We didn’t do anything illegal – corporate morality

We didn't do anything illegal

A cartoon about corporate morals and the moral corporate stance of stating that “We never did anything illegal” as a justification for using devious or evasive financial practices.

This cartoon is partly inspired by the news story about money laundering through Panama legal/financial firm Mossack Fonseca

A cartoon about corporate morality, the spirit of the law, money laundering leaks, tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax havens.
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Profiting from climate change

profiteering from global warming cartoon

A businessman making his business diversify into boats due to increased flood risk

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As global warming results in more floods there will be a greater demand for boats.
The cartoon shows a businessman suggesting that his manufacturing company diversify into ship and boat building.

A cartoon showing manufacturing companies and businesses adapting to changing demands (as indeed they should),

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Bankers’ salary and bonus cartoon

banker's salaries and bonuses cartoon

Investment bankers’ bonuses and pay joke

Investment banking humour

Showing a banking job interview.

The interviewer is asking “What is it that attracts you to a career in investment banking?”
A cartoon about the bonus culture in banking and the ethics of banking

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Bankers’ bonuses cartoon

banking cartoon - bankers bonus

Cartoon about bankers’salaries

Illustrating the contempt felt by sections of the public for bankers and other workers in the financial sector who earn enormous salaries with even larger bonuses

The joke in the cartoon is the tautology or circularity in the justification by the banker of his high salary.

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Businesses profiting from climate change

business opportunities created by climate change

Environment cartoon about profit from climate change

Showing business opportunities created by global warming.

The joke is based on the saying “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good” (meaning that someone always benefits from any situation, including bad ones).
The cartoon is meant as a criticism of cynical profiteering from climate change – it’s not a criticism of pragmatic approaches to job creation as a result of climate change.

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Museum and art gallery merchandising cartoon – fridge magnets of exhibits

museum merchandising cartoon - fridge magnets of artworks

Cartoon about art gallery and museum mechandising and funding.
Which works of art would look good on fridge magnets?

Cartoon showing artworks being considered for use in merchandising

Cartoon showing a meeting of staff responsible for acquiring artworks in an art gallery considering which works of art to buy, including evaluating the commercial, marketing and merchandising potential of the works of art under consideration.
The cartoon’s caption reads:
“It may indeed be a pivotially significant example of early 18th century Flemish art, but as head of merchandising I have to ask ‘What would it look like on a fridge magnet?’”
It is a cartoon about the commercialisation and commodification of artworks such as paintings and of museum artefacts. The cartoon illustrates the problem of funding art galleries and museums, and the increased reliance on museum gift shops and cafes.
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Bank computer malfunction cartoon

bank computer malfunction cartoon

A joke about bank computer failures

A joke about the computer glitches that affect banking systems and other large organisations

The image shows a bank customer withdrawing money from a cashpoint (ATM) and tentacles coming out of the cashpoint to engulf her.
An onlooker is saying “Looks like another computer glitch!”
Cartoon about banking, I.T., Nat West, RBS computer glitch, banking computer systems

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Team building cartoon – “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team'”

no i in team

Teamwork or management cartoon
There’s No ‘I’ in ‘team’

An illustration about group psychology and team dynamics.
It suggests that while a group or team may be important, it’s also important not to suppress the individual too much (as individuals are usually more creative than groups)

This cartoon is suitable for publications about motivation, or in presentations about group dynamics or by motivational speakers.

It’s also a image about questioning authority, questioning established viewpoints and about individualism

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Fiscal cliff cartoon – the US economy attached to a falling dollar sign

fiscal cliff - car and dollar sign - cartoon

Fiscal cliff cartoon
Cartoon of the US economy attached to a falling dollar sign

A political cartoon or editorial cartoon about the fiscal cliff that is threatening the US economy, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
Cartoon showing a US dollar sign attached to a car’s tow bar, and dangling over a cliff edge (the fiscal cliff)

The car is being driven by Uncle Sam.
The cartoon shows the dollar sign dragging the car towards the edge of the cliff (as the falling dollar drags the US economy into recession).
The illustration is drawn in such a way that there’s a chance that the car might just about be able to turn things around and drag the dollar sign back up
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Fiscal cliff cartoon – road warning sign

fiscal cliff warning road sign cartoon

Fiscal cliff cartoon
Falling rock warning road sign as fiscal cliff warning sign – cartoon

A cartoon about the fiscal cliff that is threatening the US economy, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
The cartoon is of a US road warning sign based on a falling rock warning sign, with US dollar signs falling instead of rocks. A person is being hit by the dollar signs

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Instagram cartoon. Instagram photo copyright theft

instagram photo copyright theft - cartoon

Instagram copyright theft cartoon
Instagram photo sharing cartoon

Instagram have announced that they intend to sell people’s photos without asking permission of the owner of the photo (who normally is the copyright holder).
A case of flagrant copyright theft I think.
The cartoon is a pastiche of the Instagram logo and slogan, with the Instagram slogan changed from “Fast beautiful photo sharing” to “Fast buck photo stealing
A cartoon about Instagram copyright violation, photo sharing sites, abuse of copyright, Instagram photo sharing site

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Unethical business practices cartoon. Business ethics and tax evasion

company motto - didn't do anything illegal - cartoon

Business ethics cartoon
Tax evasion cartoon

A cartoon about corporate ethics and ethical codes and ideology in business
Morally reprehensible business practices

A cartoon about morals and moral attitudes in businesses, corporations and companies.
This cartoon was drawn after several businesses and corporations tried to excuse their dubious practices with the reason that “We weren’t doing anything illegal” or “It was all within the law” – as though the only yardstick for restraining sharp or devious business practice was whether it was legal or not.
The instances involved include the tax avoidance schemes of the Starbucks coffee chain, in which Starbucks contrived to make a loss rather than a profit on its enterprise in the UK so that it paid no tax.
The other instance was the ‘Kate hoax” – the case of the telephone hoax or ‘prank’ perpetrated by two Australian radio presenters on the 2DayFM radio station, where they phoned the King Edward 7th hospital in London to fraudulently obtain and broadcast information about the the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton). The prank resulted in the suicide of one of the nurses who was caught out by the hoax, Jacintha Saldanha. In this case, while the two presenters may have mainly been guilty of youthful irresponsibility and the naive assumption that everything was just a bit of fun, the radio station’s parent company, Southern Cross Austereo, stated that the hoax wasn’t illegal, which, even if true, was reprehensible.
A cartoon about corporate greed, business ethos and ideology, and corporate mission statements

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Globalisation cartoon – a company logo featuring the earth

globalisation one world motto cartoon

Globalisation and corporate power cartoon

A company logo featuring the earth.
Many companies and corporations attempt to convey a green or environmentally friendly image by featuring images of the earth on their packaging, literature or promotional material
This cartoon shows a company that is using a globe on their corporate logo as a public relations exercise in projecting environmental awareness, while the globe also has the secondary meaning of the company’s global market domination

The company motto is being discussed. Should it be “One World” or “All ours”?

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Global warming cartoons – global warming benefitting industry

Environment cartoons

Environment cartoon – global warming and consumerism

An environmental cartoon showing executives in a firm that manufactures refrigerators discussing global warming.
They are saying that the more the world warms up, the more people will want to buy fridges

An illustration of the truth bahind the expression It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good
The point of this cartoon is that to some extent the creators of global warming will benefit from it.
Maybe they even sponsor climate change denial research!

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Architecture cartoon – high rise office block architecture

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Architecture cartoon
Skyscraper cartoon

High rise office blocks architecture, with the architects having trouble designing the buildings’ tops.

The buildings are modern bland, glass and steel designs apart from the tops

A cartoon of an architect’s office with models of high-rise buildings on a table, each high-rise building having an unusually shaped top.
The cartoon illustrates the way that modern architecture often relies on gimmicky shapes to give the buildings an identity (such as the ‘Gherkin’, the Shard, the “Pinnacle”, the “Cheesegrater”), so that cityscapes look more and more bizzare.

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Economy cartoon – balancing on a declining economy graph

Economy graph cartoon - unicycle with coin wheel

Economics graph cartoon – balancing on a declining economy

A financial graph cartoon showing a businessman or banker on a unicycle trying to balance on the plunging line of the graph as a financial recession occurs

A cartoon about the recession, double dip recessions, balance of trade, finance, money, credit crunch, economics

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Apple maps are inaccurate – is Apple losing its way?

apple maps inaccurate cartoon

Apple maps inaccurate
Cartoon about the Apple Maps app debacle

Apple’s maps app has several inaccuracies in it, for which chief executive, Tim Cook, has apologised. Apple have even recommended that people use rivals’ software instead.
Would this have happened under Steve Jobs, a control freak and perfectionist?

The cartoon shows a cartoon Apple logo navigating by an Apple map, and walking in a dangerous direction.
The Apple logo is saying “Am I losing my way?”
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Editorial cartoon – Apple maps app inaccurate

apple maps inaccurate - editorial cartoon

Cartoon – Apple apologises about Apple maps being inaccurate

Apple computers’ maps app has several inaccuracies in it, such as missing roads, wrongly located towns, mis-spelt place names etc.

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, has apologised following criticism caused by inaccuracies in its new maps system.

This cartoon shows a map of the world on an Apple logo, creating a globe. On the map Africa and South America are in the wrong positions, reflecting (and exaggerating!) errors in the Apple Maps app.

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Euro crisis graph – editorial illustration

downward graph euro illustration

Eurozone financial crisis graph – editorial illustration

A downward graph with a euro coin bouncing down the slope of the graph during the euro financial crisis.
An illustration of the global recession.

An editorial illustration about finance, and the eurozone financial crisis.

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Global financial crisis graph – editorial illustration

downward financial graph cartoon

Editorial illustration about financial recession – downward graph with a globe bouncing down the slope of the graph.

An illustration about the world financial crisis.

An editorial illustration about global finance, world recession and global crisis in general

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The accompanying page design is a suggestion of how the image could be used.

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Cartoon – Apple logo with teeth

Apple logo with teeth - cartoon

Apple logo cartoon.
Menacing Apple logo with teeth

Editorial cartoon showing the Apple logo transformed into a ‘monster’ with teeth

The concept of the cartoon is that Apple corp is getting too big and is turning into a bit of a monster, with all of the consequent problems, such as market monopoly, corporate greed, imbalance of competition.

This cartoon is about rapacious corporate gigantism, and not necessarily about Apple’s products – I’ve drawn almost all of my cartoons since 1985 on Macs, and have hardly touched a PC in my life.
A cartoon about corporate success, expansion, mobile phones, 3G, 4G, computers, computer companies, phone companies.

WARNING. This cartoon can not be used for commercial purposes unless it is as editorial content.

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Apple are getting so big they may be turning into a monster

apple logo monster - cartoon

Apple logo cartoon.
Apple are getting so big they are turning into a monster

Editorial cartoon showing the Apple logo transformed into a ‘monster’ with teeth, devouring a cell phone that represents the other phone manufacturers.

The concept is that Apple corp is getting too big and is creating an imbalance in the telecommunications industry.

This cartoon is about rapacious corporate gigantism, and not necessarily about Apple’s products – I’ve drawn almost all of my cartoons since 1985 on Macs, and have hardly touched a PC in my life, so I’m a big Apple fan.

WARNING. This cartoon can not be used for commercial purposes unless it is as editorial content.

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Barclays Bank chairman resigns cartoon

barclays chairman resigns cartoon

Barclays chairman Marcus Agius resigns as the chairman following the libor inter-bank lending rate-fixing scandal

Cartoon about the scandal of banks rigging the libor rates to their own advantage.

Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
Cartoon about financial malpractice and institutional corruption

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Bankers’ pay cartoon. Morality of banking

bankers pay dollar sign painting

Banker’s bonus cartoon

Joke about bankers’ salaries

Cartoon showing a job interview in a bank.

The interviewer is asking “What is it that attracts you to a job in banking?”
On the wall of the bank is a gigantic picture of a dollar sign.
A cartoon about bankers’ bonuses, and the bonus culture, the ethics of capitalism and corporate greed

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Banking cartoons – bankers’ bonuses

bankers robbers cartoon

Cartoon depicting bankers as bank robbers

A bank scandal cartoon – about the moral crisis in banking, evidenced by such incidents as the libor interest rigging scandal

Showing a banker as a thief, robbing from the public (or elsewhere).
The illustration represents a banker’s attitude to the public (The manipulation of the libor rate to the bank’s advantage meant that many customers had to pay more for their mortgages amongst other things).

A member of the public is shouting at the running banker “Stop thief!”
The joke is that the robber is running into the bank, whereas usually robbers are running out of banks.
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
Cartoon about finance, financial institutions, financial malpractice and institutional corruption

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Barclays Bank interest rate rigging cartoon.

Barclays Bank interest rigging scandal cartoon

Barclays bank interest rigging scandal cartoon

An illustration about the scandal of Barclays Bank and other banks rigging the libor rates to their own advantage.

Showing a Barclays Bank logo defecating on the head of a customer.
The cartoon represents Barclays Bank’s attitude to its customers (The manipulation of the libor rate to the bank’s advantage meant that many customers had to pay more for their mortgages amongst other things).

Did Bob Diamond know about the practice of rigging the libor rate?
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.

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Banker cartoon

cartoon - bank thieves operate in this area

Banking cartoon
Barclays bank interest rigging scandal

The scandal of traders at Barclays Bank and other banks manipulating the libor rates to their own advantage.

Gag cartoon showing a bank with a sign outside it reading “Warning. Thieves operate in this area”

Did Bob Diamond know about the practice?
Are bankers thieves?
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
A humorous comment about finance, financial institutions, banking corruption and libor rigging

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Olympic torch cartoon, Olympic sponsorship

cartoon olympic torch ice cream

Cartoon – Olympic merchandising /h3>

Cartoon showing a stall selling ice creams in the shape of the 2012 Olympic torch

An official representing Olympic marketing is telling the stall holder that it is illegal to sell olympics-related merchandise unless you have permission from an official sponsor
The cartoon is a criticism of the profit motive as applied so ruthlessly and thoughtlessly to the olympic games

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Thieves Operate in this Area! Cartoon about banking and the City of London

thieves operate in this area - bankers - cartoon

Warning – Thieves Operate in this Area!
Cartoon about bankers and banking in the City of London (or any other financial centre)

Cartoon about the dubious morality of some areas of banking and the financial sector.
The cartoon likens bankers and financiers to thieves or robbers.

The cartoon is an illustration of one aspect of the current popular image of bankers – that bankers are greedy and amoral and are only interested in their bonuses.
A cartoon about banks, bank ethics and morals, the morality of the financial sector, City of London, banking district, financial quarter, capitalism, credit crisis
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Cartoon – Clinton Cards goes into administration

Clinton Cards in administration - cartoon

Clinton Cards goes into administration – cartoon

A cartoon about the greetings card company, Clinton Cards, which has gone into administration today

The illustration shows person choosing a greetings card from a display of greetings cards in a Clinton Cards shop

The theme of the cards in the rack is “Sorry We’re Leaving”
This is on the assumption that Clinton Cards will be closing some of their stores and laying off staff.

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Facebook cartoons. Facebook privacy protection illustration

facebook privacy logo as elephant cartoon

Facebook privacy protection illustration.

Illustration depicting Facebook’s policy of storing data about Facebook users.
Graphic incorporating the Facebook logo as the trunk of an elephant, with the caption “Facebook never forgets”, based on the saying “An elephant never forgets”.

The cartoon was inspired by an article in the New York Times, reprinted in the Observer on 12th Feb 2012: Taking a Stand to Protect Privacy by Somini Sengupta.
According to the article, Facebook retains vast amounts of information about Facebook users, including deleted posts and messages, and also stores information about the user’s physical location. Such information helps Facebook and other companies target advertising on individuals.
As Facebook and similar organisations become bigger and more powerful the implications of their use of user data become more and more worrying. Facebook, Google and other internet megacompanies could easily take on a Big Brother type role.
At the moment the use of user data is probably concentrated in marketing and market related spheres, however there is no reason why such data couldn’t be used in future by repressive governments or other repressive controlling organisations.
A graphic depicting issues concerned with internet privacy
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Facebook cartoon. Facebook flotation cartoon. The commercialisation of social media

facebook revenue cartoon

Facebook cartoon. Facebook friends cartoon

Facebook flotation cartoon, showing a Facebook page with the message “On-line marketing wants to be your friend”.

There’s a strong possibility that following its proposed stock market flotation Facebook will change from being a social networking site into a commercial marketing site, appropriated by business and commercial interests as a channel for selling their goods and services.
The process has already started, with data about Facebook users ‘likes’ being used as a means of targeting and reaching potential customers.
The joke in the cartoon is that business interests cannot be your ‘friends’ as they are only interested in you because of your money.
A cartoon about the commercialisation of social media sites. A cynical view on what it will mean to be a Facebook friend in the future.
The Facebook share price following market flotation will probably drop if the site loses its status as a social networking site.
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Cartoon – bankers’ bonuses creating instability in the economy

banker with bonus cartoon

Bankers’ bonus cartoon

Cartoon about bankers’ bonuses. Showing a banker holding a bonus, with the ground beneath the banker cracking under the weight of the bonus.

A cartoon about large bankers bonuses and the effects of the bonus culture.
Bankers’ bonuses and salaries are so grossly inflated that they are destabilising the economy and are causing economic and social fracturing (symbolised in the cartoon by the fact that the ground beneath the banker is fracturing and cracking due to the large size of the banker’s bonus, thus destroying the economic base on which the economy is built).
The cartoon is an illustration of the social and economic instability that is resulting from the runaway growth of bonuses and top salaries under the current unregulated version of the capitalist system.
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