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    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2007
      Corporate Hall of Shame 2007
      Vote for some of the most criminal enterprises of 2007

      Click here to vote now for the most criminal enterprises!



      The Story Behind the Corporate Hall of Shame Nominees

      The Real Cost of the Real Thing.

      What is the "Coke Side of Life" like on the other side of the world? In India, Coca-Cola bottling plants drain local water supplies, causing village wells to run dry. Plant workers in Colombia who fight for labor rights and decent working conditions are violently harassed. Here in the U.S., Coke has worked to undermine public confidence in local water utilities through the marketing of its bottled water products, even though their water comes from municipal sources that they then mark up hundreds of times the original cost. Coke aggressively promotes itself as a socially responsible company, often highlighting its investments in water security programs in poor nations, but these investments are just a drop in the bucket compared with the $1.3 billion they spend each year advertising its unhealthy products.

      Not So Sweet After All

      Its chocolate may be sweet, but Nestlé's corporate conduct and labor practices are far from it. Violations of labor rights have been reported from Nestlé factories in numerous countries, including the exploitation of children in the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast. As one of the world's largest and most powerful food and beverage corporations, Nestlé uses its political influence to shape nutrition policies to avoid responsibility for its role in the global obesity epidemic. For its bottled water products, Nestlé uses aggressive and manipulative tactics to obtain community water sources. Despite local protests in the U.S., Nestlé is draining and bottling hundreds of millions of gallons of water from community supplies, threatening private wells and watersheds, and running roughshod over local control of water resources.

      Slick Lawyers - and a Lot of Hot Air.

      Even though ExxonMobil is the most profitable corporation in the world, the oil giant is still using its legal clout to avoid paying $4.5 billion in punitive damages from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. At the same time, Exxon is spending millions to delay action on global warming. As the only oil corporation that still denies the urgency of climate change, ExxonMobil spent nearly $16 million between 1998 and 2005 funding "junk science" from front groups that confuse the issue.

      Driving America's Dependence on Oil.

      Automobiles are one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. - and Ford's auto fleet has had deplorable fuel efficiency ratings. Ford also leads the industry in blocking state and federal efforts to improve auto emissions and efficiency. It was Ford's lobbyists that took the lead in keeping improved fuel efficiency standards out of the 2005 Energy Bill. Meanwhile, Ford has spent millions on "greenwashing" ads to portray itself as an environmental leader. In April, Ford awarded its new CEO $28 million for only four months of work, just as the company moves ahead with plans to close plants and cut more than 30,000 hourly positions.

      Maximum Profits, Minimal Accountability

      At Halliburton, war profiteering is big business. Since the Iraq war began, Halliburton has been awarded more than $20 billion in government contracts. Now Congress is investigating $2.7 billion in waste and overcharging by Halliburton - including bills for three times the meals that U.S. troops actually received in Iraq. With these sky-high prices comes an embarrassingly low level of service, such as water contaminated with feces that Halliburton delivered to troops for bathing, laundry and even making coffee. Now, after charging taxpayers billions of dollars for their government contracts, Halliburton has announced plans to cut and run, moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai, which will likely make it easier for the company to pay less U.S. taxes.

      The Clear-Cut Truth about Kleenex

      Kimberly-Clark may say its tissues are soft on the nose, but their paper products are hard on the Earth. The world's largest tissue maker refuses to use recycled fiber in Kleenex and its other popular products. Kimberly-Clark's appetite for clear-cut fiber is driving the destruction of ancient forests in the North American "Boreal" - a pristine forest critical for stabilizing the climate and home to migratory birds and 80 percent of Canada's indigenous peoples. Kimberly-Clark has repeatedly broken environmental pledges, denied its role in the destruction and recently released a new policy on procuring fibers that is a weak attempt to dodge growing public criticism.

      Big Pharma's Bad Medicine

      Once a role model for responsible corporate behavior, Merck has been more about money than patients in recent years. The pharmaceutical giant was widely condemned for keeping Vioxx on the shelves for four years after learning that the pain medication could cause heart complications. Merck only withdrew the drug after negative press about the thousands of lawsuits filed by patients who had suffered heart attacks. In the face of public health crises in the developing world, Merck's actions have been increasingly motivated by greed. In Thailand, Merck aggressively fought government efforts to allow the sale of generic versions of life-saving AIDS medications. Here at home, public health advocates have criticized Merck's heavy-handed political tactics when pushing new drugs.

      Low Prices, Lower Wages

      The world's largest retailer generates nearly a billion dollars per day in sales. In fact, 2.5 cents of every dollar spent in the United States passes through a Wal-Mart cash register. But the employees who run those cash registers, stock the shelves, and clean the floors aren't sharing in the corporate wealth. Most of the retail giant's workers have an annual income close to the poverty line. Fewer than half are covered by the corporation's health plan. And now Wal-Mart is the subject of the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history, involving 1.2 million women who are current or former employees. Meanwhile, Congressional investigators estimate that each Wal-Mart store receives nearly half a million dollars a year in government subsidies.



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      TAKE ACTION - Campaigns Launched
      Email your Senators to Ask Them to Take a Stand on the Global Tobacco Treaty! 2007-05-10
      Tell Philip Morris/Altria to Stop Interfering in Health Policy! 2007-04-24
      It's time to stand up to Nestlé 2007-04-15
      Tell Corporations to Come Clean about Bottled Water 2007-02-27
      Big Oil follows in footsteps of Big Tobacco 2007-01-12
      Help us move the global tobacco treaty! 2006-11-29
      Do you know what's in that bottle of water? 2006-11-13
      Tell Coke to Listen to the People & Stop Draining Their Water! 2006-10-27
      Expose the Reality Behind Bottled Water 2005-12-01

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