Every year, one of the awards is determined by popular vote. The company that receives the most votes is awarded the People’s Award at the international press conference in January. The nominees for the 2014 People’s Award are:
The company’s greed for profit seems unstoppable even in the face of social movements, legal proceedings and fines, environmental surveys proving the toxic effects of their business, and criticism by civil society.
Fashion giant Gap has refused to sign the binding agreement «Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh». Instead, it is actively undermining serious reform by promoting a non-binding corporate-controlled program.
Gazprom’s plans to extract the first Arctic oil in December 2013 have been heavily criticized due to the serious risks to the environment. Gazprom has to date refused to make its oil spill mitigation plan public.
Eskom’s behaviour suggests the company thinks burning coal has no impact on human health. Its attempts to avoid compliance with minimum emission standards means Eskom is actively contributing to the violation of the human right to health.
«The bee-killers» are giant multinational companies that produce and sell highly toxic, systemic pesticides, which are mass-killing bees and other pollinators essential for the environment, agriculture and global food production.