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What makes an effective partnership?

Community and Giving

The Better Society Network and Charity Times are co-hosting a conference on the mutual benefits of creating partnerships. True partnership between corporates and charities has been a major theme of this newsletter, and we are excited to have partnered with the leading charity title, Charity Times, in creating a conference that explores the benefits to both parties, the issues of impact assessment and finding true alignment.

Governance and Transparency

Funds say executive pay is too high

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published a report 2016 focussing on the issue of executive pay. The report reveals that 87 per cent of pension funds surveyed say executive pay is too high.

Diversity and Equality

Aviva appoints Global Inclusion Director

Jan Gooding is to become the first Global Inclusion Director at Aviva. This is the first time that financial services company Aviva has appointed a director to lead the inclusion and diversity strategy across the Group full time. She will formally take on her new role in January 2017.


HP and NXP win anti-slavery awards

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors have won the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Stop Slavery Award.

Environment and Sustainability

Coca-Cola waste-saving initiative

As part of Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) ongoing sustainability commitments, it is partnering with packaging, labelling and recycling companies to support the recycling of 70 tonnes of waste each year from the production of glacéau smartwater bottle labels.

Environment and Sustainability

Telefónica pledges it will use renewables

Global telecommunications operator Telefónica has announced that at least 50 per cent of its electricity consumption will come from renewable energy sources by 2020, and 100 per cent by 2030.

Environment and Sustainability

Costa launches nationwide recycling scheme

Coffee chain Costa is launching a scheme at over 2,000 UK stores to ensure its takeaway cups are recycled. The scheme will even take in cups from other outlets in order to increase the number of cups recycled across the country.

Diversity and Equality

Combatting slavery in the UK

A collection of major hotel chains including Hilton, Shiva Hotels and Bespoke Hotels have launched an industry-wide network to combat modern slavery.

Ethical Business and Investment

Social Enterprise rewarded

Social Enterprise UK, the UK body for social enterprise, has announced the winners of its UK Social Enterprise Awards recognising the achievements of British social enterprises – non-commercial businesses that exist to tackle social and environmental problems.

Community and Giving

Kew Green partners Greenfingers

Kew Green Group, the hotel operator including brands Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, has partnered with children’s charity, Greenfingers to create outdoor spaces for children in hospice care.


Executive Pay

The Government is due to launch its review into executive pay, with Theresa May following up on her pledge to investigate the disparity between pay in the boardroom and the shop floor. After having watered down the idea of placing workers’ representatives on boards, this next review is seen as a critical test of the Governments desire to create a more equal country.

Community and Giving

Aberdeen Asset Management selects charity partner

The global workforce of Aberdeen Asset Management has voted that the organisation’s charitable foundation will partner the Karen Hilltribes Trust as its fifth emerging markets charity partner. The Foundation has made a six-figure donation to the charity over the course of a three year commitment.


The Bike Project

UBS and the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, have awarded a grant to a unique London bike project aiming to get refugees cycling to help them become better integrated in their community.

Community and Giving

Cable ties

Virgin Media and TalkTalk have both recently used their reach to help wider communities, with their technological expertise and contact respectively to help charities.


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