On the social responsibility of global business


In recent years, becoming increasingly apparent harm to the unrelenting pursuit of corporate profit. Destructive changes have occurred in the most important areas of American life.

Health: Nearly half of American adults of working age declined from visiting doctors and other health care providers, because they can not afford to pay for it. This system also does not support children.

A UNICEF studyput the U.S. on the 26th place in terms of child well-being among the 29 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development — OECD).

Education: The amount of student loans increased by 75% over the period 2007-2012.

House and grounds: The average wealth fell by 66% among Latino homeowners and 53% among black homeowners for the period 2005-2009., Mainly due to mortgage banking collapse. Nearly half of Americanshas no bank savingsor their debt exceeds accumulation.

Water and FoodNatural seeds and drinking water are increasingly being considered as products for purchase and sale.

All of these aspects of life have been destroyed free-market system, whichwas expandedon research projects funded by the state, infrastructure and defense. Despite this, major corporationshypocriticallyignored all the problems which they are to blame. Instead, they are twice cut their taxes against the doubling of its profits, hide60%their cash in offshore, laying off workers, not to create new jobs and reduce wages to workers.

Apple CEO explained his position: "We do not have to solve the problems of America."

They call themselves the "transnational corporations" — they have no allegiance to any nation.

Big business has found his utopia — a world in which millions of people are willing to work for a fraction of U.S. wages.
In this nightmare world of global capitalism, young people have zero income, go to work on a farm for a few dollars a day, a 12-hour factory shift, and in addition —The World Bankstates that the salary of 1.25 dollars a day — is "not poverty." And the media lavish praise of the free market.The Economistannounces: "poverty is declining everywhere."Washington Postenthused: "a billion people out of poverty, thanks to the free market."

But the reality is quite different. Inequality continues to grow asinsideindividual countries andbetweencountries.Levels of povertyvirtually unchanged over the past 30 years, almosthalf of humanity(Up to 3 billion people) live on less than 2.5 dollars a day. QuarterChildrenthe world — more than 170 million children under 5 years old — are suffering due to defective development of malnutrition.

According to the World Bank,total valuesuccessful fight against malnutrition will be about 10,3-11,8 billion dollars a year. One onlyAppleand only in 2012, 11 billion dollars underpaid taxes.

Perhaps it is time to change the company's statement on: "We do not have to solve the problems of the world."

Even if there was no obligation to solve the problems of the planet, there are obligations to pay for the global energy consumption, the use of infrastructure and industrial pollution. However, the analysis25 multinationalsobviously shows their negligence in the performance of these duties. These 25 companies, with revenue 0.5 trillion. dollars in 2011 to 2012., paid only 8% of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and 9% — to other countries. 35% tax — paid by any country or countries — would give an additional $ 90 billion over two years, and the problem of malnutrition would be solved.

Even worse than their unwillingness to pay — to make the world pay them.

The recentresearchshows thattoxic pollutionhave an impact on the health of more than 100 million people, shortening their productive life by an average of 12.7 years. Otherresearchon this topic has come to the conclusion that in 2010 more than 8 million people were exposed to the effects of industrial pollution, placed on 373's of industrial waste landfills in three low-income countries (India, Indonesia, Philippines).

Some of our major multinational companies occupy the top ranksfederal list of unscrupulous contractors, which describes the corporate environmental, ethical and labor violations. Oil spills occur everywhere. Underdeveloped countries, such asNigeria, devastated oil production. Large firms are buying upfarmlandin 60 developing countries. The most perverted multinationals are making a lot of effort to make agreementsTrans-Pacific Partnership, which effectively cancels the protection of the environment.

Absurd as it once seemed to be a statement in 1991 Larry Summers from the World Bank is now back, unfortunately for us, "Just between you and me, is the World Bank should not encourage the movement of the dirty industries to the LDC (lesser developed countries — less developed countries)? … I've always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are dirty enough. "

Big business is making its way around the world as a modern Attila the Hun, plundering and devastating, but other than that, it has alsoAUS, posted by 900 overseas bases in 130 countries. If one country makes a noise, corporations can simply move to another.

Source:Multinational Corporations Have No Allegiance to Any Nation or Citizens, Only to Profit, Paul Buchheit, BUZZFLASH, TruthOut, 20 May 2013.


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