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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.
Coca-Cola is a beverage company founded in 1892 that is best known for carbonated soft drinks. The original Coca-Cola drink contained trace quantities of cocaine. Today the company's products are far more controversial because many contain large quantities of sugar like Coke which has 10.6 grams per 100 ml, which has been directly linked to weight gain. The company is also notorious for marketing these drinks to children and paying scientists to promote the idea that lack of exercise is the cause of obesity rather than sugar. Coca-Cola was ranked the world’s No 1 plastic polluter after its beverage bottles were the most frequently found discarded on beaches, rivers, parks and other litter sites in over 50 countries. Coca-Cola has been accused of over-extraction of groundwater in India and Mexico and of abusing workers's rights in Colombia, Guatemala, Russia and Turkey.
CoreCivic was originally named Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) when it was founded in 1983. (It was renamed in 2016). As the second largest private prisons provider in the United States, it runs several dozen detention facilities with a capacity of some 75,000 inmates. It also provides electronic monitoring as well as prison transport.
Detention centers and prisons run by the company have been accused of inhumane living conditions, medical negligence, physical and sexual abuse, overcrowding and understaffing. CoreCivic guards have been accused of excessive use of force and the prolonged use of solitary confinement. Migrants have sued the company in the U.S. on multiple occasions for forcing detainees to work for minimal wages as low as $1 a day.