Corporate Responsibility Magazine regularly publishes a list of the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Using a robust set of data, CR Magazine identifies which corporations are the most socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible, as well as which companies hold themselves accountable for being good corporate citizens. Lists at the other side of the spectrum, however, are less common. Corporate Accountability International maintains a rundown of the top corporate offenders, and so does the International Labor Rights Forum, but generally these lists receive less attention from consumers and policymakers.
It’s possible that this is in part because no one wants to step on toes, or perhaps it’s because “worst” is an element both highly subjective and difficult to quantify. We decided instead to rely on consumer opinion and bring you a list of the top 5 worst corporations in the U.S., according to a public poll conducted by the Consumerist.
The nominees for the original bracket were all submitted by readers — consumers just like yourself. While we’ve seen rankings of “worst corporations” based on reputation indexes, we thought the Consumerist rankings, though perhaps slightly less scientific, were more relevant to consumers today, since they were picked by consumers rather than researchers.
So without further ado, here are the top 5 worst corporations in the U.S. — the shadiest of the shady in American business.