Gap and Gazprom receive 'awards of shame'
On the 23rd January, the Berne Declaration (EvB) and Greenpeace Switzerland awarded Gazprom and Gap Public Eye Awards. The Public Eye Awards shine a light on the current and most serious cases of human rights violations and disregard for environmental protection and sustainability by corporations.
Between 26 November 2013 and 22 January 2014 over 280,000 people voted for their favourite in the race for the renowned award of shame, the Public Eye People’s Award.
1 Gazprom - 95277
2 Syngenta, Bayer, BASF - 59836
3 FIFA - 54332
4 Gap - 44340
5 Glencore Xstrata - 9062
6 HSBC - 8182
7 Marine Harvest - 4881
8 Eskom - 4258
2014 People’s Award
The company that received the most votes has the dubious honour of calling themselves the winner of the 2014 People’s Award. This year it was the Gazprom oil company which was nominated by Greenpeace Russia
In connection with the arrest of the Arctic 30, Gazprom has become a household name and the largest gas company in the world has turned into a synonym for plundering the last, intact ecological system in the Arctic region. The hazardous and risky oil drilling methods which Gazprom utilises in the Artic have been widely reported in international press and media.
In December 2013, Gazprom became the first company in the world to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea. Since the drilling began, the corporation has already violated several federal safety and environmental regulations.
Gazprom was involved in an offshore drilling disaster that killed 53 people in December 2011. In the same year, Gazprom caused 872 oil leaks onshore, more than any other oil company in the world. With Gazprom’s abysmal track record, the worst has to be feared for the pristine and vulnerable Arctic region.
Public Eye Jury Award
An independent jury awarded the other award of shame, the Public Eye Jury Award, to Gap for their continuous refusal to contribute to effective reforms in the textile industry. Gap was nominated by the International Labor Rights Forum, SumOfUs and United Students against Sweatshops
Despite the most serious industrial disaster that the garment industry has ever seen, the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, which left over 1,100 dead and countless people injured, Gap have shamelessly refused to sign the legally binding agreement Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Instead, the company continue to actively undermine the efforts for effective reform in the textile industry with their own corporate-controlled sham agreement.
When a few months after the Rana Plaza disaster eight workers were killed during a fire at the Aswad factory, a known Gap supplier, the company denied having a relationship with the factory, in spite of documents clearly showing their involvement. The surviving workers and the families of the deceased are still waiting for Gap to pay compensation.
Liana Foxvog from International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), who along with SumOfUs und United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) nominated GAP, says: “Gap deserves this award. The company portrays a public image of being a leader in responsibility while actively undermining real corporate responsibility. Instead of joining the Accord, GAP created together with Walmart the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Despite sounding promising, this initiative is not legally binding and includes no union involvement, making it hardly more than a PR stunt to dodge safety responsibility.”
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