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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad built by trafficked workers in squalid working conditions
October 17th, 2006
Workers accuse the Kuwait contractor building the US embassy in Baghdad of labor trafficking and smuggling low-paid South Asians into Iraq. Still, the US State Department casts a blind eye on the complaints as it rushes to complete its most ambitious embassy project ever.

Big, Easy Money: Disaster Profiteering on the American Gulf Coast
by Rita J. King
August 17th, 2006
Disaster profiteers make millions while local companies and laborers in New Orleans and the rest of the Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast region are systematically getting the short end of the stick, according to a major new report from the nonprofit CorpWatch.
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Hurricane Halliburton
by CorpWatch
May 15th, 2006
CorpWatch and its partners today released an alternative annual report on Halliburton titled: "Hurricane Halliburton: Conflict, Climate Change and Catastrophe." The new report was prepared in association with Asociacion Civil Labor in Peru, Environmental Rights Action Nigeria (members of the Friends of the Earth International network), HalliburtonWatch and the Oil & Gas Accountability Project.

Afghanistan Inc.
by Fariba Nawa
May 2nd, 2006
A highway that begins crumbling before it is finished. A school with a collapsed roof. A clinic with faulty plumbing. A farmers' cooperative that farmers can't use. A new report "Afghanistan, Inc.," issued by the non-profit organization CorpWatch, details the bungled reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.

Houston: We Still Have a Problem
May 17th, 2005
In a alternative annual report on the company, released today by CorpWatch, titled "Houston: We Still Have a Problem," Halliburton's real 2004 track record is revealed. The report details everything from the company's unwillingness to prevent bribery, fraud, and corruption within its workforce to its inability to take proper precautions to protect its employees in Iraq.

Seven Stories Publishes "Iraq, Inc.: A Profitable Occupation"
by Pratap Chatterjee
October 20th, 2004
In Iraq, Inc.: A Profitable Occupation Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor of watchdog group CorpWatch, brings us the dilapidated hospitals, looted ministries, and guarded corporate enclaves that mark the plunderous road to America's liberated Iraq. Bringing together a critical mass of evidence from major media sources with an on-the-ground account of the Iraq occupation business, Chatterjee presents the most complete-to-date chronicle of the exploits of private contractors hired to reconstruct and manage Iraq.

Soft Money Meltdown: Corporate Influence on the Election
July 28th, 2004 published a new report today entitled Up in Smoke: Tobacco Industry Saves on Soft Money, Spends On Lobbyists. The article features a close look at campaign spending and influence peddling by the tobacco industry. The tobacco investigation is one in a series of reports detailing corporate influence on the U.S. elections system. The new series also features an extensive review of how corporations are coping with the McCain-Feingold Act ban on soft-money and live reports from the Democratic and Republican conventions

Iraq: Controversial Commando Wins Iraq Contract to Create the World's Largest Private Army
June 10th, 2004
Three weeks before Iraq is to be handed over to a new government, the United States led occupation has quietly awarded a contract to create the world's largest private army to a company headed by Lieutenant Colonel Tim Spicer, a former officer with the Scots Guard, an elite regiment of the British military, who has been investigated for illegally smuggling arms and planning military offensives to support mining, oil, and gas operations around the world.

Houston, We Have a Problem
Produced by CorpWatch and Global Exchange
May 18th, 2004
Halliburton, the largest oil-and-gas services company in the world, is also one of the most controversial companies in the United States. The company has been the number one financial beneficiary of the war against Iraq, raking in some $18 billion in contracts to rebuild the country's oil industry and service the U.S. troops in Iraq. It has also been accused of more fraud, waste, and corruption than any other Iraq contractor. This report details Halliburton's track record.

New War Profiteer Website Launched on Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
by CorpWatch
March 19th, 2004
CorpWatch, an Oakland, California, based non-profit is launching a brand new version of the popular War Profiteers website to track these military contractors on a regular basis. The website, which can be found at, is the one-stop shop for communities, citizens, taxpayers, policy makers, media, students and activists to learn about the new merchants of global conflict.

Investigation Reveals Reconstruction Racket in Iraq
by CorpWatch
February 4th, 2004
Investigative reporters from CorpWatch and Focus on the Global South have found a pattern of waste, fraud and abuse among U.S. companies receiving multi-billion-dollar reconstruction contracts in Iraq.

Nuevo juego mexicano de Loteria revela el poder corporativo tras la Organizacion Mundial de Comercio
by CorpWatch
September 8th, 2003
Una nueva y colorida versin de la Loteria! - Una version mexicana del Bingo - evidencia a las poderosas companias que actan tras bambalinas en la Organizacion Mundial de Comercio (OMC).

MEXICO: New Mexican Bingo Game Reveals Corporate Power Behind World Trade Organization
by CorpWatch
September 8th, 2003
A colorful new version of Loteria!, a Mexican version of Bingo reveals the powerful companies acting behind the scenes of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Big Changes at CorpWatch
by CorpWatch
July 9th, 2003
As you may know, CorpWatch has undergone a series of changes over the last nine months, due in no small part to the economic downturn that has thrown many social justice non-profits into turmoil. We have had to face the question of how to maintain our mission and vision while making cuts in program and staffing.

Report Exposes Bechtel as Threat to Iraqi Environment, Human Rights and Basic Services
by CorpWatch
June 5th, 2003
Bechtel Group Inc., one of the lead contractors in the reconstruction of Iraq, has a 100-year history of capitalizing on environmentally unsustainable technologies and reaping immense profits at the expense of societies and the environment. A Collaborative Report released today by CorpWatch, Global Exchange and Public Citizen provides case studies from Bechtel's history of operations in the water, nuclear, energy and public works sectors.

Massive Rally Against Climate Injustice
by CorpWatch
October 28th, 2002
NEW DELHI -- More than five thousand people marched under the banner of the India Climate Justice Forum (ICJF) from the Gandhi Samadhi, Rajghat to protest against climate injustice. The rallyists, who included the Mahila Jagriti Samiti, Delhi, and several cycle-rickshaw unions, the National Alliance of People's Movements and the National Fish Worker's Forum highlighted the serious deficiencies in the UN conference on climate change being held in New Delhi.

New from Food First Books and CorpWatch: Earth
by CorpWatch
August 27th, 2002
An energy company plants trees and donates electric cars to advertise its environmental commitment while polluting the air with coal-fired power plants for three-quarters of its energy. Hypocrisy? No, business as usual for many corporations, according to, the latest from Food First Books and CorpWatch, published to coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

Greenwash Academy Awards Announced at Earth Summit
by CorpWatch
August 23rd, 2002
Oil majors Shell, BP and ExxonMobil dominated todays World Summit Greenwash Academy Awards, beating Biotech giants Monsanto, Novartis and Aventis in a glittering award ceremony in Johannesburg. Local South African underdog Sasol edged out Eskom for Best Picture.

Oil Majors, Biotech Giants Lead Greenwash Academy Award Nominees
by CorpWatch
August 21st, 2002
On the eve of the 2002 World Summit Greenwash Academy Awards, carbon kingpins Shell, BP and ChevronTexaco, along with leading purveyors of Frankenfoods, Monsanto, Novartis and Aventis are vying for some of the glittering event's most prestigious awards. Local favorites Eskom and Sasol should not be counted out, however, according to insiders from the Academy.

CorpWatch Hires New Executive Director
by CorpWatch
July 23rd, 2002
CorpWatch announced today that it had completed its search for a new executive director. Maria Elena Martinez, a Mexican activist and researcher will join the organization as Executive Director as of October 1st.

EarthSummit.Biz Launched
by CorpWatch
June 11th, 2002
San Francisco, London and Johannesberg -- In preparation for the Johannesburg Earth Summit, the Greenwash Academy is proud to announce that nominations are open for the Green Oscars -- the premier awards for corporations acting green.

New Website Supports Corporate Accountability in India
by CorpWatch
March 26th, 2002
CorpWatch, a US-based organization working to hold corporations accountable locally and globally, launched a new website -- -- today to expose the social and environmental impacts of corporate investment in India.

CorpWatch Supports Removal of Goran Lindahl from UN Global Compact Post
by CorpWatch
February 27th, 2002
CorpWatch declared its support today for Secretary General Kofi Annan's decision not to renew a UN contract for scandal-ridden Swedish business leader Goran Lindahl. Mr. Lindahl, who was Mr. Annan's special advisor for the UN Global Compact, has been the subject of a pension scandal at Asea Brown and Boveri (ABB), where he was CEO until last year.

Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN Sends Letter to Kofi Annan Calling for Major Changes to Global Compact
by CorpWatch
January 29th, 2002
Members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN, a grouping of non-governmental groups from around the world, send letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan outlining major proposed changes to the Global Compact.

CorpWatch Releases New Report on UN and Corporations
by CorpWatch
January 24th, 2002
CorpWatch releases a new report called ''Greenwash + 10 -- The UN's Global Compact, Corporate Accountability and the Johannesburg Earth Summit.'' The report documents corporate influence on the United Nations and calls on the UN to implement measures for accountability.

Climate Change and Environmental Racism
by CorpWatch
November 6th, 2001
MARRAKECH -- The lack of transparency and public participation in the climate negotiations will further worsen conditions for Indigenous Peoples, people of color and workers in the US and US-Mexico border. Speakers from Indigenous Environmental Network, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, CorpWatch and Redefining Progress held a briefing on Tuesday in Marrakech, bringing issues of racial justice and worker's rights to the center of the climate change negotiations.

Climate Justice or Corporate Agenda?
by CorpWatch
November 5th, 2001
MARRAKECH, Morocco -- ''The Kyoto Protocol is being taken over by false promises. By succumbing to the corporate agenda it is failing to achieve climate justice,'' says Amit Srivastava of CorpWatch.

Norsk Hydro: Global Compact Violator
by CorpWatch
October 18th, 2001
Today CorpWatch is releasing the sixth in a series of articles written by members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documenting violations of UN Global Compact Principles by the very companies that have signed onto the controversial UN Compact.

Unilever Violates Global Compact
by CorpWatch
October 7th, 2001
Today CorpWatch is releasing the fifth in a series of articles written by members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documenting violations of UN Global Compact Principles by the very companies that have signed onto the controversial UN Compact.

International Chamber of Commerce: Wrong Partner for United Nations Global
by CorpWatch
July 25th, 2001
Today CorpWatch is releasing the fourth in a series of articles written by members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documenting violations of UN Global Compact Principles by the very companies that have signed onto the controversial UN Compact.

Rio Tinto: Global Compact Violator
by CorpWatch
July 18th, 2001
Today CorpWatch is publishing two articles, as the third installment of our series of articles written by members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documenting violations of UN Global Compact Principles by the very companies that have signed onto the controversial UN Compact.

Nike: Global Compact Violator
by CorpWatch
June 29th, 2001
Today CorpWatch is releases the second in a series of articles written by members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documenting violations of UN Global Compact Principles by the companies that have signed onto the controversial UN Compact.

CorpWatch Releases First in a Series of Exposés on Global Compact Companies
by CorpWatch
June 15th, 2001
Today CorpWatch is releasing the first in a series of articles written by members of the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN documenting violations of UN Global Compact Principles by the very companies that have signed onto the controversial UN Compact.

International Coalition Delivers Scathing Earth Day Letter to President Bush on Climate Change and Environmental Justice
by CorpWatch
April 20th, 2001
Today leaders of more than a dozen environmental justice organizations from the United States and around the world delivered an Earth Day letter to President George W. Bush offering a scathing response to the U.S. abandonment of the Kyoto Protocol.

''Climate Justice'' Advocates Warn of Impact of Global Warming on Planet's Poor
by CorpWatch
April 19th, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two environmentalists from opposite ends of the globe, linked by their common experiences with the ecological degradation and human rights abuses associated with oil production, are joining together to tour American towns and cities as part of a Climate Justice Tour.

NGOs to Monitor Business Group's Plans for Earth Summit II
by CorpWatch
April 18th, 2001
NEW YORK -- CorpWatch warned today that the newly formed Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD), an industry grouping organized to influence the Earth Summit in 2002 will be scrutinized and monitored by NGOs concerned with excessive corporate influence at the UN.

Cutting-Edge Activist Website Comes of Age
by CorpWatch
March 22nd, 2001
The Transnational Resource & Action Center (TRAC) and its leading activist website Corporate Watch < > are simplifying their name to CorpWatch.

Groups in Porto Alegre Want Global Compact Put on Ice
by CorpWatch
January 28th, 2001
PORTO ALEGRE -- With UN Secretary General Kofi Annan preparing to renew his call for a 'Global Compact' between the UN and big business at the World Economic Forum in Davos, a global alliance of human rights and environmental organizations is calling for a suspension of this messy entaglement between the UN and big business.

Shell's Climate Greenwash
by CorpWatch
November 20th, 2000
THE HAGUE -- It is virtually an unspoken irony here that the climate change negotiations are taking place in Royal Dutch Shell's home town. Shell, one of the world's largest oil corporations, is responsible for a great deal of global warming gasses.

At COP6 Negotiations, Shell's Neighbors Confront Them in Front of Their Peers -- Exposing Their ''Greenwash''
by CorpWatch
November 20th, 2000
THE HAGUE -- Today, at the COP6 climate change negotiations, Shell's neighbors confronted them in their own backyard -- exposing their public relations ''greenwash'' as lies.

Alternative Summit Opens with Call for Climate Justice
by CorpWatch
November 19th, 2000
THE HAGUE -- In sharp contrast to the formal climate negotiations, representatives of communities affected by the fossil fuel industry, countries threatened by global warming's rising tides and grassroots groups working for international environmental justice opened the First Climate Justice Summit today.

Globalization Debate Comes to NY, Opponents Hold Teach-In
by CorpWatch
August 16th, 2000
NEW YORK -- Motivated by a growing concern that the United Nations is in danger of becoming an engine for corporate globalization, leading opponents of globalization will hold a Teach-In in New York coinciding with the United Nation's Millennium Summit.

Coalition Says Global Compact Threatens UN Mission and Integrity
by CorpWatch
July 25th, 2000
An international coalition of human rights and environmental groups denounced a new UN-corporate collaboration as ''threatening the mission and integrity of the United Nations.''

Activists Help End Flawed UN/Corporate Partnership
by CorpWatch
June 14th, 2000
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK -- CorpWatch has learned that after a year long campaign by environmentalists, human rights groups, labor unions and other non-governmental organizations a leading UN agency abandoned its perilous partnership with a group of transnational corporations whose tarnished human rights, environmental and development records threatened to rub off on the world body.

Canada Detains and Deports Oil Congress Activists
by CorpWatch
June 9th, 2000
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bay Area activists set to speak at a teach-in on the human rights and environmental impacts of the oil industry have returned to the United States after having been arrested, detained, and denied entry by Canadian immigration officials at Calgary International Airport.

CorpWatch Names Winners of Earth Day 2000 Greenwash Sweepstakes
by CorpWatch
April 20th, 2000
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ford Motor Company ran over the competition and won the Grand Prize of the Corporate Watch Earth Day 2000 Greenwash Sweepstakes Awards.

Groups Expose More United Nations Affiliations with Corporate Predators
by CorpWatch
September 23rd, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO -- Non-governmental organizations have sent a letter to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy calling for their resignation from the Business Humanitarian Forum (BHF).

Key United Nations Agency Solicits Funds From Corporations
by CorpWatch
March 12th, 1999
NEW YORK -- In a sharp detour from its mission of serving the world's poor, a key UN agency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has solicited funds from global corporations with tarnished records on human rights, labor and the environment.