Which corporation deserves the death penalty? Be sure to identify the social problems the corporation has caused, justify your punishment and outline possible solutions
Which corporation deserves the death penalty? Be sure to identify the social problems the corporation has caused, justify your punishment and outline possible solutions using course material when crafting a 3-page argument. Background Information: It appears many of our nation’s social problems can be contributed to corporations. According to US law, corporations have some of the legal rights and responsibilities enjoyed by physical people, such as the ability to enter into contracts and be sued by others, however corporations do not face criminal charges like humans do. This was not always the case, as throughout the 1800s states routinely revoked charters for corporations that behaved illegally, unethically, or grew too large in size. Although every state still has laws that allow it to impose a corporate death penalty, it has been many decades since they have wielded that power against any large corporation. That being said, there are plenty of worthy examples… Chiquita Brands International has been accused of overthrowing democratic governments, cocaine smuggling, pollution, and even using paramilitary forces to murder unionizing workers and their families. Bayer AG utilized factories in concentration camps in WW2, manufactured holocaust poison Zyklon B, invented heroin and marked it as a non-addictive alternative to morphine, and knowingly sold HIV-tainted blood to poor countries. ExxonMobil regularly ranks as both one of the most profitable companies and one of the top polluters in North America, with a history of promoting lies about global warming and high-profile oil spills left for the tax payers to clean up. Nestle has been buying up public water rights around the world, leading to droughts in their wake. They have also forced poor women off of breastfeeding to sell their baby formula, and refuse to investigate slave labor in their supply chain because it would cut into their profits. HSBC has huge influence as one of the largest multinational banking organizations. They are at least partially responsible for the 2008 financial recession in the US and have admitted to money laundering for drug cartels, terrorist groups and various other illegal organizations.