From Luke Upchurch, CI's Head of Media:
Every December, CI takes a look back at the headline consumer rights and consumer wrongs over the past year.
As part of this health check on the global consumer movement, we last year launched the Bad Company Awards as a light-hearted way of highlighting some of the worst, some of the most widespread and, frankly, some of the most ridiculous consumers rights abuses from around the world. Specifically, as a global body, we wanted to use these awards to draw attention to the behaviour of multinational companies.
Previous winners have included Mattel's lead paint toy scandal, Coca-Cola's bottled tap water and Kellogg's high-sugar children's cereals.
This year, after consultation with our member organisations, our in-house experts and our various civil society partners, we settled on the actions of a bunch of high street brand names that, we feel, typify the concerns raised by consumer groups around the world.
The winners will be announced on Monday 1 December, and we’ll be posting here on them every day next week. So be sure to check back to find out who has won.