The Height of Corporate Irresponsibility — Anheuser Busch
By NICHOLAS KRISTOF / “On the Ground” / May 5, 2012 / THE NEW YORK TIMES
My Sunday column looks at a particularly egregious example of a company putting greed above conscience. I’m speaking of Anheuser Busch selling hundreds of thousands of gallons of alcohol on the edge of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, knowing that almost all of it will go to illicit drinking on the reservation and feed a devastating alcohol problem there. Incidentally, if you want to learn more about the issue, you can read this Times article or watch the documentary “Battle for Whiteclay.” (The Times reporter and photographer were roughed up in Whiteclay during their reporting, but I ran into no problems.)
A lawsuit was filed against Anheuser Busch in February, but the company isn’t even willing to engage critics and discuss the issue. That’s why I’m undertaking my own personal boycott of Busch products, such as Budweiser: If a company cares only about dollars, a boycott might get its attention. Read the column and tell me what you think. Anyone going to join me?