Seal of Justice
The group B’Maagalei Tzedek (In Circles of Justice) has come up with a brilliant idea–just as restauraunts get certification if they pass certain standards of kashrut, thus enabling people to know which places are kosher and which not, so too should they be certified in a public way if their business practices and treatment of employees are ethical and just.
Their website explains:
B’Maaglaei Tzedek’s flagship social action effort is the Social Seal project, which awards a seal of approval similar to kashrut certification to businesses that commit to upholding ethical standards.
Piloted in Jerusalem during this past year, this project has already awarded ethical certification to 40 restaurants and catering halls – frameworks that often ignore the rights of their kitchen workers and waiting staff – and to 75 businesses associated with the religious kibbutz movement. Over the next three years, our goal is to teach consumers that they have the power to change society by insisting on the Social Seal as a prerequisite for their business, and to turn the Social Seal into certification that has financial implications for businesses, thereby encouraging their compliance with the social values that it represents.
A list of businesses and eateries in Israel that have been awarded the tav ha-hevrati (social seal) can be found here. You can sort by city/region, if you’d like. Go to these places. Reward them for good practices with your business. And make it a point of telling managers that you’re there bacause of the tav.
If a favorite restaraunt is not on the list (or anytime you go out, really), make a point of going in and asking if they have a tav, telling them that it makes a difference to you in terms of where you go. Let cafe owners know that it’s good business for them to have the tav.
The home page of B’Maagalei Tzedek’s site is here.