Corporate Controversies That Defined 2019

JANUARY 30, 2020

Reflecting on the past year and the spread of corporate controversies can give investors an understanding about emerging ESG trends. When a controversy occurs nationally or internationally and a company fails to manage specific risks, regulatory actions can catch ill-prepared companies off guard.

At the company level, it can also highlight exposure to liabilities, or the likelihood of reputational impact and risk for investors. ISS ESG captures news of corporate controversies via 4,400 media and 200 stakeholder sources to support its Norm-Based Research into the conduct of over 16,000 publicly listed companies in major global indices. This paper aims to review the trove of controversial news from 2019, and the Norm-Based Research analysis to provide investors with an understanding of ESG trends for the year.

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