I’ve mentioned in other posts that one of the reasons I use Apple products is their pursuit of ethical and socially responsible business practices. I have the privilege to make choices on this basis (not necessarily entirely on this basis, of course) and I feel that I should exercise that privilege more.
There are other aspects of daily life where my choices have an impact on the world and even if that’s only a small contributory improvement, as one of a broader movement of people making more ethical choices then in theory we can affect significant change. I’ve been trying to be more mindful and I’d encourage anyone else to be so, too.
One area I’ve recently tried to make a positive change is with my bank. I’ve switched to a bank that has an ethical policy, with a track record of independent audits to make clear how well they’ve lived up to that policy. It might not be super progressive but it impacts their workplace culture, whom they do business with (and invest funds with), and the products they offer to customers. I’m probably not going to benefit from the same interest rates and perks that I might enjoy elsewhere, but I feel a little better knowing that my paycheck isn’t contributing to someone else’s suffering; or at least it’s negative impact in the world is minimised and that the people making a profit from my finances are trying to do the right thing.
As someone who’s encountered discrimination it’s also important to me that workplace and pay equality is a priority. This is true of my employer and I’m making an effort to choose businesses that share that value. I want to know that when I purchase or make use of something with an environmental impact that some attention has been given to restraining that impact. I don’t have the luxury of being able to double check every purchase I make or service I use but where I can I will try and make more effort to do so — one opportunity at a time.