„Apalled, encouraged and inspired“

Holocaust survivor Esther Bejanaro was honoured with the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 – Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen of DEUTSCHE BANK were reviled with the International Black Planet Award 2013.

Esther Bejanaro, one of the last survivors of the Auschwitz girls orchestra, received the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 on the occasion of this year’s convention of ethecon – Foundation Ethics & Economics. Her dedication to peace and against anti-Semitism, racism and fascism has been relentless for many decades. She was honoured with the prize designed by photographic artist Prof. Katharina Mayer.

For more information, please see here.

ethecon Awards 2013
Ceremony & Insult & Concert

On the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, 2013, ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics announced this year's recipients of the two international ethecon prizes. The Blue Planet Award 2013 honours the Holocaust survivor Esther Bejarano. The 2013 Black Planet Award reviles the managers and major shareholders of DEUTSCHE BANK. The prizes will be awarded on Nov. 16 in Berlin.

Awarded annually, the International ethecon Blue Planet Award honours outstanding efforts for the preservation and rescue of the „Blue Planet“. The International ethecon Black Planet Award denounces people who bear responsibility for the shocking ruin and destruction of the earth and thus have created the risk of a „Black Planet“. The positive and negative ethecon prizes have been awarded since 2006.

For more information, please see here.

International ethecon Awards for 2013 - Call for nominations

Ever since 2006 ethecon – Foundation Ethics & Economics annually presents two awards:

the International ethecon Blue Planet Award
With this award, ethecon honors individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to the conservation and preservation of our Blue Planet.

the International ethecon Black Planet Award
With this award, ethecon exposes and condemns individuals who have contributed to the destruction and downfall of our Blue Planet in an outrageous way.

Now ethecon asks for nominations for the 2013 awards. Any individual or groups of individuals who meets the above stated requirements may be nominated.

Nomination proposals for the two ethecon awards must be postmarked by April 30, 2013.

For more information, please see here.

ethecon & social media

You can find ethecon on Facebook and Twitter. While the comments are usually in German, a lot of the links are in English.

ethecon Awards 2012

Honorary Award for Responsibility to Planet goes to Jean Ziegler - The negative award goes to Ivan Glasenberg, Simon Murray and Tony Hayward of the transnational commodities corporation GLENCORE

On International Peace Day 2012 (September 1), ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics announced this year´s recipient of the two international ethecon prizes. The International ethecon 2012 Blue Planet Award honors Prof. Jean Ziegler. The International ethecon 2012 Black Planet Award reviles Ivan Glasenberg, Simon Murray and Tony Hayward and the major shareholders of the Swiss Commodity (Raw materials) Company GLENCORE. The winners were nominated in an international public procedure; the prizes will be awarded on November 17 in Berlin.

Read more.

“Nothing learnt from the Disaster” - ethecon condemns restart of Japanese Oi nuclear power station

Since Thursday, July 5th, Japan generates nuclear electricity again. Now the Oi nuclear power station went back to the national grid after all of the country’s 50 atomic power stations were turned off for a period of two months. There is harsh criticism from ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics. It was only last week that they handed over the International ethecon Black Planet Award 2011 in Tokyo to those responsible for TEPCO company.

Read the whole press release.

ethecon in Japan

On Sunday, June 24, a delegation of the ethecon Foundation arrived in Tokyo and travelled to Fukushima. Here are some photos and Japanese newspapers:


Asahi Shimbun

Shinbashi Action

Black Planet Award for TEPCO

For the bestowal of the International ethecon Black Planet Award 2011 on the people in charge of TEPCO, the Japanese energy company responsible for the MCA at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, a delegation of ethecon members travels to Japan this weekend. They will visit the city of Fukushima, hand over the negative award during the TEPCO AGM, and participate in a demonstration against TEPCO and KEPCO, the energy company of the Kansai region that is about to restart the first nuclear reactors after the complete shut-down of all nuclear plants in early May. This leaflet in Japanese shows the programme of the ethecon delegation and our Japanese partners.

Open letter to TEPCO in Japanese

You can read the open letter to TEPCO in Japanese here.

Fukushima Anniversary

ethecon calls for punishment of TEPCO executives

One year after the onset of the nuclear desaster in Fukushima we have yet to see any substantial consequences dealt to the people responsible for this maximum credible accident. A few managers were replaced by the operating company TEPCO. Now the Japanese government has decided to make further payments to the company dependent on the replacement of all 17 directors. However, there is no talk of criminal charges.

ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics demands that the major share holders be held liable for damages and the decision makers of the energy company be subject to criminal charges. Without the faulty decisions of these executives, the nuclear catastrophe may never have happened. These decisions led to the now known structural defects and cost cuts in safety and maintenance. „For them, profit was more important than the protection of the population and the environment“ - this was the comment given by ethecon chairman Axel Köhler-Schnura. „The company´s managers must be held accountable for the humanitarian catastrophe they caused.“

Read on.

You can read this press release in Japanese here.

„They Fear Exposure“

A short documentary by Nancy Boulicault, member of Art Not Oil, about the bestowal of the International ethecon Black Planet Award 2010 on the responsible management of BP during the BP AGM in London on April 14, 2011.

Urgent appeals

January 11, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of „war on terror“ detainees at Guantanamo. We´re not going to let this day pass quietly. Sign Amnesty´s global petition urging President Obama to finally follow through on his promise to close Guantanamo. Help us meet our goal of 100,000 signatures worldwide -- signatures we plan to deliver straight to the White House door. We haven´t forgotten President Obama´s pledge to close Guantanamo, one of his first acts as president. Nearly three years later, the President has failed to keep his end of the bargain.
Even worse, President Obama has yet again relented to extremists in Congress. On New Year´s Eve, he signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, along with its appalling detention provisions. We lost that fight, but there´s reason for hope. The battle over the NDAA united activists across the ideological divide, who put differences aside and came together to oppose the NDAA.
January 11th isn´t just any anniversary. This year, it´s a critical moment to rise up against a shameful decade of human rights abuses perpetrated in our name. We can´t let the recent outrage against the NDAA simply ebb away -- help us channel this passion into a movement rededicated to closing Guantanamo!
Guantanamo is a costly human rights catastrophe. Military and intelligence experts have repeatedly asserted that Guantanamo and the violations it stands for are immoral, illegal and counterproductive to US national security. There is a simple solution to closing Guantanamo -- either charge detainees and give them a fair trial in US federal court, or release them.
Sign this petition to tell President Obama that we are tired of his excuses. Guantanamo must be closed. For many, the New Year holiday embodies humanity´s hopes for the future. Here´s to 2012 -- and with your help, this could be Guantanamo´s final year.

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