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22 Jan 2016

Samuel Oakford, Vice News

Public Eye Awards stops "most irresponsible company" vote as advocates say World Economic Forum is losing legitimacy

"This Year in Davos, Opponents Aren't Even Bothering to Protest", 20 Jan 2016

…[T]his week on the World Economic Forum…one group is notably absent: protesters…For the first time in a decade…the Public Eye Awards will not hold voting to determine "the most irresponsible company of the year." …[T]he awards…offer what its organizers considered a needed check on the CEOs and bankers…"We ended the Public Eye…because…[the WEF] doesn't warrant that level of counter-activity because it's losing legitimacy," said Daniel Mittler, political director for Greenpeace International…[M]any activists still see the WEF meeting…as a problem…saying that the annual Davos event…has no regulatory power…[T]he forum…is still funded by huge multinational corporations, many of which continue to be cited for their labor and environmental practices, or for not paying…their fair share of taxes…As for Oxfam, the group's executive director Winnie Byanyima said…the business community at Davos was at least now willing to engage on inequality…[Also refers to Blackrock, Chevron, Citi, Disney, Dow Chemical, Facebook, Glencore, Goldman Sachs, KPMG International, Novartis, Royal Dutch Shell, Volkswagen, and Wal-Mart.]