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ESG, the frontier of business

Governance and Transparency

Our environmental, social and corporate governance benchmarking survey – please help. Better Society, Citigate Dewe Rogerson and Opinium are conducting a survey into attitudes on ESG matter from UK companies, the survey can be filled in anonymously or registered for a free copy of the resulting research.

Environment and Sustainability

It’s the deal thing

Coca-Cola GB has endorsed proposals to place a deposit on its bottles that would be refunded on their returns. In a move that is reminiscent of the Corona drinks of the past, the scheme could see a huge rise in recycling.

Community and Giving

Sage Foundation launches non-profits fund

Accounting software company Sage has launched its Sage Foundation’s Enterprise Fund with USD1m to fund non-profits from the UK. The fund will deliver support to non-profits with enterprising ideas to aid military veterans, young people or women and girls in the local community.

Diversity and Equality

Gender discrimination in flexible working

A year ago the Government published its paper on pay and equality, placing a major emphasis on part-time and flexible working. A year on the research it referenced from Plymouth University has developed and expanded the understanding of some of the issues.

Diversity and Equality

Minister muddles terms, but aims to close earnings gap

The Women and Equalities Committee has raised concerns that the Governments stated aim of reducing the earnings gap in a generation will fail unless more action is taken.

Diversity and Equality

DWP seeks businesses to champion disability

The Office for Disability Issues is seeking business people to champion accessibility of products and services for disabled people.

Community and Giving

Well Pharmacy and the Stroke Association

Well Pharmacy and the Stroke Association have created a partnership to help lower the risk stroke by providing blood pressure checks within local communities, and Well providing advice and services in order to help reduce the number of people at risk of stroke.

Diversity and Equality

Employer attitudes crucial for disabled

Disability and mental health issues are still major barriers to gaining employment, despite campaigns to address these issues.

Environment and Sustainability

Children make you more environmentally responsible

Becoming a parent has a direct relationship to how environmentally friendly you are. A survey, conducted on behalf of Energy, found that parents are 5 per cent more likely to recycle than adults without children are and more likely (40 opposed to 34 per cent) to favour local produce.

Governance and Transparency

Governance in review

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced a fundamental review of the UK Corporate Governance Code, taking on board its work on corporate culture and succession planning, and the Government’s Green Paper and the BEIS Select Committee inquiry.

Community and Giving

Neighbourly Food signs up Lidl

Supermarket chain Lidl has joined retailers such as Marks & Spencer in donating food surplus to local charities, with Lidl’s food surplus donations alone will being equate to 2 million meals a year.

Ethical Business and Investment

The future of responsible media

The Responsible Media Forum has released a new report into the fast-moving media sector, considering the social and environmental challenges it faces. Based on insights generated from desk research, interviews, and conference exercises, the report identifies the biggest corporate responsibility challenges facing media companies over the next ten years.

Community and Giving

Morgan Stanley joins NSPCC

Morgan Stanley has announced a two year partnership with children’s charity NSPCC after a vote by its employees. This partnership aims to raise half a million, which will then be matched by the Morgan Stanley International Foundation, to create a total of one million.

Community and Giving

Lloyds wins ESA Excellence Award

Lloyds Bank has won recognition with its second win of the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) Excellence Award for Community Sponsorship and high commendation for Employee Engagement for its principal partnership of BBC Children in Need.


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