mattwnz: Yes ownership would be a good one, although sometimes difficult to ascertain. eg. Orcon is Government owned, so we all own it in NZ, but telecom is a NZ listed company which is largly NZ owned by mum and dad investors, but also owned by overseas investors. There are other companies who are largely overseas owned.
I think a 'best effort' approach has to be taken to some of this stuff. Best effort would be far ahead of what we have currently.
I'm sure industry players would quickly point out corrections if companies listed misleading information.
Another interesting metric might be:
* % of local work force by numbers
* % of local work force by income
* Average work force income
Personally I'd like to think I'd favour smaller providers who provide a better price (if they can) while also providing a more level income level to local staff.
I'm not mad keen on buying from a provider who pays an extremely large amount of money to the top end and pushes jobs, that should be local (and used as training ground work), off shore.
The biggest problem I see, is my ability to identify the 'bad guys' is ok, but my ability to identify 'my good guys' is not as easy.