ESG News Review 11 – 17 October 2014

20 10 2014

Procter & Gamble was among the most praised companies last week as it announced its plans to cut the water used in manufacturing by 20 percent in the next six years as part of an expansion of its sustainability goals. Iberdrola said it was included in the 2014 editions of the Climate Performance Leadership and Climate […]

ESG News Review 23-29 November 2013

2 12 2013

Mediaset was among the most criticized companies last week, as its founder Silvio Berlusconi was expelled from the Italian Senate after he was found guilty for masterminding a complex and illegal system to lower the taxes for his media group. UBS had its Paris headquarters raided by French authorities in tax evasion probe. EADS announced […]

ESG News Review 28 September – 4 October 2013

7 10 2013

Last week the most criticized company was Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc., as contaminated water continue leaking at Fukushima nuclear plant. Ryanair also received negative comments for being ordered by a French court to pay more than €9m in fines and damages for breaching labour laws in Marseille. BP has been accused of withholding information […]

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 […]

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 […]

Better Safe than Sorry – Corporate executives should build global opportunities by advancing human rights

28 02 2011

Public revolt in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere makes it clear that many yearn for rights and liberties. But states are not the only institutions obligated to respect human rights. Companies also have human rights responsibilities and can be complicit in violating human rights. For example, during the first days of protests in Cairo, telecom […]

Vodafone denies corruption claims ahead of report into Ghana Telecoms deal

24 10 2009

Vodafone has pledged to fight any allegations of irregularities surrounding its £450 million purchase of a majority stake in Ghana Telecom, when a report into the deal is published this week. The British mobile phones giant said it had been co-operating with an inquiry commissioned by the Ghanaian government into the deal with Ghana Telecom […]

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 […]

New website to help NGOs share ideas on how mobile technology creates social change

20 06 2007

Espoo, Finland and London, UK – Nokia and Vodafone have launched a new website designed to help share ideas on how to use mobile communications for social and environmental benefits. The site,, was created in direct response to NGO calls for better tools and information to help them use mobile services more effectively in […]