New "Big Pharma" Section Added to Green America's Web Site for Concerned Consumers; GlaxoSmithKline, Merck Rated Highest, While Novartis, Abbott, Pfizer and Sanofi Aventis Bring Up Rear.
Looking at environmental, human rights, labor, ethics & governance, and health & safety issues, the ResponsibleShopper.org ranks GlaxoSmithKline the best, Merck second best and tied for last place: Novartis, Abbott, Pfizer and Sanofi Aventis. Companies in the industry received low marks overall for corporate responsibility.
Green America Responsible Shopper Coordinator
Green America Corporate Responsibility Programs Director
At ResponsibleShopper.org, you can find the answers to the following:
- Which company was sued by its own shareholders in 2008 for a drop in stock value attributed to the company's failure to disclose harmful psychiatric side effects in a proposed weight-loss drug?
- Which company settled a lawsuit with the Nigerian government this year, in connection to allegations of performing an illegal drug test that killed or injured 96 children during a meningitis epidemic?
- Which company was sued last December by more than 2,000 residents of
Merced, Californiawho claim a local drug manufacturing plant contaminated their drinking water with the cancer-causing chemical Chromium 6?
Kreha added: "Of course, it's not all bad news when it comes to Big Pharma. At ResponsibleShopper.org you can also find out which drug companies have 'greened' their automobile fleets, donated medicines to underserved populations, or received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign. As with all of the industries profiled on Responsible Shopper, we rank the Big Pharma companies all on one page, where an easy-to-read chart compares their performance in categories like environment, labor, human rights, health & safety, and ethics & governance."
The full "Big Pharma" ranking chart (with criteria) is available at http://www.greenamericatoday.org/programs/responsibleshopper/industry/pharmaceutical.cfm
ABOUT RESPONSIBLE SHOPPER
Responsible Shopper (http://www.responsibleshopper.org) informs concerned consumers about problem corporate practices, action campaigns and ways to live greener in relation to more than 150 major consumer companies. In a major enhancement of the Web site, ResponsibleShopper.org now ranks companies in 27 industry categories from best to worst based on research focusing on such key issues as human rights, social justice, environmental sustainability and more.
In addition to attention getting companies like Wal-Mart and Exxon, major consumer companies ranked by the new ResponsibleShopper.org site include such brand-name corporations as McDonalds, Toyota, Coca Cola, Disney, Hanes, and General Electric.
Companies are listed and ranked on ResponsibleShopper.org in the following categories: agribusiness, appliances, athletic wear, automobile, banking/financial, beauty and body care, beverage/water, big box retailer, booksellers, chemicals, cleaning products, clothing, coffee, computer/electronics, department stores, electric utilities, electronics, fast food, food, gas/oil, home improvement/building, Internet, mass media (TV, radio, film), supermarkets, tires, tobacco, and toys/games.
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