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Skeletons in the Corporate Closet

We shine light on some little-known controversies connected to the companies you buy from every day.

These days, it seems almost impossible for a major corporation to get away with a scandal without an onslaught of media coverage. But dig deep enough, and you’ll find carefully buried skeletons in just about every corner office closet.

The fact is, most companies have chapters in their past they’d rather keep secret. Some only look scandalous through the lens of history. Others were simply a result of astoundingly poor decision-making. But when the truth eventually gets out, as it inevitably does, it’s up to the company to handle the crisis appropriately to avoid destroying its image.

Minyanville dug deep into the sordid pasts of some of the best known names in global capitalism and the skeletons just flew out. What was JPMorgan’s connection to slavery before the Civil War? What's behind the so-called "Killer Coke" campaign? Why didn’t McDonald’s hire women until 1968? And who supplies the cocoa used in your Hershey bar?

Click through our gallery to find out what you didn’t know about the companies you thought you knew so well.

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