X-RATED COMPANIES LIST
Council on Economic Priorities puts out an annual entitled "Shopping
for a Better World" in which they evaluate companies according
to their social and environmental track records, in order to encourage
consumers to vote with their dollar against corporate irresponsibility
and corruption. These are their 13 X-rated companies with an abridged
explanation of their crimes and products.
AMERICAN CYANAMID: Third largest emitter of toxic
waste in 1989 • Exports mercury waste to South African company
with poor disposal record.
Products: Centrum vitamins, Thrive, Heritage, New Image
Shampoos, Night Spice After Shave.
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND: Major air pollution violations
in Iowa and Minnesota.
Products: Flour, Lean N'Crisp Bacon, Russo & Gooch Foods,
BAYER USA INC: 110 pesticide export violations
• They are researching genetically engineered pesticide-resistant
plants which, if successful, would encourage more pesticide application
and increase profits for Bayer, not farmers • Are not seeking
alternatives to animal testing.
Products: Alka-Seltzer, Bactine, Cutter insect spray, Flintstones
and One-A-Day vitamins, S.O.S. scouring pads.
CHEVRON CORPORATION: Implicated in 170 Superfund
sites • Charged with 880 Clean Water Act violations •
Ranked 55th in military contracts.
Products: Chevron gasoline, car supplies.
CANAGRA: Cited for threatening worker safety and
public health in food processing plants • Supporters of legislation
to increase the speed of food processing, even at the risk of Jeopardizing
food safety inspection.
Products: Armor Bacon, Butterball chicken, Hunts catsup,
Orville Redenbacher's popcorn, Wesson oil.
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY: Major contractor for
the nuclear weapons and nuclear power industries • 1,495,
Federal Worker Safety citations between 1982& 1990 (the most
of the nation's top ten corporations.)
Products: G.E. & Miser light bulbs, Magicube Flash bulbs,
KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION: Has $8.3 million in
assets in South Africa •Continues to test on animals with
no investment in alternatives • One of the largest makers
of disposable diapers, yet lobbied against a one-cent tax on these
products Which contribute significantly to our solid waste crisis.
Products: Clout paper towels, Huggies disposable diapers,
Kleenex tissue, Kotex, Softique.
MOBIL CORPORATION: Repeatedly cited for mislabeling
and disposal of hazardous material • Fired employee for refusing
to cover up pollution problems • $237 million in military
Products: Mobil gasoline, auto supplies, Baggie sandwich
bags, Hefty trash bags.
PERDUE FARMS INC.: Cited for its maltreatment of
its employees, animals, and the environment. • Workers have
been routinely fired after developing debilitating workplace injuries
• Chickens often have less than one square foot to move-Fined
by the state of Virginia for water pollution.
Products: Perdue packaged poultry products.
PFIZER INC: Investments in South Africa •
No women among its top corporate officers • Cited for misleading
advertising • Subsidiary company manufactures prosthetic heart
valves alleged to be faulty and responsible for 252 deaths.
Products: Barbasol shaving cream, Ben Gay, Musk for Men,
Stetson cologne, Unisom sleeping aid, Visine eye drops.
TEXACO INC.: Texas refinery cited for posing a
greater risk to public health than any other U.S. industrial facility
• Trans-Ecuadorian Pipeline, operated by Texaco until 1989,
has spilled over 16 million gallons of oil into the Amazonian watershed
in past 20 years •
Military fuel contracts • Worker safety citations.
Products: Texaco Gasoline, auto supplies.
TYSON FOODS, INC.; In 1989, cut workers wages and
refused to recognize the Teamsters as workers' legal representatives
• Cited as having a food production line too high speed to
allow for adequate food safety inspection.
Products: Tyson frozen dinners. Holly Farms chicken, Tasty
Bird, Weaver Lunch Meats, frozen poultry dishes.
USX CORPORATION: Highly discriminatory hiring policy:
no minorities or women on its board of directors •Cited for
discrimination against black job-seekers • Potentially responsible
for 47 Superfund sites •Worker safety violations and plant
Products: USX and Marathon gasoline, auto supplies.