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Ethical Consumption

Published in May 2001

This Proposal Paper is a summary of the work by the Ethical Consumption Workshop.

The acceleration of the production cycle and the use of natural raw materials, added to the enormous amount of waste generated throughout the process, is leading the system toward a growing entropy, which in the long term represents an "ecocide," the gradual destruction of the environment, which is the basis for human life. This is the violent, negligent, and irresponsible side of the vicious circle of production and consumption with regard to the environment and to human beings themselves, particularly the future generations. Consumption is good for society providing that it is environmentally sustainable and socially fair, and tends to improve the quality of life. We examine the field of ethics with a view to suggesting alternatives to the commercialization of life as submitted to the market rationale. Such alternatives should become a development model based on sustainable criteria and be applicable to most of the world's population, which is in an extremely vulnerable situation. This means reconsidering values such as health, personal happiness, and environmental conservation as part of the economy. Ethics must be a key concept and require a completely new approach.

Coordinated by ...

- Flávia Soares

Psychologist, Master’s Degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), with the thesis " The throwaway humanity: the dynamics of the consumption in the current globalization " She works in formation of popular cooperatives and workers’ qualification. Researcher of the Laboratory of Technology and Social Development, the - LTDS / COPPE / UFRJ, acting in social and environmental projects. Co-facilitator of the Ethical Consumption workshop.

Site - COPPE


- Nelson Diehl

I work in Coonatura, an Association of Consumers of Ecological foods in the city of Rio de Janeiro.


Topics Included

consumption . ethics . companies . ecological balance . environment . information . international agencies . network . social movement . state . world

Workgroup Papers

Go ! Companies Beyond Profit?
Go ! Debt and Structural Adjustment
Go ! Economic Policies
Go ! Ethical Consumption
Go ! Fair Trade
Go ! Finance for the Common Good
Go ! From the WTO’s Setback in Seattle ... to the Conditions for Global Governance
Go ! Growth and Sustainable Development
Go ! Health and its Issues in the Twenty-first Century
Go ! How Can Companies Exercise Their Responsibilities?
Go ! Precarity and Exclusion
Go ! Production, Investment, and Technology
Go ! Red Card for Tourism?
Go ! Social Money: Lever of the Economic Paradigm
Go ! Solidarity Economy
Go ! Solidarity Finance
Go ! Tax Policies, Redistribution, and Social Welfare
Go ! The Trade-union Movement at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Women and the Economy
Go ! Work, Employment, and Activity
Go ! World Trade Organization

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