Ryanair in 'unethical company' shocker
Some will remain unmoved, others won't care, but by and large most folk won't be too shocked - Ryanair is one of the most unethical companies in the world. While not quite at the foot of the 581 global brands and companies subjected to this latest survey, its appearance at number 575 means the budget airline is propping up the bulk of the chart.
The index by a Geneva-based company measures data in nearly fifty areas - including environmental performance, information provided to consumers, waste management and human rights policy - and claims the list is a "a barometer of how multinationals are perceived in the ethical field”.
Other well known names in the list include Tesco (97), Barclays (46), Dell (9), Marks & Spencer (4) and HSBC (3) - with the index topped by the thoroughly mundane-sounding International Business Machines Corp Technology. Keeping Ryanair company in the bottom ten are global pariahs such as oil industry companies Halliburton and Chevron.
Not that operating a morally bankrupt airline is a bad thing - Ryanair this morning reported far smaller losses than anticipated at the end of last year, achieved for the most part by fuel prices dropping by over a third. The Sky Marshall now expects to report around £240 million in net profit for the year to March 31st. That's a lot of tubs of Pringles sold at a quid fifty.