ethecon Foundation for ethics and economy is a German environmental organisation. This first – and until now only – foundation that is critical of globalization and corporations. Ethecon has initiated campaigns against Monsanto, Nestlé, Blackwater and TEPCO and has contributed significantly to the construction of a self-governing children’s hospital in Fukushima, which commenced operation in 2013.
Once a year, ethecon Foundation hosts a public award show in Berlin, where they award the Blue Planet Award and the Dead Planet Award. “The Blue Planet Award honours heroic engagement for the preservation of our blue Planet and conversely the Dead Planet Award names and shames those responsible for it’s exploitation, destruction and ultimately downfall to a dead, inhospitable Globe.”
Recent receipts of the Blue Planet award include:
- 2018 – Ann Wright, US-american peace activist
- 2017 – Hanna Poddig, German environmental activist
- 2016 – Huberto Juárez Núnez, Mexican social activist
- 2014/15 – Tomo Križnar, Slovenian peace activist
Recent receipts of the Dead Planet award include:
- 2018 – CEOs Herbert Diess and Hans Dieter Pötsch and major shareholders of Volkswagen, Wolfgang Porsche and Stephan Weil (Germany)
- 2017 – CEOs Armin Papperger and Ulrich Grillo and major shareholders of Rheinmetall, Larry Fink (Black Rock) and Paul Manduca
- 2016 – CEOs Muhtar Kent and James Quincey and major shareholders of The Coca-Cola Company, Warren Buffett and Herbert Allen Jr. (USA)
- 2014/15 – CEOs Andrew Liveris and James Ringler and major shareholders of Dow Chemical (USA)
This year, ethecon Foundation is honouring the commitment of human rights activist Rachna Dhingra for her involvement with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. She is the 2019 recipient of the Blue Plant Award.
“Rachna showed immense prowess and determination in her struggle to find justice. She steadily tried to get appropriate compensation for the victims, has called out the responsible persons working for the DOWDUPONT chemical group and is to this day fighting to get them held responsible. She is a stalwart supporter of the survivors as well as other activists, especially when it comes to the ending of the cruelties towards people from Bhopal. For her energy and her commitment to justice and the strengthening of democratic principles the ethecon foundation for ethics and economy is honouring Rachna Dhingra with the international ethecon Blue Planet Award 2019.” – ethecon Foundation