Sunday, May 20, 2007
The Ethics of Allstate
How does anyone in the Northbrook, Illinios headquarters square this with the continuing revelations that the company has committed systematic fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood?
Making Ethical Decision
Allstate is committed to operating its business with honesty and
Integrity and Compliance
Allstate is deeply committed to integrity and compliance [with the law] ... As one of Allstate's core values, integrity must be a part of all business goals and activities....
- We act honestly and deal fairly and ethically with customers, suppliers, competitors...
- We will avoid any unethical activity even if it is not expressly illegal.
Questions to Consider
- Is it legal?
- Does it comply with this code and the policies that apply to the
- How will it affect others -- consumers, competitors, shareholders, other
employees, agencies, or the community, and you?
- How will it look to others...?
- How would you feel if this decision were made public? ...
I can hardly find words to describe the anger I get when I read about the insurance companies. The best I can do is this. New Orleans is a city beset by a horrendous violent crime problem tied to the drug trade. If I could push a Big Red Button and choose to send either all of the gun-tottin' ganstas or all of the fiduciary officials of Allstate to prison tomorrow, I would choose the suits at Allstate and take my chances with the gang bangers.
But in a story which I did not see online yesterday, I find that I may not have to make that choice. There may yet be one uncorrupted official left in the entire United States with authority to take these scum down.
Actually, scum is not a fair and accurate description. The Allstate executives and employees engaged in this massive, interstate fraud are not scum. They are below scum. They are the nasty little things that live in the dark of the pond and feed off the uderside of the scum.
When I'm done venting here, I going to call a telephone number I discovered in Allstate's Code of Ethics and ask what precisely they plan to do about the company's continuing criminal activity.
The Allstate Alert Us Line is a 24 x 7 toll-free number that all non-employees can use to alert the company about issues with company employees ... The Alert Us Line can be accessed by calling 1-800-427-9389.Or perhaps we should all go to the web site of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and follow the link to report Allstate to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. (They also have a toll free number: 1-800-835-6422.
I think that's a much better idea than picking Allstate agents at random out of the phonebook and asking why we shouldn't armor the levees with their skulls. Hell, it's not the agent's fault. They just sell the stuff. Still, I can't figure out why anyone would want their name and photo plaster on the side of a bus advertising their affiliation with Allstate. You might as well slap your business glamour shot up on a billboard with Pedophile in three foot letters.
Better yet, consider this: Allstate proudly lists $157 Billion in assets. They've already lost one $2.8 million judgement based on one of their fradulent "engineering" reports. We could build a lot of levees and houses with $157 Billion. All we need is an attorney general with some balls instead of the worthless one we've got.
Update 6-3: While I was on vacation, this further evidence of systematic fraud by Allstate, State Farm and other insurers came to light.
Katrina NOLA New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Think New Orleans Louisiana FEMA levees flooding Corps of Engineers We Are Not OK wetlands news rebirth Debrisville Federal Flood 8-29 Rising Tide Remember Allstate fraud insurance
We must all fight back and never rest until the laws are changed and insurance company's cannot get away their lying, cheating and stealing..... harming the very people they are to protect and serve.
You are in evil hands with allstate.
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