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Portraying a corporation as ignoring social responsibility
In real life, too, corporations have been accused of being evil. To guard against such accusations, Google at one point in its history had the official motto "Don't be evil", now used as part of the closing lines of the company's code of conduct. The company has been accused of violating this principle on several occasions, including with their now discontinued participation in a military droneAI program.The New Yorker wrote that "many food activists consider Monsanto (now Bayer) to be the definitively evil corporation".The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility wrote, "For many consumers, Wal-Mart serves as the evil corporation prototype, but record numbers shop at the stores for low prices." In Japan, a committee of journalists and rights activists issues an annual "corporate raspberry award" known as Most Evil Corporation of the Year Award (also called the Black Company Award) to a company "with a culture of overwork, discrimination and harassment".
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