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How Much Do Moral Concerns Influence Our Purchases?

There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – […]

There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – do we deem the company in question to be socially responsible? (However we may define that term).

We explore whether we Houstonians base decisions about where we shop and what we buy based on social consciousness. Do we vote with our checkbooks? And if we do,do we see it asa better way to reinforce our political views than to engage in actual politics? We welcome your thoughts, and examples of any moral reasons you do or don’t shop certain places.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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