To be successful, however, they need to keep in mind cultural differences between the two countries. Mexico may get a lot of attention in U. High oil prices have helped. So we have a huge boom in manufacturing along the border tied to U.
As long as there has been big-business there have been dubious and flat-out immoral actions taking place to preserve profit, market share and public image. This list cannot be ranked too effectively, as the extent and severity of the misdeeds cannot be measured, but the items have been chosen because of their human and long-term cultural impact.
Wal-Mart is company No. But its riches equal its controversies. This story is probably the most apt at describing the unethical treatment of its workers, because of the sheer senselessness of it. Ina collision with a semi-trailer left year-old Deborah Shank with permanent brain damage and in a wheelchair.
However, six years later the providers of Mrs. Wal-Mart was fully entitled to the money; in the fine print of Mrs. A federal judge had to rule in favor of Wal-Mart, and the family of Mrs. Shank had to rely on Medicaid and social-security payments for her round-the-clock care.
Wal-Mart may be reversing the decision after public outcry. This story actually stems from a far more serious beginning, in Trafigura is a multinational formed intrading in base metals and energy, including oil. It makes almost 80 billion USD a year. Init caused a health crisis affectingpeople, after a ship leased by the company was told that, due to toxicity levels higher than expected, the price of transferring the waste on board to the processing plant in the Netherlands had increased twenty-fold.
To avoid the charge, Trafigura ordered the ship to dock at other seaports until they could find someone who would dump the waste. Many people there became sick due to exposure to the waste, and investigations began to determine whether it was intentionally dumped by Trafigura.
Trafigura said in a press statement that their tests showed the waste not to be as toxic as had been claimed. This was proven false by a UN report posted by Wikileaks. This caused MP Evan Harris to question the freedom of the press in the country. However, after a twitter campaign that spread the story in a matter of hours, the libel firm responsible backed down and allowed the report to be published.
Carter Ruck are still pursuing a libel case against BBC Newsnight for allegations made on television later proven true by an independent report. Unfortunately, history is littered by examples of intellectual property being swallowed up by big corporations.
In particular, Thomas Edison and the companies he formed with his vast wealth RCA, General Electric have always had a habit of trying to abuse the patent system for profit. The reason that Hollywood is the home of the movie industry is that film-makers in the s were forced to abandon the east-coast because of the high royalties that Edison charged them for use of camera technologies.
Edison even had hired goons to harass them for money. But it was a policy of the RCA Radio Corporation of America that caused untold damage for inventors of the 20th century. However, there is one notable exception — the inventor of electronic television, Philo T.
Legend has it there were tears in the eyes of the RCA men as they signed the document. This whole practice was extremely unethical in terms of the technologies these companies prevented from reaching the market. They are being paid by governments to protect areas, and often take the same roles as soldiers.
The plaintiffs claimed that from January to FebruaryDynCorp sprayed herbicide almost daily, in a reckless manner, causing severe health problems high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dermatological problems and the destruction of the food crops and livestock of approximately 10, residents of the border region.
In addition, the plaintiffs alleged that the toxicity of the fumigant caused the deaths of four infants in this region.
Although the usage of herbicides was sanctioned by US congress, Dyncorp never mapped out areas of civilian crops to avoid. When Dyncorp was employed in Bosnia at the turn of the 21st century, it was revealed, by whistle-blower Ben Johnston, that DynCorp employees and supervisors engaged in sex with 12 to 15 year old children, and sold them to each other as slaves.
Ben Johnston ended up fired, and later forced into protective custody. According to Johnston, none of the girls were from Bosnia itself, but were kidnapped by DynCorp employees from Russia, Romania and other places.
In the summer ofthe United States Defense department drafted a proposal to prohibit defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor. Several defense contractors, among others, DynCorp, stalled the establishment of a final proposal that would formally prohibit defense contractor involvement in these activities.
In the 70s, the Nigerian government began forcing them to abandon their land to oil companies without consultation, and offering negligible compensation.
The government took control of this land so that it could be distributed to the oil companies. Resistance movements from the native people turned violent in the early 90s, and were threatening to disrupt the operations with mass action. This led to the government declaring that disturbing oil production was an act of treason.
Chevron had a military base at their Escravos facility, in the Delta State of Nigeria, which housed over a hundred soldiers. Inwhen leaders of the Ikiyan people came to negotiate with the soldiers, who were already attacking different villages, they were shot at and up to 62 people were killed by the soldiers, including a seven-year-old girl.Small Business Saturday shows big economic benefits of shopping small.
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