Coronavirus Controversies Climbing

The Covid-19 crisis has made investors think about how companies treat their customers and employees. We look at why the number of controversies is climbing

Andrew Willis 23 July, 2020 | 12:31AM
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As the spread of the coronavirus is contained in some places, we remain vulnerable in others. A new report from Sustainalytics sheds some light on trouble spots and highlights evolving risks for investors looking to avoid controversy with the pandemic. A bulk of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks stem from workplace safety, product safety, labour relations and business ethics issues, the study finds.

Martin Vezér, of the Sustainalytics thematic research team, led an investigation of more than 1,200 Covid-related ESG incidents in the first half of 2020. “While the Covid-19 infection curve has been flattening in key regions, we find that globally the number of corporate Covid-19 incidents continues to climb,” the report notes.

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