarding the (American) consumer’s role in the global economy.
There are injustices being done everywhere by corporations, including exploitation of workers and the environment. One thing that is consistently overlooked is that no corporation is doing these things arbitrarily; the products they make through unethical methods are created to satisfy the demands of consumers.
If you buy a product that was made unethically, you are endorsing that activity. If we want a fair economy, we have to address our own habits just as much as those of the corporations and CEOs. It is important to note that this does include understanding in what ways corporations take advantage of consumers and prevent the spread of knowledge.
In short, a consumer should strive to understand how they contribute to injustice, as well as what other barriers prevent ethical standards in our global economy.
Our club aims to help make it easier to do this. We understand that not everything about mass-production should be demonized; we are not anti-capitalist or anti-corporation. We do believe, however, that it’s not a good thing to be ignorant of how products are made and/or who is repressed in the process. Knowledge, after all, is power.
Thanks for checking us out, and if you have any questions, comments, or recommendations, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org