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Title: Consumerism


1
Consumerism
  • When is enough, enough?

2
Objectives
  • At the end of this session you should
  • understand consumerism
  • understand green and ethical consumerism
  • understand anticonsumerism
  • be able to make ethical business decisions

3
Consumerism
  • 1/5 of worlds population uses more than its fair
    share of resources
  • 20 world population
  • consumes 70 of resources
  • has 80 of monetary wealth
  • USA has 6 of worlds population, yet uses 30 of
    resources

4
Consumerism
  • Ideal that encourages us to want more
  • Forget the consequences

5
Wants and needs
  • Businesses often blamed for rise of consumerism
  • thought to look for profit, not whats good for
    people or planet
  • use advertising to turn wants into needs
  • prey on greed and other weaknesses

6
Green Consumerism
  • People look for goods or services which attempt
    to replace existing ones with something
    friendlier and less damaging to the environment

7
Ethical Consumerism
  • Same issues as green consumerism
  • Also deals with
  • eliminating slave labour used to make products
  • companies who trade in weapons or other immoral
    goods

8
Anti consumerism
  • Takes the view that consumerism is not only
    damaging planet, but also ourselves
  • We must ask when is enough, enough?

9
Business concerns
  • Organisations must be aware of concerns
  • they must take into account views of
    stakeholders, which can affect image of
    organisation
  • they must consider effect that their business
    decisions have on others

10
Decisions
  • No simple answers to how ethical decisions can be
    made
  • People watch decisions of organisations
  • organisations judged on decisions
  • this can have great impact on organisations
    future

11
What next?
  • Choosing how we shop is just one part of the way
    in which we can be responsible consumers
  • We can also take a more active role by seeking
    out causes that we are passionate about and by
    supporting their charitable efforts
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