Published On: Fri, Oct 3rd, 2014

Activist organizations and companies: renegades of the corporatocracy

corporatocracy
Activist organizations and companies:
renegades of the corporatocracy

By Adam Riva, Staff Writer

(Healingtalks) John Perkins, author of the best-selling whistle blowing book Confessions of an Economic Hitman, might have coined the word “corporatocracy” when he began to expound on the current political/economic system which is covertly controlled behind the scenes by corporations. Being that corporate interests are sometimes wildly different from human interests, a system controlled by institutions who are mega-maniacally greed oriented can ultimately wreak havoc. Perkins says the corporatocracy has one chief goal and it is “to maximize profits regardless of social and environmental impact.”

Unethical Business Practices

While we are all aware of trappings of the corporatism such as exploitation, sweat-shops, pollution, waste, toxic ingredients, planned obsolescence, and other unethical business practices that are routinely engaged in, there are some altruistic standards we might be less familiar with. Good manufacturing practice, fair trade and equal exchange, community cleanup and volunteering, non-GMO verification and commitment to organics (food), profit donation, rainforest/endangered species protection, and other forms of philanthropy are just a few of the gold stars on the résumés of B-Corporations.

What is a B-Corporation?

B Lab, a non-profit started in 2007 in Wayne, PA, issues Benefit Coporation status to companies who are proven to consider employees, their communities, and the environment before profits. Certification standards are rigorous and companies must walk the walk.

According to BCorporation.net, “By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.”

The Benefit Corporation idea is to band together altruistic companies so that they may push back against the tide of corruption within the corporatocracy. “B Corps create higher quality jobs and improve the quality of life in our communities. And, as the movement grows, it has become an increasingly powerful agent of change. We are passing laws. We are driving capital,” reads the non-profit’s website.

List of Health Food Industry B-Corporations

Not surprisingly, many of the certified B-Corporations are health food companies or hail from similar industries. There are about 500 companies that have been certified. In a HealingTalks exclusive, this is the first time a listing has been published of B-Corps associated with the health food industry that you might find at your local health food market. It is important to recognize and support companies like those listed below who continue to contribute to our communities and our planet:

  • Alima Cosmetics (mineral makeup)
  • Alter Eco
  • Badger Balm
  • Bare Snacks
  • Beanfields (chips)
  • Bhakti Chai (ready to drink)
  • BumBoosa (baby wipes, TP, etc.)
  • Cabot
  • Chico Bags
  • Clean Well
  • Dapple Baby ( toxin free cleaning)
  • Dolphin Blue (enviro friendly made in US)
  • Eco Bags
  • Eco Lips
  • Elemental Herbs (org. herbal bodycare)
  • Emmy’s Organics
  • EO
  • Equator Coffee & Tea
  • Essential Living Foods
  • Fearless Chocolate
  • FIG Food Co.
  • G Diapers
  • Glad Rags
  • Good on You bars
  • Guayaki
  • Happy Family
  • Herbalists & Alchemist
  • Hilary’s Eat Well
  • Home Free (gf cookies & cakes)
  • Jim’s Coffee
  • Just Neem
  • King Aurthur Flour
  • Kleen Kanteen
  • Lafes (personal care)
  • Leap Organics
  • Left Coast Natural (org. food)
  • Little Duck (org kids healthy snacks)
  • Lotus Foods
  • Love & Hummus
  • Mamma Chia
  • Manitoba Harvest
  • Method
  • Morning Indigo (org. skincare for athletes)
  • New Chapter
  • Numi
  • Nutiva
  • Patagonia
  • Peeled Snacks
  • Plum Organic (baby)
  • Preserve
  • Runa Teas
  • Seventh Generation
  • Simply Straws (glass)
  • Sweet Riot
  • TOM organic (time of month personal care)
  • Topricin
  • Traditional Medicinal
  • Vermont Creamery
  • Whole Kids (snack food)

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About the Author

- Adam Riva is editor of DragonflyEffect.net, promoting personal transformation for global change. He is also a health freedom activist, public speaker, explorer of consciousness, and teacher on spirituality.

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