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ESG News Review 6 — 12 July 2013

GlaxoSmithKline has been the most criticized company last week, as some of its executives in China confessed to “bribery and tax violations”. Microsoft also received substantial negative coverage after The Guardian revealed the company “has collaborated closely with U.S. intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted”.

On the positive side, The Coca-Cola Company was able to maintain a strong media presence by announcing an enlarged partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), including new 2020 environmental sustainability goals for the Coca-Cola system (the company and its 300 bottling partners worldwide). French oil company Total has been acquitted by a French court in Iraq oil-for-food corruption case, several sources reported.

The most praised companies last week were: The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Total SA, and Carrefour SA.

And the most criticized were: GlaxoSmithKline plc, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc., Target Corp., Apple Inc., and Microsoft Corporation.

The tag cloud below shows words found in news about these companies.

ESG News Review 6 — 12 July 2013

Words found in news about most praised and most criticized companies last week

This weekly review has been produced using the EthicalQuote reputation index run by Covalence, which tracks 2800 companies worldwide. It gives a summary of positive and negative news published last week about Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability.

The EthicalQuote reputation index integrates thousands of news pieces gathered online and classified according to 50 ESG criteria inspired by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and to their positive or negative sentiment.

The next heatmap represents the sentiment calculated for each of the 50 criteria last week. The 50 criteria are embedded into 7 groups, following the structure of the GRI. The color indicates the ratio of positive news / total news.

ESG News Review 6 — 12 July 2013

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Last week these criteria groups gathered more negative news than positives: Labor (Employment, Trade Unions, Health and Safety, Diversity and Equal Opportunity), Society (Social Compliance, Competition, Corruption), and Product (Product Compliance, Product Safety, Customer Privacy).

On the other hand, Governance (Commitments to External Initiatives), Environment (Environmental Compliance, Energy, Emissions, Environmental Impact of Transport), and Economic (Infrastructures, Indirect Economic Impacts, Pricing / Needs, Social Sponsorship) registered majorities of positive news.

The map below represents countries where action described in the news takes place, the color reflecting the ratio of positive news / total news for each active country using last week’s data.

ESG News Review 6 — 12 July 2013

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In terms of volume of information USA, France, China, UK, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Japan were the major countries of action last week.

Last week statistics

Positives 2020 Companies 410 Countries 74
Negatives 1628 Mostly praised 281 Sources 679
Total 3648 Mostly criticized 115
Positives / Total 55%

These figures show the activity in Covalence EthicalQuote database during the week of 6 – 12 July 2013.

Historical statistics

Positives 335403
Negatives 186886
Total 522289
Sources 34654
Start 01.01.2002
End 12.07.2013

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