(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:
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.
• 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
• 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 Corp
• 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...).
• 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.
• 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")
• 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...)
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.
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