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Corporate Accountability

4 Key Challenges When Measuring Business Respect for Human Rights

Damiano de Felice | Posted 12.04.2015 | Impact
Damiano de Felice

"Measuring" business and human rights has become so important that even the UN Working Group on business and human rights recently identified it as a priority for its mandate.

Is It Time To Extend The Say On Pay To The Employees?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

We need a fresh look at the whole concept of "Pay for Performance." But maybe the problem isn't with the basic concept of Say on Pay -- it's that the wrong group is asked to weigh in.

False 'News' Should Be Treated as a Dangerous and Defective Product

John Friedman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
John Friedman

Manipulative tactics -- such as carefully editing both the call and response of a protestor and the crowd -- cannot simply be attributed to 'bad judgment' or even 'bad journalism.' They are, at their most basic, deliberate efforts to knowingly foist a defective product on the public, without regard to the harm it does.

Chevron Crowned World's Worst!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 01.27.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Amazon Watch is honored to take the Public Eye Lifetime Award to Chevron's HQ in San Ramon, CA, where we will remind the corporation and the world that it has been globally recognized as the worst corporate actor on the planet. Twice.

Hall of SHAME? We Have a Winner!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Please vote for Chevron in the 2014 Corporate Hall of Shame today! Reposted from the Eye On The Amazon There are many corporations worthy of being c...

'I Got It From the Beginning': What Five Years of Vicious Retaliatory Litigation Gets Chevron

Aaron Marr Page | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Aaron Marr Page

The idea that U.S. judicial authority can be deployed so neatly in service of a single private interest, even (or especially) one of the country's most powerful corporations, is a bit hard to swallow, at least for me.

I'm Done Supporting Games and Now I'm Done Playing Them

Bobbie Shay Lee | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Bobbie Shay Lee

The NFL's latest challenge with transparency is nothing new, particularly when it comes to women and women's causes. I have fought for full disclosure from the NFL and its charitable activities for several years, most specifically from its Crucial Catch program they claim supports breast cancer organizations.

Less Than Zero: Hyping the Cyber War

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Corporate America and the intelligence community promote a panicked militaristic national mood because it justifies both government secrecy and huge taxpayer outlays for defense.

Crime Bar: Human Rights Claims Don't Have Expiration Dates

Katie Shay | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Katie Shay

People who suffer the worst human-rights abuses imaginable -- torture, extrajudicial killings, war crimes, genocide -- must be given the ability to recover and should not be denied justice if they are unable to bring their claims with in only a few short years.

Failing Grades for Congress on Corporate Accountability

Sarah Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

We have the Supreme Court to blame for Citizens United. But there's a lot Congress could be doing to hold the power of big corporations in check.

You Get What You Pay for (Perjury, in This Case)

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Reposted from Eye on the AmazonHaving virtually all the money in the world often means you can buy silence, you can buy time, and you can buy lies. ...

Corporate Accountability -- Beyond the Corporate Checkbook

Harlan Loeb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Harlan Loeb

The few companies with robust capacities for leveraging their reputational strategy share a common DNA. Every decision is made through a prism and reflects the concerns of the stakeholders who provide it with its sustenance and success.

224 Years After the Judiciary Act, the U.S. Must Not Become a Safe Haven to Modern Pirates

Katie Shay | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Katie Shay

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS), all but ignored for almost the first 200 years of its existence, states that federal district courts "shall also have cognizance, ... of all causes where an alien sues for a tort only in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States."

Why Google's Spying on User Data Is Worse than the NSA's

Nathan Newman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

The potential abuses due to corporate access to that data are as bad as the NSA control -- and the documented harm to the public has been worse.

Overcoming the 5 Barriers to Trust

David Horsager | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
David Horsager

Why don't more companies embrace trust as a tangible, learnable, and measurable asset? Because it requires four things that don't fit the business world's current obsession with instant gratification -- time, effort, diligence and character.

Universities Should Demand Corporate Political Spending Transparency

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 01.26.2013 | Education
Terra Lawson-Remer

Money's role in influencing elections might only increase in years to come, which is why there has never been a more important time for colleges to demand to know how their nearly half a trillion dollars are being spent.

Matt Sledge

Karl Rove Latest In Long Line Of Bad Actors To Escape Accountability | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics

Despite burning through some $390 million worth of GOP donors' fortunes, Karl Rove is still very much poised to be a central player in the Republican ...

Corporations and Accountability: Fostering Responsibility at the Top

Terry Newell | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Terry Newell

We use a market response -- a fine -- to address a moral wrong. We focus on the corporation rather than the individuals responsible, acting as if we can permissibly separate the wrong from human agency.

Moment of Truth: Human Rights at the Supreme Court

Katie Redford | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Katie Redford

Justice Kagan actually read from the Sosa opinion, reminding us that yesterday's pirate is the modern-day torturer, and our courts should keep the doors open to victims of these kinds of universally condemned human rights abuses

You Can't Fool the People!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 10.04.2012 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

After having the largest environmental judgment in history -- $19 billion -- handed down against them and held up under appeal, Chevron is fooling fewer and fewer people hardly any of the time these days.

Environmental Ethics: Bernie Madoff's Pyramid Scheme Is an Important Lesson

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Many consumers assume that less packaging or no packaging is always the best answer for the environment. That may be true of most products, but there are reasons food packaging is different.

A New Spring Trend for Shareholders: Corporate Accountability

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 06.24.2012 | Chicago
Elizabeth Parisian

GE's federal tax dodging has a significant impact on Chicago's neighborhoods

Making Corporate Actions Visible

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Ralph Gomory

We are a nation of corporations, but our press and our conventional politics do not in any systematic way make visible the effect of corporate actions on the country. Let us as citizens make up for that significant omission.

Supreme Court to Re-hear Kiobel v. Shell, Focus on Extraterritoriality

Katie Redford | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Katie Redford

It looks like the Supreme Court may not decide the corporate liability issue this year after all.

Corporate Crime and Punishment

Arvind Ganesan | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Arvind Ganesan

Should corporations have immunity for human rights abuses? Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that will decide whether corporations will be exempted from a crucial law that allows foreign victims of serious human rights abuses to sue them in US courts for civil damages.