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Boeing’s deadly scandal holds lessons for investors

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and pay a fine after two fatal 737 Max crashes, which resulted from cost-cutting measures that compromised safety
• This plea deal brings some resolution to the scandal, but the fine is minimal, and no senior executives face prosecution
Shareholders seem unfazed, as Boeing's stock rose 3% following the announcement

🔭 The context: In 2018 and 2019, Boeing 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people
• Investigations revealed that a faulty sensor triggered software flaws, exacerbated by Boeing's initial refusal to ground the planes
• The company has since been penalized but managed to avoid a drawn-out criminal trial by reaching settlements with US authorities

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The scandal underscores the dangers of prioritizing profits over safety, which not only endangers lives but also has long-term environmental and social governance (ESG) implications
• The need for rigorous regulatory oversight and corporate accountability is paramount to prevent such tragedies and ensure responsible business practices

⏭️ What's next: Boeing's future cultural direction hinges on its next CEO, as current CEO Dave Calhoun plans to depart by the end of the year
• The new leadership's actions will determine whether Boeing can recover its reputation and market share, particularly against competitors like Airbus

💬 One quote: "The penalty 'will have little effect on Boeing’s finances or operations,' analysts at Moody’s Ratings wrote yesterday. 'The company can readily fund the fine with no noticeable effect on liquidity'"

📈 One stat: Boeing has suffered four consecutive annual losses totaling $14.6 billion, significantly affecting its market position compared to Airbus

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