10 Facts You Should Know About Corporate America

  1.  In 1996, Pfizer conducted an “illegal trial of an unregistered drug” in Nigeria. It administered Trovan to 100 children in Kano. 11% of those treated with the drug died.
  2. In 2010, McDonald’s generated $24 billion in revenue, making it the world’s 90th largest economy (larger than 130 nations). The company still refuses to pay its workers a livable wage.
  3. Nike workers in Vietnam are beat and sexually assaulted in sweatshops where they make $1.60 a day. The average cost of a day’s worth of meals in the area is $2.00.
  4. Construction machinery giant, The Caterpillar Company, sold specific bulldozers to Israel to be used for the purpose of demolishing Palestinian homes.
  5. General Electric paid nothing in income taxes in 2010, but collected $3.2 billion in tax benefits, almost enough to pay for all of the food purchased through the WIC program.
  6. 6 corporations control 90% of the information Americans receive. All have extensive government ties.
  7. Nestle sent unqualified women dressed as nurses into the Congo to convince mothers to use formula instead of breast milk.
  8. Bottled water companies in Indonesia have pillaged parts of the country to the point where locals are only able to drink rainwater in ditches.
  9. The owners of Wal-Mart are one of the wealthiest families in the world. Many of their workers are paid so little they qualify for government assistance. The company has a larger revenue stream in one day than the Gross Domestic Product of more than 30 nations.
  10. Coca-Cola and Ford played both sides against each other during World War II producing products for both the Nazis and the Allies.