Yesterday my husband sent me a link to this website, better world shopper and was intrigued by the rankings part of the site. You can choose through a list of products and it will rank the best to worst, giving them an A through F rating. How they come to these ratings is by:
step.one – Data is collected over the past 20 years from a wide range of nonprofit sources on the social and environmental responsibility of more than 1000 companies.
step.two – The data is organized in a massive database that matches companies with their brands, assigns weights to each piece of data, and calculates an overall responsibility score.
step.three – Companies/brands are transferred to smaller, more specific charts based on product categories where each one is assigned a letter grade based on its overall responsibility relative to its competitors in the same product category.
step.four – Companies/brands are then transferred into easy-to-use report cards that allow people to quickly identify the most/least responsible choices when they are shopping online, at the supermarket, or in the mall.
The better world shopper is a site dedicated to providing people with reliable account of the social and environmental responsibility of every company on the planet and making it available in practical forms that individuals can use in their everyday lives. Keeping these key issues in mind, Human Rights, the Environment, Animal Protection, Community Involvement, and Social Justice.
The website is pack full of information but they also have a guide you can buy for $10 if you would like to use it while shopping or out and about.