There are many types of companies listed below. Some of the companies are just plain bad and unethical, for example the factory farms, and some are not dealing with their current workload very well and give very bad service. If a company can’t give their customers good service then consumers should have alternatives available but sometimes a company monopolizes the market unfairly due to, for example, making their prices really low but not investing in proper (more expensive) safety for their employees. Other offenses committed by these companies include: sweatshops, human and animal rights abuse, water pollution, price fixing, deadly chemicals and irresponsible or unethical waste management and others.
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Baumaux – For those of you who don’t know Kokopelli, they’re a French-based seedsaver organisation who maintain 2500 varieties of rare and endangered vegetables and run several charitable initiatives in developing countries. Their work is vital and indefatiguable. Unfortunately it’s also illegal, due to the preposterously backward seed laws in Europe, and this has now resulted in them being clobbered with a €35,000 fine. The gist of it is that Kokopelli were hounded through the courts by a commercial seed company, Baumaux (shame and damnation on them) because their catalogue of thousands of unique heirloom vegetables gave them an “unfair trading advantage”. – http://daughterofthesoil.blogspot.com/search/label/Rants
Church and Dwight
Cumberland Poultry – for selling layer cages for chickens. Layer cages are used to keep chickens confined and allowing for automated egg collection, which means thousands of chickens cooped up without access to the outside. Disgusting!
Goldi Chicken South Africa – chickens are not free range, kept indoors. Click here to see a picture of a Goldi chicken contract farmer we found on Facebook
Johnson and Johnson
Karan Beef – South Africa
Many Chinese companies
Nestle: this company is on too many boycott lists to mention and has a lot of bad press, most recently regarding a water scandal where they arranged a deal to pay next to nothing for water – as if they weren’t making enough profit already.
from Katie at http://eco-chick.com/2009/05/3845/profits-before-people
I’m surprised that you didn’t touch on the main reason I boycott Nestle.
They notoriously over-promote and push formula on women in third world countries. These women are told that formula is better for their babies and given free samples. Unfortunately, in the process they stop lactating and don’t have money to buy more formula. So they start thinning out the formula to make it stretch. Clean water is also hard to acquire, so they’re basically starving their own babies and feeding them dirty water instead. All because of Nestle’s formula push.
Nulaid Eggs – caged eggs (chickens permanently kept in cages with no space to move or stretch), end of lay chickens in disgusting state after reaching their “shelf life” as exposed in news article,
Optimum Coal Mine
Optimum Coal Mine
Pick n Pay -still selling banned rat poisons “Pick n Pay, in remarks attributed to merchandise director Kevin Korb, told noseweek that “there is a customer demand for the product and [it] is also stocked by our opposition”. In other words: “We’re making money and everybody else is killing wildlife and pets, so why can’t we?” http://www.noseweek.com/article.php?…46f25aa365324d
Pomona Eggs in SA East Rand (caged laying hens)
Proctor and Gamble
Snack Brands Australia
Woolworths – a lot of bad press, low quality food at high prices, they were involved in the scandal where meat was sold but when analyzed did not contain the ingredients as stated on the label, a designer shared their unethical practices and Woolworths had such an arrogant dismissive tone in their response, not good enough) more plagiarism with the Frankie’s debacle,
And this from http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Letters/Boycott-major-retailers-20090106?cpid=2 : “This is even more reason to support farmers markets and your local small business. I know that some big retailers are trying to force farmers to sign agreements that prohibits them from selling direct to the public and this I believe is not correct.”