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Post time 2011-12-19 15:42:38 |Display all floors
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Chinese people love foreign goods, especially reputable brands. They insist that they buy foreign goods, because they trust them. This is especially true of food products, following a spate of food safety scandals in China in recent years, including melamine-tainted baby formula, clenbuterol in animal feed, which makes the meat learner, and gutter oil recycled to be used in restaurants.

Yet a series of recent scandals concerning foreign multinationals might have the potential to change the attitude of Chinese consumers toward foreign brands.


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Unilever fined for spreading price hike rumors
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In March, Unilever issued price increase notices to supermarkets in China.

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planner, fined consumer product giant Unilever Plc US$2 million over its high-profile dissemination of possible price hikes in the country in May.

In March, Unilever issued price increase notices to supermarkets in China, saying the company planned to raise the prices of some of its products.

According to the NDRC, public comments by Unilever in April about possible price increases "intensified price hike expectations among consumers", "led to panic buying", and "seriously distorted market order".

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Post time 2011-12-19 15:47:28 |Display all floors
ConocoPhillips oil spill
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Three oil spills took place in the Bohai Sea since June, two at the Penglai 19-3 oilfield and one at Suizhong 36-1 oilfield.

Three oil spills took place in the Bohai Sea since June, two at the Penglai 19-3 oilfield and one at Suizhong 36-1 oilfield. The fields are being operated by ConocoPhillips China, a subsidiary company under U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips, in a joint development agreement with CNOOC.


The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and Chinese maritime authorities ordered COPC to "take all effective measures" to stop the oil spill and remove risks of any new leakage before August 31.

The authority said on Oct. 16 that certain achievements have been made in sealing off the oil spill sources, and no more leak points have been detected in the area.

But beaches were reportedly polluted and marine species have been killed by the oil spill in the nearby provinces of Hebei and Liaoning. The US company is facing legal action and mounting public anger over the spill.

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Post time 2011-12-19 15:48:30 |Display all floors
Otis fatal accident
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On July 5, a Beijing subway station escalator suddenly lost control, leaving one dead and 30 others injured.
At 9:36 a.m. of July 5, a Beijing subway station escalator suddenly lost control and threw more than 30 riders off their feet, leaving one dead and 30 others injured.


Three branches of the US-based Otis Elevator Company in China were fined for the deadly accident. According to sources close to the company, Otis's sales have suffered a serious blow since the accident as clients who had signed orders with the company have asked for refunds, while many contract negotiations are facing collapse. Otis sent an American team from its global headquarters to China to evaluate the impact of the subway escalator accident on sales.

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Apple supply chain pollution in China
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A report called "The Other Side of Apple II" alleges that 27 suspected Apple suppliers were responsible for severe pollution problems.
On August 31, a report called "The Other Side of Apple II", co-released by five non-governmental environmental organizations after a seven-month investigation, detailed claims of how Apple's Chinese suppliers, who make iPhone and iPad parts, pollute the environment.


The report alleges that 27 suspected Apple suppliers were responsible for severe pollution problems, ranging from toxic gases to heavy metal sludge. In one case, the report said, a nearby village experienced a "phenomenal rise in cases of cancer."

Apple responded quickly to the report, pledging that it will investigate all instances of alleged pollution.

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Post time 2011-12-19 15:51:46 |Display all floors
Gucci: Former employees complain of unfair rules
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A Gucci flagship store is seen in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, Oct. 9, 2011.
Employees at Gucci (China)'s Shenzhen store have to ask permission from their superior before drinking water, and they cannot take more than five minutes to use the toilet, the Guangzhou-based Xinkuaibao newspaper reported on Oct. 8, 2011.


Another former employee said she had to stand for more than ten hours a day when she was working for Gucci, even during her pregnancy. She also complained that the company did not allow her to eat fruits or snacks during breaks.

Another former staff member of Gucci (China) filed a formal complaint in August, alleging that the company did not pay for overtime work.

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Wal-Mart punished for pork mislabeling
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U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart stores in southwest China's Chongqing allegedly sold about 63,547 kg of falsely labeled pork over the past two years.

U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart stores in southwest China's Chongqing allegedly sold about 63,547 kg of falsely labeled pork over the past two years, generating approximately 730,000 yuan (US$114,500) in illegal income.

A total of 37 people have been implicated in the scandal so far, with 25 detained, seven under home arrest and three released on bail in addition to the two who were arrested, according to local police.

The CEO of Wal-Mart's entire Chinese operation and its head of human resources have both resigned citing personal reasons.

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