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CorpWatch: Non-profit investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.

We seek to expose multinational corporations that profit from war, fraud, environmental, human rights and other abuses, and to provide critical information to foster a more informed public and an effective democracy.

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Our guiding vision is to promote human, environmental, social and worker rights at the local, national and global levels by making corporate practices more transparent and holding corporations accountable for their actions.

As independent investigative researchers and journalists, we provide critical information to foster a more informed public and an effective democracy.

We believe the actions, decisions, and policies undertaken and pursued by private corporations have very real impact on public life – from individuals to communities around the world. Yet few mechanisms currently exist to hold them accountable for those actions. As a result, it falls to the public sphere to protect the public interest.

In many cases, corporate power and influence eclipses even the democratic
political process itself as they exert disproportional influence on public policy they deem detrimental to their narrow self-interests. In less developed nations, they usurp authority altogether, often purchasing government complicity for unfair practices at the expense of economic, environmental, human, labor and social rights. 

Yet despite the very public impact of their actions and decisions, corporations remain bound to be accountable solely to their own private financial considerations and the interests of their shareholders. They have little incentive, nor requirement, for public transparency regarding their decisions and practices, let alone concrete accountability for their ultimate impact.

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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 8, 2016
General Atomics Funded U.S. Think Tank That Promoted Increased Drone Exports The donations by General Atomics pale in comparison to the checks written by Boeing and Lockheed Martin who have together donated over $77 million to over 20 think tanks in the last five years or so, including CSIS. Both companies have major contracts to support the U.S. military drones.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 30, 2015
China Cracks Down On Guangdong Labor Activists Seven activists in Guangdong province, a key manufacturing hub in China, have been detained in a major crackdown on labor rights organizers. The arrests follow a steep rise in protests and strikes at factories that have long exploited migrant workers from rural areas with low pay and working conditions.
Reaper drone in Kandahar, Afghanistan., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 18, 2015
U.S. Air Force Hires Private Companies To Fly Drones In War Zones U.S. Air Force officials has begun to hire private companies to fly drone aircraft operating over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The unprecedented move is in response to demands from the Obama administration to dramatically expand the drone war just as the Pentagon faces a critical shortage of military pilots.
.Dark Pools. are essentially private stock markets located in big banks where clients can place secret orders., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 21, 2015
"Project Omega" Reveals Secrets Of Dark Pools Stock Trading Most traders buy and sell stocks on public stock exchanges -- but "dark pools" are essentially private stock markets located inside big banks that allow clients to place secret orders. Such systems have been in existence for 30 years and have become increasingly popular among institutional buyers who want to hide their identity or ensure that a large order does not cause the price to fluctuate.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 13, 2015
UNIQLO, Japanese Fast Fashion Label, Accused of Labor Violations Chinese factories in Dongguan and Guangzhou that supply UNIQLO - a "fast fashion" label owned by Fast Retailing Co. from Japan - have been accused of endangering their workers' lives, according to a new report from Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), a Hong-Kong based labor rights group.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2015
Coca-Cola Forced To Shut Bottling Plant in India Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage producer, has been ordered to shut down its bottling plant in Varanasi, India following local complaints that the company was drawing excessive amounts of groundwater. After an investigation, government authorities ruled that the company had violated its operating license.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 1, 2015
Apple Agrees To Chinese Government Security Audits, Worrying Activists Apple has agreed to allow the Chinese government run security audits on the new iPhone to prove that there is no back door access for the U.S. government. However, activists say that this agreement could have the opposite effect, allowing China to broaden spying on its own people.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 27, 2015
CorpWatch : U.S. Government Buys Surveillance Technology To Track Drivers in Real Time Local government officials have the ability to track individual drivers in the U.S. in real time and take pictures of the occupants of their vehicles, with new "truly Orwellian" technology purchased from companies like Vigilant Solutions, according to new documents uncovered by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Subsidizing Contractor Misconduct Last summer, to help put an end to these kinds of mistreatment, President Barack Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Here's why the executive order could help workers: Every year, the federal government awards a fortune in contracts for everything from defense systems to administrative services to companies that employ an estimated one in five American workers.
Uruguayan tobacco packaging. Photo: Andrew Sorensen., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Uruguay Presents Defense Against Philip Morris Tobacco Lawsuit Expect many more such lawsuits if TPP passes: "Uruguay has presented a 500 page document to defend itself against an international lawsuit challenging the country's tough tobacco packaging regulations. The claim was brought by Philip Morris, the global tobacco giant, at the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC."
Photo: Don Harder. Used under Creative Commons license, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2014
Major Banks Prepare to Pay Billions For Foreign Exchange Manipulation Multinational banks are preparing to pay out billions of dollars in fines to settle charges of foreign exchange manipulation. Some 19 investigations in ten different legal jurisdictions are now winding their way to completion and analysts says the final tally may hit $41 billion.
How much should we pay for medicine?, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 21, 2014
Gilead Sciences Under Investigation for Over-Charging for Hepatitis C Pill CorpWatch : Gilead Sciences Under Investigation for Over-Charging for Hepatitis C Pill
Hedge Funds Manager's Salaries are grossly inflated. What happens to everyone else?, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Hedge Fund Managers Still Making Billions All told, in 2013, the highest paid 25 hedge fund managers collectively earned $21.5 billion, also a big leap from $14.14 billion the previous year, according to the annual list compiled by Institutional Investor magazine.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2014
CorpWatch: Anglo Irish Bankers On Trial For Scheme That Led to National Collapse Three top executives at Anglo Irish bank are on trial for a secret scheme to buy their own bank's shares that eventually triggered the 2008 collapse of the Irish economy. The bankers allegedly hatched the plan to cover up bets made by Sean Quinn, once Ireland's richest man.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 3, 2014
Shell Arctic Drilling Plans Blocked CorpWatch: Shell Arctic Drilling Plans Blocked By Courts. Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea have been handed a major setback by a U.S appeals court which ruled that the Department of the Interior had underestimated the potential environment impact. The courts ordered the federal government to do a new assessment.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 5, 2013
CorpWatch : The Jason Bourne Strategy: CIA Contractors Do Hollywood CorpWatch: The Jason Bourne Strategy: CIA Contractors Do Hollywood. The first group of undercover agents were recruited by private companies from the Army Special Forces and the Navy SEALs and then repurposed to the CIA at handsome salaries averaging around $140,000 a year; the second crew was recruited from the prison cells at Guantanamo Bay and paid out of a secret multimillion dollar slush fund called "the Pledge."
CorpWatch cartoon by Khalil Bendib, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 20, 2013
ACLU Reveals FBI Hacking Contractors CorpWatch: ACLU Reveals FBI Hacking Contractors. James Bimen Associates of Virginia and Harris Corporation of Florida have contracts with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to hack into computers and phones of surveillance targets, according to Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2013
CorpWatch : Commodity Scams: Barclays, Goldman & JP Morgan Under Fire JP Morgan Chase is expected to announce over $600 million in penalties and repayments for allegedly cheating customers in energy markets in California and Michigan. This just after Barclays bank paid out $470 million for manipulating electricity rates. Now Goldman Sachs is under scrutiny for possibly manipulating aluminum prices.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 15, 2013
CorpWatch : GlaxoSmithKline Alleged to Pay Bribes in China CorpWatch : GlaxoSmithKline Alleged to Pay Bribes in China
Bug found in Ecuador embassy in London. Source: Wikileaks, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 4, 2013
Surveillance Contractor Bug In Ecuador Embassy Fails to Stop Wikileaks Spy equipment from the Surveillance Group Limited, a British private detective agency based in Worcester, England, has been found in the Ecuadorean embassy in London where Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, has taken refuge.

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