Corporate Research Project’s Misconduct Database Goes Live October 27

A new online corporate misconduct database will go live later this month.


On Tuesday October 27, the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First will unveil its Violation Tracker.

The database will be free and accessible to the public at

The initial version of Violation Tracker will cover some 100,000 environmental, health and safety cases brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and more than a dozen other federal agencies since the beginning of 2010, as well as settlements, deferred prosecution agreement and verdicts handled on behalf of those agencies by the Justice Department during that period.

Cases from other agencies involving financial, wage and hour, bribery, antitrust and other categories of violations will be added in the future, Philip Mattera of the Corporate Research Project told Corporate Crime Reporter.

“Violation Tracker is a important step in creating a comprehensive database of corporate crime in the United States,” Mattera said. “The never-ending cases of corporate misconduct, seen most recently in the Volkswagen scandal, make it essential for policymakers, advocates, journalists, and the general public to have access to such systematic information.”

Violation Tracker, which employs the same proprietary parent-subsidiary matching system developed by Good Jobs First for its Subsidy Tracker database, will include aggregated dollar penalty totals for more than 1,600 parent companies as well as the individual records.

The database is a complement to the 70 Corporate Rap Sheets on major violators published by the Corporate Research Project, whose mission is to provide research tools for those working on corporate accountability.

On Tuesday, the Corporate Research Project will also publish a report summarizing what the Violation Tracker data show, including breakdowns by industry, regulatory agency, geography and parent company characteristics.

In its initial version, Violation Tracker covers environmental, health and safety cases initiated since the beginning of 2010 by the following 13 agencies — Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Energy Department Office of Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Mine Safety & Health Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

It also contains information on settlements, deferred prosecution agreement and verdicts obtained by the Justice Department in cases referred to it by these agencies as well as a limited number of environmental cases referred to the Department of Justice by four other agencies — National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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