“Our goal with the Shahidi project is to facilitate an open platform for communities, activists, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over social and public goods, and to scrutinize and challenge corporate power."-Elsadig Elsheikh, Haas Institute program manager
Today, the Haas Institute launched a new monitoring project that documents the power and influence of 10 mega corporations—which own hundreds of subsidiaries in the agriculture, food production, and sales industries—over the design of the global food system that has left millions of people around the world in hunger.
“Shahidi: Corporations Decoded” documents corporations’ profits, track records on human rights, labor, and the environment; their congressional lobbying power and influence over government; identifies policy issues, bills, and government regulations in which they were involved; and lists their contracts awarded to provide services for federal government agencies.
As part of the project we're also publishing a new research brief, titled "The Era of Corporate Consolidation and the End of Competition," which examines the implications on the global food system of the recent merger of Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont, and ChemChina-Syngenta. The report argues that these mergers, and other examples of agribusiness consolidation, pose a danger to the ecosystem, exacerbate the climate crisis, food insecurity, and reduce competition and innovation.