A mass of western companies are exiting Russia over the war in Ukraine. This has included some major corporate heavyweights, including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Nike, Netflix, Apple, Visa, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Exxon, major western law firms and most major film distributors.
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Jeffry Sonnenfeld at the Yale School of Management compared it to the boycott of apartheid era South Africa. We’ve talked on past shows about the role that multinationals have played in the political economy. But have they developed a new conscience?
In our latest, we talk with investigative journalist and Executive Director of CorpWatch Pratap Chatterjee (@pchatterjee) about the latest round of corporate activism. We talk about who benefits, who’s being hurt and whether it’s having enough of an impact on Russia.
We also remember legendary tropical forests campaigner, friend and comrade Lafcadio Cortesi who recently passed away in Berkeley, CA.
Pratap Chatterjee is executive director of CorpWatch. He is an investigative journalist and producer. He is the author of “Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance,” “Halliburton’s Army,” “Iraq Inc.: A Profitable Occupation” and “The Earth Brokers.”