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The Roger Award

The Roger Award For The Worst Transnational Corporation operating in New Zealand has run annually since 1997. There are no prizes for guessing whom it is named after. It is organised by CAFCA and GATT Watchdog, both Christchurch-based groups.

The judges have awarded prizes for runners up, continuity and collaborators. The Award has attracted considerable interest since its inception (even from the corporate media), and has had a succession of distinguished and completely voluntary judges. The events to announce the winners have become highly memorable in their own right.

Winners of previous awards and judges' reports can be seen below.

New 2013 Roger Award winner announced

The 2013 Roger Award winner has been announced. It is Rio Tinto Alcan NZ Limited. The winner was announced by the Roger judges at an event in Nelson on the evening of 15 April 2014. Their report, including a financial analysis of the winner, is available here.

The winner of the People's Choice online poll was also announced: it was Talent 2.

The finalists were ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. There were several nominations for the Accomplice Award, all for the Government, but the judges decided not to present an accomplice award for 2013. Further details of the finalists are available here.

The judges for 2013 were: Christina Stringer, a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the University of Auckland; John Maynard, from Wellington, President of the Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa, spokesperson for People's Power Ohariu and founding member of the Brass Razoo Solidarity Band; David Small, a lawyer and Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Canterbury; Sam Mahon, an artist, author and activist from North Canterbury; and Wayne Hope, Associate Professor, Communications Studies, Auckland University of Technology. The judges are given a shortlist of finalists.

For reference, the nomination form with details of the criteria and how to make a nomination is available in Word or PDF format. Criteria are also below.

The winners of all awards since its inauguration in 1997 are:

Details of winners and judges' decisions since 2000 are below.

The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories:

Economic Dominance - Monopoly, profiteering, tax dodging, cultural imperialism

People - Unemployment, impact on tangata whenua, impact on women, impact on children, abuse of workers/conditions, health and safety of workers and the public

Environment - Environmental damage, abuse of animals

Political interference - Interference in democratic processes, running an ideological crusade

There is also an Accomplice Award for an organisation (not an individual) which was the worst Accomplice during the year in aiding and abetting transnational corporations in New Zealand to behave as described in the criteria. The Accomplice’s award is in addition to the Worst Transnational Corporation award and will not necessarily be awarded every year. You may nominate for either or both awards.

Reports on previous winners

2013 Award

The 2013 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, report and financial analysis of the winner (a 329 KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2012 Award

The 2012 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement and report (a 342 KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2011 Award

The 2011 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, report and financial analysis of the winner (a 557 KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2010 Award

The 2010 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, report and financial analysis of the winner (a 254 KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2009 Award

The 2009 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, report and financial analysis of the winner (a 765 KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2008 Award

The 2008 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, report and financial analysis of the winner (a 696KB PDF – Acrobat – file). There is also a presentation by ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) [note that this presentation is large - a 1.22MB PDF]

2007 Award

The 2007 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, report and financial analysis of the winner (a 261KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2006 Award

The 2006 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, report and financial analysis of the winner (a 152KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2005 Award

The 2005 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement, Roger Report, and Financial Analysis of the winners (a 214KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2004 Award

The 2004 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement and Report, and financial analysis of Telecom (a 167KB PDF – Acrobat – file).

2003 Award

The 2003 winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement and Report (a 54KB PDF – Acrobat – file), which for the first time provides a financial report on the winner.

2002 Award

The 2002 award winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement (for a summary) and the Judges’ Report (a 118KB PDF – Acrobat – file) for a detailed backgrounder.

Because Tranz Rail won three times, it was installed as the first occupant of the Hall of Shame. It thus became ineligible to be nominated again for the Roger Award.

2001 Award

The 2001 award winners are detailed in the Judges’ Statement (for a summary) and the Judges’ Report (a 308KB PDF – Acrobat – file) for a detailed backgrounder.

2000 Award

The 2000 Roger Award for the worst Transnational operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand – Judges’ Report. (A 58KB PDF – Acrobat – file.)

1999 Award

The 1999 Roger Award for the worst Transnational operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand – Judges' Report . (Link to web page in Foreign Control Watchdog.)

1997 Award

The 1997 Roger Award for the worst Transnational operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand – Judges’ Statement. (A 1.09MB PDF – Acrobat – file. Note that Statement describes itself as being for the 1998 Award, but this is a mistake: it was for the inaugural 1997 award, presented in 1998.)


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