Carol A. Hand
I wonder if you realize the power you have to begin transforming the world for the better. Today, you can review your portfolio and ask if your investments follow the ethics and principles of permaculture.
Image: 3 Ethics of Permaculture (Lonnie Gamble)
(The link will take you to Gamble’s slideshow: the image is slide #5)
Do the corporations supported by your investments enhance the health of the environment or practice policies that lead to pollution and escalating climate change through destructive environmental practices?
Do the corporations you finance with your hard-earned dollars pay the people who work for them living, reasonable salaries? Provide reasonable job security and decent retirement pensions? Are employees treated well?
Do the companies produce quality products that enhance people’s lives by providing necessary products at a reasonable price? Are products built to last, or seen as disposable to increase profits by selling replacements frequently? Do the companies you finance introduce poisons that negatively impact people’s health and cover-up these hazards by misleading the public with faulty studies? Do they supply outdated products (fossil fuels), known carcinogens (pesticides, herbicides), or new risky chemicals without proper testing and trustworthy research studies (pharmaceuticals, genetically altered materials)?
Do they pay their fair share of taxes? Or have they sought tax-havens by establishing their corporate headquarters off-shore? Have they shown a commitment to employees and communities by maintaining production here or have they shipped jobs overseas to lower their overhead and increase corporate profits?
Do the salary structures reflect a commitment to equity, providing all employees with a decent living wage, or are they skewed to disproportionately reward CEOs and stockholders?
You have the power to make a difference.
It’s possible to let your investments reflect your values. If you discover that your money is being used to finance harmful products and practices, or add to growing social inequality, you can change how and where you invest your money. It’s the easiest way to approach social change in a virulently capitalist society.
Please be patient with me. I’ve been unable to visit many of your blogs recently, and I still have so many comments to answer today. It’s harvest time, too, and time to do all of the outside jobs that need to be completed before winter arrives. A great time to enroll in Writing 101? Hmm…
I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by daily writing assignments. This isn’t the best post I’ve written, but I still think it has merit as a foundation for dialogue. I look forward to comments from those who have far more knowledge about economic matters and permaculture…