UPDATE 06. October 2020: ‘Powers unseen since oil barons’: Democrats threaten to BREAK UP Apple, Google, Amazon & Facebook, accusing Big Tech of monopolism

UPDATE 09. September 2019: Apart from the Evil, many Business Leaders are truly committed to the Principles of Corporate Governance and stick to them, but can we trust the signatories? In several cases clearly not.

World’s top 5 ‘most evil’ corporations

World’s top 5 ‘most evil’ corporationsBy RT - 03. March 2018

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, poses as he stands atop a supply truck during a photo opportunity at the premises of a shopping mall in the southern Indian city of Bangalore (Picture credit: © Abhishek N. Chinnappa© Reuters), but is he benevolent?

Most companies become successful thanks to their stellar reputations.

But not always. RT Business scraped the bottom of the barrel to find the most hated companies trending on the internet.


The company, now owned by BAYER, that needs no introduction, creator of DDT and Agent Orange, Monsanto is one the world’s largest pesticide and GMO seed manufacturers. It is known for being the first company to genetically modify a seed to make it resistant to pesticides and herbicides. Monsanto’s herbicides have been blamed for killing millions of crop acres, while its chemicals were added to blacklists of products causing cancer and many other health problems.


Once the darling of Microsoft-hating gadget lovers, Apple more recently has been accused of mistreating or underpaying their employees, hiding money offshore, and not paying taxes. It has also been accused of violating health or environmental legislation, and misusing its position where they have a monopoly in the market. And, oh yes, deliberately slowing older iPhones and overcharging for its products to boot.


The world's largest food and beverage company Nestle says it is committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. However, it has been dragged through numerous scandals involving slave labor. The multinational is one of the most boycotted corporations in the world, as violations of labor rights have been reported at its factories in different countries.

Philip Morris

The products of the American multinational cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company are sold in over 180 countries outside the United States. Philip Morris owns Marlboro, one of the world's biggest brands. Back in 1999, Philip Morris courted officials of the Czech Republic by explaining how smoking would in fact help their economy, due to the reduced healthcare costs from its citizens dying early.


American fast-food company McDonald's was founded in 1940. The company serves more customers each day than the entire population of Great Britain, but has a long history of terrible labor practices. It has been constantly under fire for serving unhealthy junk food, which contributes health problems. Researchers have found that McDonald’s burgers cannot decompose on their own.

Notable mentions of corporations not quite evil enough to make the top list:

Goldman Sachs
JPMorgan Chase
British American Tobacco
Dow Chemical



‘Powers unseen since oil barons’: Democrats threaten to BREAK UP Apple, Google, Amazon & Facebook, accusing Big Tech of monopolism

‘Powers unseen since oil barons’: Democrats threaten to BREAK UP Apple, Google, Amazon & Facebook, accusing Big Tech of monopolismBy RT - 06. October 2020

House Democrats are targeting Silicon Valley tech giants for antitrust action. US Capitol, October 2, 2020 file photo. ©  REUTERS/Ken Cedeno

House Democrats called for an overhaul of antitrust laws to break up Silicon Valley, comparing them to Gilded Age monopolies, even as tech giants backed their calls for increased speech policing ahead of the November election.

That’s the main thrust of the 449-page report released on Tuesday by the majority on the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. It found that Google has an unfair monopoly on online searches, Facebook rules online advertising and social networking, Apple controls all software on iOS devices, and Amazon effectively monopolizes third-party sellers and many suppliers.

Big Tech used “killer acquisitions” to buy out rivals, forced small businesses into “oppressive”contracts and charged exorbitant fees because they could, the report argued. 

To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons.

Moreover, competing in the marketplaces of their own making created “a position that enables them to write one set of rules for others, while they play by another,” the report added.

As proposed remedies, the Democrats want to give more money and power to the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. They also want to eliminate arbitration and allow class-action suits.

Platforms would also be forced to offer “equal terms for equal products and services,” rather than preferential treatment to their own, and be required to make their service compatible with competitors so users could transfer their data between them.

Breaking up the companies is also on the table. The report urges lawmakers to override “problematic precedents” in antitrust case law and review past mergers and acquisitions, such as Facebook’s purchase of Instagram and WhatsApp.

Moreover, it wants to change the rules for future mergers to force companies to prove they would not harm competition, rather than making regulators prove that they would.

The recommendations come as no surprise, after the July hearing that featured virtual testimonies from the CEOs of the four Big Tech firms – Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Questions from Democrats on the panel focused on the accusations of monopolistic behavior, while Republicans were more concerned about censorship.

This is reflected in Tuesday’s report. While staff from both parties did the research on which it was based, the actual document was compiled only by the Democrats, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island). No Republican has endorsed it. 

The committee’s ranking member, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), described the report as containing “radical proposals that would refashion antitrust law in the vision of the far left.”

Jordan is preparing a minority report in response. His colleague Ken Buck (R-Colorado) has already published his own, calling for “targeted antitrust enforcement” rather than “onerous and burdensome regulation” that would kill innovation.

The “presumption that success can only be the result of anti-competitive behavior is simply wrong,”an Amazon spokesperson said, after the Democrat report was made public. The company argued the proposals would hurt small businesses and customers alike.

Facebook has already preempted the report by leaking a 14-page memo to the media, arguing that it was so enmeshed with Instagram and WhatsApp – which it acquired in 2012 and 2014, respectively – that reversing the mergers would be “a complete nonstarter,” costing billions and hurting user experiences.

There is little chance any of the recommendations in either report would translate into specific policy before the November 3 election, but the timing of their release may also figure into the electoral calculus. Republicans have criticized Silicon Valley giants for censoring conservative opinions, while Democrats have accused them of not censoring enough, insisting that the platforms – once praised for their reach and innovation – endangered American democracy by helping President Donald Trump bypass traditional media in 2016 and allegedly spread “misinformation” since.

In response, Big Tech has embarked on a campaign of “deplatforming” content the Democrats have labeled as “hate speech,” while largely ignoring Republican criticism. While most Silicon Valley companies insist they aren’t partisan, their staff donates overwhelmingly to Democrats. Amazon’s Bezos also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper known for partisan coverage of the Trump administration.



Mark Zuckerberg is whining:

Facebook breakup would be ‘complete nonstarter’: Memo leaked ahead of antitrust report

Facebook breakup would be ‘complete nonstarter’: Memo leaked ahead of antitrust report

Separating Facebook from Instagram and WhatsApp would harm consumers, cost billions and defy US law, the social media giant argues in a memo leaked to the media ahead of a congressional report expected to advise otherwise.


Apart from the Evil, many Business Leaders are truly committed to the Principles of Corporate Governance and stick to them, but can we trust the signatories? In several cases clearly not.

09. September 2019

Those mentioned above just continue, while others undestood that the tide changes, and now stick to the promise: 

Our Commitment

America’s economic model, which is based on freedom, liberty and other enduring principles of our democracy, has raised standards of living for generations, while promoting competition, consumer choice and innovation. America’s businesses have been a critical engine to its success.

Yet we know that many Americans are struggling. Too often hard work is not rewarded, and not enough is being done for workers to adjust to the rapid pace of change in the economy. If companies fail to recognize that the success of our system is dependent on inclusive long-term growth, many will raise legitimate questions about the role of large employers in our society.

With these concerns in mind, Business Roundtable is modernizing its principles on the role of a corporation.

Since 1978, Business Roundtable has periodically issued Principles of Corporate Governance that include language on the purpose of a corporation. Each version of that document issued since 1997 has stated that corporations exist principally to serve their shareholders. It has become clear that this language on corporate purpose does not accurately describe the ways in which we and our fellow CEOs endeavor every day to create value for all our stakeholders, whose long-term interests are inseparable.

We therefore provide the following Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, which supersedes previous Business Roundtable statements and more accurately reflects our commitment to a free market economy that serves all Americans. This statement represents only one element of Business Roundtable’s work to ensure more inclusive prosperity, and we are continuing to challenge ourselves to do more.

Just as we are committed to doing our part as corporate CEOs, we call on others to do their part as well. In particular, we urge leading investors to support companies that build long-term value by investing in their employees and communities.

Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation

Americans deserve an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity. We believe the free-market system is the best means of generating good jobs, a strong and sustainable economy, innovation, a healthy environment and economic opportunity for all.

Businesses play a vital role in the economy by creating jobs, fostering innovation and providing essential goods and services. Businesses make and sell consumer products; manufacture equipment and vehicles; support the national defense; grow and produce food; provide health care; generate and deliver energy; and offer financial, communications and other services that underpin economic growth.

While each of our individual companies serves its own corporate purpose, we share a fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders. We commit to:

  • Delivering value to our customers. We will further the tradition of American companies leading the way in meeting or exceeding customer expectations.
  • Investing in our employees. This starts with compensating them fairly and providing important benefits. It also includes supporting them through training and education that help develop new skills for a rapidly changing world. We foster diversity and inclusion, dignity and respect.
  • Dealing fairly and ethically with our suppliers. We are dedicated to serving as good partners to the other companies, large and small, that help us meet our missions.
  • Supporting the communities in which we work. We respect the people in our communities and protect the environment by embracing sustainable practices across our businesses.
  • Generating long-term value for shareholders, who provide the capital that allows companies to invest, grow and innovate. We are committed to transparency and effective engagement with shareholders.

Each of our stakeholders is essential. We commit to deliver value to all of them, for the future success of our companies, our communities and our country.

But can we really trust their promises? - Check the signatories!

  • Kevin J. Wheeler

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    A. O. Smith Corporation

  • Miles D. White

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


  • Julie Sweet

    Chief Executive Officer Designate


  • Carlos Rodriguez

    President and CEO


  • Mike Burke

    Chairman and CEO


  • Andrés Gluski

    President and CEO

    The AES Corporation

  • Daniel P. Amos

    Chairman and CEO


  • Roger K. Newport

    Chief Executive Officer

    AK Steel Corporation

  • Brent Saunders

    Chairman and CEO

    Allergan plc

  • John O. Larsen

    Chairman, President & CEO

    Alliant Energy

  • Lee Styslinger, III

    Chairman & CEO

    Altec, Inc.

  • Jeffrey P. Bezos

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer


  • Doug Parker

    Chairman & CEO

    American Airlines

  • Nicholas K. Akins

    Chairman, President and CEO

    American Electric Power

  • Stephen J. Squeri

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    American Express

  • James D. Taiclet

    Chairman, President and CEO

    American Tower Corporation

  • James Cracchiolo

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Ameriprise Financial

  • Gail Koziara Boudreaux

    President and CEO

    Anthem, Inc.

  • Greg Case



  • Tim Cook



  • Eric Foss

    Chairman, President & CEO


  • Alan B. Colberg

    President and CEO


  • Randall Stephenson

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    AT&T Inc.

  • John A. Hayes

    Chairman, President and CEO

    Ball Corporation

  • Brian Moynihan

    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

    Bank of America

  • José (Joe) E. Almeida

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Baxter International Inc.

  • Philip Blake


    Bayer USA

  • Brendan P. Bechtel

    Chairman & CEO

    Bechtel Group, Inc.

  • Corie Barry

    Chief Executive Officer

    Best Buy Co., Inc.

  • Laurence D. Fink

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    BlackRock, Inc.

  • Charles W. Scharf

    Chairman & CEO

    BNY Mellon

  • Dennis A. Muilenburg

    Chairman, President & CEO

    The Boeing Company

  • Frédéric B. Lissalde

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    BorgWarner Inc.

  • Rich Lesser


    Boston Consulting Group

  • Robert Dudley

    Group CEO

    BP plc

  • Giovanni Caforio

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Maurice R. Greenberg

    Chairman and CEO

    C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.

  • Kewsong Lee

    Co-Chief Executive Officer

    The Carlyle Group

  • D. James Umpleby III

    Chairman & CEO

    Caterpillar, Inc.

  • Robert E. Sulentic

    President & CEO

    CBRE Group, Inc.

  • W. Anthony Will

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    CF Industries

  • Michael K. Wirth

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Chevron Corporation

  • Evan G. Greenberg

    Chairman and CEO


  • David M. Cordani

    President and Chief Executive Officer


  • Chuck Robbins

    Chairman and CEO

    Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Michael L. Corbat

    Chief Executive Officer

    Citigroup, Inc.

  • Hubertus M. Mühlhäuser

    Chief Executive Officer

    CNH Industrial

  • James Quincey

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    The Coca-Cola Company

  • Brian Humphries

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Brian L. Roberts

    Chairman & CEO

    Comcast Corporation

  • Ryan M. Lance

    Chairman & CEO

    ConocoPhillips Company

  • Wendell P. Weeks

    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, & President

    Corning Incorporated

  • Tom Linebarger

    Chairman and CEO

    Cummins Inc.

  • Larry Merlo

    President & CEO

    CVS Health

  • Hal Yoh

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Day & Zimmermann

  • Michael S. Dell

    Chairman and CEO

    Dell Technologies

  • Punit Renjen

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Jim Fitterling

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Lynn Good

    Chairman, President & CEO

    Duke Energy

  • JM Lawrie

    Chairman, President and CEO

    DXC Technology

  • Mark J. Costa

    Chairman and CEO

    Eastman Chemical Company

  • Craig Arnold

    Chairman and CEO


  • Pedro J. Pizarro

    President & CEO

    Edison International

  • Darren W. Woods

    Chairman and CEO

    Exxon Mobil Corporation

  • Carmine Di Sibio

    Global Chairman & CEO


  • Frederick W. Smith

    Chairman & CEO

    FedEx Corporation

  • Gary Norcross

    Chairman, President & CEO


  • Revathi Advaithi

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Carlos M. Hernandez

    Chief Executive Officer

    Fluor Corporation

  • James P. Hackett

    President and CEO

    Ford Motor Company

  • Lachlan K. Murdoch

    Executive Chairman & CEO

    Fox Corporation

  • Richard C. Adkerson

    Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

  • Phebe Novakovic

    Chairman and CEO

    General Dynamics Corporation

  • Mary Barra

    Chairman & CEO

    General Motors Company

  • David M. Solomon

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

  • Bradley J. Preber

    Interim CEO

    Grant Thornton LLP

  • Deanna M. Mulligan

    President and CEO

    Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

  • Gerald W. Evans

    Chief Executive Officer

    Hanesbrands Inc.

  • Dinesh C. Paliwal

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    HARMAN International

  • Steven R. Swartz

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    HEARST Corporation

  • Craig Menear

    Chairman, CEO and President

    The Home Depot

  • Darius Adamczyk

    Chairman and CEO


  • Mike Petters

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Huntington Ingalls Industries

  • Ginni Rometty

    Chairman, President and CEO

    IBM Corporation

  • Charles Phillips

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Mark S. Sutton

    Chairman and CEO

    International Paper Co.

  • Michael I. Roth

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Interpublic Group

  • Linda H. Apsey

    President & CEO

    ITC Holdings Corp.

  • Steve Demetriou

    Chair and CEO


  • Samuel R. Allen

    Chairman and CEO

    John Deere

  • Alex Gorsky

    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

    Johnson & Johnson

  • George R. Oliver

    Chairman and CEO

    Johnson Controls

  • Jamie Dimon

    Chairman and CEO

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Beth E. Mooney

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


  • Bruce E. Grewcock

    CEO and Chairman of the Board

    Kiewit Corporation

  • Lynne M. Doughtie

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


  • William M. Brown

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

    L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

  • Beth E. Ford

    President and CEO

    Land O'Lakes, Inc.

  • Roger A. Krone

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


  • Stuart Miller

    Executive Chairman

    Lennar Corporation

  • Marillyn A. Hewson

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel

    Chief Executive Officer

    LyondellBasell Industries

  • Jeff Gennette

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

    Macy's, Inc.

  • Mark Trudeau

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

  • Lee M. Tillman

    Chairman, President and CEO

    Marathon Oil Corporation

  • Gary R. Heminger

    Chairman and CEO

    Marathon Petroleum Corporation

  • Arne M. Sorenson

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Marriott International, Inc.

  • Roger W. Crandall

    Chairman, President & CEO


  • Ajay Banga

    President & CEO


  • Lawrence E. Kurzius

    Chairman, President and CEO

    McCormick and Company, Inc.

  • Brian Tyler

    Chief Executive Officer

    McKesson Corporation

  • Kevin Sneader

    Global Managing Partner

    McKinsey & Company

  • Omar Ishrak

    Chairman & CEO

    Medtronic plc

  • Michel Khalaf

    President and Chief Executive Officer


  • Sanjay Mehrotra

    President & CEO

    Micron Technology

  • Ken Moelis

    Chairman and CEO

    Moelis & Company

  • James P. Gorman

    Chairman and CEO

    Morgan Stanley

  • Greg Brown

    Chairman & CEO

    Motorola Solutions

  • Adena T. Friedman

    President and CEO


  • Thomas C. Nelson

    Chairman, President & CEO

    National Gypsum Company

  • Ted Mathas

    Chairman, President and CEO

    New York Life Insurance Co.

  • David L. Stover

    Chairman and CEO

    Noble Energy, Inc.

  • Kathy Warden

    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

    Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Steve Fisher

    President and CEO


  • Mauricio Gutierrez

    President and CEO

    NRG Energy, Inc.

  • Safra Catz



  • Brian Chambers

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Owens Corning

  • Ramon Laguarta

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Dr. Albert Bourla

    Chief Executive Officer

    Pfizer Inc.

  • Greg C. Garland

    Chairman and CEO

    Phillips 66

  • Marc B. Lautenbach

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Pitney Bowes

  • Daniel J. Houston

    Chairman, President and CEO


  • David S. Taylor

    Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

    The Procter & Gamble Company

  • Tricia Griffith

    President & CEO

    Progressive Corporation

  • Bob Moritz



  • Steve Mollenkopf

    Chief Executive Officer

    Qualcomm Incorporated

  • Earl C. Austin, Jr.

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Quanta Services

  • Thomas A. Kennedy

    Chairman and CEO

    Raytheon Company

  • Blake D. Moret

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Rockwell Automation

  • Douglas L. Peterson

    President and CEO

    S&P Global

  • Keith Block



  • Bill McDermott

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Jim Goodnight


    SAS Institute

  • Tamara L. Lundgren

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

  • Jeffrey W. Martin

    Chairman & CEO

    Sempra Energy

  • Lisa Davis


    Siemens Corporation USA

  • Egon Durban

    Managing Partner and Managing Director

    Silver Lake

  • Thomas A. Fanning

    Chairman, President and CEO

    Southern Company

  • James M. Loree

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Stanley Black & Decker

  • James P. Keane

    President and CEO

    Steelcase Inc.

  • Kevin Lobo

    Chairman & CEO


  • John F. Fish

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


  • Brian Cornell

    Chairman & CEO


  • Russell K. Girling

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    TC Energy

  • LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr.


    Telephone & Data Systems, Inc.

  • Richard K. Templeton

    Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

    Texas Instruments Incorporated

  • Rob Speyer

    President & CEO

    Tishman Speyer

  • Alan D. Schnitzer

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    The Travelers Companies Inc.

  • M. Troy Woods

    Chairman, President & CEO


  • Peter J. Davoren

    President & CEO

    Turner Construction Co.

  • Lance M. Fritz

    Chairman, President & CEO

    Union Pacific

  • Oscar Munoz

    Chief Executive Officer

    United Airlines

  • Gregory J. Hayes

    Chairman & CEO

    United Technologies Corporation

  • David Abney

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


  • Stuart Parker



  • Mortimer J. Buckley

    President and Chief Executive Officer


  • Scott G. Stephenson

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Verisk Analytics

  • Alfred F. Kelly Jr.

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Visa Inc.

  • Robert F. Smith

    Founder, Chairman & CEO

    Vista Equity Partners

  • Curt Morgan

    President and CEO

    Vistra Energy

  • Stefano Pessina

    Executive Vice Chairman and CEO

    Walgreens Boots Alliance

  • Doug McMillon

    President and CEO

    Walmart, Inc.

  • John J. Engel

    Chairman, President and CEO

    WESCO International, Inc.

  • John F. Barrett

    Chairman, President & CEO

    Western & Southern Financial Group

  • Hikmet Ersek


    Western Union

  • Marc Bitzer

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Whirlpool Corporation

  • Abidali Z. Neemuchwala

    CEO & Managing Director

    Wipro Limited

  • Michael J. Kasbar

    Chairman, President and CEO

    World Fuel Services Corporation

  • Jim Kavanaugh


    World Wide Technology

  • John Visentin

    Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Xerox Corporation

  • Patrick Decker

    President and CEO

    Xylem Inc.

  • Anders Gustafsson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Zebra Technologies Corporation

  • Michael Roman

    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer



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