• DuPont is the third-largest chemical maker in the U.S., and produces chemicals, genetically modified seeds, coatings, electronics and security devices.
• DuPont manufactures Teflon, which has been shown to release toxic and potentially deadly gases as the material heats up during cooking, and faces legal charges for concealing this toxicity information for the past 20 years, while continuing to market the product to consumers.
• The Political Economy Research Institute named DuPont the #1 worst polluter and U.S. PRIG has named DuPont one of twelve companies endangering the most people.
• Find products free of DuPont chemicals with Go Green, and contact DuPont and demand that the company prioritize eliminating Teflon from its products.
-- Profile Updated 08/05/2010
DuPont is the third-largest chemical maker in the U.S., behind only Dow and Exxon Mobil Chemicals. In addition to chemicals, Dupont produces genetically modified seeds, coatings, electronics and security devices. DuPont's revenues totalled over $26.6 billion in 2005.
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DuPont was rated as the number one worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's Toxic 100 index. The index is based on EPA Toxics Release Inventory data. PERI's Toxic 100 index ranks the nation's largest companies based on the quantity of their emissions, relative toxicity of chemicals emitted, and proximity to population centers, among other criteria.
-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 05/21/2008
Source URL: http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic100_index/
According to the nonprofit investigative journalism group the Center for Public Integrity, DuPont has been linked to 103 Superfund sites where it may be solely or partially responsible for contamination. A Superfund site is defined as a toxic waste site that falls under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, which was enacted in 1980. Under the law, companies and other parties found responsible for polluting sites are required to clean up the area or pay the costs for cleanup to the EPA. So far, DuPont has only managed to clean up 16 of their 103 sites.
-- Center for Public Integrity, 11/07/2007
The United Steelworkers (USW), the largest industrial union in the United States, issued a report in November 2007 accusing DuPont of greenwashing. The USW defines greenwashing as “dissemination of disinformation by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image.” The USW report points out that while DuPont claims to be supporting a “sustainable” economy through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in their manufacturing, many of their products contribute to climate change, and could be replaced by more environmentally friendly alternatives were it not for DuPont’s lobbying efforts. Almost 2000 DuPont employees are also members of the USW.
-- United Steelworkers, 11/07/2007
Source URL: www.uswa.org/usw/program/content/4361.php
Glenn Evers, who spent 22 years as an engineer for DuPont, alleges that the company knew that plastic food packaging was releasing much higher levels of a chemical compound known as PFOA than the FDA allows. Evers claims that the company knew the chemical, a “likely human carcinogen,” was reaching dangerously high concentrations in food packaged using DuPont’s products, but opted not to take action.
-- Washington Post, 11/17/2005
USPIRG named DuPont one of twelve companies endangering the most people. From 1990 to 2003, the National Response Center recorded 2,116 accidents in DuPont’s facilities. A 2004 report entitled, “Dangerous Dozen: A Look at How 12 Chemical Companies Jeopardize Millions of Americans,” found that approximately 9.12 million people live in DuPont’s “vulnerability zones.” The EPA defines the radius of a “vulnerability zone” as the greatest distance between “the point of release of a hazardous substance in which the airborne concentration could reach the level of concern under specified weather conditions.” People living within these zones have a greater risk of being affected by hazardous chemicals such as chlorine, hydrofluoric acid, and oleum, a solution of sulfur trioxide in sulfuric acid.
-- U.S. PIRG, 06/01/2004
Source URL: static.uspirg.org/reports/DangerousDozen2004.pdf
US PIRG’s report “Irresponsible Care: the Failure of the Chemical Industry to Protect the Public from Chemical Accidents” questions the legitimacy of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its Responsible Care guidelines. US PIRG found that ACC members, one of which is DuPont, averaged 5 chemical accidents a day. According to National Resource Center data on reported accidents, DuPont had 2,115 accidents, between 1990 and 2003, the third highest of all companies included in the report.
-- U.S. PIRG, 04/01/2004
Ethics and Governance
In 2007 DuPont CEO Charles O. Holliday made $8,206,788 according to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s calculations, and $8,742,885 according to the calculation method used by the AFL-CIO.
-- AFL-CIO, 11/06/2007
In February 2007, DuPont committed to end the production and use of PFOA, a probable carcinogen, in its products. DuPont aims to have stopped making PFOA and develop an alternative by 2015.
-- DuPont, 02/02/2007
Owners of Teflon-coated cookware filed a lawsuit against DuPont, claiming the company failed to disclose information about the product's dangers to human health. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the main chemical used in Teflon brand non-stick coating, has been identified as a "likely" human carcinogen, causing ill health effects when broken down at high temperatures.
-- Wall Street Journal, 05/09/2006
Source URL: none available
Dupont was fined $10.25 million dollars and agreed to pay an additional $6.25 million for environmental projects to settle charges that it concealed information on the toxicity of a particular chemical used in its signature Teflon coating. The EPA argued that for 20 years Dupont deliberately covered up facts about the serious environmental and health dangers of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also called C-8, which contaminated water supplies near its plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. PFOA has been identified as a likely human carcinogen.
-- Washington Post, 12/14/2005
Source URL: none available
Five New York City pension funds filed shareholder proposals with 13 companies requesting the adoption of workplace human rights policies. According to the New York Comptroller's office, these policies are to include "banning child labor; allowing all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; prohibiting discrimination of worker representatives; barring discrimination or intimidation in employment; and, not using forced labor, including bonded or prison labor." Among others, proposals were filed with Kimberly Clark of Dallas, TX, in which the systems own 1.6 million shares worth $109 million; Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. of Union, NJ, in which the systems own more than 1 million shares worth $40.9 million; E.I. du Pont De Nemours and Company of Wilmington, DE, in which the systems own 3.2 million shares worth $163.9 million.
-- New York City Comptroller Office, 02/24/2005
Source URL: none available
Health and Safety
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a subsidiary of DuPont, is working with Dow AgroSciences to produce a type of wheat that is resistant to rootworm. Consumer groups are raising concerns about a certain protein in the product feared to trigger allergies in humans.
-- Organic Consumers Association, 03/01/2005
Source URL: www.organicconsumers.org/ge/rootworm30305.cfm