In 2008, Glencore received the Public Eye Jury Award for its irresponsible and opaque business practices in Colombia. Glencore holds shares in coal mines that have been heavily criticized for causing massive pollution and serious health risks to local communities. Glencore also fell into disrepute for its lack of transparency with regards to the company’s business practices. Moreover, the commodities giant was accused of having an “anti-union” attitude. Reports about layoffs, intimidation, and the brutal breaking up of strikes were almost the order of the day, along with allegations of tax avoidance and the exploitation of weak government regulation.