A New Year Resolution
January 2, 2013 3 Comments
Apart from the usual swim the English Channel, run a marathon, learn 37 languages stuff that we all say and never do, I’ve decided on one simple resolution. Before I buy anything, I’m going to think about what I’m buying and who I’m buying it from.
I’m going to think about whether a company treats their suppliers fairly. Do they pay them a fair price and pay them on time or do they screw them into the ground? Do they treat their customers fairly or do they treat them merely as a source of revenue? Do they compete fairly? Do they make a fair contribution to society or do they use tax avoidance schemes just because they can and soften the blow with a bit of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’? Do they pay their staff properly or do they use dodges such as ‘zero hour contracts’, ‘internships’, ‘workfare schemes’ or ‘apprenticeships’ under the pretext of helping people into work whilst doing it to save on the wage bill?
I suspect many of the companies we deal with will be found wanting in some respect but I’m determined to start dealing with companies that act responsibly not just in their own interests and stop dealing with those that put profit above everything else.
It won’t be easy and it will mean some tough decisions, some of which I’ll get wrong but it’s something I think we all ought to be doing. It will also hurt me financially.
My first task is to find sensible alternatives to Amazon who are incredibly handy for just about anything, are absolutely massive yet hardly pay any UK tax. Has anyone any suggestions?