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The Global Corporations Portal

Learn from the Center for Media & Democracy about how to research global corporations.

Welcome to the SourceWatch portal on global corporations, the citizen's encyclopedia on global corporations that you can edit.

The portal is the home page of the Global Corp Wiki, which began as a collaborative project with Global Corp Forum to build an information resource investigating international corporate conduct, especially as it relates to labor, human rights, public health and social responsibility.

If you would like to help document information about corporations and their international activities, this is the place for you. This project relies on citizen journalists to expand, update and create articles on topics.

To create an article about a corporation, or to edit an existing article, enter the name of the corporation below:

You can view the existing articles here.

If this is your first experience of a wiki, don't worry - help is at hand. To learn how you can edit any article right now, visit SourceWatch:About, SourceWatch:Welcome, newcomers, our Help page, Frequently Asked Questions, or experiment in the sandbox.

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Article of the week

ExxonMobil is the world's largest integrated oil company, engaged in oil and gas exploration, production, supply, transportation, and marketing around the world. It has proved reserves of just less than 21 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Exxon Mobil's refineries can handle more than 6 million barrels per day, and the company supplies refined products to more than 40,000 service stations in 118 countries that operate under the Exxon, Esso, and Mobil brands (including more than 16,000 in the US).

According to a recent study by the US Union of Concerned Scientists, has spent more than $19 million to promote skepticism about global warming, funding think tanks, publications and web sites that are not peer reviewed by the scientific community. The company is also responsible for environmental disasters including the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

With regard to human rights, ExxonMobil has been associated with serious violations related to its Chad-Cameroon oil project and pipeline, and in Indonesia the company is being sued by plaintiffs who allege that they suffered human rights violations at the hands of Indonesian military that was hired by ExxonMobil to provide security for its natural gas facilities. Plaintiffs allege that ExxonMobil hired these troops knowing they would likely engage in massive human rights violations against the local population.

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Research resources

  • The Corporate Research Project has a helpful guide on how to do corporate research.
  • CorpWatch, an online magazine about transnational companies, provides detailed reporting and also has its own corporate research wiki, Crocodyl.org, which includes a guide to other useful research tools.
  • Yahoo! finance. Type in company name in "quote" search box; there you can find basic facts, financial information, employment data, and so on.
  • OpenSecrets.org provides political campaign contributions and lobbying information for the United States.
  • Business-HumanRights.org has information on human rights and business practices.
  • BASESwiki provides updated news on corporate social responsibility and information on nonlegal grievance mechanisms and their outcomes.
  • GoodElectronics.org has information on electronics manufacturing, especially related to environmental and labor issues.
  • SweatFree.org's report on how taxpayer dollars are subsidizing sweatshops.
  • Clean Clothes Campaign provides information about labour rights in the global garment indusrty.
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Getting started

For instructions on how to create and edit corporate profiles, read the GlobalCorpWiki Corporate Profile Training Manual.

Also check out the list of corporate profiles we've already created.

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