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The Suckers List of ‘Ethical Companies’

Posted by msrb on April 13, 2009

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Question:

What would it cost the ‘Devil,’ or the following companies to be called ethical on some coo coo list?

A New York based ‘Stink tank,’ calling itself  ‘The Ethisphere Institute’ has selected 99 companies  it says are the world’s most ethical businesses.

The list includes Dell Inc., Honeywell International Inc, Nike Inc, Patagonia, BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Johnson Controls Inc and HSBC Holdings PLC, Best Buy Co Inc and T-Mobile International AG & Co KG, General Electric Co, American Express Co, PepsiCo Inc, McDonald’s Corp, Starbucks Corp, IKEA AB…

“The mission of our group is to improve corporate behavior,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute.

Ethisphere Institute says they are “dedicated to the advancement of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.” Reuters reported.

Each company is chosen against its peers in the same industries because  each industry operates under different circumstances, Brigham said.

It’s not clear whether AIG, General Motors and Madoff & Co had originally featured on the Ethisphere’s list, and subsequently withdrawn.

[The full list of companies was reportedly available  at http://www.ethisphere.org/wme2009 . However, their server wasn’t behaving ethically at the time of posting. Moderator]

Answer:

You’re kidding, Right?

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7 Responses to “The Suckers List of ‘Ethical Companies’”

  1. R Soul said

    Johnson Controls? Apparently they are not aware of the bribes, free trips purchasing managers request of vendors for their wives, kick backs etc. JCI is a corrupt and vile company. They postpone paying vendors at the close of their fiscal year to enhance ROA, ROI and ergo boost the bonuses for their management.

  2. feww said

    It would have been interesting to see the Coca-Cola Company name on the list at the same time as PepsiCo Inc.

    That, of course, could never happen. If Coca-Cola Company is determined enough, they pay more than PepsiCo next year to acquire the privilege.

  3. msrb said

    Naming Google as an ethical company is particularly disturbing.

    “Google says their motto is ‘Do No Evil!’ yet most of their immoral earnings come from predatory advertising, and their corporate practice is suppression of information!”

    http://feww.wordpress.com/google-gag/

  4. feww said

    Calling Duke Energy ‘ethical’ is an insult to thinking humans.

    http://feww.wordpress.com/2008/04/03/duke-energy-protesters-arrested/

    http://feww.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/the-deep-fcking-greencovered-corporations/

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