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Controversial activity screening across 17 areas

Monitoring companies’ involvement in controversies is an important part of responsible investment and risk management. Controversial Activity Screening provides you with comprehensive coverage of the most common areas of investor concern.

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Leveraging Controversial Activities Screening

By leveraging Controversial Activities Screening, you will be able to:


  • adhere to investment mandates and manage compliance and reputational risks
  • integrate your values into your investment processes to develop for example “tobacco free” or “fossil fuel free” portfolios  
  • undertake engagement activities with companies with exposure to controversial activities

V.E.’s Controversial Activities Screening service is strategic for the application of our SRI approach: we can analyse the involvement of issuers in several sensitive sectors, such as coal and tobacco, in an immediate and precise manner.  

Cesare Vitali | Head of ESG Research | ECOFI

Key Features

  • Coverage: 7,700+ issuers
  • Frequency update: annual 
  • Scope: underlying criteria differentiating between production and distribution activities
  • User-friendly reports to identify and understand involvement in controversial activities


Negative screening is a classic approach to ESG investment, which remains valid in all cases in which compliance, ethics or risk assessments demand a neat separation between issuers that are investable and those that do not meet the necessary requirements.

Companies are screened for involvement across 17 areas.

Controversial Activity Areas

  • Alcohol
  • Animal Welfare
  • Cannabis
  • Chemicals of Concern
  • Gambling
  • Genetic Engineering
  • High Interest Rate Lending
  • Nuclear Power
  • Pornography
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Tobacco
  • Stem Cells
  • Civilian Firearms
  • Military
  • Coal
  • Fossil Fuels Industry
  • Unconventional Oil and Gas


  • Major Involvement
  • Minor Involvement
  • No Involvement
  • Underlying Data

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