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ESG News Review 27 September – 3 October 2014

Ford was among the most praised companies last week as it announced the creation of 1000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Canada. Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group said they have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority for the 100 megawatt Belle River Wind project in Ontario, Canada. Duke Energy has established a $10 million Water Resources Fund to make grants to improve water quality, protect fish and wildlife habitats and expand public access to waterways in several U.S. States. The Mosaic Company has been recognized by the environmental non-profit CDP as a leader among Standard & Poor’s 500 Index companies for its actions to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change.

Apple was among the most criticized companies last week, as it was accused by the European Commission of benefiting from illegal state aid in Ireland through corporate tax deals; similar investigations also involving the Netherlands and Luxembourg are targeting Google, Starbucks and Fiat. In Germany, Google was ordered to limit how it combines user data that could be used to find out customers’ personal preferences. Lufthansa pilots went on strike again to increase pressure on management over retirement conditions.

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

ESG News Review 27 September - 3 October 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 27 September - 3 October 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 27 September - 3 October 2014

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

Last week statistics

Positives 719 Companies named 317 Countries 80
Negatives 885 Mostly praised 184 Sources 340
Total 1604 Mostly criticized 127    
Positives / Total 64%        

These figures show the activity in Covalence EthicalQuote database during the week of 27 September – 3 October 2014.

Historical statistics

  ESG News Review 27 September - 3 October 2014
Positives 393427
Negatives 260230
Total 653657
Sources 41694
Start 01.01.2002
End 03.10.2014

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