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; and Nuclear energy.
|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|
|Illegal activity||Corporate Knights database|
|Oil sands laggards||NBIM|
|Severe environmental damage||NBIM|
|Severe human rights violations||NBIM|
|Thermal coal||NBIM, Urgewald|
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