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Public Eye Shame Awards

Jan 5

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Cast your vote for the six shortlisted companies in the 'Peoples' award

This year's Public Eye Awards mark a critical counterpoint to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Organized since 2000 by Berne Declaration and Friends of the Earth (in 2009 replaced by Greenpeace), Public Eye reminds the corporate world that social and environmental misdeeds have consequences - for the affected people and territory, but also for the reputation of the offender.

The six shortlisted companies selected for their dismal record in terms of social/environmental responsibility are:

Barclays - the world’s fastest-growing food speculator, driving up global food prices at the expense of the poorest.

Syngenta - Despite being banned in Europe, Syngenta markets its herbicide Paraquat in the Global South where thousands of farmers have already died due to the use of the product.

Samsung - In its factories, Samsung uses banned and highly-toxic substances without informing and protecting its workers.

Vale - In the midst of the Amazon rainforest Vale is constructing the Belo-Monte-Dam. 40,000 people are being relocated without receiving any compensation.

Tepco - Japan’s largest energy company, grossly neglected the structural safety of its atomic power plants, including Fukushima, in order to cut costs. 

Freeport - For 45 years the US-mining corporation Freeport McMoran pollutes the environment in West Papua. Those who raise their voice get tortured or killed.

 

Cast your vote now.

On the 27th January 2012 the winners will be presented their shameful awards in an international media conference in Davos.

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