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ESG News Review 14 — 20 June 2014

23 06 2014

Walmart was among the most praised companies last week as it announced it will triple its spending on food safety in China to 300 million yuan; in addition, the company has been named in a Ceres report showing how firms also including Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on […]


ESG News Review 5 – 11 April 2014

14 04 2014

Baxter International appeared among the most praised companies last week, as it was recognized for safety performance in China when it received the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District’s (GETDD) 2013 Excellent Safety Culture Company Award for dedication to creating a safe manufacturing environment and culture. Xylem gained the 2014 Corporate Excellence Award from Charities@Work, […]


ESG News Review 22 — 28 February 2014

3 03 2014

General Electric belongs to the group of most praised companies last week as it announced a $10 billion investment in clean technology as part of its “ecomagination” initiative, according to Reuters. Ericsson has been recognized for “Connecting the Unconnected” by Telecoms.com in their 2014 Industry Awards for the company’s involvement in the Millennium Villages Project […]


ESG News Review 19 — 25 October 2013

28 10 2013

Volkswagen was among the most praised companies last week, as workers voted in favor of a collective agreement in Navarra (Spain), while its Swedish truck-maker affiliate announced more orders for its engines that meet tighter European emissions regulation. Volkswagen India received a Certificate of Appreciation on “Promoting Water Use Efficiency in Urban Sector to Address […]


ESG News Review 21 — 27 September 2013

30 09 2013

Dell was the most praised company last week after it received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kohl’s Corporation was awarded a Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award, also from the EPA. The Coca-Cola Company received positive comments as it launched a partnership to deliver safe drinking water […]


ESG News Review 24 — 30 August 2013

2 09 2013

Wal-Mart has been the most praised company last week as it opened-up healthcare benefits to employees’ same-sex partners, which The Newsweek/Daily Beast’s Daniel Gross describes as a “corporate shift”. Nissan and Ford also received positive coverage for creating jobs in the U.S., while Peugeot presented a new hybrid car. On the other hand, Tokyo Electric […]


ESG News Review 22-28 June 2013

1 07 2013

Microsoft has been praised for expressing its willingness to disclose US government data queries and for launching ad-free Bing search for schools last week, while UBS received negative coverage as its French unit was fined 10m euros for failing to tighten proper controls on money-laundering and tax evasion. This weekly review has been produced using the […]


ESG News Review 15-21 June 2013

24 06 2013

Ford has been praised for cutting production emissions by 37% per vehicle since 2000, while HSBC (and Standard Chartered) officers have been caught in a Cobrapost sting operation, offering to launder money. This weekly review is produced using the EthicalQuote reputation index run by Covalence, which tracks 2800 companies worldwide. It gives a summary of […]


India gets tough on taxation of transfers within MNCs

18 02 2013

(Reuters) – India is aggressively pursuing tax claims against multinational firms operating in the country as the government seeks to rein in its budget deficit, taking particular aim at IT and back-office functions, tax officials say. It has targeted several multinational companies in recent years for tax audits on transfer-pricing, but over the past 12 […]


Major investor coalition seeks disclosure of US corporate lobbying expenditure

20 01 2012

A group of US investment institutions have filed shareholder resolutions at 40 companies calling on them to report on their spending on direct lobbying and lobbying via trade associations. The group wants greater transparency on how companies influence regulation and law-making. Backers of the initiative include investors such as the $134bn (€104bn) New York State […]