Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Economic globalization and the rise of transnational corporate power have created a favorable climate for corporate human rights abusers, which are governed principally by the codes of supply and demand and show genuine loyalty only to their stockholders.
Knowing about how the global economy works is key. In 1999 Global Exchange worked with hundreds of national and international groups and organizing spaces to mobilize tens of thousands of nonviolent protesters to converge and challenge the WTO in Seattle. This now-legendary meeting and protest has become known as “The Battle in Seattle” and inspired generations of activists to fight for a better global and local economy, better planet, and better conditions for workers and the global citizenry.
The first “Most Wanted” list appeared shortly after the Battle in Seattle and was intended to check the power of corporations—and provide a tool for citizens around the world to do it. The list included such odious offenders as Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin and Nestlé to illustrate that corporations are responsible for assassination and torture, kidnapping, environmental degradation, huge campaign donations, violently repressing political rights, releasing toxins into pristine environments, destroying homes, discrimination, and causing widespread health problems.
The 2012 “Most Wanted” list is updated to include some of the world’s worst (and current) corporate abusers including Bank of America, Chevron, Monsanto, Pacific Rim and TransCanada. Now we need you to take action!
This list of “MOST WANTED” corporate criminals:
- Gives you information about the abusive behavior of this year’s worst corporations;
- Tells you who is responsible;
- Provides resources aboutd how to connect with and support people who are doing something about it.
We encourage you to learn about Global Exchange’s Elect Democracy campaign, Community Rights and Mexico programs and consider joining a Reality Tour to a country impacted by atrocious corporate practices. Everything we do is aimed at building people power, not corporate power.
The more you know, the less these corporations can continue their abuses out of public eyesight: so share this information with your friends, get on the phone with the CEOs themselves, and exercise your rights as a global citizen and consumer today.