Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Imperial Tobacco "rogered"

Imperial Tobacco "rogered"

Smokefree Coalition media release, 11 December 2013

The Smokefree Coalition is delighted its nomination has successfully placed Imperial Tobacco among the seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the worst transnational corporation operating in New Zealand.

The Award is given each year to the company that has had the most negative impact in categories such as economic dominance, profiteering, tax dodging, cultural imperialism, political interference, abuse of workers and social effects upon women, children and tangata whenua.

The Smokefree Coalition’s nomination accuses Imperial Tobacco of crimes against the health and safety of its workers and the public, and of endeavouring to expand its market in New Zealand despite the Government’s health commitment to achieving a smokefree New Zealand by 2025.

Smokefree Coalition Director Prudence Stone said tobacco kills about 5000 New Zealanders annually and is the greatest preventable cause of death and illness in New Zealand.

"If Imperial Tobacco was genuine about its corporate social responsibility it would stop manufacturing its many brands of packaged death and addiction. Instead it has conducted ‘testing programmes’ to increase sales, distributing thousands of cigarettes to its employees in breach of the Smoke-free Environments Act.

"Imperial Tobacco proudly boasts a growing market share in New Zealand even after the Government has committed to making the nation smokefree by 2025, and it cynically settles disputes by agreeing to donate thousands while its profits remain in the millions.

“This international, death-peddling corporation obviously has no conscience and therefore deserves to be publicly shamed with a Roger Award."

Imperial Tobacco was third runner up for the 2011 Roger Award and British American Tobacco won popular choice in 2012.

The Roger Award for the worst transnational corporation operating in New Zealand has run annually since 1997. It is organised by two Christchurch-based groups, the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and GATT Watchdog.

The other six finalists this year are: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The winner(s) will be announced at a Nelson event on the night of 15 April.

Full details, including previous winners and annual Judges’ Reports, can be read online at http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/publications/Roger/index.html.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>

ALSO:

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news