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Engines for the F/A-18D Hornet strike fighter jet are manufactured by General Electric. The company is a major contractor for the U.S. government in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

September 20, 2007 —

In the mid-1980s, INFACT (Infant Formula Action Coalition) began a boycott campaign against General Electric.  The maker of countless consumer goods, GE had previously faced similar problems encountered by other larger corporations, but this boycott was not in response to faulty refrigerators.  INFACT&emdash;who has since been joined by other activist groups&emdash;boycotted GE due to the company’s involvement in the arms and munitions industry.  By boycotting GE consumer goods, the groups wanted to put pressure GE to end its involvement in producing missiles, nuclear weapons, and other military supplies.
 
In the early 1990s, the pressure on GE intensified after the release of the documentary, Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our Environment (the film was backed by INFACT).  The film won an Academy Award and soon after, GE ended its involvement with the nuclear weapons.  INFACT claimed victory and ended its boycott, but others have continued to boycott the corporation.  The environmental impact of GE’s past—and present—business policies has led many people to continue to avoid GE products.  GE has not completely removed itself from the defense industry as it continues to produce aircraft engines and is a top contractor for the U.S. government in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 
 
Ethical shoppers oppose GE for more than its military contracting.  It has been charged with dumping waste in New York’s Hudson River and has lobbied Congress to protect its interests—in environmental, media, and other activities. According to a 2002 study, GE is a “repeat offender” in misconduct among the government’s top contractors.  The charges include environmental harm, fraud, employment discrimination, and poor safety conditions.  GE’s extensive holding include NBC and the company has been condemned by activists for contributing to the consolidation of media at the expense of the freedom of the press.
 
All in all, ethical buyers can pick and choose any number of reasons to boycott GE.  The plethora of consumer goods offered by the corporation allows consumers to choose their resistance’s to GE’s widespread influence.

GE brands include: 13th Street, Bravo, CNBC, CNBC Asia, CNBC Europe, CNBC World, Focus Features, GE, GE Monogram, GE Profile, MSNBC, mun2, NBC, NBC News, NBC Sports, Paxson, SciFi Channel, ShopNBC, Studio Universal, Telemundo, TRIO, Universal Channel, Universal HD, Universal Parks & Resorts, Universal Pictures, Universal Studio Home Video, USA Network.

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GE had an extensive line of

Submitted by Anonymous on December 2, 2009 - 18:46.

GE had an extensive line of general purpose and special purpose computers. Among them were the GE 200, GE 400, and GE 600 series general purpose computers, the GE 4010, GE 4020, and GE 4060 real time process control computers, and the Datanet 30 message switching computer.

GE is a multinational

Submitted by Anonymous on December 2, 2009 - 18:50.

GE is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut. Its New York main offices are located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Rockefeller Center, known as the GE Building for the prominent GE logo on the roof.

I was really very

Submitted by Anonymous on December 3, 2009 - 02:21.

I was really very disappointed to know that GE is dumping their toxic chemicals in Hudson River that they are violating the government that companies should disposed their waste properly. The government should stopped GE from doing this one.

Companies certainly have had

Submitted by Anonymous on February 1, 2010 - 11:40.

Companies certainly have had poor timing with their stock buybacks recently. Companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 spent a record $172 billion buying back stock in the third quarter of 2007, just before the market peaked in October, S&P says. Companies spent $589 billion on their own stock in 2007, a year when they earned $587 billion.

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