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ESG News Review 10 — 16 August 2013

Toyota was the most praised company last week thanks to initiatives such as the donation of business expertise to non-profits, environmental education and scholarship programs.

On the other hand, Ryanair was the most criticized company, after it fired a pilot who expressed safety concerns in a Channel 4 documentary. Sanofi also generated many negative comments as Chinese authorities launched an investigation into the alleged corruption of doctors.

The most praised companies last week were: Toyota Motor Corp., International Business Machines Corp., Ford Motor Co., PPG Industries Inc., and J Sainsbury PLC.

And the most criticized were: Ryanair Holdings plc, Sanofi S.A., Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc., BP plc, BHP Billiton plc.

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

ESG News Review 10 — 16 August 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 10 — 16 August 2013

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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 10 — 16 August 2013

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In terms of volume of information USA, China, Japan, UK, Brazil, Germany, Canada, and Ireland were the major countries of action last week.

Last week statistics

Positives 767 Companies 281 Countries 61
Negatives 1531 Mostly praised 138 Sources 477
Total 2298 Mostly criticized 133
Positives / Total 33%

These figures show the activity in Covalence EthicalQuote database during the week of 10 – 16 August 2013.

Historical statistics

Positives 338099
Negatives 192075
Total 530174
Sources 34856
Start 01.01.2002
End 16.08.2013

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