The news that a Walmart store in Ohio was holding a food drive to make sure that its own employees have enough food for the holidays struck a nerve with the Internet masses today. The story climbed to #1 on CNN Trends, spread quickly throughout the social media landscape and was mentioned by just about every mainstream media outlet–from Gawker, to Fox News to Business Insider.
Why the strong reaction? Many people though that Walmart is doing something “nice for humanity” by encouraging their employees to donate food to people who can’t afford it themselves. If only these people had jobs so they could afford it… oh that’s right, they do!
Despite being one of the richest companies in the world–they made $17 billion in profit last year–Walmart has been accused by many of failing to pay its workers a living wage, provide healthcare, or ensure that working conditions are safe. On the flip side, they do help billions of consumers worldwide stretch their paychecks by offering extremely low-priced goods.
These are probably some of the reasons why so many users upvoted Walmart to the #1 spot on Ranker’s list of Companies With the Worst Reputations. (If there are others, feel free to leave them in the comment section of the list!)
Other heavy hitters on the list include:
British Petroleum at #2, whose 2010 oil spill dumped 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and pretty much ruined the local economy and ecosystem there.
Halliburton at #3, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s company that made billions of dollars from questionable deals related to the Iraq War.
Citigroup at #4, a financial institution so badly damaged by the financial crisis in 2008 that it had to be bailed out by the U.S. government 3 times . . . but was then able to pay its executives hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.
and Monsanto, at #5, a biotech corporation that has spent 20 years, millions of dollars and endless lawsuits against small farmers in an attempt to replace biodiversity with their own, patented GMO seeds.
While the top 5 items on this list will continue to change as time goes by, corporations continue to screw things up, and you keep voting, it’s interesting to note how diverse the companies in these top 5 slots are. Ranker users are a mixed bunch–people from all over the world stop by to vote on lists about everything–from entertainment, science, politics, sports and much more. This diversity is reflected in the range of companies that users upvoted. People who voted on this list care about issues ranging from workers rights, environmental, & social and economic inequality–a good representation of the most talked-about issues of our time!
If you haven’t already, head to the list of companies with the worst reputations and vote on which company you disagree with.