Friday, January 27, 2012

671. Who Owns the World?

World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, 2011

By Nick Buxton,  Transnational Institute, January 27, 2012

This week as the world's elites met in the swiss skiing village of Davos, Transational Institute's (TNI) Corporate Power project launched a series of powerful infographics, to expose the Global 0.001%, the corporations they run and the cost of corporate power.

The infographics can be seen here:

Some of the most compelling stats that stand out from the infographics are:
                8 of the top 10 richest companies in the world are fossil fuel companies
                1% of the world's companies, almost all banks, control 40% of the shares of the world's major corporations
                0.15% of the world's population control two-thirds of world GDP, and with their assets could pay the costs of universal and primary school education for 190 year. 
                A tiny percentage of the global population, 0.001%, control $15.4 trillion dollars
                the extensive corporate ties of those who have pushed forward the neoliberal project
Over the next few months, TNI will be producing a further series of infographics looking more closely at issues of land, water, energy, trade and investment.

We very much hope you will help build the growing global awareness on inequality and corporate power by sharing these infographics with your own networks and friends. I suggest some options for promotion below.

Thanks for your support.

Nick Buxton

PS. Options for promoting the TNI infographics

                Send around an email to your lists or friends promoting the infographics among your networks.
                If you are on Facebook, go to our Facebook gallery and share with your friends
                If you are on twitter, tweet about the infographics. You can retweet this:!/transinstitute/status/162630624639860736 or any one of the recent tweets on each infographic by TNI'
                If you have an email list or newsletter on different topics, put a link as a PS or as "recommended"
                If you are reading a news article on a similar subject, consider adding a comment and post a link through to the website
Thanks for any support you can give.

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