In March 2019 Ethical Consumer searched The Nature's Bounty website for a policy on GMOs. No policy could be found. As a manufacturer and retailer of cosmetics and food products Ethical Consumer expected the company to have such a policy to prevent the use of GMOs in their products.

Reference:

www.naturesbountyco.com/ (6 March 2019)

In February 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the lobbying information website, opensecrets.org, which stated that in the 2018 election cycle KKR spent $980,627 on political contributions: $384,305 to Democrats and $580,241 to Republicans.

It also spent £1,220,000 on lobbying.

Revolving Door: 32 out of 38 KKR & Co lobbyists in 2017-2018 have previously held government jobs.

Reference:

Open Secrets generic ref 2019 (2 January 2019)

According to the organisation's website bilderbergmeetings.org, viewed by Ethical Consumer in February 2019, Petraeus, David H. (USA), Chairman, KKR Global Institute, and Kravis, Henry R., Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, KKR, had been a participant at the 2016 Bilderberg Meeting. The Bilderberg Group was regarded by Ethical Consumer as an international corporate lobby group which exerted undue corporate influence on policy-makers in favour of market solutions that were potentially detrimental to the environment and human rights.

Reference:

www.bilderbergmeetings.org/index.html (27 February 2019)

In February 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed KKR's SEC filing 10K exhibit 21.1 which listed the company's subsidiaries. This included a substantial number of high risk subsidiaries based in jurisdictions considered by Ethical Consumer to be tax havens at the time of writing.
This included: Delaware (USA), the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Singapore, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and Guernsey.
KKR did not publish any country-by-country financial data. The company therefore received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for likely use of tax avoidance strategies.

Reference:

K10 Sec Filing 2018 (27 February 2019)

In February 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed KKR's annual filing form 10-K to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the executive compensation table, the following total payments were made to executives in 2018:

Henry R Kravis $56,516,088
George R Roberts $56,533,435
Joseph Y Bae $36,340,664
Scott C Nuttall $36,664,240
William J Janetschek $13,885,780
David J Sorkin $9,115,417
Todd A Fisher $12,814,143

Ethical Consumer considered payments over £1 million to be excessive. KKR therefore lost half a mark under Anti-Social Finance.

Reference:

K10 Sec Filing 2018 (27 February 2019)

According to the 2016 annual 10k filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission the company paid two of its executives over $1.5million: Steven Cahillane earned over $6.5million and Brian Wynne over £2.5million. Ethical Consumer believed anything over $1.5 million per year was excessive. The company therefore lost half a mark under the Anti Social Finance category.

Reference:

homepage (16 February 2017)