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Better Society Awards deadline extension


The Better Society Awards are just around the corner, and several organisations have requested a bit of leeway in their nominations – and we are now extending the deadline to 13 Feb, so there is time to get your nominations in and still be ready for Valentine’s Day.


The trust issue

Communications company Edelman has released its 2017 Trust Barometer, showing the largest single drop in public trust across institutions. Trust in media (at 43 per cent) fell dramatically and is at a low in 17 countries, while trust in government (at 41 per cent) dropped in 14 markets and is the least trusted institution in half of the 28 countries surveyed.

Community and Giving

P&G in Syria

P&G (Procter & Gamble) has partnered UNESCO and Save the Children to help women and girls who have suffered as a result of the Syrian crisis through education and skill development.

Governance and Transparency

ESG – your view matters

Better Society would like you to help complete a survey of current attitudes to ESG.The survey is independent of any vendor and the results anonymous.

Ethical Business and Investment

The New Plastics Economy

The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing Action report has been launched at Davos by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The report also presents a proposed pathway to increasing global recycling rates for plastic packaging from just 14 per cent today to 70 per cent.

Community and Giving

DP World joins disaster relief team

DP World will provide pro bono expertise and resources to help respond to major disasters. In a move that recalls children’s programme Thunderbirds, DP World joins other logistics and transport companies to form the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET).

Environment and Sustainability

IKEA UK sustainability gains

IKEA UK has just released its sustainability report for the last year demonstrating the company’s commitment to progress on energy use and waste in particular.


Business awareness of cleaner air

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funding arm, has awarded a grant to ClientEarth to expand its legal work on improving London’s air quality.

Environment and Sustainability

Unilever calls for fully recyclable plastic

Unilever has called on the fast-moving consumer goods industry to accelerate progress towards the circular economy as it has pledged to ensure that all of its own plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Diversity and Equality

Workplaces ‘stifling’ fathers

The 2017 Modern Families Index, an annual social review, paints a picture of fathers wanting to take a more active part in childcare against workplaces that are failing to provide flexible solutions and support these aspirations.

Community and Giving

Volunteering makes you more attractive

Volunteering gives job-seekers an advantage over other candidates, with a new Oxfam study showing 80 per cent of employers are more likely to hire an applicant with volunteering experience.

Governance and Transparency

VW pleads guilty

In the US, Volkswagen (VW) has pleaded guilty to criminal charges, with the results that it is set to pay fines of over USD 4bn (£3.5bn).

Lloyds pioneers mental health and money advice service

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) has announced a new two year partnership with Mental Health UK to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems, and raise £2million per year in offices and branches across the UK.

Community and Giving

Record year for Nisa’s charity

Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity saw a record year of generosity in 2016, donating the largest total amount over a year since its formation in 2008. 2016 saw over £1.4m donated to charities and good causes throughout the UK, with almost 2,000 donations made to community groups, charities, schools, sports clubs and more.

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Why Partnerships Matter
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