Monday, January 9, 2012
Public Eye on Corporate Crime
The Berne Declaration and Green Peace (Switzerland) are joining hands to point their fingers at corporate miscreants around the globe with their annual Public Eye Awards. The groups claim the 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." Open to public participation (via online voting) these "naming & shaming awards" are designed to "shine an international spotlight on corporate scandals and thereby help focused NGO campaigns succeed."
So far, local favorite, little old Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is following on the heels of global giant Samsung in this race to be named the top corporate offender in the world. The election campaign poster selected for TEPCO features a catchy slogan that reads, "What we created we could not handle." To drive the message home the text is juxtaposed with a photo of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant cut out in the shape of Godzilla.
Roll your mouse over the interactive gadget above to learn more about the nominees or click the corresponding buttons to find out more about the Public Eye Awards as well as cast your vote.
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