Exposing corporate wrongdoing
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Bupa (British United Provident Association)
Bupa (British United Provident Association) is a multinational healthcare company headquartered in the UK that owns and runs clinics, hospitals and care homes and offers health insurance services in countless countries across the world, from Brazil to Hong Kong to New Zealand. All told, some 20,000 elderly people live in its facilities, with about a third of that number in Australia and a third in England. Reports by the Care Quality Commission showed that 115 of Bupa’s 290 UK homes had serious and avoidable failures between early 2000 and 2015. And a 2019 report by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission in Australia showed that over half of the 72 nursing homes run by Bupa were failing basic standards of care.
Chevron is a fossil fuel company headquartered in San Ramon, California. It was founded in the 1870s as the Standard Oil Company of California and later acquired the assets of Texaco, another Standard Oil company. In 2011, courts in Ecuador ruled that the company should pay $9.5 billion for dumping an estimated 16 billion gallons of toxic waste and abandoning 1,000 waste pits at Texaco's Lago Agrio oil field in Ecuador's Amazon, after Indigenous communities like the Cofán and the Shuar sued the company. Not only has the company has refused to pay up, it has aggressively pursued the activists who supported the lawsuit, like Steven Donziger, one of the main lawyers on the case. Chevron has also been accused of serious environmental and human rights abuse in the Niger Delta, notably for financing the mobile police, also known as the “kill and go” squad, who shot and killed two Ilaje ethnic protestors during an occupation of Chevron’s Parabe platform in 1998.