The notion is "deeply embedded in the landscape of contemporary culture—populating films, novels, videogames, and more." The science fiction genre served as the initial background to portray corporations in this dystopian light.
In real life some corporations have been accused of being evil. To guard against such accusations, Google at one point in its history had the official motto "Don't be evil". The New Yorker wrote that "many food activists consider Monsanto (now Bayer) to be the definitively evil corporation".
In Japan, a committee of journalists and rights activists issues an annual "corporate raspberry award" known as Most Evil Corporation of the Year Award (also called the Black Company Award) to a company "with a culture of overwork, discrimination and harassment".