The Pinocchio Prize 2012: voting open
2 November 2012
Voting is open for the fifth edition of the Pinocchio
Prize, from Friends of the Earth France. The awards continue to illustrate and
denounce the negative impacts and activities of French companies in France, and abroad – companies that behave in total contradiction to the concept of
sustainable development, despite boasting about their 'green' credentials.
Each year, following a public vote, Pinocchio prizes are
awarded to three deserving companies in three categories:
Greener than green: awarded to the company with the most excessive and misleading
greenwashing. The nominees are Lesieur, Auchan and Urbaser.
Dirty hands, pockets full: awarded to the company with the most opaque policies and lobbying
activities. The nominees are BNP, Areva and Perenco.
One for all, all for me!: awarded to the company with the most aggressive policies for the
appropriation and over-exploitation of natural resources. The nominees are Bolera,
Alteo-Rio Tinto and Vinci.
Vote now for the most deserving companies: www.prix-pinocchio.org/en
The results will be announced on the 13th November
2012 at a public ceremony. This year's awards
are in partnership with the CRID and Peuples Solidaires. The awards are an
integral part of Friends of the Earth France's campaign to implement a binding
legal framework for business activities, to ensure companies take social and
environmental responsibility for their activities.
Romain Porcheron, coordinator for the social and
environmental responsibility of companies campaign at Friends of the Earth France said: "It is urgent that a judicial
framework is finalised to restrict the activities of the multinationals so that
these scandals, highlighted by the Pinocchio Prizes, cease. It is a priority that
the parent companies should recognise fully the damage caused by their
subsidiaries so that the affected populations can finally be protected."