In the opening article to this issue, we mentioned employment and environmental issues in the cosmetic industry, such as child and forced labour, unsafe working conditions, minimal pay, toxic ingredients used, or overdependence on plastic packaging. Although switching to ethical brands is a big step to take, we believe that political engagement is as important for making a change as our consumer choices. Putting pressure on companies through supporting organizations that raise awareness and lobby against unethical corporate practices slowly but surely leads to abolishing those practices.
We decided to present you with a list of initiatives that support workers’ rights and more eco-friendly production in the beauty industry.
We do it because we want to give you a choice – maybe you will want to sign a petition, or donate, or share the information on social media, or buy ethical products. Opportunities transform our existence, and we believe that a collective transformation will change the world.
An alliance of trade unions, companies and charities promoting workers’ rights, mostly through lobbying, education, and resolving violations. Employers can become members of ETI and commit to their Ethical Code. We can all educate ourselves through their research initiatives. They also hold a database of ethical and human rights organizations.
India’s largest movement for protection of children’s rights with an aim to achieve a child-friendly society. They assist victims of workplace abuse and child slavery, help them access justice either themselves or through their vast network, and strive for legal reform. They also operate a “complaint cell”, a hotline where one can report any abuse against children.
An organization that fights against any form of child exploitation: abuse, trafficking, sexual exploitation, or child labour. From their office in the Hague, they operate in various countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. They accept volunteers in their Hague office.
A British charity that focuses on fighting modern slavery in the UK, Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world such as the Middle East. You can get involved with them by paying a membership fee, signing their petitions, or participate in their campaign by signing up for their newsletter.
Sign a petition against unsustainable palm oil to push companies to source responsibly: https://www.change.org/p/nestl%C3%A9-stop-the-use-of-unsustainable-palm-oil
Sign a petition against single-use plastic packaging to push companies to produce refillable bottles: https://www.change.org/p/cut-down-on-plastics-campaign-for-refillable-toiletries
This article closes our second issue of “Choiceful presents”. Issue 3 will be all about sustainable fashion. We will share tips on how to hunt for second-hand treasures, explain how to get rid of difficult stains without using chemicals, and share some sustainable shops, both online and in Rotterdam. Stay Choiceful with us!