Ford Motor Co. wins EARTH DAY GREENWASH SWEEPSTAKES!!!
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The Watchdog on the Web <http://www.corpwatch.org>
April 20, 2000
EARTH DAY GREENWASH SWEEPSTAKES
Corporate Watch Announces the Winners!
And they are:
The Grand Prize goes to FORD MOTOR COMPANY for its massive new
green image campaign which is costing as much as it does to roll
out a new line of automobile. In honor of this Award, Ford
Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. will receive a used bicycle for
commuting to work.
1st Runner Up, THE WORLD BANK, for selling its bonds as
"socially responsible investments." World Bank President James
"Bonds" Wolfensohn will receive a low-interest loan to pay for
his upcoming Toxic Tour of World Bank Project sites.
2nd Runner Up, MONSANTO & THE COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION, for launching a $250 million multi-year PR
campaign. The group's corporate founders will receive a free
copy of the best-selling book, I'm GE Free, You're GE Free.
3rd Runner Up, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, for its "Profits and
Principles" advertising series. Shell's director, Mark
Stuart-Moody will receive a free videotape of Ken-Saro Wiwa's
upcoming belated funeral which will take place in Nigeria.
4th Runners Up CHEVRON and UNOCAL are tied for this honor.
Chevron, for the longevity of its "People Do" campaign, and
Unocal for grotesque innovation in the Human Rights equivalent
of greenwash. Chevron Chairman David O'Reilly gets a two hour,
private lecture by Nigerian Climate Justice leader Oronto
Douglas entitled "What People in the Niger Delta Do." Unocal
CEO Roger Beech receives a Made In Burma backpack. MiB
backpacks are specially designed for conscripted porters
carrying those heavy loads of military supplies.
The Booby Prize goes to EXXON-MOBIL, for not even bothering to
cover up its role in global warming. ExxonMobil Chairman Lee
Raymond receives a subscription to PR Watch, so he can study his
competitors' techniques in coopting environmental messsages.
=v= And knock me over with a feather, but today's _Chronicle_
even featured an Op-Ed piece from Corporate Watch: