• Institute for Consumer Responsibility Institute for Consumer Responsibility


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Mission Statement

ICR contends that many of the problems facing society and the world are the direct or indirect result of uninformed and irresponsible consumer choices. When consumer choices are devoid of ethical and environmental considerations, they serve to reinforce amorality and irresponsibility in corporate behavior. ICR believes that corporate power and influence have grown to levels that undermine our democratic culture, values and institutions. Increasingly, society is being used as a tool to increase corporate profits, often in ways that are harmful to societal priorities and interests. ICR aims to educate consumers about their power and the scope of their influence, and provides consumers with information on corporate policies and practices to enable them to make informed, responsible buying choices. ICR also seeks to unify and promote a broad-based, multiple strategy grassroots movement to roll back excessive corporate influence over society, and to restore economic interests to the service of societal interests, rather than the reverse.


ICR is working to build a movement to begin rolling back corporate power and influence throughout our society. One aspect of that movement is Consumer Responsibility --the concept that consumers are responsible for the impacts of their purchases. Toward this end, we work to provide consumers with necessary information to make responsible consumer choices that reflect their values rather than undermine them. We also work to educate the public about the various impacts of growing corporate influence. In addition to the consumer approach we employ other strategies to target undo corporate influence. These strategies include: Art & Culture, Community, Direct Action, Lifestyle, Labor & Work, Business, and more.



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