Rapidly increasing lobbying expenses, revolving doors, secret contacts at the Elysée Palace, financial partnerships with media, think tanks and research institutions... A dive into the formidable lobbying and influence machine of Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook in France.
The French government offered unprecedented financial support to businesses in response to the Covid pandemic, and large corporations of the CAC40 stock index have greatly profited from it. With very few strings attached, whether in terms of dividend payouts or of climate commitments.
Super-profits, GHG emissions, taxation, dividends and share buybacks, jobs, pay, discrimination, dealings with political authorities... The 2022 edition of our “true annual report” of CAC40 corporations is a thorough, data-based exploration of major French corporations and their role and impact both in France and globally.
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- 06.02.2018 After their attacks on climate science, industrial lobbyists target the scientific evidence on air pollution
- 13.09.2016 When Prisons, Inmates and Detention Policies Become Investment Products
- 13.09.2016 How to recognize a truly alternative, ethical and socially useful bank
- 13.09.2016 In Bangladesh, Rana Plaza Survivors Set Up Own Cooperative
- 13.09.2016 France’s Blatant Disregard for the Health of its People – How the Government and Lobby Groups have been Pushing Diesel Cars
The company founded in 1926 by Marcel Bleustein has become one of the world leaders in advertising and communication.Check the full profile
The former public service France Télécom has become a multinational like any other, while maintaining close links with the French government.Check the full profile
Is the luxury goods giant, owned by the Pinault family, as environmentally and socially progressive as it claims?Check the full profile
The distant heir to the prestigious industrial group founded in 1836 in Le Creusot is now managed from Hong Kong.Check the full profile
A global shopping centres giant that has the ear of local politicians.Check the full profile
The French oil and gas giant, one of the world’s biggest polluters, as powerful as it is contested.Check the full profile
Funding of fossil fuels, financial speculation... Is the "green bank" all that green?Check the full profile
A French champion at the juncture between the arms and aeronautics industriesCheck the full profile
A dissection of major French corporations from an economic, but also social, ecological and democratic point of view
Independent information on big business and corporate power has never been more critical to our democracy.
This report is the conclusion of a series of investigations and articles on extractive industries and water.