Top five most evil companies the world! These large companies rule America with mysteries, scandals, and unethical practices that remain unsolved. Today, we’ve exposed these terrible corporations.
5: The Tobacco Industry
The tobacco industry is collectively a very powerful entity in the United States. Large corporations such as RJ Reynolds and Altria (formerly known as Philip Morris) are some of the tobacco industry’s most evil companies of the world as they produce mass quantities of cigarettes every year. In the U.S, one in five deaths are caused from cigarette smoking alone. The dangers of smoking are well documented, as they contain more than 4,000 chemicals including nicotine, carbon monoxide, arsenic, and hydrogen cyanide among many others. 43 carcinogens are also present in cigarettes. There are a wide array of bad side effects from smoking. As one of the main causes of cancer, they can result in birth defects, raised blood pressure, and problems with the central nervous system. The nicotine makes them extremely addictive, so even when one starts experiencing these side effects, it’s very difficult for them to kick the habit. It is estimated that more than 480,000 people in the U.S die every year from cigarette smoking, 41,000 of which are from secondhand smoke. This means that even those who do not smoke are at risk from other smokers. While lung cancer is the main side effect from smoking, heart disease and diabetes are also harmful possibilities. In addition, several hundred infants die each year from a condition known as sudden infant death syndrome, which is the result of their parents smoking. For much of the last 50 years, smokers and their families have been filing lawsuits against these tobacco companies. As soon as it became clear how harmful tobacco could really be in the 1950s, the industry successfully fought off a wave of lawsuits in court. In the 80s, they were again successful in fighting the lawsuits, even though their accusers were able to prove not only how addictive cigarettes were, but also how the tobacco industry was well aware of the dangers of smoking but did not bother warning its consumers. By the 1990s, however, things turned around. Documents were leaked proving that the industry did in fact know about smoking’s side effects and that they still failed to warn their consumers. Consequently, the plaintiffs began winning their cases. Many U.S. states began suing them and by 1998, 46 attorney generals alongside several leaders in the tobacco industry agreed to what’s known as the Master Settlement Agreement. This agreement required tobacco companies to pay an annual fee to the states in order to assist with their increased costs and effort for healthcare. Lawsuits have been piling up for these tobacco companies in recent years while their efforts in the courtroom have been far less successful than in the past. In 2014, for example, the widow of a former smoker was awarded $23 billion in damages, an amount which was later reduced to $17 million. Furthermore, tobacco products are now required to contain warning labels for its consumers.
4: De Beers
Founded in 1888 by British businessman and imperialist advocate Cecil Rhodes, De Beers has become a giant diamond business as well as one of the most evil companies in the industry. They’re heavily involved in the exploration, mining, selling, trading, and manufacturing aspects of the diamond industry. On top of forcing a monopoly in the market, De Beers has been accused of some extremely unethical and at times, borderline criminal business practices. An indigenous tribe in Botswana known as the San, or the Bushmen, has occupied their own territory for tens of thousands of years. But when it was discovered in the 1980s that their land contained diamonds, the government wished to use the land for mining in order to farm it into a lucrative business. The Botswana government has been accused of forcing the Gwi and Gana people out of the Kalahari reserve by restricting their access to water and allegedly beating and torturing the tribesmen that refused to leave. The accusations claim that it was all done at the command of De Beers, who has a large stake in the mining prospect of central Kalahari and needed to use the land for extracting its resources. But De Beers has denied these allegations, claiming they have no connection with the government’s abuse of its own people. In general, as more awareness of blood diamonds has become widespread, De Beers and other companies in the industry have been forced to adopt a more friendly business model by eliminating their outside buying. By 2000, they claimed to be 100% free of blood diamonds. Blood Diamonds refer to diamonds that have been mined and used to finance bloody conflicts. This practice was known to be quite extensive in places such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Botswana, and the Ivory Coast, where civil war and guerrilla warfare are quite common. Before the UN began taking a stand against this practice in the late 1990s, companies such as De Beers were accused of funding such conflicts through their purchasing of diamonds in these regions, rather than mining for the diamonds themselves. After the UN adopted a new policy, De Beers stopped buying diamonds from others, claiming that doing so will ensure they do not help finance bloody conflicts. It is difficult to measure how many people died as a result of this, but wars and bloody conflicts have long been the scourge of Africa, and the demand for resources from the region as well as the lack of government oversight have resulted in decades and decades of conflict.
Out of all the most evil companies of the world, Halliburton is one of the largest oil field service corporations, based in the U.S. but operating in more than 80 countries worldwide. Their main function is to provide technical and logistical support for the exploration and production of natural gas and petroleum. The company has been tied to several controversies over the years, most notably their connection to the 2003 invasion in Iraq. At the time, United States Vice President Dick Cheney had recently retired from Halliburton, where he was the chairman and CEO from 1995-2000. The invasion secured oil fields for the U.S. and Halliburton was awarded a $7 billion bid to contract with the army. However, no other companies were allowed to bid, which is technically legal for the government to do. But this upset other companies who wished to bid as well. It was also later revealed that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which was the main reason why the U.S. and their allies invaded to begin with. An additional noteworthy fact is that Cheney still had stock options with the company at the time, on top of a severance package worth $36 million. This situation as a whole put many of the company’s employees in danger. In 2005, for example, a convoy of trucks owned by Halliburton were ambushed by Iraqi Insurgents. In compliance with the law, Halliburton does not arm their truck drivers, and all four trucks were hit by improvised explosive devices (or IEDs). Three of the drivers were killed, and the US National Guard escort was unable to save their lives. Halliburton was also implicated in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion was a disaster that occurred on one of their offshore drilling units, killing 11 workers, injuring 16, and resulting in a massive oil spill that was considered the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history. More than 8,000 species living in the area were affected by the oil spill. Soon afterwards, dolphin corpses began washing up to the ocean’s surface at 10 times the normal rate, and oil was seeping all the way down to the ocean floor. On top of harming marine life, the spill was hazardous to human health, with the largest risk towards workers helping with the cleanup. In addition to workers, residents of Louisiana’s gulf area were also adversely affected by not only posing a serious risk to their healths, but also by wreaking havoc on their economy. While much of the blame was publicly placed on BO, an investigation suggested that Halliburton was at fault for the ordeal due to the fact that they were providing BP with their services. Halliburton was responsible for providing BP with concrete-sealed pipes for use in their oil wells. As it turns out, their pipes were faulty and were leaking hydrocarbon, which eventually started the explosion. Halliburton then attempted to conceal evidence of their mistake by destroying the computers containing evidence of their faults. The company pled guilty for this crime and in 2013, a high-ranking Halliburton official named Anthony Badalamenti pleaded guilty to the destruction of evidence and was sentenced to only one year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine.
With their headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Monsanto is a major player in the agriculture industry. They are one of the larges agricultural biotechnology firms in the world, but also one of the most evil companies since they’ve been caught in controversies due to their involvement with genetically modified foods and plants. In 1983, they became one of the first companies to genetically modify a plant cell and use it on their crops. Over the years, Monsanto found itself at the center of a number of legal cases, usually as the defendant. It was discovered that the company dumped mass amounts of toxic waste in UK landfills, which polluted the air and groundwater for 30 years. The company often stirs up controversy among the public from their various lobbying efforts. They’ve been known to lobby in support of “hormone-free” labels being removed from food containers, despite a notable concern about the use of bovine growth hormones. In 1980 a group of Vietnam veterans filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto and several other companies for their use of Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide used by the U.S. Military for its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War. The veterans claimed that the dioxins in Agent Orange were responsible for their health problems. The companies ultimately settled with the veterans by paying them $180 million in an out-of-court settlement. In 2004, Monsanto also paid a $93 million settlement to the town of Nitro, West Virginia for the cleanup, decontamination, and compensatory damages in the area where Agent Orange was created.
DynCorp is an American private military contractor group. They offer a variety of services ranging from aviation, to emergency services, to logistical and technical support for the U.S. Military. As such, the company has been front and center as one of the most evil companies of the world for some very intense controversies involving their activities abroad. In the late 1990s, it was alleged that DynCorp employees were engaging in the sex trafficking of minors. Their accusers were two DynCorp employees, both of whom made their accusations independent of one another. Although the two employees making these accusations were fired from DynCorp and placed into protective custody after the fallout, an internal investigation in 2000 appeared to support their claims. Additionally, five other employees were fired for similar accusations. As more and more employees were forced to resign, no charges were ever brought against DynCorp the accused. Their activities in Iraq and Afghanistan have also been heavily scrutinized. They found themselves in trouble when they were caught billing the United States Military for unauthorized work. In 2010, DynCorp employees in Afghanistan hired what’s known as a Bacha Bazi performer. This is an underaged person, usually a young boy, hired to perform sexual acts for a party. Four high-ranking employees were fired for the incident and since then, DynCorp has created a new compliance department that focuses on ensuring the company behaves both ethically and legally.