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Some funds shun some big-name companies due to their ESG standards

Some funds shun some big-name companies due to their ESG standards

What do McDonald's, Walmart, Boeing and Honeywell share in common?  They are all excluded by ESG funds. ESG stands for environmental, social and governance  standards.  Investment funds applying these standards to their portfolios are excluding some of the world's largest and most well-known brands.  According to Copley Fund Research, here are the 20 most widely held global stocks that are not included in ESG funds.  As expected, the list is filled with tobacco and oil and gas companies, but there are also some food and transportation companies as well.

Top 20




Boeing Company


British American Tobacco


Eni S.p.A.



Imperial Brands


Phillip Morris


Rio Tinto

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial

Suncor Energy

United Technologies


Walgreens Boots Alliance