The problem
While global tobacco use declined from 27 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2016, more action is needed to prevent tobacco-related deaths. In 2017, more than 8 million people died from tobacco-related illnesses. New tobacco-related products, such as e-cigarettes, present new ways to become addicted. Corporations play a central role in reducing tobacco use, most clearly through the manufacturing, marketing and selling of tobacco products. Companies not directly involved in the tobacco industry can play a role through the health benefits they provide employees (including programs to help quit smoking) and links with the tobacco industry (such as retail sales or distribution)
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 74,617 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on reduced use of tobacco, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for reduced use of tobacco
Top 50 for reduced use of tobacco
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for reduced use of tobacco
Bottom 10 for reduced use of tobacco
Reduced use of tobacco has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
UN Sustainable Development Goal 3