ESG Controversies

March 2022

April 5, 2022

Tracking the ESG events surrounding companies, products or individuals associated with your brand, portfolio or supply chain can help you manage corporate and investment risk, and get ahead of the curve.

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Yet it's often difficult to follow all the news to build a complete ESG picture, particularly when events are less reported. To help you with this, we've gathered a sample of US/UK listed equities' company-related controversies that have been widely reported, as well as those that were equally significant but received lower levels of media attention.

Events most/least covered in March 2022
among US/UK Large caps

Data: Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2022

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ESG Events 500 oilfield workers of Chevron went on strike this month, over an unresolved union dispute. The FDA rejected AstraZeneca's treatment for chronic asthma condition, asking for more clinical data and further trials. Separately, the company was sued by Bristol Myers for infringement of cancer treatment patents. Shell's CEO Ben van Beurden issued an apology statement after the company came under fire for buying Russian crude oil in early March, while the rest of the market was shunning the product following the invasion of Ukraine. Mining company Anglo American reported a fatality at its Moranbah North coal mine, in Queensland. Operations were halted while the company conducted safety audits and safety training sessions for its employees. Separately, the company is cutting 70 jobs at the Sirius Minerals potash mine, in Yorkshire. Rio Tinto was the target of more protests in Belgrade over its plans to open a lithium mine in Serbia. Lloyds Banking Group announced that 124 jobs were at risk, as it plans to close 60 branches in the UK to focus on online banking. Vodafone has experienced a data breach orchestrated by the infamous Lapsus$ hacker/ransomware group.

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