Ryanair in 'unethical company' shocker

1 February 2010

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.

[Irish Times]

TOPICS:   Travel

7 comments

  • Mikey B.
    I think you mean IBM
  • myiphoneisbroken
    so wait a second, the lower down you are the more unethical you are? In otherwords they are last of a list of ethical companies, rather than the last of a list of unethical companies (in which case HSBC must be rather evil)
  • Junkyard
    "by and large most folk won’t be too shocked" How could anyone possibly fail to be shocked by the news that Ryanair is not a the bottom of the list?
  • slap y.
    Well well...another poorly written post from bitterwallet, not only confusing but pointless too! why am i not shocked? if there was a list for crappest websites with shittest content i don't doubt you guys would top it.
  • Nobby
    Unethical, but cheap. It's what people want. Why do you think there are so many battery chickens sold?
  • zeddy
    You can get a chicken with batteries!? Since when?
  • -]
    It isn't confusing or pointless at all. It is a bit of a shitty article (sorry Paul) but it is easily understood and relevant on a consumer blog.

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