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ESG News Review 20 – 26 September 2014ESG News Review 20 – 26 September 2014

Nestlé was among the most praised companies last week as it announced its endorsement of Caring for Climate, the world’s largest coalition on climate issues, during the U.N. Climate Summit in New York. At the same occasion Kellogg Company announced a new commitment to support the livelihoods of 15,000 smallholder growers around the world. Unilever and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have formed a new partnership to create jobs, improve water and sanitation and develop sustainable supply chains in developing countries. Ingersoll-Rand has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2020 in addition to investing $500 million in energy efficiency initiatives to address climate change. At the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Siemens Healthcare, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced “Stronger Together,” a new five-year Commitment to Action valued at $15 million, to strengthen laboratory systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

Air France-KLM was among the most criticized companies last week, after a second week of a pilot strike over fears low-cost operations would threaten their jobs. Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a river spill from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico. The IG Metall trade union expressed fears that 1800 jobs would be cut at a Mercedes factory in Dà¼sseldorf, which belongs to Daimler AG. Barclays was fined for client account failures in the U.K. and the U.S. Workers at four of‘s German distribution centers have started a two-day strike in a long-running dispute over wages.

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

ESG News Review 20 - 26 September 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 20 - 26 September 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 20 - 26 September 2014

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In terms of volume of information USA, Germany, France, Mexico, Spain, India, UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil were the main countries of action.

Last week statistics

Positives 1324 Companies named 359 Countries 82
Negatives 735 Mostly praised 253 Sources 379
Total 2059 Mostly criticized 98    
Positives / Total 64%        

These figures show the activity in Covalence EthicalQuote database during the week of 20 – 26 September 2014.

Historical statistics

  ESG News Review 20 - 26 September 2014
Positives 392708
Negatives 259345
Total 652053
Sources 41567
Start 01.01.2002
End 26.09.2014

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