In this age of social activism, pinpoint marketing, and immediate information, consumers demand everything from the coffee, computer, or toothpaste they buy: an affordable, reliable product manufactured by a company that doesn't pollute, saves energy, treats its workers well, and doesn't hurt animalsaoh, and that makes them feel cool when they use it. All companies would love to have that kind of reputation, and a handful seem to have achieved it. But do they deserve their haloes? What does it take to become so admired? Can a company make a profit doing so? And how can consumers avoid being tricked by phony marketing? In Ethical Chic, award-winning author Fran Hawthorne takes her investigative-journalism skills--honed from more than two decades as a business journalistato analyze six favorites: Apple, Starbucks, Trader Joe's, American Apparel, Timberland, and Tom's of Maine.Putting aside the antenna problem with the iPhone 4, aApple has been at or near the top consistentlya in Consumer Reports computer rankings, according ... Best of all are the storesa#39; Genius Bars, whose technicians will answer almost any question and fix almost any problem at no cost. ... By 2011, it was mulling a cheaper version of the iPhone, and the iPad sold at a lower cost than rivals for its first year.
|Publisher||:||Beacon Press - 2012-06-19|