Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NextEra/ FPL: World's most ethical company? That has to be a joke? … by gimleteye

I grabbed the following off NextEra's website:
NextEra Energy recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company® for eighth time

JUNO BEACH, Fla., March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) has been named a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. It is the eighth time NextEra Energy has received this recognition. This year, only 132 companies across more than 50 industries worldwide were selected for this prestigious honor. NextEra Energy was one of only five energy and electric utility companies named to the list.

"For our nearly 14,000 employees, our core values are core business," said Jim Robo, chairman and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy. "As the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, we believe that high ethical standards, a culture of innovation and how we support the communities we serve is a competitive advantage that differentiates NextEra Energy from many others. We are again very honored to be named to this list of prestigious, global leaders."

Ethisphere has not followed the use of FPL dollars to the purpose of defaming and attempting to destroy Philip Stoddard, Mayor of South Miami, who is the corporation's eloquent critic of its Turkey Point nuclear facility.

Ethisphere has not followed FPL's weaseling out of responsibility for massive pollution at its existing nuclear reactors at Turkey Point.

Ethisphere has not followed the heavy-handed tactics to put high-voltage power lines down the center of US 1, steamrollering over opposition from the City of Miami and other municipalities along the way.

Ethisphere has not followed the efforts of his senior workers to influence Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to glide past the obvious concerns about siting $20 billion in new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point, ignoring the complaints of citizens and agencies like the National Park Service.

Ethisphere has not followed the progress of a sham DRAFT EIS statement on the new nuclear reactors relative to certain sea level rise problems, not just for Turkey Point but its entire customer base for which no one at NextEra is being held accountable.
"The World's Most Ethical Company® assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way.

In considering companies for this list, the Ethisphere Institute evaluated NextEra Energy's strategies and results in five key categories:

Ethics and compliance;
Culture of ethics;
Leadership, innovation and reputation;
Corporate citizenship and responsibility; and

I haven't yet, but suggest you write your complaint directly to: Ethisphere Institute."

Direct Ethisphere to our blog, under the search term "FPL".

Sometimes corporations who are people, are really bad people.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Phil, well said!

Anonymous said...

NextEra Energy recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company for eighth time; Ethisphere has not followed the use of FPL dollars to the purpose of defaming and attempting to destroy Philip Stoddard, Mayor of South Miami, who is the corporation's eloquent critic of its Turkey Point nuclear facility …..It’s like putting lipstick on a pig, BOTH PIGS, NextEra Energy and Philip Stoddard!

Anonymous said...

FPL trolls on the website.

Anonymous said...

Or maybe just Jorge Luis Lopez. Ethisphere, check out the relationships. Don't be sandbagged by NextEra/FPL.

Anonymous said...

FPL is a horrible company. Why does FPL keep raising rates and pay its CEO over $20 Mil per year? Hate monopolies.

Anonymous said...

The nation's energy utilities like NextEra are to the climate crisis as the health insurance industries to the health care crisis.

Anonymous said...

Or maybe South Miami residents who are tried of Mayor Stoddard's heavy hand in residential lot-splitting and use of Aqua-Bric permeable pavers to cover entire lot.

Anonymous said...

Or maybe South Miami residents who are tired of the glaring and numerous political favors that Mayor Stoddard bestows upon developers, land use attorneys and other special interests that have contributed generously to his last election.

Anonymous said...

Or maybe South Miami residents who are tired of poor leadership and must now bear the monetary costs because of Mayor Stoddard's decision to violate his own City Charter, Florida's Sunshine laws and the Florida Constitution.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Miami-Dade Judge grants former South Miami Chief of Police’s Motion for Summary Judgment after two-year legal battle
March 10, 2015
MIAMI, FL – A two-year legal battle between the former Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro and the City of South Miami took a big step towards resolution Tuesday. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jose M. Rodriguez issued his 11 page Order granting the Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and ruled that the City of South Miami breached its’ Employment Agreement with Mr. Martinez de Castro. The Order ultimately concluded that Summary Judgment was proper as to the allegations that the City was in Breach of the Employment Agreement and went on to declare that the City of South Miami’s Resolution #167-13-13985 (passed on August 14, 2013), which effectively terminated Mr.
Martinez de Castro’s employment, conflicted with South Miami’s City Charter, Florida’s Sunshine
Laws, and the Florida Constitution. The lawsuit was filed on March 13, 2013 after the City of South Miami improperly withheld contractual benefits from Mr. Martinez de Castro and refused to submit to contractual mediation and binding arbitration. After the filing of the lawsuit, the City passed a resolution in a failed attempt to
claim that Martinez de Castro had resigned his position by operation of law, voiding the Employment Agreement. The Motion for Summary Judgment was “Partial” as the amount of the damages due to the Plaintiff under the agreement has yet to be determined and includes Mr. Martinez de Castro’s annual salary and benefits. Orlando Martinez de Castro v. The City of South Miami, Miami-Dade Circuit Case No.: 13-9342-CA (15)

FPL SUCKS said...

Thanks Gimleteye,
I wrote to We do not know ethics. FPL would not know an ethic if it came up and bit them in the ass. Their pillage of the company is amazing. The grid is falling apart. They stopped maintenance 30+ years ago. Most people do not remember the FPL mass layoffs aka firings done between Reagan and Bush they went from Blue collar to Armani overnight. Profit versus safety.They have been paying Bernie Madoff returns (20 %) for 12 years running hopefully the feds will catch up with the regulated ponzi scheme they have become.

Gimleteye said...

The problem at FPL started when the economy went bubble crazy, and executives of electric utilities (and newspapers!) felt they deserved to earn as much as entrepreneurs. Every utility CEO in America demanded to be compensated like Silicon Valley. So now you have electric utilities, whose purpose had been governed by regulations in order to deliver reliable profits to grandmothers and coupon clippers, acting like gamblers -- at least they are, in terms of executive compensation tied to nonsense like "early cost recovery" for nuclear plants at sea level. For the rest of us, grab snorkels. We'll be needing them in South Florida.

Anonymous said...

FPL? Executives being way overpaid. After all, it is not like customers have any choice.

Anonymous said...

LOL..."Ethisphere was criticised[2] in March 2010 by the journalist Will Evans on Slate magazine for receiving payment from the companies it lists in its "World's Most Ethical Companies" awards and for claiming as members of its "panel of independent experts" people who did not actively participate."

Here is the link to Slate article on how this bogus institute has financial ties to some companies it touts. "It's tempting, of course, to dismiss all this as just corporate window-dressing, and in fact Canadian ethicist Chris MacDonald, who until recently was on Ethisphere's advisory panel, warned me to take such awards "with a grain of salt." And then there are people like Gretchen Winter, former ethics officer for "World's Most Ethical" winner Baxter International and current director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the University of Illinois. Winter says the institute's conflicts of interest and reliance on self-reported information make its awards "less credible.""

NOTE: This is from the Tobacco playbook well described in the book Merchants of Doubt, creating bogus institutes that researched how tobacco was not toxic, how climate change is not happening, how we have no ozone hole, etc.

Reply to Troll who says South Miami residents are getting tired of Stoddard: Is this why FPL spends more and more money to defeat Stoddard, yet Stoddard's margin of victory keeps increasing?! Nothing worse than a stupid Troll!

Anonymous said...

The thing is that FPL the Utility and NextEra are two entirely different companies.

FPL uses NextEra when it wants to show itself as a clean, progressive company, but the two are wholly seperate companies under the FPL parent company umbrella.

NextEra is the unregulated energy company that is one of the largest owners of wind farms and solar power plants in the country. They have invested in biomass too, but to a lesser extent. They are the reason the parent company was an early signatory to a carbon cap/tax/trade regime.

They're sort of the yin to the utility's yang.