Rogue firms nominated for badge of shame
Three of the world’s biggest companies, Coca-Cola, G4S and RBS, have been shortlisted for a new corporate shame award, to be voted on by the British public next month.
The Bastardtrade logo has been registered by comedian Mark Thomas as part of his year-long 100 Acts of Minor Dissent tour, which concludes in Sheffield with a final performance and exhibition this May.
Audience members from across Britain were involved in drawing up a long list of 16 companies as nominees for the first ever Bastardtrade award.
The 16 firms nominated by the public were: Apple, Barclays, Coca-Cola, Gap, G4S, John West, McDonalds, Nestlé, Pepsi, RBS, Shell, Starbucks, South West Trains, Tesco, Unilever and Vodafone.
Thomas and four other judges (including Tim Hunt from Ethical Consumer) selected the shortlist of three during a gruelling three hour debate at War on Wants offices in London.
Mark Thomas said: “I cannot think of a better candidate for inclusion on the Bastardtrade award shortlist than RBS. Their underwriting of unethical business puts them in contention, but it is the scale of their part in the creation of the recession, the bailout and the continued arrogance of the bonus culture that sets them apart. We have paid for this bank and we demand better.”
Tim Hunt said: “Coke are truly a bastard company. They only make a fizzy drink, yet somehow contrive to commit the most awful abuses in their supply chain to both workers and the environment. Our decision to shortlist them was made easy by the fact they scored just 1.5 in Ethical Consumer’s ranking system, an excruciatingly low mark for a company that basically only produces soft drinks.”
Visitors to the Sheffield exhibition will vote for the overall winner of the Bastardtrade award in the final show of Mark's tour.
In addition, Shell has been awarded a Bastardtrade lifetime achievement prize, and John West a newcomer award.
The final show of the 100 Acts of Minor Dissent tour (which is already sold out) will take place at the Leadmill in Sheffield from 6pm on 15 May 2014.
The exhibition opens at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery on 21 May. Visitors will vote for one of the three nominated finalists, and the winning company will be presented by Mark Thomas in person with the Bastardtrade award.
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