ESG News Review 31 May – 6 June 2014

10 06 2014

Ford was among the most praised companies last week, as it unveiled its Lightweight Concept vehicle, which uses advanced materials to explore weight-reduction solutions that could improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Johnson Controls supports the inclusion of energy efficiency and distributed energy systems in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean […]

ESG News Review 5 – 11 October 2013

14 10 2013

Last week the most criticized company was – again – Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc., as six workers were exposed to a leak of highly radioactive water at Fukushima nuclear plant. Leighton Holdings Limited also received criticisms for facing a shareholder class action regarding allegations of corruption in Iraq. BP and the U.S. federal government […]

Tim Cook will give evidence in class action lawsuit alleging collusive hiring practices

18 01 2013

It’s been a year since we’ve heard any news about the allegations of widespread no-hire “gentleman’s agreements” between Silicon Valley’s top companies. Twelve months and nearly 200 legal filings later, the case is moving forward, and Judge Lucy Koh is saying that internal emails reveal executives believed the agreement would bring real financial benefits to […]

UPS Halts Boy Scouts Donations Over Anti-Gay Policy

13 11 2012

More bad news for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as a major donor has announced plans to sever funding to the organization on account of a controversial anti-gay policy. The United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. will soon adopt a non-discrimination policy that disqualifies the BSA from future funding, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against […]

Intel, Xcel Energy, Alcoa Among US Companies Linking Exec Pay to Sustainability

1 06 2012

Intel, Xcel Energy, Alcoa, ING, National Grid, Shell, and Suncor Energy are among the US companies tying executive compensation to sustainability performance, according to a report from The Conference Board. The report, “Linking Executive Compensation to Sustainability Performance,” says shareholders are placing more value on corporate sustainability initiatives, and are becoming increasingly interested in linking […]

Phone firm takes tough stance on ‘conflict minerals’

21 02 2012

Nokia recently raised its voice on the issue of conflict minerals by publishing a policy that spells out its stand. The Finnish phone maker joins other consumer electronics companies in the corporate responsibility of avoiding conflict minerals in their supply chain. “We are concerned about the link between illegal extraction and trade in natural resources, […]

Lawsuit accuses Apple, others of fixing worker pay

4 05 2011

A new California lawsuit accuses Apple, Google, Adobe Systems, Intel, and other tech companies of violating antitrust laws by allegedly conspiring to fix employee pay, as well as working out “no solicitation” deals with one another. The suit (PDF), which seeks class action status, was filed today with the California Superior Court in Alameda County […]

Silicon Valley companies face minority hiring complaints

10 02 2011

Silicon Valley high tech firms are on the hot seat over accusations that they’re not hiring enough minorities. Three non-profit groups targeted Google for a protest because it wouldn’t provide a breakdown of its workforce by race or ethnicity. “The only way we can solve the problem is finding out what is your employment, what […]

L’ITRI poursuit le projet de traà§abilité de la cassitérite provenant de la RDC

24 03 2010

L’organisation des principaux producteurs et fonderies de l’étain (ITRI), s’est dit pràªt à  débuter la seconde phase d’essai pilote au sujet de la traà§abilité de l’étain provenant des mines de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). La plus haute autorité mondiale dans le domaine de l’étain ” va commencer à  établir une traà§abilité du minerai […]

New York’s attorney general files antitrust suit against Intel

4 11 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday filed an antitrust case against Intel Corp., accusing the chip behemoth of using “bribery and coercion to maintain a stranglehold” on the semiconductor market. Shares of Intel gained 1.25% Wednesday, gaining in a broadly higher market, as the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company, part of the Dow Jones […]