Principles of Phil Orgs
I. RECOGNIZING THAT WE'D DO MORE GOOD IF IT WAS EASY FOR US TO DO
In this chaotic, busy world, it feels impossible to keep track of everything. We all want to do good in the world; we want our money and time and efforts to go toward helping the global community. But none of us have the time to spend hours researching organizations, looking for responsible businesses or visiting all the various apps and websites we know are helpful. With all the resources we have at our fingertips, it should be easy, simple and straightforward to do good - but it isn't. Phil was envisioned in response to this frustration. Everything from products to organizations to events is on one comprehensive, easily accessible website. Now doing good will be easy and the world will benefit.
II. RECONSTRUCTING THE IDEA OF WHAT "DOING GOOD" ACTUALLY IS
Over decades, even over centuries, we've been developing social constructs about what "doing good" actually is: if we want to help people, we need to donate to a "charity"; if an organization is a good one, it has to be a non-profit; for-profit organizations are self-serving and are not part of the good works cannon. These are the ideas we have developed about "the social good". Phil Orgs seeks to reconstruct these perceptions. We operate under the principle that every kind of organization can serve the global good - for profit business and non-profit organizations alike.
Doing good is more than just donating money. A major corporation is helping further global justice when they ensure that every step in their production process is transparent and ethical. And a business may donate large sums of money to great causes just to cover up their own manipulative, unethical business practices. We must redefine "doing good" in holistic terms, not just the amount of money donated to a "good cause".
III. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Another way in which we may limit ourselves is by choosing to focus on only one cause. We may feel as if we have to take sides and pick to be more environmentally conscious, or to be socially conscious. We shouldn't have to do this. Phil Orgs strives to incorporate environmental and social consciousness into one mindset because both topics are critically important and aren't mutually exclusive.
IV. RECOGNIZING THAT CHANGE HAPPENS AT A LOCAL AND GLOBAL LEVEL SIMULTANEOUSLY
Serving the global good doesn't just happen by crossing international borders; it starts in our local communities.
V. TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT WE LIVE IN A MARKET-CAPITALIST SOCIETY
People say that in our society, "money speaks louder than words". Well then, we're going to let our money talk. The most powerful way to show a corporation that it should be doing good is to show them that they will NOT get our business until they are. We won't stand for exploitation, dangerous pollution or unsafe working conditions. So we'll put our money towards those who aren't doing those things, and in fact, are making strides for the good.
VI. GIVING A VOICE TO THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY OUT THERE
We believe that right now, the best work we can do is to not start a new organization targeting one particular cause, but to enable those organizations and corporations that are already in existence, giving them a re-invigorated, stronger voice.