ESG Controversy Top Movers

Week ending June 4th, 2023

In this week's report:

  • Amazon settles privacy violation allegations for over $30M;
  • Sean 'Diddy' Combs sues spirits giant Diageo, accusing them of racism;
  • Consumer lawsuit alleges Delta Air Lines made false carbon-neutral claims, and
  • Crypto players Nansen and Binance announce significant layoffs.
Event Inc.


Amazon will pay over $30 million to settle privacy violation allegations regarding Alexa and Ring devices.
Diageo PLC


Rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has sued the spirits giant Diageo, alleging racism and intentional sabotage of their joint-venture spirits brand.
Delta Air Lines Inc.


Delta Air Lines faces a consumer lawsuit alleging false carbon-neutral claims due to invalid carbon offsets.
Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC; BAE Systems PLC


India files a graft case against BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce for "criminal conspiracy" in jet trainer procurement.
Nansen Ltd.


Blockchain analytics provider Nansen lays off 30% of staff due to cryptocurrency market conditions and aggressive expansion.
Funko Inc.


Manufacturer of pop culture collectibles Funko faces a class action lawsuit for alleged false and misleading statements.
Binance Holdings Ltd.


Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, is reportedly looking to reduce its workforce by 20%.
Meta Platforms Inc.


Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, will block news content for up to 5% of Canadian users in response to the Online News Act. The Act would require Meta to pay Canadian media companies for using their content online.
British Airways PLC


British Airways was fined almost £1 million by the US government over Covid refunds.
Arc Automotive


US Government pressures ARC Automotive to recall 67M potentially dangerous air bag inflators, threatening with fines if the company does not comply.

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