COVID-19 Content Captured by Truvalue Labs & the S&P 500

As vaccine campaigns roll out and infections and deaths hit new highs around the world, the percentage of COVID-related ESG content hasn’t broken out of the range of ~25% of total volume.

VOLUME of COVID-19 SIGNALS

The COVID-19 Response Signal reached a new high of 15.6% this week, a level not seen at any point in the past 12 months, as vaccine campaigns are in full swing for healthcare workers, seniors, and other priority groups.

SASB Categories Volume Mix within Covid-19 Content

The SASB category of Access & Affordability, fueled by vaccine deployment news, has claimed about a quarter of all COVID-19 news for the past month, hitting 29% this week.  Discussion of how to allocate limited vaccine resources undoubtedly is a driver for this category, given its concern with access of resources to communities.

Volume Mix by Environmental, Social and Governance Categories

Social data leads the dimensions with 40% of data, while Environment data remains at 36% of ESG data, maintaining a recent level as climate-related policy and severe weather events capture attention.

Relative COVID-19 volume and NEW CASES

Europe's percentage of ESG conversation related to COVID-19 reached the highest point since late May, as new cases began rising after the Christmas holiday. As the U.S. has set a new record with 1.5 million new cases in a week, volume of COVID-19 coverage remains fairly flat, at about a third of all data.

Top 10 Industries with the most COVID-19 attention (Ratio of COVID VOLUME VS. OTHER)

Unsurprisingly, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals shows a massive ratio of COVID-related content to non-COVID content, reaching a level of 500%+. Next on the list is Health Care Distributors.

Top 10 companies with positive sentiment on the Response Signal by total Volume

The COVID-19 Response Signal is the highest for a diverse international group of  vaccine makers.

Racial Equality-Related Spotlight Events

  • HSBC aims to double  number of senior Black staff by 2025
  • Howard University Announces $250,000 Grant from Cigna to Support Pipeline of Urban Superintendents
  • Saputo To Drop Australian Cheese Brand Name That Used Common Racial Slur
  • Dutch bank ABN Amro to examine own history in light of racism debate
  • Delivering on Equity Pledge, TCF Bank Unveils $1 Billion Loan Commitment for Minority Communities and Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses

Continuing with a focus on racial equality, we again highlight key recent Spotlight Events. This week, racial justice-related data shows banks stepping up on diversity and racial justice, with HSBC vowing to double its senior Black staff, and TCF Bank promising $1 billion in loans to minority and women-owned small businesses.

Last Updated:Jan. 6, 2021

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