Corporations That Need A Clean-Up

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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