Social Responsibility

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Knowing the real cost of what we buy

A consumer bill of rights, much talked about these days, should emphasize the responsibilities as well as the rights of consumers. At the heart of a consumer bill of rights is the right to know what’s in a product and to have recourse, whether it’s a refund or something more, if what’s claimed does not turn out to be true.

But while it’s good to know what your rights are, it’s also imperative to know your obligations. That requires increasing consumer awareness of the true costs of whatever they buy and their responsibility to purchase widely. And it means product labeling that goes beyond listing the calories and fat in a chocolate bar.

When you buy a tank of gas, maybe you ought to know how many tonnes of oil sand it took to fill your tank.

Preston Manning
Founder, Manning Centre
Strengthening the knowledge and skills of political practitioners

from
What bold visions could the government embrace if it broke away from Ottawa’s usual agendas?
John Ibbitson
Globe and Mail, October 12, 2013