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ESG News Review 1 — 7 February 2014

General Motors was among the most praised companies last year, as its Opel unit has agreed to extend by two years a guarantee that workers at three German plants won’t face job cuts. AT&T announced plans to commit $100 million of free mobile broadband access to educational websites, applications and services.  Cisco was named among Canada’s 10 “Most Admired Corporate Cultures”. Renault shared its vision of NEXT TWO, an autonomous electric vehicle for the year 2020. The Aetna Foundation plans to give $4 million in grants to support digital health innovations for underserved communities.

On the negative side, UBS was among the most criticized companies last week, as bonuses have increased by 28 percent in 2013. According to Le Point, the French State should make a €1bn tax claim against Google. Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $1.86 billion to settle U.S. mortgage lawsuits. Deutsche Bank also settled a lawsuit with French city Saint-Etienne for loans described as “toxic”.

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

ESG News Review 1 — 7 February 2014

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 dimensions, following the structure of the GRI. The color indicates the ratio of positive news / total news.

ESG News Review 1 — 7 February 2014

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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 1 — 7 February 2014

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In terms of volume of information USA, France, Switzerland, UK, South Africa, Germany, Australia, Japan, Canada, India, and Russia.

Last week statistics

Positives 873 Companies 309 Countries 63
Negatives 1529 Mostly praised 142 Sources 281
Total 2402 Mostly criticized 157
Positives / Total 36%

These figures show the activity in Covalence EthicalQuote database during the week of 1-7 February 2014.

Historical statistics

ESG News Review 1 — 7 February 2014
Positives 351697
Negatives 209740
Total 561437
Sources 37381
Start 01.01.2002
End 07.02.2014

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