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Review of Sustainability Reporting Status of RepRisk’s Most Controversial Companies

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 10:58:25 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

By Bahar Gidwani

For the past five years, RepRisk has produced a list of ten companies that were most exposed to environmental, social, and governance issues.  We thought it would be interesting to see how the companies on this year’s Most Controversial list perform in CSRHub’s sustainability metrics tracking system.

RepRisk is a business intelligence provider that specializes in environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk analytics and metrics. It uses a unique methodology that screens tens of thousands of public and third-party sources in 14 languages in order to identify, filter, analyze and quantify environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks for both listed and unlisted companies from all sectors and countries in the world.

Only three of the companies on this year’s Most Controversial list had ratings information in CSRHub’s system (from sources other than RepRisk).  This is a pretty remarkable result—CSRHub uses 371 sources to build its data set.  It lists 13,736 companies from 127 countries on its web site and has data on another 140,000 companies.  CSRHub recently conducted a study on the companies in 14 regional stock exchanges.  Of the 18,991 companies listed on these exchanges, CSRHub had data on 13,165 or 69%.

Most Controversial list-csrhub ratings2

Only two of the companies in the RepRisk list had enough data to get full CSRHub ratings. The top-level overview below shows that Takata has poor scores relative both to our entire coverage universe and to their industry and geographic peers while General Motors scores well.
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We can’t draw conclusions from a sample of two companies—or ten.  The high score for General Motors is a product of many years of investment in its community and employees and well-designed programs for environmental management and governance.  The reputational challenges it faced came despite these investments and some were related to the company’s recent financial problems.

But, it is clear there is little information on the social performance of eight of the ten companies on this list.  These eight companies are not reporting sustainability metrics to outside groups and do not seem to be engaged with or responding to their stakeholders.  We believe this simple study supports our belief that companies who are transparent about their social policies and performance are less likely to have risky patterns of behavior.


Bahar GidwaniBahar Gidwani  has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. Bahar is a member of the SASB Advisory Board. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 13,736+ companies from 135 industries in 127 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

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CSRHub Launches 4 New Dashboard Templates

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 19, 2015 9:35:27 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

 

Dashboard Supply Chain Anaylsis

 New Ranking Percentile Comparisons allow you to compare a company
to other companies in the same industry and country

                                                   

CSRHub works for you                   

CSRHub just released four new products that simplify your sustainability analysis. Each CSRHub Dashboard is an Excel-based template that uses sustainability metrics and ratings to answer questions and solve problems. These competitively priced Company Diagnostic, Competitor Benchmark, CSR/ESG Research and Supply Chain Analysis Dashboards come with enough time to access the full database to complete a project. CSRHub’s Dashboard templates for reporting are priced $79-$199.

Now you can easily enter company names and a date, click calculate and let CSRHub do an analysis. CSRHub Dashboard spreadsheets can show a heat map of ratings, compare percentile rankings, and pull sheets of additional sustainability information.

Do you need to:

  • Run a report on one company’s sustainability performance?
  • Benchmark competitors, customers and peers? Compare who reported to the CDP, GRI, or the UN Global Compact?
  • Check the sustainability status of up to 200 suppliers?
  • See a list of company’s CSR websites?
  • Perform CSR/ESG research on company performance over time?

A Full Access subscription includes all four of the dashboards listed above, plus full access to the CSRHub site for one year. You can see a full list of the new CSRHub products here.


CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 13,736+ companies from 135 industries in 127 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

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CSR/Sustainability Performance for ArvinMeritor Inc.

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2013 11:00:39 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on ArvinMeritor and the 94 companies in the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing industry.  ArvinMeritor’s overall rating currently is 56 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

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Please note, the Sustainability Ratings widget will continually update and show the latest ratings on CSRHub.

The average rating for the other companies in Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing industry shifted up one point to 54.  This allowed ArvinMeritor to move up to 24th place on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile, from 29th place. Also see information about ArvinMeritor at their CSRHub page here.

ArvinMeritor has a particularly strong score in the Environment area of 68.  This is due to a high score in Policy & Reporting of 81—well above the average for this industry of 56.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for ArvinMeritor is the Leadership Ethics category.  Here, ArvinMeritor gets a 29—well below the average for its industry of 54.

See ArvinMeritor’s Corporate Social Responsibility website here.


CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,400 companies from 135 industries in 104 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 290+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

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CSRHub and CRedit360 Announce Service Partnership

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 29, 2013 9:14:43 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CRedit360 and CSRHub partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CSRHub and CRedit360 Announce Service Partnership

NEW PALTZ, NEW YORK and CAMBRIDGE, UK — April 29, 2013

Leading providers of sustainability information services CSRHub and CRedit360 are pleased to announce a new partnership. Through the collaboration, CSRHub and CRedit360 will provide an integrated service that allows CRedit360 users to incorporate organizational benchmarking data from the world’s largest database of sustainability ratings directly into their CRedit360 sustainability performance management solution.

In addition to measuring key sustainability metrics and implementing ambitious sustainability initiatives, it is also important to measure sustainability performance against peers and competitors and across industries and geographies. CSRHub’s embedded tools and data allow for access to the ratings information of over 7,000 companies from 200 sources, including leading sources such as the CDP, EIRIS, Asset4/ThomsonReuters, GovernanceMetrics (GMI), MSCI, IW Financial, Trucost, and Vigeo.

With access to more than 20 million data points in CSRHub, CRedit360 users can evaluate and compare their external ratings to objectively assess where they are leading and/or lagging.

CRedit360 enables organizations to integrate all of their sustainability data into a single system with built-in accuracy checks, extensive audit capacity, powerful reporting functions and easy access from anywhere in the world.  This helps improve data quality, enables quicker and easier collection of sustainability data, and equips organizations to keep one step ahead of trends in sustainability.  The CRedit360-CSRHub partnership allows organizations to evaluate their ratings and those of their peers, and then use the information to improve their company rankings.

“CSRHub is excited to partner with CRedit360 to help customers improve their CSR and sustainability reporting and benchmark their performance.” said Cynthia Figge, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of CSRHub.

“CRedit360 provides our clients with cutting-edge tools to manage sustainability performance.  We are excited to partner with CSRHub to enable organizations to monitor and compare ratings across the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information database,” said Mark Shields, Managing Director, CRedit360.

About CRedit360

CRedit360 is a specialist provider of sustainability software. Founded in 2002 by a group of sustainability professionals and an innovative IT company, CRedit360 has developed software from the ground up to handle the complexities of managing sustainability data. We maintain strong client relationships and manage every aspect of product development and support with in-house technical teams and sustainability experts.

CRedit360’s vision is to help companies incrementally manage the full spectrum of sustainability issues in a single system. Companies aren’t limited to single issues, so neither is CRedit360. Supply Chain, Energy & Carbon, CSR, EHS, Compliance – we want to give our clients the 360 degree view of their sustainability performance.

For more information, visit www.credit360.com or contact Jeremy Fenderson, Marketing Manager, CRedit360:

jeremy.fenderson@credit360.com
or +44 1223 237 200
or +1-312-884-989

 

About CSRHub

CSRHub creates simple, direct comparisons of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability performance among competitors and across supply chains, industry, and regions. It reinforces third-party standards and encourages transparency and responsible behavior. Our comprehensive database of CSR information provides a complete set of sustainability metrics and tools. We support and serve the decision-making needs of corporate managers, researchers and activists.

For more information visit www.csrhub.com or contact Cynthia Figge, COO and Co-Founder, CSRHub, Cynthia@csrhub.com.

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Brand Finance and CSRHub Expand Partnership with Brand Value Sustainability Reports

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2013 8:47:13 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New Paltz, New York and London, United Kingdom – March 6, 2013

CSRHub is pleased to announce the launch of our partnership with Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy. Most experts agree that corporate sustainability is an important component of brand value. This partnership will integrate data from the world’s largest database of brand value information with the world’s largest database of corporate sustainability data. The result will be new insights on how to protect brand value from sustainability-related risks.

Beginning with the 2013 Brand Finance data cycle, CSRHub data on corporate sustainability will be included in Brand Finance’s Brand Values sector reports for banking, global, and telecommunications. Over the course of the year, CSRHub’s data on the world’s 7,000 largest companies will be combined with Brand Finance’s data on 5,000 companies. CSRHub and Brand Finance will also release research that describes the relationship between the twelve corporate social responsibility factors that CSRHub tracks and Brand Finance’s proprietary Brand Strength Index (BSI).

CSRHub’s 8,000 users will be able to buy reports from Brand Finance on about half of the 7,000 companies that CSRHub follows. These reports will include detailed analysis of all aspects of a company’s brand value, with comparison against a wide range of related companies. A sample of these reports can be found here.

Bahar Gidwani, CSRHub CEO, said, “We are excited to offer access to brand value information to CSRHub registered members. This is information they have asked us to include in our base of sustainability metrics and we have been impressed with the breadth and quality of Brand Finance’s research.”

“There is no doubt that sustainability has a growing influence on brand perception amongst all stakeholder groups,” said David Haigh, Brand Finance CEO. “We are delighted to incorporate CSRHub’s comprehensive range of corporate social responsibility metrics to further enhance the quality of our brand value and Brand Strength analyses. Our combined datasets and knowledge will allow us to collaboratively investigate the relationship between CSR, brand value and business performance. Watch this space.”

About Brand Finance PLC

Brand Finance is the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy. We advise strongly branded organizations on how to maximize their value through the effective management of their brands and intangible assets. We have conducted thousands of brand valuations for clients of all sizes and across most sectors. Our clients include international brand owners, tax authorities, lawyers, government bodies and investment banks. See www.brandfinance.com.

About CSRHub, LLC

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on over 7,000 companies from 135 industries in 90 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 200 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.  See www.csrhub.com.

 

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