ESG Controversy Top Movers

Week ending May 14th, 2023

In this week's report:

  • Major product recall from Peloton impacts over 2 million U.S. customers;
  • Novavax, LinkedIn and Paramount announced layoffs;
  • Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia to pay hefty settlements or fines, and
  • Autonomy founder Lynch extradited to the US on fraud charges.
Peloton Interactive Inc.


Peloton recalls over 2 million exercise bikes in the U.S. due to seat post assembly issues, posing fall and injury risks.
Reach PLC


Reach PLC, publisher of British tabloid Daily Mirror, apologizes to Prince Harry for unlawful information seeking, as a phone-hacking lawsuit begins.
Novavax Inc.


Novavax Inc., a Covid-19 vaccine maker, announced a restructuring plan that includes cutting about 25% of its global workforce.
LinkedIn Corp.


Microsoft-owned professional networking service LinkedIn cuts more than 700 jobs and closes its China app.
ENI S.p.A.


Greenpeace is suing Italian energy company ENI, accusing it of knowingly contributing to climate change.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.


Goldman Sachs will pay $215m to settle claims that it discriminated against women, offering them lower pay and fewer opportunities.
Paramount Pictures Corp.


Paramount Global consolidates 2 studios and 9 cable networks, resulting in a 25% reduction of its TV networks staff.
HSBC Holdings PLC


HSBC to pay $75 million to settle U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission charges for manipulative trading and record-keeping failures.
Bank of Nova Scotia Co.


Two U.S. agencies have imposed a $22.5 million fine on Bank of Nova Scotia, after employees used unauthorized communication methods like text messages and WhatsApp.
Autonomy Corp. Ltd.


UK software firm Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch has been extradited to the US to face 17 criminal charges related to Hewlett Packard's $11 billion acquisition of Autonomy.

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