McDonald's and Nestlé are among the corporations most loved by NGOs such as campaigning charities like Greenpeace. But as Laura Frykberg reports, 'dieselgate' has made Volkswagen the seventh most hated, according to new research by NGO experts Sigwatch.
2015 was a tough year for Volkswagen. Its emissions scandal drove down sales and forced its CEO to quit. Now it's in the headlights again for all the wrong reasons. It's been voted the seventh most criticised corporation by NGO's in a new survey by Sigwatch. Top of the list is agrochemical conglomerate, Monsanto and oil giant, Shell. The survey's compiler is Robert Blood. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIGWATCH, FOUNDER AND REPORT COMPILER, ROBERT BLOOD, SAYING: "It's because they are Aunt Sallies for NGO's, they represent an industry that they dislike intensely. That is why Monsanto is there, Shell gets there because, one it is still in a very controversial industry, the oil industry. " The study isn't all negative though. There's been praise for some big businesses. GRAPHIC Food firm Nestle topped that list for the second time. Campaigners welcoming its commitment to sustainability. Also on the list is British retailer Marks and Spencer and U.S. giant Walmart. GRAPHIC (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIGWATCH, FOUNDER AND REPORT COMPILER, ROBERT BLOOD, SAYING: " I think we tend to run down Walmart, we have sort of got an out of date view of how they operator. Basically retailers have the advantage, they move very quickly, they can look at issues like sustainability, supply chain problems and really turn on a sixpence in a way that oil or mining companies can't." Blood says surprisingly banks too did well last year. Seven financial institutions made the top 20. A bit of respite for an industry increasingly under scrutiny.