The Common Good
March-April 2003

Corporations That Need A Clean-Up

by Rose Marie Berger, Kate Bowman | March-April 2003

Last year corporations took it on the chin when it came to financial scandal.

Last year corporations took it on the chin when it came to financial scandal. Here are a few other companies that need cleaning up—their practices aren't necessarily illegal, they're just wrong:

British American Tobacco still promotes cigarettes to youth and opposes the World Health Organization's adoption of a strong Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Caterpillar sells to the Israeli Defense Force bulldozers that are used as instruments of war to destroy Palestinian homes and buildings.

DynCorp, a private defense contractor, flies the planes that spray herbicides on coca crops in Colombia—killing food crops and exposing people to dangerous toxins.

M&M/Mars responded half-heartedly to news about child slavery in the West African cocoa fields and refuses to convert a modest 5 percent of its product to Fair Trade cocoa.

Procter & Gamble failed to address plummeting coffee bean prices, which destabilized tens of thousands of small farmers in Central America, Ethiopia, Uganda, and elsewhere.

Source: "Bad Apples in a Rotten System: The 10 Worst Corporations of 2002," by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman (Multinational Monitor, December 2002).

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