Posts Tagged P&G
New Chapter’s new owner [P&G] steeped in animal testing and led by directors with ties to weapons contractors, Big Pharma, Monsanto, Chevron and more
Friday, March 23, 2012
by Mike Adams
[NaturalNews] NaturalNews has never really taken much of an interest in Procter & Gamble — until now. Having acquired New Chapter, a once-promising supplier of high-end herbal supplements such as Zyflamend, P&G now demands some honest scrutiny. Who are these people that New Chapter has decided to cozy up to? What are their business interests, and what are their ethics?
To answer this question, NaturalNews conducted an investigation of Procter & Gamble’s board of directors in order to determine what business interests those directors might represent. What we found was more than a bit disturbing, and as you will see below, P&Gs board of directors is made up of people with ties to weapons manufacturers, Homeland Security, the Federal Reserve, oil companies, the Fukushima nuclear power plant, global banks, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology (GMOs), mining giants, black box voting machines, and predictably both Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
It’s like a Who’s Who of some of the most destructive industries on the planet, all in one room.
Animal testing of its chemical consumer products
On top of that, P&G is steeped in animal testing of its products, according to a long list of activist websites. We’re going to be covering this in more detail in a future report, but here are some sites where you can start to learn about P&Gs widespread testing of its chemical products in laboratory animals:
P&G also owns Iams dog food. Check out this video entitled “Iams: A Recipe for Cruelty”
Moving on to P&G’s board members, here’s what we found in just a few hours of searching public information:
Procter & Gamble’s board of directors
Alan G Lafley
• Also on the board of Directors of General Electric, one of America’s largest weapons manufacturers and the designer of the Fukushima nuclear power facility.
• 5-year compensation total: $41 million
• Helped P&G develop and market brands like Crest, Tide and Pampers (landfill, anyone?)
• Was recognized with the 2010 Hall of Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (this is the group that strongly opposes honest labeling of GMOs and routinely sides with the business interests of the junk processed foods industry)
• Was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame by the Coca-Cola company. Considered a “legend” in influencing the public to buy more stuff they don’t need.
• The former President of Mexico. Yeah, really.
• Independent Director of Alcoa, the aluminum mining giant.
• Independent Director of Citigroup.
• Deeply involved in complex financial instruments: “From 1983 to 1987, he was the founding General Director of the Trust Fund for the Coverage of Exchange Risks, a mechanism created to manage the rescheduling of the foreign debt of the country’s private sector that involved negotiations and complex financial operations with hundreds of firms and international banks.”
• On the international advisory boards of ACE Limited, Rolls-Royce, British Petroleum and JPMorgan-Chase.
• A member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum.
• A member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‘s Global Development Advisory Panel.
• Worked for the Central Bank of Mexico, the “Federal Reserve” of Mexico, from 1978-87.
Patricia A Woertz
• President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Archer-Daniels Midland Company
• Held positions at Chevron Corporation
• Compensation for 2010: $11.44 million
Norman R Augustine
• On the board of both Procter & Gamble and weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin
• Served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering
• He is a former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble and Lockheed Martin
• A member of the Advisory Board to the Department of Homeland Security
• Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins (drugs-and-surgery medicine)
• Holds 28 honorary degrees (insert chuckle here, as these are apparently handed out like candy to those who play ball with the global elite)
• Director Nominee, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc.
• Independent Director, Targacept, Inc. (a pharma research company)
• Served on board of Axonyx Inc., a predecessor to Raptor Pharmaceuticals
• Vice president for medical research and development of Genentech, a cancer drug manufacturer that was caught red-handed “ghost writing” speeches for members of Congress to read during health reform debates (http://www.naturalnews.com/027630_Big_Pharma_lobbyists.html).
Scott D Cook
• Independent Director, eBay, Inc.
• Director of Intuit, Inc.
• In 2005, Cook was #320 on the Forbes 400, with a net worth of $1.1 billion. Since the 1990s, he has “more than doubled his donations to Republicans and Democrats, giving the maximum [in 2007] to mainstream politicians such as Mitt Romney and Harry Reid.”
• This guy looks like the least worrisome of the bunch. At least he’s not into weapons, oil, or biotech.
Angela F Braly
• Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, Inc., the company sued by doctors for alleged price fixing of drugs as a way to under-pay doctors. (http://www.naturalnews.com/026740_insurance_companies_lawsuit.html)
• Joined RightCHOICE Managed Care, Inc. in January 1999, then the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri, as General Counsel, also overseeing government relations.
• Compensation: $13 million
W James McNerney Jr
• CEO of Boeing Company (Boeing is the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, with capabilities in rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites and advanced information and communications systems — top-secret government weapons systems, in other words)
• Joined General Electric in 1982, also was executive vice president of GE Capital. GE, as you may know, owns much of the mainstream media and helps set the news agenda to do things like promote war.
• Chairman of the board and CEO of 3M, heading up their “Cardiovascular Devices” division.
• Named Chairman of the President’s Export Council by President Barack Obama
• Compensation in 2011: $22.9 million
• Graduate from Yale University (the “white shoe boyz”)
• Former Microsoft executive
• Serves on boards of both Xerox and P&G
• 5-year compensation: $12.98 million
Charles R Lee
• Director, Marathon Oil Corporation
• Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Communications
Bruce L Byrnes
• Independent Director, Diebold Incorporated, the company accused of “black box voting” scandals in several of the last Presidential elections. (https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ablackboxvoting.org+diebold)
• Vice Chairman of the Board – Global Brand Building Training of The Procter & Gamble Company
Kenneth I Chenault
• Chairman of American Express
• Compensation in 2011: $23 million
• Director, IBM
Gwendolyn S King
• Gwendolyn isn’t on the board of P&G, but she’s on the board of Monsanto, a company with the same top investors as P&G (http://www.naturalnews.com/035312_New_Chapter_Proctor_and_Gamble_Mons…).
• Board of Monsanto (chairs the Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee, if you can believe Monsanto even has such a committee)
• In addition, she is on the board of Lockheed Martin, the very same weapons contractor tied to other P&G board members. There, she chairs the “Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee.” (You really gotta love these committee names…)
FYI, you can check out Monsanto’s Board of Directors here:
There, you will see that Monsanto’s board members have ties to Microsoft, McDonalds, Sara Lee, Lockheed Martin and other firms.
As we previously reported, Procter & Gamble’s CFO, Jon Moeller, is also on the Board of Directors of Monsanto. He has ties to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035312_New_Chapter_Proctor_and_Gamble_Mons…)
New Chapter, P&G, animal testing, weapons manufacturers, Big Pharma — what does it all add up to?
So the story here is very simple: New Chapter is owned by P&G, and P&G’s board of directors is populated by people who also sit on the boards of weapons companies, global banking giants, pharmaceutical companies, Homeland Security, planet-wide polluting oil companies, and of course both Monsanto and Microsoft. It’s like a Who’s Who of the worst jackals you could ever collect in one room. For some inexplicable reason, this is who New Chapter has chosen to not just do business with, but to get into bed with.
That makes no sense to me. I just wanted to buy Zyflamend, I didn’t want my purchase dollars going to support the salaries of people who also help run weapons companies, oil companies and Homeland Security. Since when did nutrition have to involve all this other stuff?
And the bottom line answer is that it doesn’t. You can avoid handing over your money to P&G by simply avoiding New Chapter’s products altogether. When you stop buying New Chapter, you stop funding P&G.
Want proof? Check this out:
New Chapter already funding P&Gs agenda
“This acquisition enables P&G to enter the premium, specialty segment of the vitamin and mineral supplement (VMS) category with a meaningful $100m business on day one,” a P&G spokesperson told NutraIngredients-USA, speaking about acquiring New Chapter.
So on the very first day after the acquisition, New Chapter already delivered $100 million in revenues to Procter & Gamble.
Hmm… I wonder how that money will be used? To pay even fatter salaries to the officers who already have seven-figure salaries? To pay for more animal testing experiments? Now that New Chapter is under the wing of P&G, will New Chapter start conducting animal testing on its products, too? It’s a legitimate question.
And here’s the biggest question of all: If New Chapter is so comfortable with its partnership with P&G, why is there absolutely no mention of P&G on New Chapter’s website?
That’s right: Search their entire website, if you wish. As of this writing, you won’t find a single mention of P&G, Procter & Gamble, or the acquisition by P&G. It’s almost like it’s a secret or something. And I find that odd, because usually if you’re really happy to be partnered with someone, you might at least announce it on your website, right? The lack of mention on New Chapter’s website almost looks like the company is ashamed of who owns it now.
It’s a question of ethics, principles, morals…
Why doesn’t New Chapter at least state on its website that it will not engage in routine animal testing of its products even though its new parent company does? Are there any ethical boundaries the company will refuse to cross, or will it obediently follow in the footsteps of its owner and start populating its own board of directors with people who have ties to Homeland Security, weapons manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and the like?
These are legitimate questions about a company whose customers have long been vocal advocates of protecting life on Earth through natural living, peaceful conflict resolution, respecting the welfare of animals, and decentralizing control over economies. Natural products people are anti-war. But P&G’s board members also sit on the boards of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, two of the largest weapons manufacturing firms in America. So how does this compute?
It doesn’t. The principles of natural health people are the polar opposite of the principles represented by P&G board members. I suspect they are mostly closet monopolists who wish to dominate, control, centralize and profit — almost at any cost. How else do you get people who pull down a $20+ million annual compensation plan while the people who buy their Tide laundry detergent are barely scraping by on welfare?
Givers vs. takers
Slice it any way you want, but I look at the board of directors of companies like P&G and Monsanto and I can’t find a single example of these people actually helping humanity in any meaningful way. These are not contributors. They are TAKERS. Their claim to fame is merely that they are more clever takers than the next guy. They have managed to put themselves into positions where they take so much that they seem to have forgotten the plight of the people they’re taking from.
That’s what mainstream advertising and marketing is all about, of course: social engineering, behavioral shaping, taking money from people while convincing them that it’s all voluntary on their part. Taking from people through cognitive influence instead of at gunpoint. That’s what P&G is really the master of — not providing healing products that genuinely help the world, but at convincing people they need a plastic bottle filled with petroleum derivatives and artificial fragrance. That’s P&G’s real legacy. In the 1980′s, it seemed brilliant. In 2012 it just seems stupid.
Yes, it matters where you spend your dollars. Your dollars are a vote for your ethics and principles. Every time you buy a product from a company, you encourage that company to expand its influence and power, reflecting whatever principles (or lack thereof) it currently embodies. You want to create a better world? Buy from better companies.
Consume less. Grow more. Reuse, recycle, rethink. And question everything.
Coming up soon: An investigative report into Procter & Gamble and charges of animal cruelty. We’ve now opened a full investigation into this consumer product giant, and we’ll be scrutinizing them on a regular basis thanks to New Chapter’s involvement. Watch for those reports here on NaturalNews.com, the last bastion of a free press for a free People.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
by Mike Adams
[NaturalNews] Procter & Gamble, the global corporate conglomerate that sells a vast array of consumer products containing cancer-causing chemicals and petroleum derivatives, is now the proud owner of New Chapter, one of the more promising nutritional supplement companies we’ve seen in a while. New Chapter co-founder Paul Schulick announced, “For us, this has been a dream come true. This is what we have been wanting to do since we started doing this 30 years ago. The world and the United States need this.” (http://www.reformer.com/ci_20194274/p-g-buys-new-chapter?source=most_…)
Really? The world needs global corporate giants to buy up all the natural product brands? Or maybe Paul Schulick just wanted to cash in on all the positive publicity organizations like NaturalNews have selflessly lent him over the years. This is one of the many companies we helped publicize and promote, only to see them sell out to corporate giants who routinely take over these companies, cheapen their product formulations, and exploit name recognition to intentionally mislead consumers into buying watered-down, reformulated products.
So now the same company that brings you Tide laundry detergent, Pringles potato chips, Dawn dishwashing soap, and Bounce dryer sheets (can you even think of a more offensive chemical laundry product?) will be bringing you New Chapter supplements, too.
P&G is the very first corporation to bring you canola oil under the brand name “Puritan.” This was later merged into the Crisco brand of oils, which are all high omega-6 vegetable oils that, for decades, have been touted as being “healthy” even though now we know diets high in omega-6 oils promote cardiovascular inflammation.
It’s also the company that sells Prilosec over-the-counter heartburn medicine, meaning P&G is also in the pharmaceutical business. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Procter_%26_Gamble_brands)
Oh, and guess who owns P&G? One of the top shareholders has been none other than Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), who reportedly owns $4.8 billion in P&G stock (http://seekingalpha.com/article/294569-10-value-stock-picks-of-warren…).
So the next time you think about buying New Chapter supplements, think about your money going into Warren Buffett’s pocket.
The question now is: Will anybody buy New Chapter supplements now that they know Procter & Gamble and Warren Buffet are the corporate operators who own the company?
I sure won’t.
Monsanto and P&G = same institutional owners
Take a look at this: P&G’s top shareholder is Vanguard, a mutual fund. It’s second top shareholder is State Street Corporation. You can see this here:
Now take a look at the top owners of Monsanto:
You got it, they’re exactly the same! Vanguard and State Street.
P&G is also owned in large part by bailout banksters such as JP Morgan and Bank of America — the very banks who received trillions of dollars in bailout funds that will eventually have to be covered by American taxpayers.
Are you starting to connect the dots here? P&G is part of the global corporate elite. Look at its board members, shareholders and financial ties. This is a corporation that’s 100% tied in with the global elite, and now New Chapter has handed over its once-good name, brand and products to this global corporation steeped in chemical products and mass consumerism.
Just another sellout?
I’m disappointed in New Chapter and Paul Schulick. Here’s yet another case of someone who has sold out to the global power elite, apparently oblivious to where this will likely lead. P&G is essentially the Monsanto of the personal care products industry. It manufactures and markets a seemingly endless array of what most NaturalNews readers would call “junk products” made with chemical fillers, petroleum derivatives, artificial fragrances and known carcinogens. It owns the Gillette brand, Duracell, Crest toothpaste (with fluoride, of course), Iams dog foods (GMO corn, anyone?), Pantene hair care products and a long list of others (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Procter_%26_Gamble_brands).
In the natural products industry, someone who announces they work for Procter & Gamble might as well announce they work for Satan himself. And now Paul Schulick has made a deal with that devil, it seems.
Of course, I’m sure Paul has justified it all to himself. The huge financial backing of P&G will allow New Chapter to “expand into more retail outlets,” he’s probably told himself. The deal will show P&G that natural products can be profitable! It will make nutrition mainstream! Yeah, right.
Such delusions are, of course, par for the course in this industry where the rule of thumb is thatglobal corporate giants usually buy health products companies for the sole purpose of running them into the ground. It’s not about making nutrition a success story for P&G, it’s about destroying a company that actually had a shot at growing into a billion-dollar firm.
The global corporate takeover of natural products companies
I happen to know that right now, across the natural products industry, small companies are being gobbled up by the likes of Monsanto, P&G, J&J and other giants. Sometimes it’s done out in the open like with New Chapter; other times it’s done secretly, behind closed doors, where men in suits plot to take over a company that was once a trusted brand name founded by someone who really cared about nutrition (Sunfood).
I know hundreds of founders of nutrition companies, and I’ve been informed about dozens of acquisitions and investment actions. I have never seen a success story of a nutrition company purchased by a large “global elite” corporation. These stories always have the same ending: The products get watered down, consumers shift their demand to a smaller, trusted company, and the financials of the once-great small company collapse. The big corporation ends up either shuttering it or whoring it out using the same brand name but replacing all the quality ingredients with crap filler and toxic chemicals. The only “winner” in these deals is usually the CEO who sold it, and possibly a few board members who also walk away with millions of dollars while their customers who made them great get left with nothing.
I’m actually getting sick of watching this pattern unfold, because time and time again I’ve seen companies that NaturalNews helped make famous end up selling out to corporate giants. Remember Larabar? That founder sold out to General Mills. Remember Burt’s Bees? Sold out to Clorox.
I know there are some good companies out there with their hearts in the right place. Boku Superfood is an honest shop, and I know that folks like Nutiva (John Roulac) and Ruth’s Hemp Foods will never sell out to corporate interests. Nor will Dr. Bronner’s. There are superstars in this industry who live by principle and who aren’t driven by profit alone, but those people are extremely rare.
Sadly, far too many people in the health products industry are just like people in the pharmaceutical industry: They’re greedy, selfish and ready to sell out once a sufficiently large financial offer comes along. It’s sad but true.
Warning to NN readers: Watch out for products and companies that change hands
NaturalNews has helped make millionaires in the industry. We promoted honest brands that later sold out to big corporations who changed their formulas and ingredients. In numerous cases, we would have to go back and modify old articles to take down our recommendations or warn consumers about the changes.
See, NaturalNews is one of the largest health news organizations on the planet, reaching literally millions of readers a month. Our publicizing of companies can, on record, turn them into an overnight success. What people do with that success, however, is a question of personal integrity, and as I said above, integrity is severely lacking in every quarter of society. As the editor of NaturalNews, I have become increasingly skeptical about everything — every company, every product, every CEO — because I know that many people are actively trying to get NaturalNews publicity so they can grow faster and sell out more quickly. And I refuse to knowingly be part of that.
Read product labels, folks! Even on products I might have recommended in the past. Companies change hands. Products change their formulations. For example, I used to recommend a vitamin company called Vitacost. Now they’re a totally different company under different ownership and different formulations.
Companies change hands. Brands change. Ethics are sometimes compromised in the name of profits. I’ve seen it countless times.
Trustworthy companies you need to know about
What I do recommend is companies whose founders and CEOs I believe to be honest, high-integrity people. There are real gems out there — the few honest ones who simply won’t bend no matter what the buyout offer. People like Greg Kunin at Ola Loa (www.DrinkYourVitamins.com). Here’s a real treasure of a person. His product has been knocked off by countless cheap imitators, some of which are far more financially successful because they replace his company’s high-end ingredients with their cheap crap ingredients.
When I think about integrity, I think about David Bronner from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Or Ruth from Ruth’s Hemp Foods (www.RuthsHempFoods.com). John Roulac from Nutiva (www.Nutiva.com). These are people who fight for what they believe in, which is honest food, honest products and real organics. Ronnie Cummins. Jeffrey Smith. High-integrity people who walk their talk and don’t sell out.
I hope you count me, the Health Ranger, as one of them. I’m not selling out, and in fact, I’m totally disgusted by those who do. As of right now, I’m urging all NaturalNews customers toboycott New Chapter productsand stop buying them, period. I would no sooner support Procter & Gamble than I would go out and buy GMO corn seeds from Monsanto. It is against my principles to hand over money to a corporation steeped in chemical products and a history of mindless consumerism.
I don’t buy Monsanto products. Nor Coca-Cola, Nike, PepsiCo or Dean Foods. I don’t buy Procter & Gamble, or Johnson & Johnson for that matter. And I don’t buy the line that somehow P&G owning New Chapter is magically going to transform P&G into a healthy products company. Bull! I predict New Chapter will shortly become another sad casualty of the insatiable corporate eating machine that crushes real health solutions as a way to promote the far more profitable business of endless disease.
For New Chapter, this was the last straw. Because, remember this: Every dollar you now spend on New Chapter is a dollar that supports Procter & Gamble, Warren Buffett and the same institutional investors who own Monsanto.
Spread the word: New Chapter is now owned by Procter & Gamble.