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Publish, Punish, and Pardon: Nine National Security Changes Obama Should Make Before He Leaves Office
by Pratap ChatterjeeTomdispatch
December 6th, 2016
Nine recommendations for action by President Obama to reverse his deadly legacy of drone warfare, surveillance and entrapment, including revealing flawed government contracts with companies like AT&T & Yahoo.

Billionaires & Big Business Line Up To Help U.S. President Elect-Donald Trump
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 14th, 2016
Billionaire businessmen and lobbyists are lining up to help Donald Trump after his victory in the U.S. presidential election. Trump appears to be welcoming them with open arms, despite his claim to bring change to Washington DC and get rid of special interests.

Goodhope Asia Accused Of Land Grabbing In West Papua For Palm Oil
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 7th, 2016
The Yerisiam Gua indigenous community of West Papua filed a complaint six months ago against a Sri Lankan owned conglomerate for taking over their land to create a palm oil plantation. To this day, the industry body charged with oversight has yet to formally respond to their concerns.

Robertson Winery Accused Of Slavery-Like Practices In South Africa
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
November 4th, 2016
"Bitter Grapes—Slavery in the Vineyards," a new television documentary made by Danish journalist Tom Heinemann, alleges that many South African wineries pay their workers less than the legal minimum wage; discourages them from unionizing; and exposes them to toxic pesticides. Top of the list is Robertson's Winery.

Eli Lilly Raised U.S. Prices Of Diabetes Drug 700 Percent Over 20 Years
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 2nd, 2016
Eli Lilly, an Indianapolis based company, that has sold insulin products to diabetes patients since 1921, has quietly raised some U.S. prices 700 percent in the last 20 years by marketing so-called improved versions to consumers. Novo Nordisk, a Danish company, has also profited handsomely from this practice.

Swiss Bank UBS May Be Suspended From Doing Business In Hong Kong
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
October 31st, 2016
UBS, the Swiss bank, is being investigated by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission for failing to carry out adequate due diligence before working on share offerings for several Chinese companies. The bank says that it is at risk of being suspended from doing business in the city.

AT&T Developed Secret Program To Help U.S. Police Mine Client Phone Records
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 28th, 2016
Police departments across the U.S. pay AT&T, the telecommunications giant, over one hundred thousand dollars a year for special access to telephone records of clients without first obtaining a warrant. The program is called 'Hemisphere' and the company required buyers to keep its existence secret.

Native Tribes Protest Energy Transfer Partners North Dakota Oil Pipeline
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
October 3rd, 2016
Representatives of some 280 indigenous nations have joined a protest on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to oppose the construction of an oil pipeline by Energy Transfer Partners. If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline is expected to help move 570,000 barrels of crude daily to Illinois.

Coke and McDonalds Host Carnival of Junk Food Marketing At Rio Olympics
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 15th, 2016
Every four years, billions tune in to watch the Olympics on television. And every four years, major corporations pay millions for prime advertising opportunities as official sponsors. The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are no different with Coca-Cola and McDonald's igniting a storm of controversy over their role.

Six Novartis Executives Charged In Illegal Drug Rebate Scheme In South Korea
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
August 11th, 2016
Six executives of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis have been indicted in a South Korean bribery scandal. The indictments follow similar charges in China, Turkey and the U.S. and allegations of falsifying drug trial data in Japan. Korean prosecutors have recommended that Novartis sales be suspended for six months.

General Atomics Funded U.S. Think Tank That Promoted Increased Drone Exports
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 8th, 2016
A group of investigative journalists have revealed that General Atomics helped fund the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a major think tank in Washington DC, when it recommended that the Obama administration loosen export rules to allow the company sell more remotely piloted military aircraft.

Cyrela, Rio Olympic Construction Contractor, Accused Of Mistreating Workers
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
August 5th, 2016
Media attending the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are being housed in apartments constructed by workers "in conditions analogous to slavery" by Cyrela, the largest real estate company in Brazil. The local community has also complained that the construction has ruined the water supply and destroyed forested areas.

Broadspectrum 'Violating' Human Rights At Australian Offshore Detention Centers
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 3rd, 2016
New reports accuse employees of Broadspectrum Limited, the company that has the operating contract to house asylum seekers to Australia in remote island detention centers, of providing appalling living conditions and neglecting the care of their charges.

Panama Papers Leak Reveals Safari Companies In Africa Use Tax Havens
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
July 25th, 2016
A number of safari companies in Africa used Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, to evade taxes on income from foreign clients, according to data from the ‘Panama Papers’ a leaked cache of 11.5 million documents revealed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Greece Raids UBS Executive's Home In Effort To Uncover Swiss Tax Evasion
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
July 18th, 2016
Greek tax investigators have raided the house of Christos Sclavounis, the former head of investment banking for UBS. The crackdown is part of an agreement that the country reached with international lenders in order to reduce tax evasion by Greek elites suspected of hiding their income in Switzerland.

Cairn Energy Demands India Pay $5.6 Billion Or Drop Back Tax Claim
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 15th, 2016
Cairn Energy, a Scottish oil exploration company, has demanded that India pay $5.6 billion in compensation for losses that the company claims it has sustained as a result of a tax bill. The company has taken its claim to an arbitration panel under the United Kingdom-India Investment Treaty.

Gilead Avoided $10 Billion In Taxes On Over Priced Hepatitis C Drugs
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
July 13th, 2016
Gilead Sciences Inc., a California based pharmaceutical company, has avoided paying $10 billion in taxes by moving its patents to Ireland. This is despite the fact that one of its most profitable drugs was developed with U.S. taxpayer money, according to a new report from Americans for Tax Fairness.

Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris In Major Win For Anti-Smoking Advocates
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 11th, 2016
Uruguay has defeated Philip Morris, the global tobacco giant, in a major international lawsuit over the country's tough anti-smoking regulations. The Swiss-based company sued Uruguay at the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Dispute under the terms of a 1991 bilateral investment treaty between Uruguay and Switzerland.

Ugandan Villagers Say Chinese Phosphate Mine Cheated Them Over Land Titles
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
July 8th, 2016
Villagers in Tororo district, Uganda, not far from the Kenyan border, say that Guangzhou Dongsong Energy, a company from China, has conspired with the government to cheat them out of their land titles in order to build a $600 million phosphate mine and industrial complex.

Barclays Traders Jailed In Global Interest Rate Setting Scandal But Not Executives
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 6th, 2016
The UK Serious Fraud Office has notched up another win in the global interest rate setting scandal by sending three Barclays traders to jail. Of the 20 bankers that have been charged to date, five have been found guilty, six have been let go while nine are to face trial.

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