The Conscious Consumer Bill Of Rights

Please see this incredible website: for more information on the original Consumer Bill of Rights as well as a detailed explanation of any amendments made to it and why.


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The original work done by John F. Kennedy on the Consumer Bill of Rights was a towering achievement and it was never our intent to start from scratch. In fact, it was our intent to change the original as little as possible while still expanding and updating the rights. Most changes are less of an oversight or lack of vision by the original drafters, and more to cover changes to the consumer landscape that in 1964 did not exist.

Our amendments are to three of the current five rights. (Clinton added a fifth right during his administration that we included in ours.)

Below is what we refer to as the New Consumer Bill of Rights. We’d like to distribute these as far and wide as possible. Any help and further suggestions would be most welcomed. We’d also like to get progressive companies, of which there are thousands, to sign these new Consumer Bill of Rights along with consumers. To stand shoulder to shoulder in support of a new relationship of trust, transparency and mutual support between we the people and our corporations.

(1) The right to safety–to be protected against the marketing of goods and services that are hazardous to health, life, or the safety of our future.

(2) The right to be informed–to be protected against fraudulent, deceitful, or misleading information, advertising, labeling, or other practices, and to be given, by all goods and service providers, unrestricted access to the complete information needed to make an informed choice, including but not limited to ingredients, materials, origin, labor conditions, life cycle, and political activity.

(3) The right to choose–to be assured access to a variety of products and services at competitive prices (as long as those prices do not come at the exploitation of others); and in those industries in which competition is not workable and Government regulation is substituted, an assurance of satisfactory quality and service at fair prices.

(4) The right to be heard–to be assured that consumer interests will receive full and sympathetic consideration in the formulation of Government policy, and fair and expeditious treatment in its administrative tribunals.

(5) The right to service–the right to privacy, courtesy, and responsiveness to consumer problems and needs and all steps necessary to ensure that products and services meet the quality and performance levels claimed for them (Clinton, 1994).

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