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ESG News Review 3 — 9 August 2013

12 08 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co. was the most criticized company last week, after Japan’s Prime Minister called for an “urgent battle to stop radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant leaking into the ocean” (Sky News). JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, along with Glencore Xstrata, also received criticism for alleged antitrust practices pertaining to aluminium supplies […]


Business playing key role in drive for gay marriage

22 03 2012

Gay marriage wouldn’t have passed in the Washington state Legislature this year without Gov. Chris Gregoire’s decision to reverse course and push for it. Legislators’ personal pleas to colleagues, as epitomized by Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh’s passionate floor speech about her desire to throw her daughter a wedding someday, also played a major role. The […]


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 […]


Business ethics: is a crisis necessary to implement change?

16 06 2010

It is rare for two global crises to occur in such quick succession.  The banking and financial services industry, once heralded for its social responsibility and support of community issues, is under fire for seriously mishandling their financial responsibilities of late.  On the oil industry front, BP, once the darling of progressives for their “Beyond […]


Wall St. Helped to Mask Debt Fueling Europe’s Crisis

13 02 2010

Wall Street tactics akin to the ones that fostered subprime mortgages in America have worsened the financial crisis shaking Greece and undermining the euro  by enabling European governments to hide their mounting debts. As worries over Greece rattle world markets, records and interviews show that with Wall Street’s help, the nation engaged in a decade-long […]


Will corporate social responsibility survive the bust?

15 09 2008

Today wasn’t the best day for an investment bank to seek coverage of a big corporate social responsibility initiative. But Lehman’s collapse didn’t stop Goldman Sachs from going ahead with the long-planned announcement of new partners for its “10,000 Women” scheme, which aims to give business and management training to women in less-developed countries. Image […]


Brown calls on Google to help world’s poor

10 12 2007

Gordon Brown plans to harness at least 20 of the world’s biggest multinational companies, including Google and Vodafone, to tackle a “development emergency” in the world’s poorest countries and put the international community back on course to achieve seven UN development goals by 2015. As a UN report released today shows limited progress in hitting […]


FairPensions’ survey unveils truth – and risks – behind fund managers’ “corporate responsibility” policies

15 10 2007

The FairPensions’ Fund Manager Transparency and Engagement Survey reveals that 75% of fund managers analysed do not publicly disclose any policies relating to environmental and social issues. This is despite the fact that many of the companies analysed have transparent corporateresponsibility policies in place. The survey covered the top twenty fund managers in the UK, […]