It has been written that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely…”
Sadly, that statement often applies to powerful corporations.
Throughout history, the owners and management of powerful companies have all too often chosen profits over the wellbeing of employees and consumers.
In the late 19th century, large rail, mining and steel corporations (among others) regularly forced employees to work in dangerous, unsafe environments – choices that often led to serious career and life ending personal injuries.
In the 20th century, car, appliance, medical, and technology companies – to name just a few – repeatedly and knowingly sold unsafe products to unsuspecting consumers. Think Corvair, Ford Pinto, Bextra, Accutane, and others.
Each time, choices were made to put profit over public safety.