Public Eye Award

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The Public Eye, held every year since 2000, is a counter-event to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The Public Eye celebrated its ten-year anniversary on 28 January 2009.[1]

The project involves non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world and is coordinated by Swiss organizations Erklärung von Bern (EvB) and Greenpeace Switzerland.[2] The Public Eye is a platform for substantial criticism of "purely profit-oriented globalization".[1] The focus of the Public Eye Awards since 2005 has been on Corporate Social Responsibility.[3] In 2009, the Positive category was for the first time awarded for a courageous employee for his or her exemplary contributions.[4]

2014[edit]

In December 2013, Gazprom became the first company in the world to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea. Since the drilling began, the corporation has already violated several federal safety and environmental regulations. Fashion giant Gap has refused to sign the binding agreement «Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh». Instead, it is actively undermining serious reform by promoting a non-binding corporate-controlled program.[5]

2013[edit]

Nominees are Coal India, G4S, Lonmin, and Repower

2012[edit]

Nominees were Freeport, TEPCO, Samsung and Syngenta

2011[edit]

Nominees were Axpo (a Swiss energy company), BP, Foxconn and Philip Morris

2010[edit]

The Public Eye Award in the category Swiss and People was given to the Swiss health care-company for the selling of the drug Cellcept in China, where over 90% of the organs for transplantation comes from executed prisoners - against their own will.

Nominees: International Olympic Committee

2009[edit]

Newmont received the 2009 award for its Akyem project in Ghana. According to the jury it had destroyed unique natural habitats, carried out forced resettlement of local people and polluted soil and rivers.[6][7] Newmont described the information as misleading and said the project had been extensively studied by international and national environmental experts, members of the local communities, and by the appropriate governmental agencies and departments.[8]

BWFK FMB Energie AG received the Swiss Award for their participation at German coal-burning power plants and the same time propagation of power efficiency and renewable energy in Switzerland.

The positive Award was given to two members of the union Sintracarbon in Colombia for their fight for better work conditions for the workers in the country's biggest coal mine (El Cerrejón).

2008[edit]

Melanie Winiger at the Public Eye Awards 2008
  • Positive Award: Hess Natur

Both the People’s Award and the Global Award were given to French state-owned Areva for the suppression of true health conditions of uranium mine workers at subsidiaries Somaïr and Cominak in northern Niger.[9] Therefore, the hospitals would diagnose patients with HIV when they were actually displaying symptoms of cancer caused by radioactive contamination of air, water and soil. Glencore was “honored” for its opaque business practices and unacceptable labor rights in Colombian coal mines.[10]

The Positive Award went to Hess Natur, Germany’s largest mail-order house for natural fabrics, for its social and ecological involvement that stresses fair trade of its raw materials.

2007[edit]

Bridgestone received the Global Award for the disastrous working conditions at a subsidiary in Liberia.[11] The workers lived in mud huts, the children were forced to work, and they had to handle highly toxic materials without protection.[12] Novartis received the Swiss Award for the patenting of the cancer drug Imatinib, forcing a halt in production of Indian generics. As a result, ten thousand patients worldwide could no longer afford medication that slowed the spread of leukemia.[13] The product from Novartis is ten times more expensive than the generics.[14]

Coop received the Positive Award for its dedication to ecological products and farming in Switzerland.

2006[edit]

For 30 years, Chevron allowed highly toxic waste water to flow into the Amazon in Ecuador, and for cost-saving reasons it did not pump the waste water back into the earth, which was normal practice at the time.[15] Chevron refuses to pay for the environmental consequences and the health problems of the local communities.[16] Citigroup received its award for the unscrupulous advice it gave to tax evaders. Disney produces toys in China and does not disclose the names of the suppliers, thus protecting them from industry monitoring.[16]

The Positive Award was given to the three organizations for their efforts against the unlawful closure of a Continental tire factory in Mexico, in which all of the organizations’ demands were met.

2005[edit]

Dow received its award for the refusal to accept any responsibility for the 1984 catastrophe in Bhopal. Dow merged with the company responsible for the accident.[17] Shell received its award for gas flaring in Nigeria in residential areas.[18] Wal-Mart denies responsibility for working conditions at its suppliers.[19] KPMG received its award for encouraging its clients to practice aggressive tax evasion.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Berne Declaration - Public Eye Awards 2009". Evb.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Berne Declaration - Public Eye Awards 2009". Evb.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Zurich, August 118,2008 - open letter". Evb.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  5. ^ Mario Walser (2014-01-09). "Public Eye Awards: Könige der Ausbeuter" (in German). WOZ Die Wochenzeitung 02/2014. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
  6. ^ Capdevila, Gustavo (2009-01-30). "Davos Under Fire". Inter Press Service. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Newmont Mining Corporation". Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ Nonor, Daniel (2009-02-02). "Ghana: Newmont Responds to 'Public Eye Award'". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "AREVA Gruppe S.A.". Evb.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  10. ^ "Glencore International AG". Evb.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  11. ^ Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  12. ^ "Erklärung von Bern - Die Gewinner 2007" (in German). Erklärung von Bern. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  13. ^ Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  14. ^ "Novartis AG". Evb.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  15. ^ Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  16. ^ a b "Erklärung von Bern - Die Gewinner 2006" (in German). Evb.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  17. ^ Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  18. ^ Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  19. ^ Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  20. ^ Feinheit (2012-01-05). "Public Eye Awards kriegen Unterstützung von renommierten Wirtschaftsethikern - Public Eye Awards 2012" (in German). Publiceye.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 

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