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LEGO on a mission


The LEGO Group is using Batman to engage children with environmental and social issues, launching a digital campaign with a video starring Batman (Will Arnett) and his butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), discussing a range of social, environmental and playful learning activities around the world.

Environment and Sustainability

BT powers renewably ahead

Figures researched by Energy show that 95 per cent of BT’s energy output is powered by renewable sources. This places BT at the top of clean energy use, with Apple taking second place with 92 per cent.

Governance and Transparency

The importance of corporate governance

Brands such as Dyson, Aston Martin and Lego have topped the rankings for reputation among the UK general public, in a year that corporate governance – and the perceptions of fairness, ethics and transparency – have had a significant impact on company reputation.

Community and Giving

Tata helps STEM shortfall

The UK currently has an estimated 40,000 shortfall in STEM graduates, with the government’s spring Budget recognising the need to boost technology talent. As a result Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has created the STEM Family Challenges partnership.

Ethical Business and Investment

ENGIE releases second green bond

Responsible energy company ENGIE has issued its second green bond of €1.5 billion. The bond has two tranches: a seven-year tranche of €700 million, and an 11-year tranche of €800 million, with the proceeds of the bond to be used to finance renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms, hydroelectric plants, energy efficiency projects and natural resources preservation projects.

Environment and Sustainability

Going green cut energy costs by 75 per cent

Space Station, a London-based storage company has successfully reduced its energy bill by 75 per cent through a £550,000 investment, and demonstrates the immediate financial advantages of green technology, as well as its ecological impact.

Environment and Sustainability

Electrolux presents progress

The Electrolux Group has released its latest Sustainability Report, showing progress during 2016 with the growing use of recycled plastics, reduced carbon emissions from operations and investments in local communities.

Environment and Sustainability

Smarter resources can add two trillion to economy

Smarter use of natural resources could result in annual economic benefits of USD2 trillion by 2050, new research by the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel has predicted.

Community and Giving

Buildbase partners Raleigh

Builders’ merchants Buildbase and equipment rental company Hirebase have announced a new partnership with Raleigh International for extensive programmes in Tanzania.

Ethical Business and Investment

Benchmark to improve human rights

A public ranking of corporate human rights performance has been revealed, with the aim of driving companies to adopt strong human rights policies.


Ethisphere unveils list

The Ethisphere Institute, the US-based ethical benchmarker, has announced its 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies list, containing 124 companies across five continents and 19 countries.

Community and Giving

Frazzled cafe at M&S

Marks & Spencer and Ruby Wax have created the Frazzled Cafe in M&S stores, with fortnightly ‘talk-in’ sessions where the ‘frazzled’ will be able to talk and share their stories in a non-judgmental environment.

Ethical Business and Investment

World Bank SDG bonds

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) has started issuing bonds linking returns to companies that advance Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality, health and sustainable infrastructure.

Environment and Sustainability

Tesco launches food waste hotline

Supermarket retailer Tesco has launched an online food waste hotline providing suppliers and growers with information on inefficient links in the supply chain so that they, and Tesco, can tackle the issues.


Better Society Awards
Better Society Awards Highlights Video 2016
Interview about effective volunteering
Mark Evans, Editor of the Better Society Network interviews Emily Shelford, Head of Partnerships Management at Macmillan Cancer Support to talk about effective volunteering.
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