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ESG News Review 21 — 27 June 2014

Toyota appeared among the most praised companies last week, as it unveiled its first mass-market fuel-cell car, which is due to go on sale in Japan by end-March next year. Ford ranked No. 1 on Interbrand’s 2014 list of the 50 Best Global Green Brands. The George Washington University (GW), American University (AU) and the George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) announced that they will create a renewable energy project that brings solar power from North Carolina to the D.C. institutions, which will be supplied by Duke Energy Renewables. Acciona entered into a strategic alliance with KKR & Co. to develop wind-energy farms. Arca Continental partnered with the Coca-Cola Foundation to provide drinking water to hundreds of elementary schools in Mexico.

On the negative side, BNP Paribas was among the most criticized companies last week, as a US$ 9-billion settlement over alleged sanctions violations in Sudan, Iran, Cuba should be announced this week. Barclays misled large institutional investors and other clients by falsely telling them it was taking measures to protect them from predatory high-frequency traders, New York’s attorney general said. According to MBIA Inc, Credit Suisse Group has withheld key documents in a lawsuit accusing the Swiss bank of lying about how it processed loans used in mortgage-backed securities. Royal Dutch Shell is ready to pay up to $51 million in compensation for two oil spills in Bodo, Nigeria in 2008, but the lawyer representing the claimants have rejected Shell’s offer. BHP Billiton plans to cut thousands of jobs from its iron ore operations in Western Australia, according to ABC News.

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

ESG News Review 21 — 27 June 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 21 — 27 June 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 21 — 27 June 2014

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In terms of volume of information USA, France, Japan, China, UK, Spain, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada were the main countries of action.

Last week statistics

Positives 1514 Companies named 410 Countries 80
Negatives 1667 Mostly praised 211 Sources 349
Total 3181 Mostly criticized 193    
Positives / Total 48%        

These figures show the activity in Covalence EthicalQuote database during the week of 21 – 27 June 2014.

Historical statistics

  ESG News Review 21 — 27 June 2014
Positives 377093
Negatives 240677
Total 617770
Sources 40098
Start 01.01.2002
End 27.06.2014

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