Not lovin’ it.
The consumer boycotts over the Gaza crisis are the latest in a long line. Here’s when they’re more effective.
A large billboard featuring Colin Kaepernick stands on top of a Nike store at Union Square in San Francisco.
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Brands are increasingly taking stances on contentious social issues and facing mass outrage on social media. New research shows that this outrage can benefit brands.
President of Tunisia, Kais Saied (R) meets Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo in Tunis on 8 March 2023.
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In Tunisia, scapegoating migrants diverts from the continuous failure of government to solve deep economic and social crisis.
A closed Mango store in a shopping mall in St. Petersburg, Russia. The company temporarily suspended operations in Russia in March to protest the invasion of Ukraine, joining a global corporate boycott against the country.
We should demand greater social responsibility from businesses, but pressuring them to undertake responsibilities that only governments can address is the wrong way to get there.
Black people are seen as more credible speaking on issues of racial injustice.
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People may be more willing to boycott a retailer over an act of injustice that takes place at the store if the source of the story was Black – even if the incident happened to a white person.
The rapid boycott of Russian companies suggests ‘political consumerism’ has become a new normal for people to protest against governments
Scottish Artists for Ukraine demonstrate at the Russian consulate, Edinburgh, against the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2022.
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New Zealand consumers are using boycotts of Russian products as a way to voice their disapproval of the war in Ukraine. But is this the best or only way for individuals to be heard?
Muscovites rushed to buy furniture and other goods from IKEA before it closed its Russian stores.
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Over 300 companies so far have closed stores, reassigned staff or halted sales in Russia in the two weeks since the invasion began.
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A tight bubble will likely keep the games from becoming a super-spreader event, but how the hosts will handle outspoken athletes remains a concern.
Protesters rally against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Los Angeles in December.
China has been unfazed by diplomatic boycotts by the west. In Beijing’s eyes, the Olympics still have broad support by many nations and, importantly, corporate sponsors.
Australia has followed the United States in announcing it will send athletes, but no officials, to the winter games in February 2022 - a move unlikely to make much political difference.
Activists wearing masks of IOC President Thomas Bach and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose in front of the Olympic Rings during a street protest in India against the holding of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
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Olympic broadcasters can help Canadians support the Uyghurs, Tibetans, pro-democracy advocates and others fighting for their human rights in China by cancelling their Olympic coverage.
Dozens of companies have recently expressed support for Black Lives Matter.
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Companies are increasingly taking stands on hot-button political issues from LGBT rights to Black Lives Matter. New research shines light on whether and when it can benefit the bottom line.
An illustration of a sugar plantation in Antigua.
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A scholar of slavery in the British Empire describes the first boycott against sugar made with slave labor in the West Indies.
United Airlines officials testify after United physically forced a customer off a Chicago flight.
United Airlines faced a public relations nightmare when they dragged a man off a flight in 2017 – until the blame shifted back to the victim.
This year’s hajj has attracted controversy, with growing calls for a boycott.
Despite the calls for a boycott, millions of Muslims will make the pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islamic practice.
Benjamin Netanyahu won his fifth term as the Israel’s prime minister.
A major swing to the right and the abstention of a key demographic have bolstered the Israeli leader’s position.
China hopes to make more microprocessor chips in China, which makes it a great industry to lead a boycott.
If companies in key industries collectively shunned the Chinese market, that would force China’s leaders to take notice, with less risk of blowback.
DJ Black Coffee.
Boycotting academic, cultural and sports activities in Israel is an essential part, but total avoidance may not be the most useful political strategy.
Spanish activists protest against retailers using factories in a building in Bangladesh which collapsed, killing more than 600 people.
“Shaming campaigns” have been successful in attracting attention to transnational issues like inhumane working conditions and environmental degradation. But shaming guilty corporations is only the first step.