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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Violation Tracker: Finding Information on Corporate Misconduct

If you need to find information regarding corporate misconduct regarding the environment, health, or safety, try the Violation Tracker database from the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First.  Released in 2015, this resource contains information regarding enforcement data covering 2010 to 2015 from a number of different federal agencies charged with enforcing various environmental, health, and safety laws.  Penalty amounts were found using agency enforcement records and settlement announcements.  

The data can be accessed in a couple of ways.  Users can choose from a variety of summary pages providing overviews of violations by parent company (e.g. American Airlines or Exxon Mobil), industry (e.g. healthcare services or telecommunications), agency (e.g. Food and Drug Administration or Justice Department), or by state/country where the company is headquartered.  Users can also run searches to find all of the violations involving a specific company, industry or agency, violations involving a certain penalty amount or during a specific year, and violations that took place in a particular city and state.  

For more information regarding the database, see the website’s page on data sources and its user guide.

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