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ESG Red Spikes #1 - Pinduoduo

ESG Red Spikes 📈

Google suspends Pinduoduo shopping app

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘄𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗲?

Our proprietary Real-Time ESG tracker picked up a significant negative red spike for 
Pinduoduo, which has continued to rise throughout the day.  

Our systems immediately sent out an alert to our clients with Pinduoduo in their portfolio.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘄𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻?

Google has suspended Pinduoduo, one of China’s most popular e-commerce platforms, from its Play Store.

It has been suggested that versions of the app were found to include malware, exploiting zero-day exploits to hack users.

While this accusation has been rejected by a spokesperson of the Chinese company, the app has been suspended from the Play Store while an investigation continues and users of the app have been warned and prompted to uninstall.

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Inflation Reduction Act - weapon against climate change or protectionism?

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗿𝘂𝗺 𝗘𝗦𝗚 𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘀𝘁 𝗞𝗶𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀.

Signed into law in August 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has been hailed as “the most significant climate legislation in U.S. history” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (

The main intention of the IRA is to catalyse investment in clean energy: the act itself includes $370b of energy-related spending; two of the main beneficiaries of this will be clean energy and electric vehicle (EV) companies.  

The funds are to be delivered through tax incentives, grants, and loan guarantees. According to McKinsey, US solar, wind, heat pumps and EV industry all stand to gain from production and investment tax credits of $30 billion for manufacturing ( 

We looked into 4 companies that are starting to benefit from the IRA:

𝗧𝗲𝘀𝗹𝗮 - On 22nd February, Tesla announced a shift in cell production from Germany to the US after considering incentives available through the IRA, making it one of the first firms to declare a strategy shift prompted by the law. [1]

𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀-𝗕𝗲𝗻𝘇 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 - Mercedes are now in the process of building 10,000 fast-charging points in North America from 2023, targeting 2,500 charging points at 400 locations across most U.S. states and Canada by 2027. [2]

𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲 - According to a recent Reuters report, Linde has estimated the total investment opportunity for the company in the United States alone could exceed $30 billion over the next decade. [3]

𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿 - The company has recently announced a big expansion, planning to invest up to $1.2 billion in scaling production of American-made photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. The investment is forecast to expand the company’s ability to produce American-made solar modules for the US solar market to over 10 gigawatts (GW) by 2025. [4]

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝗨 𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗵𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰.

European officials have complained that the IRA; which – amongst other things - limits tax credits to EVs assembled in the United States, and violates U.S. commitments not to subsidise domestic industries or discriminate against foreign ones.  

There are genuine fears that it could lure businesses away from the bloc with generous tax breaks - and there is no smoke without fire.  

The CEO of Enel in December publicly claimed the IRA is more efficient than EU aid to support domestic production of energy sector components.  

The response by the European Commission has been to unveil its Green Deal Industrial plan, signifying a potential relaxation of state aid towards clean tech, although this is struggling to get ubiquitous support among all member states.  The EU has warned against a subsidy race but has welcomed the commission’s response to the IRA.

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Guesstimated Data - Yes or No?

This is a post made by our CEO Shai Hill on LinkedIn on 10th March 2023.

The large legacy ESG ratings brands use a vast amount of estimated data.

That's how they are able to cover >10,000 companies, including emerging market companies that don't actually publish any ESG data.

There are 3 problems here:

  1. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱.

Depending on your subscription, you can sometimes click through to a CO2 emissions number, but you won't know whether it is an actual value disclosed by the company, or a value estimated by that ratings firm.

  1. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱 '𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱' 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆-𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰 𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲.

In reality, although their precise methodology is typically opaque, the estimated value is just an average, calculated from that company's regional and sectoral peer group. That's why we call it a 'guesstimate'.

As I warn investors, it's like hiring an analyst after you were reassured that they got 70% in their final mathematics exam. You then learn that actually, they never showed up for that exam and this score was in fact a class average.

You can surely appreciate that if they had sat the exam, their score might have been very different from 70%.

3. 𝗔 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗽𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀.

These are the institutions who ultimately own the capital that asset management firms invest (on their behalf).

Many asset owners trust the large legacy brands in ESG ratings; in fact some demand that their asset managers use one of them.

But many never realised how many of the 'reassuring' grades they review each quarter are based on guesstimated data.

Within the UK, some asset owners (public pension fund trustees) are even receiving advice that relying on estimated ESG data might constitute a breach of fiduciary duty.

What do we think?

We only use company-disclosed data behind any fundamental analysis we do - and if the company hasn't disclosed data that a recognised framework like the SASB Standards would expect to be disclosed, we make that clear and mark the company down for it.

Many of you might disagree that this is the best approach. But if you are going to use estimated data - you should at least know it's estimated data.

𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸? When reviewing ESG data and scores for a company, do you see estimated ESG data as necessary gap filling?

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Scope 3 & Scope 4 emissions

Scope 3 emissions make up a large portion of total emissions, yet are under-reported.  

For context, approximately 85% of the largest 2,000 companies we cover disclose their GHG emissions, but of these companies only around 60% disclose a breakdown which also includes scope 3.

Even when reported, there are issues with how complete the scope 3 disclosure is, with some companies only disclosing on a few of the 15 GHG protocol categories. 

Many LPs and investors doubt the value of scope 3, and the two main criticisms arose during the ‘27 years to Net Zero, are we on track?’ panel at the PEI Responsible Investment Forum last week: 

(1) Scope 3 calculations are crude estimates at best – there is no such thing as measured scope 3.

(2) The double, triple, quadruple accounting problem at the fund level. The example given at the conference was a good one; jet fuel emissions.  

These could be counted in the scope 1 of the airline operating the flight, the scope 3 of any company whose employees are taking the flight for business, or the scope 3 of the company who refined the jet fuel.  

The SEC recently signalled they were scaling back their ambitious disclosure requirements on scope 3 [1], however some disclosure will be required under the new IFRS
 S2 standards [2]. So, there is mixed opinion from standard setters/regulators. 

Scope 4 (measuring avoided emissions) [3] is of growing interest to LPs who take climate investing very seriously; climate funds should invest in companies with technologies/approaches that will reduce global emissions significantly, with the acknowledgement that those companies are often in ‘unattractive’ industries like Steel, or Cement. 

Calculating their Scope 4 will reveal their positive impact - but again, estimations will play a large role in their quantification.

Read our Head of Research Hannah Bennett's thoughts here.

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Press Release - Integrum ESG x Malk Partners

Effective today, Integrum ESG’s industry-leading data, scoring, and benchmarking is integrating with the preeminent ESG advisory services of Malk Partners.

More and more, top-tier private market clients tell us they want ESG data and analysis that is accurate, framework-aligned, and comparable. The partnership will deliver exactly that, through a software-and-services pairing aimed at supercharging the ESG performance of portfolio companies.

We are very excited to be working with Malk, which has been a first mover and leader in the ESG advisory space since its founding in 2009,” said Shai Hill, CEO and Founder of Integrum ESG. “By combining Malk’s preeminent advisory services with our industry-leading repository of public and private company ESG data, we can become even more valuable to our private market clients.

Our clients have been very clear. They want the best ESG data available – by which they mean, ESG data that is seamlessly and accurately captured, intuitively displayed, scored in a customizable way, benchmarked against industry peers, and consistent with widely-respected ESG frameworks. In Integrum ESG, we have found the innovative partner that best aligns to our clients’ needs,” said Max Hong, CEO of Malk Partners.

Above all else, client satisfaction is our highest priority, and we are excited about the ways Malk’s field-leading advisory services will complement Integrum ESG’s unmatched data capabilities.

We now look forward to serving top-tier private market investors together.

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What does a 100% SFDR Article 9 fund look like?

Please note these are the 12 largest positions only - you can see all 100 holdings by either filling in the form HERE or by requesting the full list via

We recently created a post on LinkedIn explaining how regulators in the EU, UK and US are investigating ESG funds as there have been growing concerns that asset managers are promising more than they can deliver in an effort to sell their products.

There are fears that to meet the growing demand for ESG products many asset managers have simply rebranded their existing products rather than trying to create new ones, which has created concerns around greenwashing.

A recent analysis by PwC showed that of 1,061 Article 9 funds -- whereby a product needs to have sustainability as its “objective” -- showed that only 286 were new.  The rest were reclassifications of existing funds.

A probe of Article 9 products by Swedish authorities last month found “many cases” in which managers failed to provide necessary information, and as a result the Stockholm based regulator has warned that it will act to stamp out false ESG claims.

Furthermore - the EC has recently announced guidelines suggesting that the hurdle for an Art 9 fund should be 100% which has prompted firms like Amundi and Blackrock to remove Article 9 labels from some of its funds.

This has prompted the team here at Integrum ESG to use our 'Screener Tool' to create an Article 9 fund where every company meets the 12 specific sustainability objectives that a company must support if it is to be compatible with an Article 9.

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Integrum ESG Awarded "Best Global AI-Powered ESG Data Provider"

We are happy to have been recognised as the "Best Global AI-Powered ESG Data Provider" by Corporate Vision Magazine in their annual Artificial Intelligence Awards.

This recognises the incredible work done by the Integrum ESG Machine Learning team.

Their contribution cannot be understated - creating and refining our cutting edge models so that they are able to capture, verify and display granular and relevant ESG data with unrivalled rapidity.

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Airlines Not on Track to Meet Carbon Emissions Targets - Updated

NOTE: This table has been updated as of 29 September 2022, following the news of easyJet switching from a strategy of carbon offsetting to emission reductions.

Below is a list of the top 9 airline companies with the biggest difference between their Awareness Score and their Performance Score - i.e, they have policies and targets in place but they are still the worst performing airlines relative to their peers in the airline industry in terms of CO2e emissions.

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Countries which are worst at managing Climate Change Risk

The below table shows the countries which are worst at managing risks from climate change.

The Climate Change Risk metric includes two sub-metrics:

1. Vulnerability vs readiness for a changing climate whichlooks at a country's propensity to be impacted by climate change hazards vs its ability to make effective use of investments for adaptation.

2. Demographic Pressures which considers pressures upon the state deriving from the population itself or the environment around (including pressures stemming from extreme weather events).

This metric is scored from 0-4 with 4 being the highest score awarded.

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Companies which do not have a policy in place to protect the environment

The below table shows the companies within the Chemical sector that do not have a policy in place to protect the environment.

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The top 10 companies with the largest year on year increase of CO2 emissions.

The table below shows, from highest to lowest, the top 10 companies which have seen the largest year on year increase of CO2 emissions.

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SFDR: The Comply or Explain Mechanism

Question related to Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of the European Parliament (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation 2019/2088)

Published by the European Commission 14/07/2021:

The “comply or explain mechanism”

The underlying objective of Article 4 of Regulation 2019/2088 is to encourage financial market participants to pursue more sustainable investment strategies in terms of reducing negative externalities on sustainability caused by their investments. The compliance with disclosure requirements under Article 4 should incentivise the interest in investing in activities that do not harm environment or social justice, curb greenhouse gas emissions of their investments, stimulate investee companies to transition away from unsustainable activities and improve their environmental impacts or and even induce portfolio adjustments and divest from investments in activities that are harmful to sustainability. Article 4 also encourages financial advisers to pay more attention to how the consideration of negative externalities is integrated in their investment or insurance advice.

This is why the “comply or explain mechanism” under Article 4(1) of Regulation 2019/2088 distinguishes between ‘principal adverse impacts’ and ‘adverse impacts’.

Whilst the “comply mechanism” under point (a) of paragraph 1 encompasses the consideration of principal adverse impacts of investment decisions, financial market participants that decide not to apply the “comply mechanism”, must under point (b) of that paragraph that establishes “explain mechanism”, provide clear reasons for why they do not consider ‘adverse impacts’ of investment decisions on sustainability factors. Under point (b), by way of example, financial market participants must provide clear reasons for why they do not consider degradation of the environment or social injustice caused by their investments.

The aim of Article 4(3) and (4) of Regulation 2019/2088 is to introduce a more stringent “disclosure mechanism” and reduce a hypothetical incidence of application of “explain mechanism”.

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SFDR Simplified : A Guide

New regulation comes into force in January 2023, called “SFDR” (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation) - setting out rules for asset managers to classify and report on sustainability and ESG factors in investments.

This regulation applies to all investment managers and advisors (a) in the EU, (b) should they have EU-based shareholders, and/or (c) if they are marketing within the EU. 

Moreover, the FCA regulator in the UK opened a consultation on its own version, called “SDR”, in November 2021. So even if you plan to market your fund in the UK, and not the EU, you are going to have to meet the requirements.

We have summarised how these new rules could apply to YOU and what steps you should take to best prepare yourself - in a comprehensive but digestible guide below.

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The truth behind the £1 CEO salary

Below is a list of the top 10 companies (with remuneration reports) with the largest 'limit on long-term bonuses as a percentage of base salary (%) ' - i.e. the potential size of a CEO bonus ~~can be~~ in comparison to their salary.

The universe is companies that disclose salary and bonus % AND have a remuneration report showing the numbers

The companies not on this list may have larger bonus sizes in absolute values, this table focuses on potential bonus as % of salary

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The Financial Institutions that are worst at integrating Sustainability concerns

Of the 314 companies we have under full coverage in the sub-sectors of: Commercial Banks, Asset Management & Custody Activities, Insurance, Investment Banking & Brokerage - i.e. the financial subsectors where "Integrating social & environmental concerns into planning & design" is material we have found that the below 9 companies do not clearly disclose sufficient policies for the metric "Integrating social & environmental concerns into planning & design". In the case of these sub-sectors, this could refer to integrating ESG or sustainable finance strategies into their products, for example.

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The Best and the Worst Extractives & Minerals Processing Companies

The below list shows the ESG scores of the top 10 and worst 10 extractives & minerals processing companies.

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Auditing suppliers' labour code of conduct in the processed food sector

The below table shows the companies within the processed food sub-sector and their awareness scores for auditing their suppliers' labour code of conduct. Most score a 3 out of a possible highest score of 4 as our scoring logic gives a score of 3 for companies with a policy in place for conducting labour audits of suppliers and for disclosing numbers, but does not give detailed percentages or set itself a target.

Only one company has scored a maximum score of 4 as they have also set themselves a target for conducting labour audits of suppliers.

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How different sub-sectors score on labour relations

The table below ranks each sub-sector from highest to lowest on how they manage labour relations.

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Chile has become the first country to release a SLB Bond

Chile have issued a new USD$2bn 20-year sustainability-linked bond (SLB), the first Sovereign to do so. Unlike green bonds, the proceeds of SLBs are not segregated for use towards specific green or sustainable projects, but instead the payout to investors depends on whether the issuer meets agreed-upon KPIs. The KPIs attached to Chile's SLB are related to their annual greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy generation.

On the Integrum ESG Sovereign Dashboard, compared to its Latin America & Caribbean peers, Chile ranks no1 on overall ESG and sits within the top 3 on Social and Governance. However, the country is 7th on Environmental issues, due to factors such as water stress, waste and % of power coming from renewable sources

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Could your firm get sued for its ESG claims?

Last week the influential ratings firm Morningstar stripped its 'Sustainable' label off c1,600 funds (1 in 4), and said there will be more downgrades to come.

A huge number of these funds had already declared themselves to be Article 8 (an SFDR categorisation that means ESG has been integrated into the investment process). Morningstar however has criticised these funds that “place themselves into Article 8…say they consider ESG factors in the investment process…but don’t integrate them in a determinative way for their investment selection”. 

To qualify as Article 8, a fund must not just establish and declare certain ESG policies, it must assess each holding in the fund according to 14 ‘Principal Adverse Indicators’. It's a detailed process, and the vast majority of self-declared Article 8 funds are not doing this at all.

Morningstar is just a ratings firm - but there are 2 far more concerning developments:

Regulators have had enough of these exaggerated claims.

The EU markets watchdog, ESMA, said it will create a legal definition of “greenwashing” and classify it as a type of mis-selling. When a financial regulator creates a new definition, it is invariably because they intend to weaponize it.

The FCA said back in July that many ESG funds “often contain claims that do not bear scrutiny”. This was perhaps an early warning, and penalties will follow.

The SEC is investigating DWS for possible false ESG claims on some of its funds. This shows that even in markets where sustainability is not being promoted, nor is it clearly defined, regulators are already willing to pursue unsubstantiated ESG claims as a form of mis-selling.

Investors may start to sue.

- Consider this warning from the partnership at Baker McKenzie in Los Angeles, that if people have lost money, “you’ll see plaintiffs step in. You’re hearing the rumblings. It’s not happened that much yet. But it will.”

- Simmons & Simmons in London cites cases brought by shareholders against operating companies, on ESG grounds, and the FT quotes its partner Robert Allen’s warning “you can definitely see how (a case against fund managers) can follow on”.

- North Wall Capital, which funds legal class actions, offers the alarming quote “it is certainly coming”.

What might this mean? It means that a $10bn fund, that has underperformed its benchmark by 2%, and whose advertised claims that it is ‘sustainable’ are later deemed to be misleading, could face a $200m class action claim from its investors.

Might a clear legal standard of ‘sustainable’ emerge? The law firm Bates Wells believes that the 2015 Paris Climate Accord will be the legal standard – and the recent court ruling against Shell in The Hague set this as a legal precedent. How many investment funds are using a tool like THIS to evidence that their investments are consistent with a global warming scenario ‘well below 2 degrees’ (which is the objective of the Paris Climate Accord)?

So, ESG regulatory risks and legal liabilities may be mounting for fund management firms. The easiest way for any fund management firm to mitigate these risks is to state clearly that environmental and social objectives are not promoted by the fund, nor is ESG analysis systematically integrated into the investment process. Then all these mis-selling risks fall away.

It just seems that, fearful of losing investors, very few fund management firms want to do this.

The alternative is for these firms to build, or subscribe to, data tools that will map their funds to the Paris Accord, assess them against the 14 SFDR Adverse Indicators, and enable them to explain the key ESG risks in every existing investment.

How can Integrum ESG help meet these challenges?

- Fund managers are often relying on ESG ratings they cannot understand. When a regulator or investor asks "why are you comfortable with the ESG performance of this company?" they will struggle to answer, because the ESG score that has reassured them is a set of black boxes. The Integrum ESG dashboard presents glass boxes, with the reason for every score, for every metric, and the underlying data that explains and supports the ESG rating.

- Applying a Cambridge University model, the Integrum ESG dashboard calculates the extent to which your fund is aligned to the Paris Climate Accord - and surfaces the data that supports this calculation, company by company.

- The latest Integrum ESG dashboard feature, soon to be deployed, will provide the evidence of why, or why not, your fund can be classified as Article 8. It will map and assess the alignment of every uploaded fund to the SFDR Principal Adverse Indicators, and the EU Taxonomy Objectives.

Do you want to learn more about how Integrum ESG can help you meet these challenges? If so, CLICK HERE.

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Processed Food companies that are best at managing health risks to customers

Recently we posted a poll on LinkedIn (which you can see HERE) which discussed how the plant-based meat market will develop and the main reasons why there has been a drop in the sales of plant-based meat in 2021.

One of the main reasons for this drop in sales is that consumers have now started to realise that many plant-based meats are highly processed, additive-laden and not very healthy.

This has prompted the team here at Integrum ESG to take a look at Processed Food companies that are best at managing health risks to customers.

See below for a list of the 14 companies that rank highest out of the highest possible score of 4.

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Countries that are best at managing risks from climate change

Below is a list of countries that are best at managing the risks associated with climate change. Each scores 3.75 out of a maximum score of 4

The Climate change risk metric has 2 sub-metrics. The qualitative "Vulnerability vs readiness for a changing climate", and the quantitative "Demographic pressures".

The first sub-metric in particular (vulnerability vs readiness) assesses how the country is managing the risk from climate change, so for example, seeing the small island state of Mauritius on this list might be surprising, but they are deemed to have a high readiness to adapt to risks they are facing from climate change.

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Companies that are best at managing physical risks from climate change.

Last week The World Economic Forum released 'The Global Risks Report 2022', and of their 10 most severe risks on a global scale over the next 10 years, 5 were environmental risks

These 5 risks are climate action failure, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, human environmental damage and natural resource crises. 

The list below is the top 20 companies who score highest on managing business risk from climate change.

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Which automobile companies are best at managing risks?

The below tables shows which 14 automobile companies score highest on the governance metric 'Risk Management'.

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Companies with the Best Governance Score

The list below shows the 12 companies with the highest Governance score. Integrum ESG licences the Minerva framework to assess corporate governance. Minerva are stewardship experts and their framework assesses corporate governance using 9 metrics and 39 sub-metrics.

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Countries with the highest & lowest freedom of the press score

In the table below, we show the 5 countries which rank highest and lowest on the Freedom of the Press Index. This 2021 data is an annual ranking of countries (the greater the index score, the worse the situation is regarding press freedom) published by Reporters Without Borders and is one of the 31 datapoints we track for every Sovereign in our ESG database.

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Countries with the highest & lowest unemployment rates

In the table below, we show the 5 countries where unemployment is lowest and highest. This 2020 data is sourced from the International Labour Organization, and is one of the 31 datapoints we track for every Sovereign in our ESG database.

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Companies where ESG sentiment is falling fast

Below is a list of the companies with the sharpest deterioration in ESG sentiment from the past seven days. Our A.I. powered sentiment tracker trawls through ~850,000 global news sources, in 92 languages, and assigns a neutral, negative or positive sentiment score to ESG relevant comments.

The companies below are experiencing an acute deterioration in ESG sentiment for different specific reasons, such as ransomware attacks, undisclosed CEO perks and even a US Senator calling for an investigation into price fixing in their sector.

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Companies Addressing Obesity Risks - The Best of

With the recent 'rise in child obesity' article published by the BBC (data taken from the NHS), we have highlighted the UK Food & Beverage companies that are most focused on managing health risks to customers. You might be surprised by some of the names below.

The UK companies below (with a score of 3) state that their procedures related to managing customer health risks either align with a third-party standard, or are audited. The companies with a score of 4 also have a target in place, for supporting customer health.

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Most Improved ESG Scores - The Top 10

How do companies improve their ESG rating? It might be by reducing carbon emissions, it might be by adopting new employee policies. But it is very often achieved by better disclosure on ESG issues. 

Below is a list of the top improvers when it comes to (uncustomised) ESG score improvements. 

We are now seeing a clear trend of improving ESG disclosure in the US – and thus it is no surprise that all but 2 of this list are US companies.

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Happy Places to Work - The Top 10

Using the SASB framework, we assess certain sectors for employee turnover - as an indicator of how good a company's labour practices are.

Rather than focus on the negative, we thought we would list below the 10 companies with the lowest staff turnover:

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Incentivising the Accountants - The Worst 10

The list below shows the 10 companies who pay their accountants the most, relative to the cost of auditing from the accountants.

For example, Volkswagen paid EY €19m in audit fees, but it paid EY €33m in non-audit fees (€21m for tax advisory, €7m for advice on new legal standards, and €5m for 'other assurance services').

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Biggest Emission Reducers - The Best of

The Top 10 companies with the biggest YoY GHG Emission reductions

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