Vivendi Universal S.A.
• Vivendi Universal S.A. holds a position among the six largest global media companies and additionally deals in water privatization.
• Vivendi plays an active role in the dismantling of independently-owned media, and the rapid and virtually unfettered consolidation of print, radio, and television media.
• Vivendi's business interests in conglomerate-controlled mass media and water privatization put the company at odds with a just and sustainable economy.
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-- Profile Updated 08/05/2010
About Vivendi Universal S.A.
Vivendi Universal is among the world's biggest names in media. The company has operations in television, movies, music and more. Based in Paris, the corporation earned more than $23 billion in 2005, and employed 37,906 people.
Stop Big Media
The non-profit, non-partisan group Free Press sponsors various public campaigns to fight concentrated big media ownership. Vivendi Universal is the fifth largest media conglomerate, behind only General Electric, Time Warner, Disney and Viacom in terms of revenue and scope of its media operations and ownership. Free Press asks citizens to take action against a complete media takeover by these massive corporations by opposing the FCC’s lax enforcement of media ownership rules.
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Contact Vivendi Universal S.A.
Vivendi Universal S.A.
75380 Paris Cedex 08
Paris, 00000 France
Ethics and Governance
Executives from Universal admitted to providing hotel rooms, concert tickets and money for promotions to radio stations in return for playing songs by its artists. Universal controls about 30% of the US music market, owning labels such as Motown and Island. Universal was also accused of hiring people to phone-in song requests to exaggerate the popularity of songs by Ashanti and Ludacris, among others. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer accused the company of offering computers, travel and concert tickets in exchange for airplay. Spitzer stated, "Pay for play makes a mockery of claims that only the 'best' or 'most popular' music is broadcast."
-- BBC News, 05/12/2006
Source URL: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4766319.stm
Until July 2006, Vivendi Universal owned 5.3% of the water utility Veolia Environnement, the world's largest water company. Veolia Environnement provides water and wastewater services to 110 million people in 84 countries and it has been the subject of public displeasure and scrutiny in all regions of the world where it operates. Veolia has been cited for numerous environmental violations:
- Veolia subsidiary Leigh Environmental (now SARP UK) was fined $136,980 and prosecuted 8 times for polluting.
- In 1998 SARP was fined $422,700 for a nitric-dioxide cloud leak at its Killamarsh wastewater plant in Derbyshire. The 300 foot cloud of orange gas affected 20,000 people in three counties.
- In 2001, USFilter (now Veolia Environnement North America) pumped untreated raw sewage into the Mississippi River for two hours after an electrical fire left a plant in New Orleans at a standstill. Two months earlier, two broken incinerators required untreated sewage to be hauled away from the plant in trucks.
- Angleton, TX ended its relationship with Veolia for breaching the company's contract by failing to adequately staff its water treatment facilities and for adding inappropriate charges to the maintenance and repair bill paid by the city.
- Lynn, MA terminated a wastewater agreement with Veolia after the company cut costs by not adequately treating the city's wastewater with chemicals, resulting in a strong stench in the town.
Veolia Environnement's water privatization efforts have come under fire for corrupt practices and price gouging in IMF and World Bank dependent developing communities in South America and Africa.
-- Public Citizen, 02/01/2005
Source URL: www.citizen.org/documents/Vivendi-USFilter.pdf