ESG Controversy Top Movers

Week ending July 23rd, 2023

In this week's report:

  • Banking group NatWest is at the center of a media scandal in the UK, after it has closed the accounts of Nigel Farage, former UKIP party leader;
  • Deutsche Bank, Amazon, Apple, fined hundreds of millions over compliance issues;
  • Proterra, Danaher Corporation, Rain Oncology are facing class action lawsuits from investors, and
  • Chinese clothing maker Shein faces lawsuits over aggressive copyright infringement.
NWG NatWest Group PLC


The CEO of the banking group NatWest apologised to Nigel Farage for “deeply inappropriate comments” that led to the closure of his accounts at the group’s exclusive private bank, Coutts.
DBK Deutsche Bank AG


Deutsche Bank was fined $186 million by the Federal Reserve for "unsafe and unsound practices" concerning sanctions compliance and money-laundering controls.
PTRA Proterra Inc.


Proterra, an American automotive and energy storage company, faces a class action lawsuit over alleged misleading financial disclosures.
DHR Danaher Corp.


Law firm files class action against Danaher Corporation, a global conglomerate, for securities law violations.
ZoeTop Business Co. Ltd.


Chinese clothing maker Shein faces lawsuit over aggressive copyright infringement.
FibroGen Inc.


Fibrogen, a biotech firm, will lay off 104 employees, almost a third of its U.S. staff.
PSM ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE


ProSiebenSat.1, the German media group, will eliminate 400 full-time positions as part of its digital-focused strategy.
RAIN Rain Oncology Inc.


Rain Oncology Inc.faces class action lawsuit for alleged violations of federal securities laws related to the design of its Phase 3 MANTRA study and FDA approval statements.
AMZN, AAPL.O Inc., Apple Inc.


Spain's antitrust watchdog imposed fines worth 194.1 million euros on Amazon and Apple for colluding to restrict the number of Apple sellers on the Amazon website in Spain.
KELYA Kelly Services Inc.


Specialty talent solutions provider Kelly Services has implemented a significant workforce reduction plan, without disclosing the number of employees affected.

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