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Volume: 13 Number: 2

Title: Corporate Accountability International

Source/Sponsoring Agency: Corporate Accountability International


Date Checked: 8/27/2007      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 8/7/2007

Topics: Consumer Protection Law; Environmental Law

Other keywords: Corporations; Corporate Responsibility; Food

Contents: For 30 years, Corporate Accountability International (CAI), a non-profit organization, has been waging and winning campaigns that challenge irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world. Its website reflects and amplifies its founding principle: irresponsible behavior by global corporations is endangering the health and welfare of people around the world in a myriad of ways. The site’s featured campaign is entitled “Think outside the bottle,” which seeks truth in labeling on bottled water and the removal of corporate control over this key resource. The site’s home page also shines the spotlight on campaigns targeting three other industries: tobacco, oil, and food and agribusiness. The organization engages in more than one activity at a time. Among other things, it is also urging Big Box Retailers to subscribe to its corporate code of conduct. CAI’s website is oriented towards both environmental activists and concerned individuals. The site provides fact sheets on campaigns, take-action suggestions, and campaign resources (papers and reports.) The website provides current news items, annual reports, newsletters, and announcements for speakers and conferences. An interesting public relations feature is the Corporate Hall of Shame, designed to “expose corporate manipulation of public policy and its harmful consequences. …” The CAI seeks nominations for the Hall of Shame and lists the corporate winners along with short descriptions of their foul deeds. However, CAI also removes companies from the Hall when companies change their practices.

Author of Annotation: J. Callihan

Last Modified: 6/20/2012