Controversial Product Involvement

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There is a growing demand for portfolios that are better aligned to their beneficiaries’ values and beliefs. A pension fund for nurses may not want exposure to tobacco while a religious foundation might be concerned about the optics of profiting from online betting businesses.

Beyond these value-driven concerns, there is a growing segment of long-term investors that view activities like shale energy production or pesticides as being simply too risky in light of rapidly changing regulations and accompanying lawsuits.

Sustainalytics’ Controversial Product Involvement research enable investors to create investment universes that are aligned to these clients’ mandate and their long-term investment strategy.

Key Benefits


Access research on all publicly-listed companies with involvement in the most widely used product areas.

Product research

Rely on high quality research curated through systematic and comprehensive data collection methods.

Company involvement

Understand the nature and level of each company’s involvement.

Team experts

Gain access to our dedicated team of product and topic experts.

Business activities

Receive up-to-date information on companies’ business activities.

Controversial Product Involvement Report 

Our product involvement reports identify the nature and extent of a company’s involvement in a range of product and business activities. Each activity is accompanied with a concise summary of the way the company is involved in the relevant product or activity.

Product Involvement Report

Areas of Involvement

Nuclear power

Nuclear Power

Thermal Coal

Thermal Coal

Oil sands

Oil Sands

Arctic drilling

Arctic Drilling

Shale Energy

Shale Energy

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Oil and Gas

Palm Oil

Palm Oil




Genetically Modified Plants & Seeds



Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic Beverages




Life Ethics*

*Our Life Ethics research includes product involvement screening for abortion, contraceptives and human embryonic stem cell & fetal tissue.

Adult entertainment

Adult Entertainment

Pork products

Pork Products




Riot Control

Military contracting

Military Contracting

Small Arms

Small Arms

Controversial Weapons

Controversial Weapons*

*More comprehensive research available through the Controversial Weapons Radar service.

Predatory Lending

Predatory Lending

Animal testing

Animal Testing

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Whale Meat

Fur and Specialty Leather

Fur & Specialty Leather

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