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Chemical Industry

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1

F

n/i

n/i

F

D

2

F

C

n/i

C

F

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the chemical industry

  • The chemical industry primarily produces chemicals, herbicides, pesticides agricultural sciences and plastics.
  • Dow Chemical Company, the second largest chemical retailer in the world, produced both napalm and, along with Monsanto, the herbicide Agent Orange which was released into the jungles of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, exposing millions of people to lethal gases. Thousands of individuals continue to die of complications from the original disaster, hundreds of thousands more remain disabled, and children are routinely born with birth defects.
  • . Dow also produced the now banned pesticide DDT, which is linked to human cancer and nearly caused many species of American birds including the Bald Eagle to become extinct.
  • Similarly, for twenty years DuPont continued to market Teflon to consumers, concealing the fact that this product, found in nonstick pots and pans, has been shown to release toxic and potentially deadly gases as the material heats up during cooking.
  • Claiming to be concerned about the environment, chemical companies have begun to produce a synthetic material made with corn, not petroleum, but they have failed to publicize the fact that the corn used for its products is genetically engineered
  • To avoid supporting companies with such egregious histories, visit Go Green for sustainable choices.