The Corporate Knights Sustainable Solutions Database consists of a subset of companies from developed and emerging economies in the Corporate Knights coverage universe (public companies with > $1b in revenue) that earn at least 20% of the revenue from products or services that map to the Sustainable Development Goals consistent with the Corporate Knights Clean Revenue taxonomy or are members of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C coalition.

The Corporate Knights Dark Red Flag Database consists of more than 2,500 companies from developed and emerging economies that have been identified as so-called ‘red flag companies’ due to their involvement in ethically or environmentally questionable industries and/or practices. These companies have been identified through a rigorous process including theme selection, source reliability analysis, and company identification processes. The list is updated monthly to reflect changes in source material. Sources include methodologically-sound reports by non-profits, bottom-up research by Corporate Knights, and the public and derived exclusions of two significant funds (Norges Bank Investment Management and NZ Super Fund).

The dark red flag themes are as following: Access to medicine laggards; Access to nutrition laggards; Adult entertainment; Blocking climate policy; Cement carbon laggards; Civilian firearms; Controversial weapons; Conventional weapons; Deforestation & Palm oil laggards; Energy (Fossil Fuels); Farm animal welfare laggards; For-profit prisons; Gambling; Gross corruption violations; Harmful pesticides; Illegal activity; Oil sands laggards; Severe environmental damage; Severe human rights violations; Thermal coal; and Tobacco.

In addition to the dark red flags, Corporate Knights also maintains a database of “light red flag” companies for the following themes: Alcohol; Blocking climate resolutions; Financing misleading media; Industrial meat; Nuclear energy; and RepRisk.


Dark Red Flag Exclusion theme Source
Access to medicine laggards Access to Medicine Index
Access to nutrition laggards Access to Nutrition Index
Adult entertainment Corporate Knights Pension Fund Cohort
Blocking climate policy InfluenceMap
Cement carbon laggards NBIM
Civilian firearms NZ Super Fund
Controversial weapons NBIM, NZ Super Fund
Conventional weapons Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Deforestation & Palm oil laggards Chain Reaction Research, NBIM, Deforestation Free Funds
Energy  S&P Capital IQ
Farm animal welfare laggards Corporate Knights database
For-profit prisons  The American Friends Service Committee
Gambling S&P Capital IQ
Gross corruption violations NBIM
Harmful pesticides Unearthed
Illegal activity Corporate Knights database
Oil sands laggards NBIM
Severe environmental damage NBIM
Severe human rights violations NBIM
Thermal coal NBIM, Urgewald
Tobacco NBIM


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