The problem
Mass shootings, including at schools, continue in the US and around the globe. The rate of intentional homicides globally increased from 2015-2017, from 6.0 to 6.1 per 100,000 people. While there are many factors involved, the spread and availability of weapons is often cited as an enabler, with an estimated 875 million small arms in circulation around the globe. Companies play a critical role in the availability of weapons -- most directly through the production and sale of weapons (for companies in the weapons industry), but also through involvement in public policy and business relationships with the weapons industry
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 108,004 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on reduced availability of weapons, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for reduced availability of weapons
Top 50 for reduced availability of weapons
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for reduced availability of weapons
Bottom 10 for reduced availability of weapons
Reduced availability of weapons has a slight negative correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform poorly in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
Gun control
weapons sales
school shootings
mass shootings
UN Sustainable Development Goal 16