Recognising corporate malpractice
A group of European NGO's have launched public voting for the Pinocchio Awards 2014.
Campaigners say that the awards aim to highlight the gap between speeches regarding “sustainable development” and the actual practices on the ground.
Friends of the Earth France, in partnership with CRID and ActionAid France, have nominated 9 companies in 3 categories:
Greener than green: awarded to the company which has led the most abusive and misleading communication campaign in regard to its actual activities.
- EDF and coal in Serbia
- Pur Projet and carbon offsetting in Peru
- GDF Suez and “green bonds”
Dirty hands, full wallet: awarded to the company which has the most opaque policy at the financial level (tax evasion, corruption, etc.), in terms of lobbying or in its supply chain.
- Perenco, oil drilling secrecy in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Samsung and child labour in China
- Lyon-Turin Ferroviaire and tunnel construction under the Alps
One for all and all for me!: awarded to the company which has the most aggressive policy in terms of appropriation, exploitation or destruction of natural resources.
- Shell and shale gas in Ukraine and Argentina
- Total and oil and gas malpractices in Nigeria
- Crédit Agricole and coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains
Juliette Renaud, Corporate Accountability Campaigner at Friends of the Earth France, said in a statement : “There is a growing number of voluntary approaches and codes of ethics, but, since these are not being applied through legally binding policies within France or Europe or at an international level, multinational companies are continuing to operate with impunity. Our governments must have the courage to tackle lobby groups and properly regulate these kinds of activities in order to protect human rights and the environment from being repeatedly attacked.”
Fanny Gallois, Campaign Manager at ActionAid France said: “The Pinocchio Awards echoes back hundreds of thousands of men and women around the world who are taking action to force companies, who continue to deliberately ignore their social and environmental responsibilities, to respect their rights. They also voice the opinions of every one of us at home refusing to be tricked by the flowery language companies use to get around the catastrophic effects their activities have in countries of production.”
You can vote and find out more on the campaign website. Voting closes November 18th 2014.
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