The award for what environmentalists regard as the world’s “most evil corporation of the year” will be presented this week to a reluctant winner, with finalists ranging from the manufacturer of your iPod to the troubled oil giant BP.

Six companies face the dubious distinction of winning a Public Eye Award for “the worst corporate offences against human rights and the environment”, according to the organisers, Greenpeace Switzerland and the Berne Declaration, a Swiss economic justice campaign group.

The list of shame includes the Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn, which makes iPads, iPhones and iPods for Apple. It is shortlisted for brutal working conditions that reportedly drove at least 18 employees to commit or attempt suicide in 2010.