The financial meltdown and economic crisis illustrated that corporations will destroy even themselves in search of profit.

2008 marks the 20th anniversary of Multinational Monitor’s annual list of the 10 Worst Corporations of the year.

In the 20 years that we’ve published our annual list, we’ve covered corporate villains, scoundrels, criminals and miscreants. We’ve reported on some really bad stuff – from Exxon’s Valdez spill to Union Carbide and Dow’s effort to avoid responsibility for the Bhopal disaster; from oil companies coddling dictators (including Chevron and CNPC, both profiled this year) to a bank (Riggs) providing financial services for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; from oil and auto companies threatening the future of the planet by blocking efforts to address climate change to duplicitous tobacco companies marketing cigarettes around the world by associating their product with images of freedom, sports, youthful energy and good health.

But we’ve never had a year like 2008.

AIG: Money for Nothing

Cargill: Food Profiteers

Chevron: “We can’t let little countries screw around with big companies”

Constellation Energy: Nuclear Operators

CNPC: Fueling Violence in Darfur

Dole: The Sour Taste of Pineapple

GE: Creative Accounting

Imperial Sugar: 13 Dead

Philip Morris International: Unshackled

Roche: Saving Lives is Not Our Business