I am writing because I am fed up with global corporations and their bullying of small business. We have seen our jobs outsourced, our retirement savings stolen, our homes devalued – by global corporations, banksters, and Wall Street speculators.
Working people have seen their incomes stagnate and benefits shrivel while CEOs, speculators and banksters grab more for themselves. These business leaders award themselves breathtaking bonuses, while driving customers and former employees to the poor house.
Global bullies tell small business suppliers it’s “my way or the highway”, replacing valid contracts with non-negotiable agreements and unethically recruiting the smaller companies’ employees.
This is what happened to my former employer, IMstar Enterprises.
IMstar Enterprises has lost its employees and its business due to the deceitful tactics of Procter & Gamble managers.
The Procter & Gamble Company is an example of a global job outsourcer, seeking the lowest wages around the globe, lobbying for laws that take away the rights of working people, and finding ways to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Say what you will about the Procter & Gamble public image and the quality of its products -- behind closed doors hides a hypocrite and a bully.
Please sign my petition. Tell Procter & Gamble to Do the Right Thing – compensate small business IMstar Enterprises for their destruction of its business.
- Global Diversity Officer
Linda Clement Holmes
- CEO, CFO, Chief Legal Officer, Global HR Officer
Ethics & Compliance Committee
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- Director, Ohio Government & Community Relations
- External Relations
- Chief Purchasing Officer, Purchases
- Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
Deborah P. Majoras
I just signed the following petition addressed to Procter & Gamble.
Tell Procter & Gamble to pay for its destruction of IMstar Enterprises.
TELL PROCTER & GAMBLE:
DON’T BE A BULLY; DO THE RIGHT THING BY IMSTAR
For ten years, IMstar Enterprises, a small Cincinnati consulting business, provided specialized packaging expertise on contract to various clients, including the Procter & Gamble Company.
As part of their downsizing, outsourcing and globalization efforts, Procter & Gamble hired a “global services provider”. Existing suppliers’ contracts were voided, to be replaced with a single standard contract with the service provider. As one by one, other suppliers signed the contract, IMstar’s owners hesitated. They knew that globalization efforts typically push down the salaries and benefits of U.S. workers, and were skeptical that the global service provider could maintain the quality standards that IMstar’s clients had come to expect. And significantly, the contract appeared to be a takeover of IMstar’s management of its own business. It made bad business sense.
IMstar engaged in negotiations with Procter & Gamble managers, attempting to come to an agreement that satisfied both parties. The IMstar owners were led to believe that a hopeful agreement could be reached.
As it turned out, Procter & Gamble managers engaged in phony contract negotiations and a deliberate scheme to recruit IMstar employees, destroying this small business. These acts were conducted behind closed doors, hidden from public view.
And that’s the key.
Public Image v. Private Reality
Procter & Gamble spends millions for lobbying and PR, polishing its public image as a responsible corporate citizen, always Doing the Right Thing. In fact, in a 42-page publication entitled Our Worldwide Business Conduct Manual, the company mantra repeats “We Do the Right Thing.”
Most of us are aware of Procter & Gamble the Good Guy. Great products, proud employees, good community citizen. It is hard to avoid Procter & Gamble’s presence on television and radio, print ads, social media and community forums.
Despite Procter & Gamble’s Good Guy public image, its closed doors hide a Bully and a Hypocrite. The pattern of ethical breaches by this Global Bully is breathtaking:
• anti-union lobbying
• tax avoidance schemes
• trademark bullying
• fictitious celebrity interviews
• price fixing in the EU
• faked advertising photos
• chemical testing on small animals
• charges of insider trading by a company director
How is this Doing the Right Thing?
For its involvement in the price-fixing scandal in the European Union, Procter & Gamble has been held accountable, fined significant damages by a European court. And a former member of Procter & Gamble’s Board of Directors, Rajat Gupta, has been charged by New York federal prosecutors for insider trading. He was forced to resign his position from the Board.
When hidden abuses come to light and arouse public involvement, ordinary people can compel global corporations like Procter & Gamble to do the right thing.
Justice for IMstar
Because they are a small business, IMstar’s case is not splashed across TV screens and newspapers, nor told on the radio. They cannot afford to hire a lobbyist to buy influence. They have gone from 23 full-time employees to 2 part-timers. IMstar has paid a huge price for daring to challenge global job outsourcer Procter & Gamble.
The story of what happened to this ethical small business deserves to be told. IMstar deserves to be compensated, to be made whole, for the unethical recruitment of their employees, misuse of proprietary business information, and the loss of revenue that their contracts had generated.
What Procter & Gamble did was clearly wrong and unethical.
I refuse to give my hard-earned dollars to Global Bully Procter & Gamble until they compensate IMstar for their destruction of its business.
Please sign my petition. Tell Procter & Gamble to Do the Right Thing by IMstar.
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