ESG News Review 16-22 November 2013

25 11 2013

Volkswagen was among the most praised companies last week, after they recently announced their plan to electrify all vehicles in all segments so that by the end of 2014, fourteen models from the Volkswagen group brands will be available as Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery Electric Vehicles, or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. BMW made it their […]

ESG News Review 9-15 November 2013

18 11 2013

Chevron Corp. was among the most criticized companies last week as the US oil giant was ordered to pay $9.51 billion by an Ecuadorian court as compensation for decades of damages caused to the Amazon rainforest by its sister company, Texaco. Chevron refused to apologize for the oil extraction that polluted the land with toxins […]

ESG News Review 2-8 November 2013

11 11 2013

Iberdrola was among the most praised companies last week as it presented the first results of its SIGMA program aiming at reducing CO2 emissions during electricity generation. This Spanish company has also been named in other news covering its initiatives in favor of biodiversity, education and environmental awareness. Toyota said it reduced 29% of CO2 […]

ESG News Review 12 — 18 October 2013

21 10 2013

Dell Inc. was among the most praised companies last week for joining forces with Members of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and WEConnect to support women entrepreneurs. Dell Inc. also launched 2020 Legacy of Good Plan initiative for sustainable community development with an environmental focus. McKesson Corporation was praised for its annual Community Day […]

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 13 — 20 July 2013

22 07 2013

GlaxoSmithKline continued to be the most criticized company last week, as Chinese officials pursued their investigation into the suspected “economic crimes” of executives, including bribery. This affair occupies a large portion of the summer media space. On the other hand, Microsoft was the most praised company for calling on President Obama and the U.S. Congress […]

Protesters rally against money in politics, environmental impact at Chevron headquarters

29 05 2013

Activists called on Chevron to refrain from political spending and oust CEO John Watson outside the company’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning. A coalition of citizens’ groups and non-governmental organizations chided the energy giant for failing to address human rights abuses at home and abroad. “Almost everyone who spoke (at the shareholders meeting) had some […]

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 […]

Oil groups distance themselves from BP

13 06 2010

The chief executives of the world’s biggest international oil companies will testify on Tuesday that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “was preventable’’, publicly distancing themselves for the first time from the UK company, the Financial Times has learnt. Executives from ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips will say that by following current […]

Chevron to test youthful solar systems at aging oil refinery

23 03 2010

In a move bound to be interpreted in some quarters as symbolic of the company’s evolving low carbon energy strategy, oil giant Chevron announced yesterday that it is to use one of its former refineries in California to host a major new research project to assess the effectiveness of competing next generation solar technologies. The […]