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Undercover in Premier Inn — Dispatches, Channel 4
12 February 2018
An investigation into working conditions at a central London Premier Inn. A Dispatches reporter goes undercover as an agency housekeeper and finds some less-than-comfortable truths about what it can be like for some of the people employed there.
FinTech and Your Reputation — Real Media, Real News Network
22 October 2017
Tom Fisher of Privacy International explains how financial technology companies are making assessments from the data that users create online, and how these judgements can be discriminatory and ultimately affect users' credit ratings.
Exposed: the shocking treatment some low-paid workers face at JD Sports’ huge warehouse — Channel 4 News
13 December 2016
An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News inside a JD Sports warehouse in Rochdale reveals: Staff say conditions “worse than a prison”; Punitive “3 strikes and you’re sacked“ policy “twice as bad as Sports Direct”; Staff threatened with the sack if they sit down; Rigorous security sees airport-style checks and random searches; Agency workers effectively paid below minimum wage; Investigation shows workers “exploited” and treated “like cattle” and “like scum”, says Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Business Select Committee.
People are still being Poisoned in Bhopal 32 Years on — Going Underground, RT
3 December 2016
32 years ago, the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India leaked 27 tonnes of deadly gas onto the unsuspecting people of India. The US multinational Dow Chemicals bought Union Carbide in 2001, but the people of Bhopal are not satisfied with the compensation given for the over 25,000 killed and over half a million people exposed to the gas leak, which is still yet to be cleaned up. Going Underground speaks to Laurie Flynn, chair of the Bhopal Medical Appeal.
Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes — Panorama, BBC
28 October 2016
Panorama goes undercover to find the sweatshops making clothes for the British high street. Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees and children are working illegally in the Turkish garment industry. They are often paid very little, work in harsh conditions and have no rights. Reporter Darragh MacIntyre discovers refugees and their children working in the supply chains of some of the best-known brands.
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Britain's Trillion Pound Island: Inside Cayman — Jacques Peretti, BBC
21 March 2016
The Cayman Islands. It is a Caribbean paradise of sun, sea and cocktails, but there is something else going on. Big money, big corporations... and seemingly no one paying a penny of tax. Now Jacques Peretti travels to Cayman in search of the truth about this controversial British tax haven, and uncovers some shocking revelations for what this sun-drenched island means for everyone back in Britain.
The Secrets of Sports Direct — Dispatches, Channel 4
27 April 2015
Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes, and discounted gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the high street trend, making billions for its elusive owner Mike Ashley — one of Britain’s richest men.
TTIP: Regulatory Cooperation - a Threat to Democracy — Corporate Europe Observatory
31 March 2015
Video on regulatory cooperation in the TTIP negotiations, a joint project of SumOfUs, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), LobbyControl, Seattle to Brussels Network and Campact. The film denounces “regulatory cooperation” as a danger to democracy and an attempt to put the interests of big business before the protection of citizens, workers and the environment.
Apple's Broken Promises — Panorama, BBC
31 March 2015
Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that everyone wants — but how are its workers treated when the world isn't looking? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6. And it's not just the factories. Reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world. But is the tin they dig out by hand finding its way into Apple's products?
Fair chance protestors ‘being reported on’: Mark Thomas on protests & corporate spying — Going Underground, RT
24 July 2014
Comedian Mark Thomas talks about the power of protest. Having been a protestor for most of his life, Mark has been spied on by BAE Systems & put on blacklists, including the domestic extremist database. He talks about his experience when a friend of 7 years was found to be passing information along to a company in which one of the directors, Barry Gane, was a former deputy director of MI6. He warns, ‘I think you need to assume if you are involved in any kind of group that is environmental, that is anti-arms trade, anti-globalisation, pro-democracy or trade union, I would assume that there is a chance that your organisation is being reported on’ and points out numerous examples of companies who've been exposed in the press, such as E·ON. Working with the NUJ, he is looking into taking action against the police for information gathered on journalists. But he feels protest can be effective, pointing out in the mid-80s no one took any interest in debt cancellation, and now it's a global issue.
Goldman Sachs: The bank that rules the world — Jerome Fritel & Marc Roche, Arte Capa Presse
19 June 2014
Ever since the stock market crashed, the name Goldman Sachs has been appearing everywhere: in the collapse of the financial system, the Greek crisis, the plunge of the euro, and the campaign to prevent regulation of financial markets. The investment bank, created in New York in 1868, has carved out its reputation and success by working silently behind the scenes. But today GS stands accused of myriad charges: playing a key role in the subprime loan fiasco, pushing several of its competitors into bankruptcy, helping countries like Greece hide their deficits before speculating on their downfall, precipitating the fall of the euro, and influencing the consumer price index. And yet GS has come out of this latest crisis richer and more powerful than ever.
Corporate Cannabis — Journeyman Pictures
6 April 2014
When Philips, a huge multinational company, started supplying lamps to the cannabis industry it wasn't breaking the law. Growing is illegal, supplying lamps isn't. But it was supporting a 1bn Euro criminal network.
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Amazon: The Truth Behind the Click — Panorama, BBC
27 November 2013
It's the online retailer that has transformed the way we shop, but how does Amazon treat the workers who retrieve our orders? Working conditions in the company's giant warehouses have been condemned by unions as among the worst in Britain. Panorama goes undercover to find out what happens after we fill our online shopping basket.
Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit — Dispatches, Channel 4
14 August 2013
Reporter Seyi Rhodes hears from pilots of Europe's biggest airline about their concerns around passenger safety. Serving Ryanair pilots reveal their worries over Ryanair's fuel policy and pilot working conditions. Rhodes also examines the events of one evening in 2012 when three diverted Ryanair planes radioed ‘mayday’ over an airport in Valencia in Spain. Ryanair dispute the claims made by Channel 4, and have issued legal proceedings.
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Blacklist Britain — Panorama, BBC
12 June 2013
For years some of the biggest names in British business subscribed to a secret blacklist containing thousands of names with the power to deny work and destroy livelihoods. Some construction firms paid for information on workers they feared could delay work and cost them money. Reporter Richard Bilton does the first television interview with the bookkeeper for the organisation which ran the list. And he discovers that even though the list has now been closed down, blacklisting still appears to be alive and well in Britain.
Obey — Temujin Doran, Studiocanoe
23 February 2013
This is a film based on the book Death of the Liberal Class by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. It charts the rise of the corporate state, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.
Stealing Africa — Guldbrandsen Film and Steps International
27 November 2012
Ruschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. There is so much money in the public coffers that the mayor can't spend it all, largely thanks to the contribution from one resident — Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of commodities giant Glencore. However, Glencore's copper mines in Zambia don't generate similar tax windfalls for Zambians. The country has the third largest copper reserves in the world, but 60 per cent of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80 per cent are unemployed. Christoffer Guldbrandsen investigates the dark heart of the tax system employed by multi-nationals and asks how much profit is fair.
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Undercover: How to Dodge Tax — Panorama, BBC
27 November 2012
Panorama goes undercover to investigate corporate service providers — the people and companies who sell corporate anonymity and access to offshore tax havens. Undercover reporters discover a world that specialises in secrecy, sells services which bend and breach UK law, is happy to help tax dodgers and even turns a blind eye to crime.
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Vodafone's Swiss Swizz: A Tax Avoidance Special — Bureau of Investigative Journalism & Private Eye
9 October 2012
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Private Eye went to Switzerland to investigate how British firms can use Swiss companies and branches to legally avoid billions in UK tax.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence — Cosima Dannoritzer
15 August 2012
Once upon a time... products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: ‘A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business’. Thus Planned Obsolescence was born.
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The Mondragon Experiment (1980) — Horizon, BBC
18 June 2012
This documentary examines the Mondragon Corporation in northern Spain, where a federation of worker cooperatives have proved that an alternative to capitalism can indeed thrive.
The Truth About Tax — Panorama, BBC
15 May 2012
Darragh MacIntyre investigates how some of the UK's most famous companies are using a tax haven at the heart of Europe to save millions in tax. Armed with a cache of secret documents, the programme reveals how global names have received big tax breaks on billion-pound transactions in the tiny country of Luxembourg. more »
The Yes Men Fix The World — P2P Edition (2009) — Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno
19 March 2011
True story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. The culture jamming activist-duo raise awareness around social problems caused by corporations.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) — Michael Moore
5 April 2010
Moore's latest film comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans.
Drug firms made ‘false H1N1 claims’ — Tarek Bazely
5 February 2010
The severity of the H1N1 outbreak was deliberately exaggerated by pharmaceutical companies that stood to make billions of dollars from a worldwide scare, a leading European health expert has claimed.
The Man Who Knew Too Much — FrenchTV
13 October 2009
This film gives a journalist's account of the interactions between some European banks and Clearstream in Luxembourg which, according to Denis Robert, are a safe haven for financial criminals.
Hitler's American Business Partners — Dietre Scroeder and Joachiiom Schroeder
2 March 2008
This documentary uncovers the unholy alliance between Nazi Germany and some of the biggest corporations in the US — companies which were indispensable for Hitler to wage war. Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer; James D Mooney, the General Motors manager; and Tom Watson, the IBM boss were all awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle — the Nazi's highest distinction for foreigners for their services to the Third Reich.
Always Coca Cola — Altemeier and Hornung Productions
10 February 2008
Coca-Cola's exploits in Germany and India.
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Mark Thomas on Coca-Cola — Dispatches, Channel 4
3 January 2008
Mark Thomas travels to South America, India and the US to investigate the way in which Coca-Cola and its suppliers operate and the extent to which they uphold moral and ethical obligations.
Life Running Out of Control (2004) — Bertram Verhaag & Gabriele Krober
5 May 2007
In the mid-1980s, scientists unlocked genetic keys to manipulating our world. Suddenly everything seemed possible. There would be no more hunger or malnutrition; diseases would be vanquished and poverty wiped out. But twenty years on, the situation looks very different. From the loss of biodiversity to health scares about GM food, the effects of genetic technology are prompting more and more debate.
Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on US Saipan — Tia Lessin
19 March 2007
Exposes the harsh conditions of the garment industry in Saipan, a US territory in the Northern Mariana Islands of the Pacific. Although the island flies the American flag, it is not subject to US immigration laws, and in 1976 was exempted from federal minimum wage regulations to attract business to the island.
The New Rulers of the World (2001) — John Pilger
27 August 2006
Pilger explores the impact of globalisation, taking Indonesia as his prime example, a country that the World Bank described as a “model pupil” until its “globalised” economy collapsed in 1998. Under scrutiny are the increasingly powerful multinationals and the institutions that back them, notably the IMF and The World Bank.
Banking with Hitler — Timewatch, BBC
23 January 2005
The US Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, began investigating Nazi finances 60 years ago and found Allied banks, including many British and American high street names, who continued to do business with Hitler's Germany throughout the war.
The Carlyle Connection — Shuchen Tan, VPRO Backlight
25 April 2004
A revealing documentary about the international world of private equity banking.
IBM and the Holocaust — Paul Shore, GNN
30 December 2002
Short film about Edwin Black, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated international bestseller IBM and the Holocaust. The book, which documents IBM's direct links to Hilter and his so-called ‘Final Solution’ by providing the Third Reich with census machines and punch card technology, caused IBM to issue a formal statement claiming that the Nazis controlled the operations of IBM Germany during the war. But Edwin's research shows that Thomas J. Watson, founder and president of IBM during the company's financial relationship with the Nazis, exercised more hands-on control of the operation than they care to admit. In his GuerrillaNews directorial debut, Paul Shore interviews the author and deploys GNN's trademark design aesthetic in what is sure to be one of the most controversial documentaries about U.S. corporate complicity with the Nazi regime.