"Though the app is designed to help liberal-minded consumers avoid contributing to Koch Industries and other companies on the right side of the political spectrum, in a backhanded way, Buycott would also help conservatives to tailor their purchases to those companies with similar values.
Consumers who support a traditional view of marriage may decide to purchase fast food from Chick-fil-A or gas from Exxon Mobil Corporation, two companies Buycott instructs users who support gay rights to avoid.
Though the app was number 10 in Apple’s App Store following its debut, it has fallen to number 22. And, after facing glitches on the Android phone, Buycott has been removed from its app store."
If you do not like a company and you choose to not buy products from them then the Boycott app allows you to avoid them, but we want to look into this app a little further, please do read on for our explanation.
The Boycott app is available for iOS with the Android version coming soon, and this application is all about organising your very own consumer spending, as well as supporting causes that you really do care about.
The app itself allows users to check the structure of a company and ownership of any product; the app also traces the product back to its parent company with the stunning interactive family tree diagram.
Features include contact data for brands and companies etc; it can scan major retail barcodes such as EAN13, UPC-E, EAN8, UPC-A and so forth.
iOS: Buycott provides a way for you to keep up with which companies support the causes you support, instead of providing a list of companies to avoid.
The app sorts most companies into "campaigns" that you can join. From there you can see which companies should be supported and which should be avoided. Additionally, you can see a family tree for each company so you know which subsidiaries are part of the parent company. Unfortunately, the amount of information for why each company is categorized in whichever group is somewhat minimal, but if nothing else, it provides a starting off point for your own research.
The iOS version is available now, with an Android app coming soon.
Buycott (Free) | iTunes App Store via CNET
If supermarket shelves are overwhelming due to the sheer diversity of items, imagine the corporate structure behind the packaging. Or don't; just let your phone do it. Scan any bar code (UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN8, EAN13...) with your phone and the free Buycott app (for iOS; a previously available Android version is now "Coming soon") will display the product's corporate family tree on the screen. The app takes knowing where your food comes from further, telling you not only what brand belongs to what company, but what that company does with your dollars.