We wish to explicitly point out that the information presented herein shall NOT be interpreted as directed against "the economy" or "business activities" in the sense of their definitions (see also Economy and Environment), and that of course not all multinationals are bad – this is about perverted excrescences of a system that is characterized by ignorance, greed and lethargy. These excrescences indeed present a threat to the economy and the workplaces: While a sustainable agriculture company is characterized among other things by room for diversity as well as a good life for people, animals and plants, you can figuratively recognize the multinationals referenced herein by their monocultures that are cultivated with little staff but with all the more pesticides, with production methods that exploit people and nature – while the profits go to a handful of major shareholders: More than 50% of the annual global capital gains go to 0.1% of the world population! And by the way: the other 50% go to 8 - 9 % of the population..

No matter what challenges / problems of our times we are analyzing, in most cases multinationals are the roots of the problems: Change to renewable energies? Oil companies are investing millions in campaigns against the exit of fossile fuels. Financial crisis? Big banks are trying to stop new laws for the regulation of the financial sector. TTIP? Planned by multinationals. Draining tax swamps and preventing tax evasion? Multinationals are working against it, lobby and bribe. Better (tobacco, etc.) laws to protect or health? Multinationals are suing for lost profits. Higher global environmental and social standards worldwide, i.e. measures that could stop mass migrations? Multinationals are lobbying and suing against these measures. Fighting hunger? Multinationals rather hoard mountains of food and speculate with them on stock markets. GMO labeling in the US? Coca Cola and other multinationals are using millions of dollars / year to lobby against it. Right to water for everyone? Nestlé denies that right. Changing over to renewables? Nuclear companies are suing. Unfortunately this list could be continued much longer..

A big challenge can be seen in the "incorporation", i.e. in the creation of "monsters" that we cannot control any longer: Corporate groups are legal persons who, instead of possessing the capacity of natural persons to think ethically and responsibly, were programmed with the maxim of profit maximization as the top motivation behind their actions. This results in cases where, for instance, members of the board can no longer advocate the actions they have to take as a cog in the system (given that they have sworn loyalty to the company) in front of their children and grandchildren – hence the problem is inherent in the system and can also only be solved with a comprehensive approach.

What we must also consider in this context:

  • Do I own equities of such multinationals that make me an accomplice?
  • Do I buy products of such companies or do I prefer products that were manufactured by smaller, sustainably working companies?
  • As consumers and (small) entrepreneurs we also have the power to bring about change!

Information on the role that some multinationals play in the emergence of hunger can be found here.
Other interesting videos on the topics treated herein can be found on our YouTube channel: ridehereridenow

"The Earth isn’t dying, it’s being killed and the people doing the killing have names and addresses."
(Utah Phillips)

[Translate to en:] Neofeudalisierung: Gefahren, Ausweg und Ausblick

Neo-Feudalism: risks, possible way out and outlook


Interesting documentation about Corporations

Royal Dutch Shell

Worldwide biggest oil and gas company. The major part of the company belongs to the royal family of the Netherlands. In July 2012 Shell was - measured by turnover - the biggest company in the world.


Exxon Mobil (incl. Esso and Mobil)

A U. S. mineral oil group. The company is accused of financing civil wars and arms trafficking as well as the destruction of livelihoods in areas of oil extraction. According to Greenpeace, ExxonMobil abuses its economic power against climate and environmental protection as well as against human rights. In March 2013, the group caused an environmental disaster in Arkansas and tried to cover it up. They even threatened journalists who wanted to report on the case.


Nestlé

The largest food company of the world and the biggest industrial enterprise in Switzerland.


Coca-Cola

Owned by The Coca-Cola Company, it is the largest soft drink producer of the world, based in Atlanta, USA. The “Coca-Cola” lettering is one of the best-known trademarks around the globe and a symbol for western lifestyle and capitalism.


Monsanto

  • Production of Agent Orange
  • Production of pesticides such as “RoundUp” that contain essential chemical components of Agent Orange and cause cancer
  • Development of genetically modified plant varieties (GMOs = Genetically Modified Organisms) that are resistant to pesticides such as RoundUp
  • Patenting of these varieties
  • Sale of plants plus pesticides to farmers who were thereby placed in a situation of dependence on the group
  • Lobbying and bribery of global authorities worth several millions to impede the labeling of GMOs

Further details can be found at Organic Nutrition

Of course this list is far from complete. We have tried to provide basic information about the worst culprits in some areas we believe to be relevant. 

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