At the beginning of the 2000s Ahold was involved in one of the biggest accounting scandals Europe has ever seen and became known as the "European Enron" 1. Particularly involved in the scandal was one of the divisions of Ahold USA, Foodservice, providing meals to schools and public facilities. The headquarters decided to face the scandal with a relatively open attitude that brought them to publicly admit a few month after the fraud scandal was first uncovered [in 2003], that the damage was fur more extensive rthan previously anticipated 2. The company then continued their cooperation ...more
American Apparel have a good ethical reputation, in that all of its clothes available for purchase are manufactured in the USA under regulation, which for the most part ensures that they are 'sweatshop free' 1.
On the other hand, the company have been implicated in a number of scandals around working conditions, especially linked to female employee complaints 23 about the now former 4 CEO, Dov Charney.
Nike's record on working conditions and benefits is far from universally admired, but it has taken some strides to acknowledge 1 and address some of the criticism. In April 2014 workers in different regions of China began to strike over demands for better wages and social security. Towards the end of the month the strike was joined by over 30,000 people working for Nike's suppliers - seriously jeopardizing production 2. At the same time Nike, together with other main sportwear manufacturers such as Adidas and Timberland, were accused of turning a blind eye to worker's ...more
Unilever is a multinational company controlling a great variety of brands operating in different sectors and markets. While some of them were originally created by Unilever, others have been acquired through the acquisition of external companies with a fully developed brand and company identity. Interestingly enough, Unilever has managed, over the years, to grant the "acquired" brands a relatively high degree of autonomy in their policies. One of the most well-known Unilever brands is probably Ben & Jerry's. Ben & Jerry's were acquired by the group in 2000 after 22 years of operation conducted aiming at benefiting all the relevant stakeholders. ...more
In 2011, H&M launched the "Waste" line, which consists of 10 items made completely of left-over pieces from their Lanvin collection 1. In February 2013, H&M kicked off its garment recycling programme, allowing customers to donate used clothing of any brand at all H&M stores in 48 markets worldwide. For this initiative, H&M partnerd up with Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, and I:Collect, a Swiss-based company that processes around 500 tons of used items every day in 74 countries. This initiative is part of the company's efforts to reduce the environmental impact ...more
Procter & Gamble is a multinational corporation particularly active in the personal care sector. For this reason it is particularly relevant to consider P&G's stand concerning animal right and, particularly, concerning animal testing. In the early 2000s, the company was proud to inform the public of having, in the previous two decades, eliminated animal testing for 80% of their products. Also from this period are the first significant P&G investments in alternative testing methods. By the company's own admission, the main drive of this investments was the increasing consumer concerns over waste and suffering. However, P&G seemed to also benefit from ...more