The Research

Sources List

76 public sources — 30 years of data

1. 1% For The Planet
2. American Humane
3. American Sustainable Business Council
4. As You Sow
5. B Corporation
6. Berne Declaration
7. Better World Shopper
8. Business Ethics
9. Business for Social Responsibility
10. Caring Consumer
11. Center for Public Integrity
12. Center For Responsive
13. Center For Science In The Public Interest
14. CEP (Council on Economic Priorities)
16. Clean Clothes Campaign
17. Clean Computer Campaign
18. CleanUpFashion
19. Climate Counts
20. Consumers Unions
21. Cornucopia Institute
22. Corporate Accountability International
23. Corporate Critic
24. Corporate Knights
25. Corpwatch
26. Covalence EthicalQuote
27. CSRwire
28. Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
29. Electronics TakeBack Coalition
30. Ethical Consumer
31. Ethical Trading Initiative
32. Ethisphere
33. Fair Labor Association
34. Fair Trade Federation
35. Fast Company
36. Forest Ethics
37. Free2Work
38. Global Exchange
39. Global Sullivan Principles
40. Green America
41. Green Cross International
42. Green-e
43. Greenopia
44. Greenpeace
45. Hoover’s
46. Human Rights Campaign
47. International Labor Rights Forum
48. Know More
49. Labour Behind The Label
50. Maquila Solidarity Network
51. Multinational Monitor
52. Natl Assn for the Advancement of Colored People
53. Natural Resources Defense Council
54. New York Times
55. Organic Consumers Assn
56. Oxfam International
57. Oceana International
58. Political Economy Research Institute
59. Rainforest Action Network
60. Responsible Purchasing Network
61. Responsible Shopper
62. Responsible Sourcing Network
63. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
64. Sierra Club
65. Social Accountability International
66. Social Venture Network
67. Socially Responsible Business Awards
68. Transfair USA
69. Union of Concerned Scientists
70. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
71. U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
72. Vegan Action
73. Washington Post
74. WorldBlu
75. World Environment Center
76. World Wildlife Fund

Research Process

STEP. one

Data is collected over the past 30 years from a wide range of nonprofit sources on the social and environmental responsibility of more than 2000 companies.*

STEP. two

The data is organized in a massive database that matches companies with their brands, assigns weights to each piece of data, and calculates an overall responsibility score.

STEP. three

Companies/brands are transferred to smaller, more specific charts based on product categories where each one is assigned a letter grade based on its overall responsibility relative to its competitors in the same product category.

STEP. four

Companies/brands are then transferred into easy-to-use report cards that allow people to quickly identify the most/least responsible choices when they are shopping online, at the supermarket, or in the mall.

READ. more

If you love to read nerdy explanations of theory and methods, please feel free to download the following paper detailing the evolution and inner workings of the ratings system: [BWS Theory and Methods]