1. A major global corporation’s CEO recently suggested that water is not a human right.
True- Uttered by Nestle Chairman, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
“There are two different opinions on the matter [or water]. The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”
Guess what Nestle is the world’s biggest producer of? Good guess- Bottled water. Story here.
2. The CEO of Walmart recently said- “We think employees should work unpaid during breaks if there is work to do and, we have people in the store. We’ll let them go early if we can to make up for their lost break pay”
False- The CEO never said it. Oh, the company did make their employees work unpaid during breaks, but they didn’t let them go home early to make up for it or do anything except be awful. Seriously, they wouldn’t be Walmart if they weren’t treating their employees like hot garbage. The good news is they lost a major lawsuit due to that venal practice.
3. A major American corporation took a look at some bathers in a river in Ecuador and figured -eh- this works- intentionally dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic production water into the rivers where locals continued to bathe.
True- Unfortunately this one is true. Texaco, since bought by Chevron, did it for over 25 years. You can read the entire horrifying story here.
4. This company poisoned a populated region in the United States even though they knew exactly how dangerous the chemicals they were using were. An internal document from the company stated- “We can’t afford to lose one dollar of business.”
True- Monsanto did this- They chose to keep it secret, altering documents and forcing changes to study results to keep the secret. The disturbing sordid affair can be read here.
5. In 2007, The CEO of Phillip Morris International, the cigarette manufacturer, publicly said, “Let’s set our sights on Indonesia they have no fucking regulations on buying or purchasing cigarettes. Can you believe it? We can finally target kids legally. ”
False- he didn’t say that. Oh, the company did what I made up. They went into Indonesia where there were up until last year no regulations for buying and purchasing cigarettes. Of course they did.
6. A global wide corporation targeted poor mothers in third world countries, and marketed their baby feeding formula with such misleading information as “so like mother’s milk, that the tiny stomach won’t notice the difference.
True, and Nestle is the culprit once again. Nestle’s claim about their baby formula was wrong. Nestle’s is like a villain out of a James Bond film, except real, and way worse. If you want to read the gory details of their marketing campaign, this link details what they did.
7. Eli Lilly, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer made a pill intended only to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, but also marketed the drug to people suffering from Alzheimer’s. The chief marketing officer told the press “It seemed harmless. We needed to recoup costs. Is it really that big a problem? They can’t remember anything anyway.”
False- Oh, they did aggressively market the pill to Alzheimer’s sufferers, but again, the quote was made up. The story is pretty awful if you care to peek at this link.