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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 as a 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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