Charities & Causes

Businesses and Corporate Social Responsibility

Charities & Causes

Posted by: reptile

9th Sep 2021 09:45am

Hi everyone,

What are your thoughts and opinions on supporting business with goods and services which are sent locally, rather than waiting for (possibly) weeks? Any examples of good experiences (name for fame!)?

Would you be willing to pay more for the goods or service if the business is socially responsible and/or contributed to a cause/charity/sustainability, either as a percentage of the sale or as a donation? If so, what's the "premium" you are willing to pay? What are some charities and causes that you think are best to support?

With these times of lockdown, i think we're all trying to be mindful of where money is spent, but we also want to support and contribute more to global and local causes and be more mindful of sustainability and being responsible. Would like to hear of some examples of businesses and know your thoughts and opinions!

Comments 4

  • 9th Dec 2021 03:00pm

I try and go somewhere in between.
I shop at Woolworths, but I always choose the brands that are Australian made with Australian ingredients where possible, and buy free range meat etc., because I believe it's really important that we show large corporations that we care about corporate social responsibility and buying responsibly.
Similarly, while I recognise that the "conscious" collections from clothing brands tend to suffer from some greenwashing, I still buy from them occasionally to "put my money where my mouth is" as such.

I also buy from a number of organisations like Happily Made Textiles, which is a social enterprise, because I believe in their cause. It means I pay $150 for a blanket instead of 20 bucks at kmart - but it's beautiful quality and handmade by women in remote Cambodian villages :)

Sil sil
  • 6th Oct 2021 12:09pm

I try my best to support local family run stores, my fruit shop, butcher and delivery are all family run. Keep the money in Australia, not for shareholders profit, and I hope farmers get a fair price. My fruits hop gives me fresh produce sometime cheaper than supermarkets who bulk buy and freeze. I don't like the idea of donating to charity, I used to but feel the money doesn't really get to those in need. I rather donate goods. I guess using your own bags has helped, but now I purchase rubbish bags lol. I do prefer to pay more for locally designed or made items. If I know a brand try help communities I pay more attention.

  • 2nd Oct 2021 10:37am

I have started shopping at the local markets, local side of the road stalls, on local Facebook marketplace etc for whatever I need. If I can get it locally I will because I want to support my local community as much as possible and I trust the local products to have better quality and better value than big business.

  • 1st Oct 2021 12:32am

I think the odd bunch and other schemes by the Supermarkets is a good start of less waste, as well as people taking their reusable grocery bags. I never take a plastic bag from any business, I'd rather carry my goods or put them in my handbag. Also, the big supermarkets are trying to reduce packaging, plastics and use more sustainable materials as well as the drop off bin for scrunchable plastics. I'd also like them to reduce the carbon footprint of goods by buying local. Dangerfield have compostable bags, record shops post in cardboard. I think the electronic brands and stores like Harvey Norman need to be doing more to reduce packaging and finding better sustainable solutions where things will breakdown. I see charitable donations by companies as a half hearted gesture of window dressing, to be seen to be doing something. I question their motivation and see it as a marketing ploy for brownie points with the community. I don't pay more for anything, as I expect big business to innovate and solve the problem they are creating. I think if supermarkets were being charitable they would ensure people can afford to buy food to live. I generally do the food shopping and not much else, hence my concentration on this area.

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