With much thought and consternation, we have joined other boycott movements in a unified effort to have one voice for justice. The following companies have shown indifference to the suffering of the poor and exploited and therefore we are asking everyone to in BOYCOTT the following companies, events and institutions.
1 – Personal Moral Culpability
We are held morally responsible for our personal exercise of purchasing power. To be prudent in economics means to develop the habit of discerning and carrying out economic practices that are truly good, not merely advantageous, both for ourselves and our communities. Thinking about our spending in this way sheds light on one of the many moral issues associated with an economy dominated by corporations: we buy things without knowing where they came from, from people we don’t know, and we have no idea what they might be doing with our money.
2 – Protection of the Community
Our leverage as consumers gives us the opportunity, and responsibility, to support and promote those businesses that add to the common good, and counteract those that degrade the common good. Our purchasing power ought to be used to protect the physical and spiritual livelihood of the whole of society, particularly those most vulnerable. When it comes to social sins, silence, to a certain extent, means approval. Boycotts can and should be used to encourage businesses to abandon products and practices that are detrimental to the health of the community.
3 – Fraternal Correction
Commerce is the vulgar tongue, and the man who violates the laws of justice may only hear, and respond, when the community begins to speak his language. According to the papal encyclical Laudato Si, “When social pressure affects their earnings, businesses clearly have to find ways to produce differently. This shows us the great need for a sense of social responsibility on the part of consumers”
4 – Effectiveness
The toughest selling point of moral movements such as boycotts comes after the question, “Is this really going to do any good?” Perhaps not, on a material level. A boycott may never result in a major temporal victory—the primary motivation must be to do our part in obedience to God, which may or may not be visibly rewarded in this life. But in theory, at least, a successful boycott will result in a society of greater justice and virtue.