The worst corporate offenders of 2006 December 30, 2006Posted by Andreas in Environment, South Africa.
The Corpse Awards are presented annually to the dirtiest southern African companies by groundWork, one of my favourite environmental justice organisations.
Held on 10 November, the 11th anniversary of the state-sponsored murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight fellow Nigerian activists, the “ceremony sought to bring to the public’s attention the manner in which corporate power operates, the resulting destruction of peoples’ land and the death it reaps.”
groundWork director Bobby Peek emphasises that it’s not just companies that are crooked: “… it is clear that government is doing as little as possible to actually make a meaningful contribution to the ‘health and well-being’ of people. And I venture to say that at times they are complicit in the environmental injustices that companies bring to bear on communities!”
This year’s “winners” were:
AngloPlatinum – Grim Reaper Floating Trophy Award
Bayer Cropscience – Baying For Your Rice Award
South Africa’s Cement Industry – Do You Think We’re Stupid? Award
FFS Refiners – It Wasn’t Me! Award
Chevron Oil Refinery – Smoked Out at Last Award
Engen – Privatising Public Participation Award
Samancor Manganese – Mangling the Workers Award
Paladin Resources – Picking the Public Pocket Award
AngloGold Ashanti – Loot the Minerals & Bloodstain the Soil Award.
For a pdf file of the disgusting details, click here.