Corporate Chronicles: 18 Facts About Leading Companies

1Creative Home Engineering

Creative Home Engineering

There is a company named Creative Home Engineering that specializes in making hidden rooms for your home. One requires a chess board played in a certain combination to unlock.


2Michelin

Michelin

The Michelin Company, which awards prestigious star ratings to restaurants goes to extraordinary lengths to maintain the anonymity of their restaurant inspectors, even advising them not to tell their parents about their line of work.


3Geneva Steel

Geneva Steel

Geneva Steel, in an effort to show the company's importance to the local economy, paid its employees bonuses in $2 bills, which then started showing up in local businesses.


4Employee of the Year

Employee of the Year

In 2014, a Chinese company rewarded its employee of the year with Yui hatano, a Japan adult video actress.


5Vans

Vans

On the first day of business for shoe company Vans, the owners forgot to have cash on hand for a change. The 12 customers that purchased shoes on the first day were all asked to return the following day to pay for their shoes and all 12 did.


6Mile High Club

Mile High Club

There is a company that provides private flights for individuals who want to join the "mile high club". For $425.00 you get a 1-hour flight, chocolates, champagne, and a curtain.


7HSBC

HSBC

British banking giant HSBC admitted to laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and violating a host of important banking laws (from the Bank Secrecy Act to the Trading With the Enemy Act), but there were no criminal charges and no one went to prison.


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8Hitachi ATM

Hitachi ATM

Hitachi once produced an ATM that heated bills to 200°C to kill any bacteria, then ironed them before dispensing.


9Acxiom

Acxiom

A company named Acxiom gathers information on some 700 million people, with up to 1,500 data points per person, for ultra-targeted marketing, down to the list of people who buy particular brands of cereal in your local supermarket.


10Mars Inc.

Mars Inc.

Mars Inc. does not support the practice of deep-frying Mars bars in batter, as “deep-frying one of our products would go against our commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles.”

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