Has the company been involved in any bad business deals
(shows poor management)? [poor faith]
Does the company have poor community relations in your town
or in other locations? [controvers*, protest*, attack*,
complain*, activist, zoning]
Have the company or any of its subsidiaries or any company
affiliated with executives or board members file for bankruptcy?
Have there been Shareholder actions
against the company and were they successful? How did the
Has any organization called for a
boycott against the company or its products?
Is the company a near monopoly
within the industry?
Has the company used aggressive business tactics that have
had a bad impact on workers or the local community? [subsidy,
Have there been any product liability
lawsuits against the company?
Do they have facilities in countries
authoritarian governments (Burma,
China, Indonesia?) Do they have a record of actively
supporting those governments? [repressive, military, death
reports of public companies have a section called "legal
proceedings." If the company is facing any major lawsuits
which could potentially effect its financial condition,
they will be mentioned in this section. These could be shareholder
suits, discrimination suits, product liability, potentially
responsible parties in a Superfund site.
for news coverage of a company's activities via the following
websites (both are searchable for free or a nominal yearly
membership, but you pay a per document fee for every article
you look at full text):
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with Lexis-Nexis, if your organization will be doing extensive
research (with negotiating you can get an account for as
low as $250 per month). Databases of primary importance
are News and Company.
Online magazine about transnational companies. Highlights
their social, environmental and economic impact on the world.
Issue or campaign focused. Searchable archives. Environmental
justice and labor are main focus. Provides tips on how to
research transnational companies. Includes an interactive
step-by-step corporate research guide.
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