Logo and slogan of the fictional evil Weyland-Yutani corporation from the Alien franchise
Logo and slogan of the fictional evil Weyland-Yutani corporation from the Alien franchise

An evil corporation is a trope in popular culture that portrays a corporation as ignoring social responsibility in order to make profit for its shareholders.[1] In rare cases, the corporation may be well intentioned but extremist, engaging in noble cause corruption.

In fiction

The notion is "deeply embedded in the landscape of contemporary culture—populating films, novels, videogames, and more." The science fiction genre served as the initial background to portray corporations in this dystopian light.[1]

Evil corporations can be seen to represent the danger of combining capitalism with larger hubris.[2]

In real life

In real life some 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",[1] however they abandoned that motto for being too obviously frivolous.[3] The New Yorker wrote that "many food activists consider Monsanto (now Bayer) to be the definitively evil corporation".[4]

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."[5]

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".[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Allan, Angela (April 25, 2016). "How the 'Evil Corporation' Became a Pop-Culture Trope". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ McHenry, Jackson (August 26, 2015). "Mr. Robot's Chilling Message: Every Corp Is E Corp". GQ. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Google Removes 'Don't be Evil' Clause from Its Code of Conduct". 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ Specter, Michael (November 4, 2013). "Why the climate corporation sold itself to Monsanto". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Kendall, Brenden E.; Gill, Rebecca; Cheney, George (2007). "Consumer Activism and Corporate Social Responsibility: How Strong a Connection?". In May, Steven K.; Cheney, George (eds.). The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility. Oxford University Press. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-19-517883-8.
  6. ^ Kikuchi, Daisuke (December 23, 2016). "Ad giant Dentsu declared Most Evil Corporation of the Year". The Japan Times. Retrieved January 27, 2017.

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