ESG Controversy Top Movers

Week ending May 21st, 2023

In this week's report:

  • Telco companies Vodafone and BT Group announced massive layoffs over the next years;
  • 3M fires executive weeks after promotion;
  • Goldman Sachs Bank Europe sanctioned by the European Central Bank for misreporting capital needs, and
  • A subsidiary of oil company BP agrees to pay $40m in pollution charges settlement.
BT Group PLC


U.K. telecom company BT Group announced plans to cut up to 55,000 jobs by the end of the decade and replace some of them with AI.
3M Co.


3M, maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, fires executive Michael Vale for "inappropriate conduct and policy violation" weeks after promotion.
Vodafone Group PLC


Vodafone announced it's laying off 11,000 workers over the next 3 years.
Marathon Petroleum Corp.


A fire broke at a Marathon Petroleum refinery near Houston, with one death confirmed by the company.
PharMerica Corp.


Pharmacy services provider PharMerica has disclosed a massive data breach impacting over 5.8 million patients, exposing their medical data to hackers.
Cineplex Inc.


Canada's competition Bureau is suing the Cineplex movie chain for advertising misleading ticket prices.
Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE (Investment Mgmt)


The European Central Bank (ECB) sanctions Goldman Sachs Bank Europe with a €6.63 million penalty for misreporting capital needs.
Viatris Inc.


A law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against healthcare corporation Viatris Inc. on behalf of investors, claiming that the company made false statements and failed to disclose adverse facts about its business.


A Subsidiary of oil company BP agrees to pay $40m to settle air pollution charges in US.
Stem Inc.


Clean energy company Stem Inc. faces a class action lawsuit for violations of the federal securities laws.

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