Thanks to Tanya who has a WordPress blog titled Illuminate and her post Kellogg’s and Wilmar Sign Commitments to Stop Deforesting Rainforests, I was introduced to SumOfUs.
What is SumOfUS?
“SumOfUs is a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations. Join us on our journey as we seek to make the world a better place for ourselves, our children and all who share our planet.”
From their About Page:
Here’s what we stand for:
- Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations
- Fair treatment of workers and the right of every human being to make a living, safely and ethically, for themselves and their family;
- The right of ordinary consumers to products that are produced and marketed ethically, sustainably and transparently;
- The right of communities to manage and protect their own environment and natural resources;
- Business models that put people and the planet first instead of being driven by shortsighted greed.
Yeah, take that deep breath, close your eyes and imagine what kind of a world that could be – and then crash back to this one.
We’ve witnessed again and again what happens when powerful corporations get their way:
- Environmental and health catastrophes like Fukushima and the BP oil disaster;
- A global financial crisis that destroys entire economies;
- Rising food prices and starving children;
- Families from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu losing their houses and land;
- Poisons pouring into our air and water.
You name it, corporations are behind it. But rather than being held accountable – their CEOs are often walking away with bonuses. And these injustices are largely left to continue unabated.
But the world doesn’t have to be this way. And here’s the secret: We own the corporations that are causing all these problems. They rely on us to buy their products. They count on us to buy their stock. They need us to work for them. They need us to continue to elect governments that let them get away with murder.
We are SumOfUs.org, and we’re not going to take it anymore.
Sounds like a good idea. I haven’t researched it yet but will do so in the near future.