The Public Eye sheds a critical light on irresponsible business practices and provides a platform to publicly criticize cases of human and labor rights violations, environmental destruction or corruption. The date and location of the Public Eye Awards are set deliberately to coincide with the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Those hiding behind closed doors in Davos allegedly to solve the world’s problems often contribute to environmental destruction and human rights violations themselves. The Public Eye Awards remind the corporate world that the social and environmental consequences of their business practices affect not only people and the environment, but also the reputation of the company.
Today, the Public Eye consists of two “awards of shame”, the People’s Award and the Jury Award. They are awarded to corporations with a dismal record in terms of social and environmental responsibility.
The Public Eye Awards aim to contribute to the overarching goal of social and ecological justice and demonstrate the necessity of effective and legally binding measures on a national and international level. Corporations need to be held accountable for their irresponsible business practices in their home state – no matter where these wrong-doings occur.