Bestowal of the Black Planet Award 2009

On next Wednesday, May 19, at 10 am local time in the Taipei NGO House (1) the International ethecon „Black Planet Award 2009“ will be presented to representatives of the multi-national chemical corporation FORMOSA PLASTICS GROUP (FPG). This censure prize publically exposes and condemns owner family Wang, CEO Lee Chih-tsuen und the management of FPG: for their outstanding responsibility in the conjuration of a „black planet“ and accordingly for the ruin and destruction of the earth.

The multi-billion FORMOSA PLASTICS GROUP, founded in 1954, is one of the world's largest producers of the notorious substance PVC. This product is reputed to be a cause of, among other things, major health risks such as cancer, cardio-vascular diseases and circulatory problems as well as miscarriages and birth defects. In addition, the concern is known throughout the world for its scandalous negligence in regard to environmental and health protection. A dossier published by the German-based „ethecon – Foundation Ethics & Economics“ gives further details about this.

In cooperation with ethecon, several social and environmental justice organisations will present the award, among them Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association Taiwan, Mercy on the Earth Taiwan, Green Party Taiwan, Taiwan Watch Institute and the Green Formosa Front.

Former recipients of this anti-prize were the owners and/or the shareholders as well as the executive management of MONSANTO (2006), NESTLÉ (2007) and XE/BLACKWATER (2008).

ethecon also rewards examples of outstanding positive actions to further the future of the planet. So far, these „Blue Planet Awards“ were given to Diane Wilson/USA (2006), Vandana Shiva/India (2007), José Abreu and Hugo Chávez (2008) and Uri Avnery/Israel (2009).

In contrast to many corporate, family, church, political, and state foundations, ethecon is one of the few foundations initiated by the rank and file and which sees its main mission in its responsibility toward future generations. This young foundation is financed through endowment contributions, donations and sustaining memberships.

Further information:

Bettina Schneider
Phone: +49 (0)211 - 22 95 09 22
1: NGO House No.8, Cingdao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan

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