The following websites provide
information on and about corporations or reactions to them. You can find out about their
products, their earnings, and their potential growth. But you can also find out
about the affects they have on people's lives. For additional sites, check out the
resources on the capitalist.
Asia-Pacific.com!, an invaluable resource for users
interested in business and economics in Asia and the Pacific Rim, offers an informative
assortment of resources, news, and data. The site links to respected media sources
throughout the region including _Singapore Business Times_, _Jakarta Post_, and _The
Australian_, as well as in-depth journal articles, and book reviews, tables of
contents, and purchasing information. Data analysis includes links to economic sources,
company annual reports, and trade reports. Users are also invited to send their questions
and queries to Asia-Pacific.com!s panel of experts, who include George T. Haley,
Associate Professor/ Director of Marketing and International Business Programs at the
University of New Haven, Usha C.V. Haley, Associate Professor of Strategy and
International Business at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Tan Chin Tiong,
Professor and Provost of the new Singapore Management University. (Scout Report for
Business and Economics, 1/17/2000)
At the heart of
this site is a dispute over a series of reports produced by Akre and Wilson revealing the
widespread and virtually secret use of a synthetic hormone being injected into dairy cows
throughout Florida and much of the U.S. The hormone, artificial bovine growth hormone
(rBGH), is produced by Monsanto, and Akre and Wilson claim that the company
pressured the Fox Television Network to kill the report, and they did. At the site
you can get information about the lawsuit that Akre and Wilson have filed against Fox, and
information about research on rBGH, which, in fact, is banned in Canada, Europe and
elsewhere in the world because of fear of health hazzards.
The site details the activities of the Walt Disney
Corporation. Check particularly the articles on Disney child labor
and union busting.
- Business Wire
A compilation of news stories on business and company press
releases. An excellent source of information on what is happening in various
industries. They also have an extensive collection of Web links.
Can Corporations Be
A two-part essay by Richard Grossman that appeared in RACHELS ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH WEEKLY
on the question of how corporations can be held responsible for their actions. The
essay reviews the history of the corporate charter, and argues that people must reclaim
their sovereignty over corporations.
The official website of the Coke Challenge Campaign. This
site is all about action: the action that individuals can and have taken to demand
environmental responsibility from one of the world's biggest corporations, The Coca-Cola
Company Annual Reports Online
"Company Annual Reports Online (CAROL) is a free
corporate service offering direct links to the annual reports of a variety of European
companies. The reports are arranged in alphabetical order by company name or industry type
for direct searches or browsing. In addition, recent articles and statistics on Investor
Relations and the Internet are available from CAROLs The Marketplace index.
[MW]" (Scout Report for Business and Economics, 9/10/98)
Lisa Lowe, Business Reference Librarian, Kent State
University, developed this site as an explanatory guide to print and electronic business
resources for the beginning researcher. The site is divided into three main parts: Company
Research, Industry Research, and a general research, which includes helpful search
strategies and basic definitions of business ownership and organization. Examples of
business syllabi and library assignments should help students make the leap between course
expectations and library research. (The Scout Report for Business and Economics, 11/5/98)
- Corporate Accountability
Do you want to get the dirt on corporations? Go to the Corporate Dirt page
of the Corporate Accountability Project. There you can find links to groups and
campaigns trying to end corporate abuse, as well as articles on related subjects and
issues. The also have a section on researching corporations
(also see below).
Corporate Crime Reporter [pdf]
Published since 1986, the Corporate Crime
Reporter is a legal newsletter that highlights recent news items about ongoing
corporate crime prosecutions, along with featuring interviews with prominent
attorneys who work in this rather intriguing field of law practice. The
interview section is quite interesting as users can read long-form interviews
with major players such as Dan Webb (who was a prosecutor in the Iran-Contra
Affair) and Neil Getnick, who prosecuted the Bayer corporation after it was
suspected they bilked Medicaid out of approximately $100 million. Visitors can
also view various related documents, such as the indictment of Martha Stewart
and a Justice Department memo regarding the federal prosecution of business
organizations. The site is rounded out by several reports on the top 10
white-collar crime defense lawyers and the top 100 corporate criminals of the
1990s. Overall, the site will be of great interest to legal professionals, or
those who are interested in learning more about the complex world of corporate
crime in the United States.
- Corporate Information
The Corporate Library
General information on corporations (financial statements,
earning prospects, etc.); prepared largely by the corporations themselves or investment
groups for their clients.
Launched in the summer of 1999 by two long-term partners in Lens
Investment Management, this site "is intended to serve as a central repository for
research, study and critical thinking about the nature of the modern global corporation,
with a special focus on corporate governance and the relationship between company
management, their boards and their shareowners." Along with current awareness
articles from the staff of The Corporate Library (TCL) and outside sources including
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, CBSMarketWatch, and McKinsey and Co., the site
also provides in-depth special reports on CEO Contracts and on Corporate Governance and
Performance. The full text of Power and Accountability, the book written by The
Corporate Library's founders Robert AG Monks and Nell Minow, is also available free of
charge. In addition, users may search the entire TCL catalog, which includes 25 years's
worth of articles emphasizing the best practices in a variety of areas including
disclosure and governance and corporate standing. (Scout Report, 8/14/00)
Corporate Report Card
"The Council on Economic Priorities (CEP)
prefers to evaluate companies on issues of environmental stewardship, diversity,
charitable giving, working conditions, and community involvement, among others instead of
by sales alone at the Corporate Report Card site. This database of over 320 companies is
searchable by name, industry, or ticker symbol and displays a concise report card with an
easy-to-understand grading system. The additional subjects of military contacts and animal
testing are available for most entries, and a glossary of key CEP issues helps clarify
company performance." (Scout Report for Business and Economics, January 28, 1999)
- Corporate Watch
One of the most comprehensive sites on making people aware of
corporate violations of environmental, social, labor, and legal regulations, as well as
keeping track of corporate efforts at influencing government decisions and actions.
For example you can access a report on
Nike prepared by its auditors and leaked to Corporate Watch.
Watch Hot News
Stories on specific issues involving corporate abuse and
power; you read about the corporate takeover of schools, the campaign by energy companies
to undermine the Kyoto Protocol on environmental warming, as well as other stories.
Directory of Transnational
Excellent resources on corporations with some
detailed profiles of some (Boeing
Boise Cascade Citigroup
International Paper Microsoft Plum
Creek Sierra Pacific Industries Union Carbide Weyerhaeuser). The goal of the site is to expose the damage done by transnational
corporation in the name of profit.
This new portal from the publishers of _The
Wall Street Journal_ (WSJ) offers a wide selection of business news and resources.
Users can read highlights from the _WSJ_, breaking business news, or view targeted
news, research and resources for any of the 29 industries listed. The site also features
delayed composite prices on US stocks, with links to background information and press
releases, and a targeted search of business and news sites (fee required for full text of
articles in the publications library). Additional resources include a markets wrap, news
and links related to the US economy, and several aids for managing personal finance. Users
may personalize the portal to suit their own interests after free registration. [MD](Scout
Lots of excellent information on the power of corporations,
and their repeated violations of environmental, labor, social, and legal regulations,
along with information on limiting the power of corporations. Check out some of the
campaigns to revoke corporate charters. Why should the charter of Unilocal be
Would you like to know how much the CEOs in the top
coporations are making? Would you like to find out how the pay of CEOs compares to
that of workers? Check out the answers here.
Good place to get insights on how corporations
fund research to advance their economic interests and discredit information
that may be harmful.
on the Corporation
One of the features on the Multinational Monitor Website,
featuring stories on the accumulation of power of multinational corporations. As
they put it, "The multinational corporation is the most
powerful institution of our time, dominating not only global economics, but politics and
culture as well. The enormous influence of the corporation notwithstanding, the mechanisms
of corporate control and the details of corporate abuses remain largely hidden from public
perception. The purpose of the column "Focus on the Corporation" is be to
rectify this informational shortcoming, to report and comment critically on corporate
actions and plans, from particularized abuses to broad trends."
500 Annual Directory
Wait no longer! _Forbes
Magazine_ has released its 2000 annual directory of the biggest, most powerful
companies in the United States. This years Forbes 500 is fully searchable by rank of
sales, market value, assets, and profits, as well as by state or industry. As would be
expected, technology and New Economy companies were highly ranked, as were many Old
Economy businesses, with General Electric topping the list. Along with the Super 100
breakdown of the top 100 companies, this years directory also offers "Business
is Booming," a look back to the success of US businesses in 1999; commentary on the
years biggest winners and losers; a survey of the benefits offered at these
companies; and an interactive map which showcases where Forbes 500 companies are located.
(Scout Report 4/7/00)
Fortune: 100 Best
Companies to Work For
Clearly some companies are better to their employees than
others. Forbes provides a list of the top 100 from Synovus Financial to L.L.
Bean. The list was compiled from over 1000 large and midsize firms. Most, of course,
required relatively skilled labor, and are generally far removed from the highly
competitive textile, electronic and toy industries that have low profit margins and
require cheap labor. But there are a few surprises.
2000 (with links to individual corporations)
Check out the 2000 largest corporations in the world. As
we mention in Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, among the 100
richest entities in the world (countries, corporations, etc.), 50 are corporations.
That number has since increased, and is likely to increase even further (especially given
the current global financial crisis and the devaluation of many national
Grocery Manufacturers of America
A corporation site that details news and information regarding food
sales. GMA is the world’s largest association of food, beverage and
consumer product companies
Hoovers Online includes information on about 50,000 companies, more than 3,000
links to news sources in its news library, and listings of weekly IPOs. Hoovers
strives to be the comprehensive Website for business professionals.
Industry at a
- INC 500 (500 fastest growing
A feature of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Industry at a Glance
profiles of the nine major industry groups. Each profile is a fascinating collection of
facts about the industry, and contains links to additional data. The profiles include
information on employment, earnings, workplace safety, and more.
Although this guide to industry research by Dennis
Smith and Kim Chrobak describes resources at the University of Pittsburgh library, it
should be useful for any student interested in US industry trends and data. The guide
mainly describes print resources and helps readers locate companies within an industry,
market share, and financial ratios, among other industry topics. (Scout Report for
Business and Economics, 5/6/1999)
Internet Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 1999
Transparency International: 1999 Bribe Payers Index (BPI)
The 1999 edition of the CPI (last discussed in the
February 26, 1998 _Scout Report for Business & Economics_) has been published.
The CPI is listed in table format with background information and a framework document.
Transparency International has also put together the Bribe Payers Perceptions Index (BPI),
which ranks the leading nineteen exporting countries "in terms of the degree to which
their corporations are perceived to be paying bribes abroad." According to the Bribe
Payers Index (BPI), Sweden ranks the highest, followed by Australia and Canada, tying for
second place. The United States comes in at seventh. This site links to the press release,
background information, and framework document as well as the actual data. (Scout Report,
November 5, 1999)
IndustryWeek's fourth annual report on the 1,000
largest manufacturing companies in the world consists of a searchable database with
variables such as Company Name, IW Ranking, Earnings Per Share, and Total Revenue. The
site also includes profiles of several of the largest manufacturing companies, an article
detailing financial activities in the manufacturing business world in the past year, and
an interview with Kim Clark, Dean of the Harvard Business School. [EM] (Scout Report for
Business and Economics, 7/1/99)
Lies, Damn Lies and Enron
The collapse of Enron in 2001 was one of the biggest
corporate stories of the year, not, as the Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neil said,
because in capitalism companies come and go; rather because the way it went. A few
commentators see the collapse of Enron having greater ramifications that the September
11th attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. At this site you can get a lot
of detailed information about the history of the company and the machinations of its
officers and accountants.
and the Baby Milk Industry
This site examines the affects of the baby milk industry on
infant mortality and disease, focusing on those companies that promote breast milk
Ecologist has published a series of articles on the Monsanto Corporation, its history,
and its role in environmental devastation. The articles also focus on the
relationship between Monsanto and the U.S. regulatory agencies, particularly on the conflict
of interest of people who move between corporate employment and governmental
Perhaps one of the best sites on the Web on corporate
activities and international finance. There are also excellent feature articles addressing issues
of global economics.
Robert Cohen's site that examines the proposition that milk
is hardly the ideal food that we have convinced it is, and provides information on the
harmful effects of dairy products that the chemicals that are added to it.
If you want to find out how much your elected
federal officials received from different sources and how those contributions
might influence their legislative votes or policy preferences, this is a great
place to begin.
People's Campaign for Justice: Walmart
A site detailing the issues raised by the
retail dominance of Walmart stores. The site provides evidence of the
economic and environmental damage of Walmart and the condition of workers and
workers rights at Walmart.
The world as we know it through the mass media is filtered
through the social and cultural biases of those who report it and who choose what to show
and print and what not to. Often there are events that, for various reasons, are not
reported or are underreported whose importance is far greater than their media
exposure. Project Censored offers one solution by each year choosing important
stories that, for whatever reason, are not adequately covered.
Companies on the Internet: A Tutorial
A useful resource for getting information on
corporations. However the site is designed largely for getting economic
information(e.g. sales prospects, home pages, financial information); there is
little on the effects of corporations, and, interestingly, no links to sites such as Corporate Watch or Multinational Monitor
that critically examine the actions of corporations.
- Researching Corporations
This is the site to go to find out the information on
corporations that they probably would rather you didn't know; it's not the kind of things
you'll find in corporate press releases. The site contains practical instructions on
how to research a particular corporation, as well as links to other groups and campaigns
that seek to stop corporate abuse. Check out the "social responsibility"
feature and find out what corporate shareholders can do, and what some groups are doing.
Excellent resources on ways to hold corporations
accountable for their action, along with an interesting timeline on corporate
responsibility. And check the resource page for information
such as how much public money goes to support private corporations (The Public Cost of Private
Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the Decade
Josh On has put together a fabulous site. It
is based on the the idea, outlined in the 1950s by C. Wright Mills, that there is in the
United States a "power elite" that control most of our resources. On this
site you can find out who the power elite is by examining the interlocking membership of
people on corporate boards. The site allows users to select corporations, view the
names of corporate directors, and then examine their history and the other boards on which
they serve. It is a sobering exercise.
Check out this list of corporations that have been caught
breaking the law. Be sure to go to the annotated
version for a summary of each of the crimes.
The Wall Street
Executive Library provides relevant, up-to-date links to beneficial Websites dedicated to
business and economics news, resources, and information. The site is broken into three
sections: News, Information, and Reference; Research/ Intelligence; and Personal. All
links are accessible from the homepage, and new sites and "hot" sites are
denoted with icons. (Scout Report for Business and Economics, 1/17/2000)
In Spring 2005, Wal-Mart Watch began its nationwide public education campaign to challenge the world’s largest retailer to become a better employer, neighbor, and corporate citizen.
This site will help you find out how Wal mart is doing.
Web100: Big Business on the
This site indexes only "the largest American and
international companies on the Web," with links to homepages, five-year income
profiles, stock quotes, Hoover company capsules, and reviews from the Dow Jones Business
Directory. Top businesses may be searched via the Web100 database or viewed by industry,
region, or revenue ranking, and a newswire keeps users abreast of the latest big business
headlines. (The Scout Report for Business and Economics, 11/19/98
List of Fortune 500
List of Fortune 500 companies with links to the corporate
websites along with brief histories.
Who Owns What
Over the past decade there has been a growing concentration of media
ownership, such that a few major corporations control most of what we see and hear about
the rest of the world. As this site maintained by the Columbia Journalism Review
says, " Media companies continue to grow, and a
shrinking number of them shape what we view and read. What does that mean for journalists
-- and for the nation?" Here you can check out which corporations own which media