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Retrospective: Controversial Business Practices in 2019

Jul 22, 2019

Inrate manages a database with more than 15,000 controversial business practices of over 3,000 companies of major indices such as MSCI Developed Markets, MSCI Emerging Markets and the Swiss Performance Index collected over nine years. News articles are screened on a daily basis, recorded, categorized as well as evaluated in detail.

At Inrate, we have taken some time to look at the database with respect to the controversies in 2019 and to compile a list of controversial business practices which caught our attention during the last twelve months. Every chosen example is extraordinary in nature, even though for different reasons. The list includes controversies that were relevant because of the impact of the corporate conduct on environment and society as well as the perception of stakeholders thereof. Some of the controversies that emerged in 2019 or before saw significant updates during the past year. It is not a ranking of the controversies with the severest grades of 2019.

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Financial market infrastructure provider SIX announced today the launch of a new climate data offering, aimed at supporting investors in reporting and monitoring of climate factors, and in climate-related investment and risk decision making.

The climate data sets, from various data providers in a range of industries, will provide clients with modelled and reported emissions data, covering over 33,000 companies globally, and bringing together multiple data sets on regulatory, historical and forward-looking climate impacts from providers including MSCI and Inrate. SIX also announced that it has recently entered into an agreement with environmental disclosure platform CDP to offer access to its global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Dataset across various industries.

According to SIX, the new data sets come as investors increasingly require ESG and climate data to monitor investment decisions and to meet growing regulatory disclosure requirements, including the EU’s SFDR and the U.S.’ upcoming SEC Climate Disclosure Rules.

Martina Macpherson, Head ESG Product Strategy and Management, Financial Information, SIX, said:

“Understanding, measuring and managing climate risk and opportunities, as well as the impact that these can have on investment decisions, is a critical area of focus for market participants and policy makers alike. As more climate risk monitoring and reporting is required globally, the cost of compliance is increasing – both in operations and in terms of specialist ESG resources. SIX works with established providers of basic and specific ESG and climate data in the market.”