The Climate Change and Industry Minister, Claire Perry, has confirmed the completion of the Green Investment Bank’s (GIB) sale to Macquarie Group.
18/08/2017
Better Match is a new free online service allowing corporates with resources to offer them, and not-for-profits to request them.
17/08/2017
Better Match is a new free online service allowing corporates with resources to offer them, and not-for-profits to request them.
17/08/2017
Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation have agreed to partner in the creation of the largest battery system in Europe
16/08/2017
Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford have jointly produced electric delivery vans in Cologne, Germany.
16/08/2017
ING has announced that it is the joint mandated lead arranger in the GBP250m green bond for Anglian Water. The bond is the UK’s first in the water sector, and funds will be used to finance projects related to drought, resilience, energy efficiency, and water recycling.
16/08/2017
Social and Sustainable Capital has invested in the UK’s largest community energy project from its recently relaunched Third Sector Investment Fund.
16/08/2017
OVO Foundation is working to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Kenyan schools and health clinics in partnership with not-for-profit Energy 4 Impact.
16/08/2017
The basis of Better Society is to demonstrate and recognise corporates that are doing good - whatever the corporate might be involved in, whether defence or fossil fuels, if it is acting in a positive manner it should be recognised.
15/08/2017
Progress can be slow, is seldom evenly distributed, and the comparisons difficult. Although the gender pay gap might be closed in full-time work (see below), there remains a significant number of women taking part-time work, and that means there could be an issue remaining in remuneration overall.
15/08/2017
Marks & Spencer is the first retailer to join social platform Neighbourly’s new surplus redistribution scheme.
14/08/2017
Poor standards of food safety, antibiotic use and environmental management in the Asian meat, dairy and seafood sector could be creating a financial time bomb for global pensions and savings funds.
14/08/2017
German insurance company Talanx AG has been admitted to the FTSE4Good Index for companies that can demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
11/08/2017
PizzaExpress has announced that it has raised over £70,000 for its charity partner Macmillan during its ‘Go Mad, Go Green’ charity week.
11/08/2017
School ecology workshops have been launched to help the construction industry engage with local communities in an initiative led by the Ecology Consultancy. The programme offers workshops to schools that are undergoing or located near to construction works and assist in educating pupils about the natural environment.
11/08/2017
British Land has installed over a thousand solar panels at its Serpentine Green Regional retail centre in Peterborough, creating one of the UK’s largest retail rooftop projects.
10/08/2017
The Clean Energy Investment Trust has launched an investment-grade financing vehicle targeted at institutional investors promising to reduce the cost of energy from renewables by 17 per cent.
09/08/2017
Five major European insurers continue to hold at least USD361m of assets in companies which are planning to develop 97,000 megawatts of new coal power plants, Unfriend Coal has revealed.
09/08/2017
Total fossil fuel investments of 15 of the largest insurance groups across Europe amount to $130.7bn, new research has shown.
08/08/2017
Google has fired an employee who had circulated an internal memo regarding the “ideological echo chamber” of the company.
08/08/2017
Some climate-warming gases are not being officially recorded, skewing the results and potentially threatening the Paris Accord.
08/08/2017
A lawsuit against the Commonwealth Bank in Australia marks the coming together of climate change and finance in the courtroom.
08/08/2017
Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium is now 100 per cent powered by renewable energy.
04/08/2017
There are times when someone has an idea and you just wonder why nobody ever thought of it before.
04/08/2017
State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) is expanding its global ESG and stewardship resources, appointing Rakhi Kumar as head of environmental, social and governance and asset stewardship. Reporting to Lynn Blake, chief investment officer for SSGA’s Global Equity Beta Solutions, Kumar and her team are expected to help grow socially responsible investment strategies globally.
04/08/2017
Elon Musk’s dream of fast maglev transport has been given a boost with the the news that the South Korean government’s department of technological innovation and infrastructure and the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology have signed agreements to use his company’s Hyperloop technology.
04/08/2017
Bob Mackenzie, the former executive chairman of the Automobile Association has been dismissed for ‘gross misconduct’, leaving shares in the company 14 per cent lower at one point.
03.08/2017
A new form of wind generator is being developed by Spinetic Energy (SEL) to be a cheap and simple supplier of energy to microgrids.
03/08/2017
A lack of younger representatives on trustee boards pushes issues such as climate change into the future, ShareAction investor engagement manager Anne-Marie Williams has said.
02/08/2017
German ministers, manufacturers and interest groups have gathered in Berlin to discuss the ongoing diesel emissions crisis, triggered by the exposure of VW’s ‘defeat devices’.
02/08/2017
Shell has invested in Singapore-based Sunseap Group, a clean energy provider, in the hopes of creating solar projects in the Asia Pacific region.
02/08/2017
BP expected to offer battery re-charging across its global network of service stations as the company positions itself as a provider of cleaner energy.
02/08/2017
Retailer IKEA is launching its own solar battery storage solution to consumers, potentially increasing the return from domestic solar panels.
02/08/2017
JPMorgan Chase is facilitating USD200bn in clean financing, the largest commitment so far by a financial institution.
01/08/2017
JPMorgan Chase will be sourcing 100 per cent of its global energy needs from renewable resources by 2020.
01/08/2017
Standard Life Investments (SLI) has written an open letter explaining its vote against reappointing PwC at the Vodafone Group AGM, held on 28 July.
01/08/2017
Electric cars can now be said to be on the brink of widespread acceptance, with both the UK and France seeking to remove new petrol or diesel vehicles in the medium term, Volvo announcing an all-electric (or part electric) range, BMW committed to building an electric Mini and Tesla announcing that its newly released Model 3 has nearly half a million pre-orders.
31/07/2017
The St Mary le Bow Homeless Project supporting homeless in the capital has received a donation from Aberdeen Asset Management. The company has its London office across the courtyard from St Mary le Bow Church, from which the charity operates.
31/07/2017
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and supermarket chain Waitrose are jointly creating a series of events to get more people cleaning and recording litter from England's beaches and rivers.
27/07/2017
The John Lewis Partnership has published the latest edition of its constitution, defining what it describes as its ‘industrial democracy’ in the employee-owned business.
27/07/2017
A recent survey on UK business by Better Society has revealed that nearly two-thirds (59 per cent) believe there is no need to compromise profitability, or would do so if need be, to meet higher ESG standards.
27/07/2017
Sales of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040 in the UK, the Government has stated.
26/07/2017
During its second meeting in July the Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF) discussed the importance of climate disclosure within the insurance sector. It identified how enhanced disclosure can support insurance supervisors in their efforts to ensure the protection of policyholders, the safety and soundness of insurance firms and the stability of the insurance sector as a whole.
26/07/2017
Amazon and Starbucks have seen their reputations decline in the UK, with Amazon seeing its overall reputation fall from ‘excellent’ to ‘strong’ and Starbucks dropping from ’average’ to ‘weak’.
26/07/2017
To coincide with World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, Shiva Hotels is training over 400 employees and launching a consumer-facing campaign for guests in five hotels that receive more than 750,000 guests every year.
25/07/2017
Morrisons has raised GBP1m for CLIC Sargent, five months into a three year partnership aiming to raise £8m.
25/07/2017
Martin Currie has achieved A+ ratings in the three major categories of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assessment of its responsible investment activities.
25/07/2017
The UK Government has set out plans to change the way electricity is made, used and stored, making easier for people to generate their own power, store it and sell it to the National Grid.
24/07/2017
Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with Milton Keynes Council to create ICT concepts for smart cities.
24/07/2017
In an earlier story from the Reputation Institute, the conduct of Sports Direct was demonstrated to have had a negative influence on its perception in the public eye – and potentially have a damaging impact upon its trading.
20/07/2017
The amount of plastic that has been produced has been estimated at 8.3m tonnes. Given that modern plastics were only invented in the 1920s and 1930s, and not mass produced until after WW2, this is a huge quantity.
20/07/2017
The public might recognise the role that businesses play in creating jobs and society, but there is still a clear disconnect between businesses and communities across the UK.
20/07/2017
The Pension Quality Mark (PQM) has announced consultation on defined contribution (DC) pension provision that will consider the promotion of more responsible ways of doing finance.
19/07/2017
The Reputation Institute has reported a further deterioration in the reputational ranking of Sports Direct.
19/07/2017
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) helps provide commercial services to the public sector and saving money for the taxpayer. It has named Centrica as a supplier on its Demand Side Response framework to financially incentivise customers to lower or shift their electricity use at peak times.
18/07/2017
The Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) has reported excellent financial returns, while also maintaining its position as a global leader in responsible investing.
18/07/2017
The Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) has reported excellent financial returns, while also maintaining its position as a global leader in responsible investing.
18/07/2017
Last year the Government appointed Elizabeth Corley, Vice Chair of Allianz Global Investors, to chair an advisory group looking at how to create a culture of social impact investment and savings. Now Corley has sent an open letter to Ministers providing a progress update setting out key lines of enquiry prior to the recommendations to be published in late 2017.
18/07/2017
Please read: The Better Society site is being refreshed, with new features, user customisation and a simpler, cleaner look.
17/07/2017
Please read: The Better Society site is being refreshed, with new features, user customisation and a simpler, cleaner look.
17/07/2017
Schroders has launched a ‘climate progress dashboard’ to give investors insight into the progress being made towards meeting the 2C temperature rise target.
17/07/2017
Eleven major banks are working with the UN to promote climate transparency in financial markets.
17/07/2017
Please read: The Better Society site is being refreshed, with new features, user customisation and a simpler, cleaner look.
17/07/2017
Despite underfunding, the UN has found reasons for optimism within the current development of financial products.
17/07/2017
The High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, established by the European Commission, has published its first report setting out steps to create a financial system supportive of sustainable investments.
14/07/2017
Broker Tullett Prebon has announced the launch of its Third Sector broking desk, a fee free service that will help charities invest in a wider range of financial products by acting as an intermediary between the charity and the borrower.
13/07/2017
HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter was launched in 2016 to build the pipeline of female talent for leadership positions, and now has reached 141 signatories.
13/07/2017
For the third consecutive year, partners from the emerging markets continue to represent more than a third of all partner promotions at EY, making up 36 per cent this year.
13/07/2017
A partnership between Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) and Specsavers has resulted in children and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children trialing virtual reality headsets.
13/07/2017
Legal & General (L&G) has revealed a modular housing prototype that could help solve the housing shortage.
13/07/2017
The innocent foundation is helping the MicroLoan Foundation launch a new agriculture programme in Malawi.
13/07/2017
Unconfirmed reports say that the government’s energy cost review will be headed by Dieter Helm, an economist at the University of Oxford.
13/07/2017
Consultancy Oxera, undertaking research for the Sutton Trust, estimates that improvements to social mobility could boost GDP by 2.1 per cent in the long-term, equivalent to around £39 billion in total.
12/07/2017
Over a third of consumers believe social purpose should come before profit, according to research released by IPSOS Mori, Neil Gaught & Associates and Forster Communications.
12/07/2017
Supermarket Waitrose will be extending its commitment to Fairtrade produce, with all of its own-label tea becoming Fairtrade certified by October 2017.
12/07/2017
Is there an inherent bias in recruiting, and can one address that issue using ‘blind’ recruitment? the results may not be quite as expected.
06/07/2017
Mastercard has announced a commitment to provide 100 million meals to those in need around the world, in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP).
06/07/2017
Generation X is highly civic-minded, and wants to ensure that they leave a better place for the next generation.
06/07/2017
Nominet Trust has announced the launch of its Digital Reach programme, an initiative developed to support the UK’s efforts to increase digital skills amongst some of the most disadvantaged young people.
06/07/2017
Swiss Re has announced it is now consistently integrating benchmarks that systematically utilise ESG criteria.
06/07/2017
National motor retailer Lookers is aiming to raise funds for Children in Need, but despite being a national concern it has adopted a localised strategy.
05/07/2017
Common Vision (CoVi) is working with Sustainability First and the National Infrastructure Commission to discover what want from our future energy and water systems.
05/07/2017
Volvo has announced that every car launched from 2019 will have an electric motor, placing electrification at the core of its future business.
05/07/2017
A meeting of the global Microinsurance Network in Luxembourg has called on the global insurance industry to deepen its engagement in inclusive insurance in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
04/07/2017
The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan has chosen FTSE Russell’s new Blossom Japan Index as a core ESG benchmark. GPIF is the largest pension fund in the world with over USD1.3tn in assets.
03/07/2017
A coalition of 79 institutional investors with nearly USD8 trillion AUM, has been assembled by ShareAction to demand disclosure on how companies are managing their global workforces.
03/07/2017
The Body Shop is launching the World Bio-Bridges Mission and a commitment to funding 10 Bio-Bridges globally with the goal of protecting and enriching biodiversity around the world.
03/07/2017
With the Manchester economy growing and employment levels predicted to rise by 22,000 within the next year, five key businesses from the area are working with social enterprise Benefacto to encourage volunteering in the city.
30/06/2016
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has published its recommendations for helping investors, including insurance companies, to disclose clear, consistent and comparable information on the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.
30/06/2016
Zurich Insurance Group has achieved the targets it set itself to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent and energy consumption by 40 per cent per employee by 2020, three years early.
29/06/2017
The UBS Optimus Foundation haws released results of the second year of its Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education, demonstrating the benefits of the results-based funding model.
29/06/2017
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has announced that Giselle Leung has been promoted to managing director.
29/06/2017
The Co-operative Bank has agreed a financial package to prevent its closure after a debt-for-equity swap with hedge funds.
28/06/2017
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the findings of its asset management market study, and set out a series of ‘remedies’ to address the concerns identified in the interim report into the sector.
28/06/2017
Pioneering ethical retailer the Body Shop is changing hands, having been purchased by Brazilian group Natura.
28/06/2017
Ninety-five per cent of European pension funds haven’t considered the financial impact of climate change on investments, Mercer has reported.
28/06/2017
Biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has celebrated its fourth annual ‘Week of Possibilities’ with over 6,000 employees in more than 50 contributing to their communities.
27/06/2017
A white paper from public relations and communications agency Burson-Marsteller reveals that 77 per cent of institutional investors believe building ESG initiatives into a company's business model is better for the long-term success of the business.
27/06/2017
Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays have published their joint sustainability report with an emphasis on carbon savings and a sustainable food project.
27/06/2017
Standards body BSI has launched a new standard for the circular economy, "BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organisations – guide".
27/06/2017
Santander’s Changemaker Fund has been granted increased funding, providing social enterprises and community projects the chance to present on the Crowdfunder website and unlock matched funding if the crowd support their ideas.
26/06/2016
The Law Commission has called for reform of responsible pension scheme investment in order to allow for greater social investment.
26/06/2016
According to reports in "The Grocer", Tesco has moved some of its products away from the Fairtrade label.
26/06/2016
A High Court ruling has deemed guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government for Local Government Pension Schemes “unlawful” and not in the interests of pensions.
23/06/2017
Raytheon has been named as the most community-minded company in the US industrial sector by Points of Light, volunteer service organisation. Raytheon's community initiatives include supporting military veterans, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and creating a sustainable environment.
22/06/2017
Marta Jankovic, who is in charge of responsible investment and governance at pension asset manager APG, will be the new chair of Invest Europe, the association representing European private equity, venture capital and investors.
22/06/2017
The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) has released guidance for green, social and sustainability bonds.
22/06/2017
Piping company Polypipe is announcing a three-year partnership with Help for Heroes, helping to raise funds to support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.
22/06/2017
UK life insurance company Aviva is to withdraw from tobacco investing. The firm had around £1bn invested in the tobacco industry and its divestment affects securities that it manages on behalf of its own shareholders.
21/06/2017
Six major construction companies have united to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support, a section of society that is traditionally hard to reach.
21/06/2017
Standard Life has been ranked as one of the fifty employers in the UK’s Social Mobility Employer Index, entering the new Index in fourth place.
21/06/2017
Telecommunications company VEON has partnered with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to create humanitarian initiatives.
20/06/2017
Research from Renewable Energy Waste Solutions (REWS) indicates that 71 per cent of institutional investors and IFAs expect the amount invested in renewables to increase over the next three years.
20/06/2017
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and The Big Lottery Fund have announced a new funding pilot for small charities working in local communities.
20/06/2017
Argos has raised GBP2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, the retailer’s charity partner since 2015.
20/06/2017
Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Costa and many independent retailers have grouped together for the industry-wide Coffee Week of fundraising, with over £335,000 was raised from over 4,500 donors.
20/06/2017
New research from Decision Technology (Dectech) reveals that women feel more negatively about climate change than men, while the under 40s are less apathetic than their older counterparts.
20/06/2017
TSB has received over 27,000 nominations for local organisations to join its Local Charity Partnership Programme, and increase of 2,000 on last year.
20/06/2017
Brewer and pub manager Greene King has announced a target of zero landfill waste by 2020, following the launch of Greene King’s partnership with waste management company SWR and its commitment to Courtauld 2025 to create a best practice waste solution.
20/06/2017
The Huawei ICT Sustainable Development Benchmark has highlighted investment in technology as a key accelerator to help nations achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), assessing correlations between ICT (information and communications technology) and progress in SDGs in 15 countries.
19/06/2017
The City of London Corporation, in partnership with the City of London Police and Business Healthy, is launching a campaign urging City-based people to consider their mental health and wellbeing by seeking help for mental health issues.
19/06/2017
Food is Precious is a new initiative from IKEA that aims to cut food waste by half by the end of its fiscal year 2020. In addition IKEA has become a member of Champions 12.3, the global coalition for food waste hosted by the World Resource Institute.
19/06/2017
The Bank of England has announced a review of the financial risks of climate change and how these risks could affect the banking and insurance sectors.
19/06/2017
Technology giant Apple has raised USD1bn in the form of a green bond to fund environmentally focused initiatives.
15/06/2017
The Western Union Foundation has joined the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, funding an education centre for refugees in Uganda, with the Foundation contributing USD1.24m over three years
14/06/2017
Donations given through Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity scheme have now hit GBP7m mark following a surge in the last month.
14/06/2016
EY’s Earthwatch Ambassadors Program has helped donate over 3,000 volunteer hours to local, community-based projects in Mexico and Peru.
14/06/2017
The Prince’s Trust has announced a new online platform, created with support from Nominet, NatWest and L’Oreal Paris, which will allow more young people to access its services.
13/06/2017
Hammerson, the retail destinations organisation, has celebrated its tenth Community Day announcing that it has now reached a combined total of 2,400 hours in support local charities and community organisations.
13/06/2017
ShareAction and Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) have jointly announced that ShareAction will take control of AODP, including the ranking of climate-related financial disclosures of the world’s largest pension funds, insurers, sovereign wealth funds and endowments.
13/06/2017
FTSE Russel has released its semi-annual review of the FTSE4Good Index, with 77 new additions to and 31 companies being removed from the index.
12/06/2017
Sustainability certification organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ have announced their intention to merge later this year to form a new organisation, to tackle environmental and social issues around globally.
12/06/2017
The LEGO Group has extended its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), as the company seeks to reduce its CO2 emissions in manufacturing and supply chain operations.
12/06/2017
Waitrose has extended its trial with the FareShare scheme to 25 branches, and has announced it will make funds and Partner (employee) volunteers available to local groups.
12/06/2017
A salary benchmarking report published by the Business Continuity Institute has shown a considerable gender pay gap across multiple demographics within the business continuity industry. The institute's study of over 1,000 business continuity and resilience professionals sought to discover the remuneration packages that those in the industry receive, including salary, bonus and other benefits. In addition to examining the UK, the report also provides deep dives into regional specifics for Australasia, Europe and the US
08/06/2017
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has concluded work on a project designed to encourage the growth of smart buildings. In a policy paper published today, the organisation provides a working definition of a ‘smart building’ and making detailed policy recommendations to encourage their growth. It further explores the challenge of measuring how smart a building is -- using the capacity of its functions and the degree to which different components interact and complement each other.
06/06/2017
Telecommunications company Telefónica has announced that it is joining the RE100 initiative that commits businesses to plan for 100 per cent renewable in its energy usage.
02/06/2017
The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International have launched a campaign to globally ban cosmetics animal testing by 2020.
02/06/2017
The US Government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement has been met with widespread condemnation.
02/06/2017
Marks & Spencer has launched Plan A 2025, a new ecological and ethical with a customer focus that the company hopes can address some of the major issues that face retailers, business and society.
01/06/2017
Shareholders of ExxonMobil have agreed that the company should publish an annual assessment of its climate policies, against the opposition of the board.
01/06/2017
The Lloyds Scholars Programme has assessed that the impact that volunteering has for young people, such as the development of skills, employability and social impact.
01/06/2017
Pension funds, investors and insurers, representing USD3.8tr in assets under management, have signed a statement to World Health Organization (WHO) and national health ministers supporting stronger regulation around tobacco control.
01/06/2017
Nationwide, Virgin Money and Halifax have been placed at the top of the latest reputation rankings for retail banks, despite the turbulent nature of the sector.
31/05/2017
IKEA has launched a ‘textile take-back’ initiative that asks customers to recycle textiles and help the local community.
31/05/2017
President Trump will announce the US position regarding the Paris climate change deal during the next week.
30/05/2017
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has commissioned a poll by YouGov, the results of which suggest that a third of the population have given greater consideration to charities and their community since US President’s election.
30/05/2017
US companies in the S&P 100 have continued to help create a diverse workplace, according to the 4th edition of the Calvert Diversity Report.
25/05/2017
Retailer Wilko has met, and significantly beaten, its annual charity fundraising target. Team members throughout its 402 stores, centres and offices have used a wide variety of charitable events to raise the funds, from football to waxing.
25/05/2017
Sainsbury’s has announced a new plan to encompass its supply chain from key crops and ingredients, making a significant break from the Fairtrade scheme.
25/05/2017
The latest research pointing to an increase in ESG investment has been released by BNP Paribas Securities Services, reporting that asset managers and asset owners plan to double their investment during the next two years.
24/05/2017
McDonald’s and L’Oréal are shifting to deforestation-free commodity supply chains alongside six other companies who make up a newly-expanded supply chain platform of CDP, the environmental data body.
23/05/2017
Thomson Reuters has released 'Global 100 Greenhouse Gas Performance: New Pathways for Growth and Leadership', a report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the world’s 100 largest publicly traded emitters.
23/05/2017
Motor racing and protection of the environment are seldom placed in the same sentence, but UN Environment is backing the all-electric Formula E series in a global partnership to improve inner-city air quality by promoting alternative energy solutions and electric vehicles.
23/05/2017
Investors with USD17tr AUM are pressing the G7 to stand by Paris Agreement with push for rapid implementation.
23/05/2017
Pharmaceutical company Astellas has pledged its continued support to the Fistula Foundation as Action on Fistula launches the second phase to treat 4,500 women with obstetric fistula in Kenya by 2020.
22/05/2017
FTSE Russell has released Smart beta: 2017 global survey findings from asset owners, the fourth annual survey of global institutional asset owners’ adoption and evaluation of smart beta indexing.
22/05/2017
Campaigning group ClientEarth has written to fossil fuel companies and their investors pointing out the potential legal issues with statements regarding future fossil fuel demand in their reporting.
22/05/2017
A study on brand awareness has found that 40 per cent of consumers are completely abandoning brands that don’t make a positive impact on society.
22/05/2017
Three-quarters (76 per cent) of American consumers would be willing to boycott a product if they believe that the company producing it was operating in way that was against their principles.
19/05/2017
Marks & Spencer has announced that its nationwide food redistribution scheme will now include chilled food such as meat, dairy items, poultry and ready meals.
17/05/2017
The skilled, homeless, unemployed now (SHUN) generation faces too many barriers to gaining employability skills and social mobility, and Carillion has launched its ‘Breaking Down a Million Barriers’ campaign to help level these impediments.
17/05/2017
Coca-Cola Great Britain is ramping up its investment in Coca-Cola Zero Sugar as Nielsen data shows sales in grocery and convenience stores are up 52 per cent, and sales of no sugar Coca-Cola equal to the traditional recipe.
17/05/2017
Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed USD5 million in seed grants to support participating cities in developing and implementing policies to address NCDs and injuries.
17/05/2017
With investment in two offshore wind farms, the LEGO Group has reached a point where 100 per cent of the energy it uses is either from, or balanced by producing, energy from renewable sources.
17/05/2017
The UK has reported its best quarter for renewable energy use, with wind, solar, biomass and hydro all registering record levels of generation.
17/05/2017
Software supplier Blackbaud has announced a product that will map outcomes to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), allowing organisations to report the impact of their grant making across the 17 goals and related targets.
17/05/2017
Wholesaler Palmer & Harvey (P&H) has partnered with the UK charity Missing People, displaying appeals of missing children and adults on the sides of its vans as they make daily deliveries.
16/05/2017
WHEB Asset Management has published a report that measures the positive social and environmental impacts of its sustainability fund as well as its financial return.
16/05/2017
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has announced a five-year partnership with Microsoft to provide a support grant of USD5 million.
16/05/2017
AIM-listed renewable energy company Good Energy has launched a second corporate bond, after the success for the first bond that was launched in 2013.
15/05/2017
BMO Global Asset Management is dropping £20m of shares from its range of responsible funds, and additionally excluding companies with fossil fuel reserves.
15/05/2017
During Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) British Gas has announced that over 10,000 employees have now received bespoke training to help support customers with dementia.
15/05/2017
Tesco is joining the RE100 initiative, pledging to use only renewable electricity by 2030 and becoming a low-carbon business.
15/05/2017
Congratulations to the winners, and all those shortlisted, at last night’s Better Society Awards. As corporates and companies strive to create a better place, whether through community action, innovation or commerce, the fruits of these efforts have been recognised.
12/05/2017
Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin is partnering with the Winning Scotland Foundation, helping young people in Scotland achieve their potential through education, training and employment.
11/05/2017
A UK-wide competition focussed on improving money management in the local community has been created to help encourage young adults to create innovative social action projects.
11/05/2017
The average person in Britain makes 15 decisions on autopilot a day according to a Marks & Spencer funded study, with ninety-six per cent of people admitting to making choices with really thinking about them.
11/05/2017
With hundreds of billions of plastic sachets going to waste each year around the world, Unilever has created the technology to recycle these items, turning them into new sachets for Unilever products and creating a full circular economy approach.
11/05/2017
Tonight the winners for 2017 will be announced, and tomorrow we will be able to list these. So until then we wish all the entrants in this outstanding year the best, and again note that even making the shortlist is a celebration of the work being done to help create a fairer and better society.
11/05/2017
The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 is being hosted in Finland, the first country with a comprehensive road map to a circular economy.
10/05/2017
The Institute of Directors (IoD) has responded to the report on Corporate Governance from the House of Commons BEIS Committee, in particular proposing measures to curb excessive executive pay.
10/05/2017
Hospitality organisation Whitbread is now using renewable sources to power all of UK operations.
10/05/2017
The London Market Group (LMG) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have launched London Matters 2017, a review of London’s position in the global insurance industry between 2013 and 2015. The report reveals that diversity continues to remain a challenge, and although the proportion of female staff is in line with the UK average at 41 per cent, the proportion of female executive directors is at only 5 per cent, in comparison to the FTSE 100 average of 21 per cent.
09/05/2017
Madrid-based insurer MAPFRE has joined the global network of signatories to the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) aligning its long-standing commitment to social and environmental sustainability to its investment policy.
09/05/2017
ShareAction is asking investors to vote down BP’s and Shell’s remuneration policies at their AGMs, accusing the compensation frameworks of being ‘misaligned with the interests of long-term shareholders’.
09/05/2017
Swimwear brand Speedo has launched a global initiative to reduce accidental drownings worldwide. The Swim Generation initiative supports life-saving projects around the world and has enabled partner organisations to reach over 600,000 people so far.
09/05/2017
Young people living in Aberdeen are being offered urban sports and culture programmes, helped by a four figure boost from Aberdeen Asset Management’s Charitable Foundation.
09/05/2017
More than 80 per cent of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds make no reference to climate risk in their investment strategies, according to analysis by ClientEarth and ShareAction.
09/05/2017
Alexander Hoare of C Hoare & Co, the oldest privately owned bank in the UK, has been recognised with a 2017 Beacon Award for City Philanthropy.
09/05/2017
Kempen Capital Management has appointed Narina Mnatsakanian as its new Director Impact and Responsible Investment, to help strengthen ESG progress within the company.
08/05/2017
Over 9.4 million people are employed globally in the renewable energy sector according to a report from Allen & York, a specialist recruitment consultancy.
08/05/2017
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has launched a guide to help pension and charity fund trustees understand their fiduciary duties in light of the latest legal and regulatory thinking.
08/05/2017
Lloyds Banking Group is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) with hundreds volunteering hours at Mental Health UK Service Centres.
05/05/2017
Co-op is launching a GBP10m campaign focusing on the benefits of sourcing from British local farmers as part of its desire to support local communities and create long-term benefits.
04/05/2017
Swiss pension funds and insurance companies are being given an opportunity to participate in a modelling programme to gauge their alignment to the sustainability target of keeping climate temperature changes below 2 degrees, as outlined in the Paris Agreement.
04/05/2017
Despite concerns over the UK potential commitments following Brexit, the Government has announced a funding programme for research into methods of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
03/05/2017
Nearly half of the constituent companies in the US Fortune 500 now have a carbon reduction programme to decrease their environmental impact and increase their energy efficiency.
03/05/2017
UKSIF has published a guide for DB pension fund trustees on their fiduciary duties, highlighting the fact that the Pensions Regulator now requires trustees to consider ESG where it is financially material.
02/05/2017
Aviva Investors has released results of its third biennial survey of global asset managers regarding ESG issues. The survey polled 39 asset managers with combined assets of over £4 trillion, revealing that corporate diversity is taken increasingly seriously.
02/05/2017
The first UK personal current account from Triodos Bank is being introduced in response to growing consumer demand for banking products that demonstrate a positive impact on society.
27/04/2017
David Sheasby, Head of Governance and Sustainability at investment manager Martin Currie, has been appointed to the ESG Engagements Advisory Committee, part of the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment). The PRI was launched in April 2006 and has grown to over 1,600 signatories. The ESG committee’s objectives are to provide direction and leadership on the PRI’s collaborative engagements agenda, and to set priorities for present and future engagement initiatives.
27/04/2017
On 16 March charities and corporates came together to share their experiences of creating world-class partnerships. The speakers helped bring their knowledge of success, and some difficulties, to the audience. The following is a short distillation of this hugely informative event.
27/04/2014
State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has released the results of a global survey of 475 institutions, revealing that 68 per cent of respondents believe that the integration of an environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy has significantly improved returns.
26/04/2017
Impax Asset Management, an investment manager focused on environmental and related markets has published an updated report on Smart Carbon model portfolios.
26/04/2017
Tesco has announced that more than GBP40 million has been raised for Cancer Research UK over their 16 year partnership.
26/04/2017
A coalition of 300 businesses and organisations in Europe, including cities, public authorities, property developers, manufacturers and energy utilities, as well as trade associations, NGOs and universities - is asking for clear targets, milestones and measures on transforming existing stock to environmentally friendly buildings.
26/04/2017
The rise in recent announcements from corporate organisations pledging to reach environmental targets will inevitably lead to an increasing demand for renewable energy certificates (RECs).
26/04/2017
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has announces that it will be divesting its portfolios of companies that derive more than 50 per cent of their revenues from coal-related activities.
25/04/2017
Ford is trailing plug-in hybrid vans (PHEV) in London. For a year 20 Ford Transit PHEVs will be in use by Transport for London, the Metropolitan police, Clancy Plant, Addison Lee and British Gas.
25/04/2017
Amundi and IFC have agreed to create a USD2bn green bond fund dedicated to emerging markets.
24/04/2017
Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report with an outline to improve environment performance on a number of levels and help make the technology company a leader in low impact manufacturing
24/04/2017
Earth Day 2017 is on Saturday 22 April, with an expected 1 billion participants across the globe and a theme of environmental and climate literacy.
21/04/2017
Walmart is helping its suppliers reduce greenhouse gas with a sustainability toolkit with the objective of reducing emissions by a gigatonne – the equivalent of removing 200 cars from the roads.
21/04/2017
The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has been sold to Macquarie Bank, valuing it at over GBP2billion. Set up by the UK Government as a method to fund green investment in projects, it was also intended to be privatised.
21/04/2017
The market for green bonds has experience 42 per cent growth in the first year’s first quarter, with over USD20 billion issuance, following on from an already successful performance in the last quarter.
21/04/2017
The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) has renewed a contract with a proxy voting firm to continue its commitment to responsible stewardship.
21/04/2017
Whilst there has been considerable interest building in the concept of ESG investments, it has also been a difficult term to describe in detail. ESG generally describes a company that is conducting its business responsibly and attempting to reduce or offset negative impacts.
20/04/2017
AMP Capital is introducing a new decision-making framework allowing it to exclude companies or sectors on ethical grounds across our entire portfolio. The framework introduces a concept of degrees of ‘harm’ or ‘denial of humanity’ and considers conventions that prohibit or control the use of a company’s products.
19/04/2017
Hermes Investment Management’s credit and stewardship teams have published a paper on pricing ESG risks in credit markets examining the relationship between a company’s Quantitative ESG (QESG) Score and credit default swaps (CDS).
19/04/2017
Investment management company Kames has had a longstanding commitment to sustainability, and has now placed all its activities in a single report, considering its operations, diversity and engagement.
19/04/2017
Hertz Corporation has launched a new carbon offset programme that provides corporate customers with the ability to purchase of carbon offsets for their vehicles.
19/04/2017
Supermarket Lidl UK and NSPCC have announced a new partnership that help the charity to reach one million primary school children with crucial advice on how to stay safe from abuse.
19/04/2017
Eleven environmentally related organisations have sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister warning the Government of the perils of reducing climate change and environmental commitments.
18/04/2017
The recent UK weather has created ideal conditions for renewable energy, with photovoltaic and wind power enjoying the prolonged sunshine followed by high winds.
12/04/2017
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has appointed of Christine Bosse as its newest Board member.
12/04/2017
Over two-thirds (69 per cent) of business owners consider measures to make offices eco-friendly, with an even higher 4 in 5 (82 per cent) assessing the energy efficiency of equipment when purchasing it.
11/04/2017
According to Icelandic news source MBL, retailer IKEA is building workers housing in Reykjavik to ensure that its staff can rent accommodation at an affordable price.
11/04/2017
Barclays chief executive Jes Staley, faces the loss of his bonus after regulators have questioned his conduct in a whistleblowing case.
11/04/2017
Greenpeace has installed a 2.5 tonne plastic sculpture in front of Coca-Cola’s London headquarters in order to highlight ocean plastic pollution.
11/04/2017
Virgin Trains on the west coast and Rethink Mental Illness are partnering to raise awareness of mental health issues and offer support to employees and communities across the country. In addition, Virgin Trains staff will also be raising money with a programme of activities around its stations.
10/04/2017
Retailer Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) programme is looking to raise greater awareness, and expand the positive impact it has on communities across the UK with two new engagement tools.
10/04/2017
The 71st President of the United Nations General Assembly, HE Peter Thomson, has called upon the American Association of Advertising Agencies to help protect the oceans. At the Association’s ReSolve conference he urged participants: “If we are to ensure a bountiful planet for ourselves and future generations, the time for action is upon us.”
10/04/2017
The new mandatory gender pay gap reporting requirements come into force today (6 April). This will require all UK employers with over 250 staff to report on the mean and median male and female salaries.
06/04/2017
AXA Investment Managers has produced a survey of 122 insurance company CIOs in France, Germany and the UK, showing that 35 per cent of insurers are now taking responsible investment (RI) or ESG criteria into consideration when making asset allocation decisions.
06/04/2017
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) is keeping the pressure up on executive pay, revealing that in 2016 the organisation has voted against 118 pay resolutions in the UK and against 14 per cent of companies on just pay alone.
05/04/2017
Fashion retailer ASOS has announced that sales have increased by 38 per cent in the six months to February 2017 and £27.3 million in pre-tax profits, but according to the Reputation Institute, having had one of the best reputations on the high-street fashion industry in 2016, it seen its reputation tumble in 2017 due to work practices
05/04/2017
The European Environment Agency’s new report 'Renewable Energy in Europe 2017: recent growth and knock-on effects' reveals that the EU is on track to meet its target of sourcing 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020, having now reached a 17 per cent threshold.
05/04/2017
The market value of Elon Musk’s carmaker has now overtaken that of Ford following encouraging first quarter results.
04/04/2017
Fourteen European utilities companies are set to exceed carbon targets by 1.3 billion tonnes, and will put €14 billion of earnings at risk.
03/04/2017
Payroll giving has donated more than £1.3 billion over the 30 years it has been in operation, and currently more than 220,000 people in the UK make a regular contributions through the CAF Give As You Earn scheme – the largest such scheme in the UK.
03/04/2017
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has become the first green bond issuer from the Gulf region. The five year dated green bond has raised $587 million and NBAD will use the proceeds to invest in projects that protect the climate and natural resources.
31/03/2017
Marks & Spencer is commissioning the RSPCA to audit all dairy farms in its direct supply chain. Director of Food Andy Adcock confirmed that all 40 UK farms will be audited to RSPCA Assured Standards as soon as possible.
31/03/2017
Real estate firm Hammerson has become the first in its sector to launch a full ‘net positive’ strategy covering both environmental and socio-economic impacts. Being delivered through its existing Positive Places sustainability platform, the company has set targets across four key areas with the aim of having a major impact across its portfolio by 2030.
30/03/2017
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) produced new guidance for trustees of defined-benefit pension schemes saying they need to consider ESG factors where they have a financial impact.
30/03/2017
MEPs, NGOs, EU institutions and specialists are meeting at the European Parliament to discuss the adoption of rights of nature in European law and policy.
29/03/2017
The McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace has been published, calling for employers to start ‘making the most of talent’ irrespective of background.
29/03/2017
Brewer AB InBev to become the largest corporate purchaser of renewable electricity in the consumer goods sector. Announcing a commitment to secure 100 per cent of the company’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025, the action will also reduce the company’s operational carbon footprint by 30 per cent.
29/03/2017
The Crown Estate has joined the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in a three-year partnership to embed the principles of the circular economy across the business and its activities.
28/03/2017
The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) has released its biennial investment review disclosing that sustainable investment assets reached USD22.89 trillion globally by the start of 2016, a 25 per cent increase from 2014.
28/03/2017
Consumer chemicals producer SC Johnson has been supporting developing for some time, by providing sustainable business models to raise the standard of living, but has now announced that it will launch a pilot programme of information and affordable mosquito repellents.
27/03/2017
Findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) show that energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be cut by 70 per cent by 2050 and completely eradicated by 2060 – and with a positive economic benefit.
27/03/2017
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.
23/03/2017
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.
23/03/2017
Figures researched by Gocompare.com 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.
23/03/2017
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.
21/03/2017
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.
21/03/2017
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.
21/03/2017
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.
21/03/2017
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.
21/03/2017
Builders’ merchants Buildbase and equipment rental company Hirebase have announced a new partnership with Raleigh International for extensive programmes in Tanzania.
21/03/2017
A public ranking of corporate human rights performance has been revealed, with the aim of driving companies to adopt strong human rights policies.
15/03/2017
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.
15/03/2017
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.
14/03/2017
Barclays Connect with Work programme has announced that selected Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions as its first corporate partner.
14/03/2017
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.
14/03/2017
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.
14/03/2017
Carmaker Ford has now claimed an eight successive place earned a place on the annual Ethisphere Institute’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, with the listing reflecting Ford’s use of PACE (Partnership for A Cleaner Environment) in reducing waste, carbon dioxide and air emissions.
13/03/2017
The Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation has been launched to bring focus to the law firm’s charitable giving and pro bono work, with the foundation prioritising a core project each year- the first being human trafficking and modern slavery.
13/03/2017
Costa has announced two initiatives to improve the environment, from opposite ends of the coffee process, and quite literally from the beans to the cup.
13/03/2017
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has signed a new agreement with EDF Energy to buy 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable sources.
13/03/2017
Marks & Spencer is adding DisabledGo access guides to its stores, becoming the first retailer to do so. The guides contain detailed information on its stores’ accessibility - from lighting levels, to the number of accessible car parking spaces and the provision of hearing loops – and are available to customers on the M&S.com store locator.
10/03/2017
FTSE Russell reports that it has seen a growing demand for ESG data, and to reinforce the point it has revealed that KPMG AZSA Sustainability has purchased the data model in Japan.
09/03/2017
Research from SolarPower Europe shows that annual global solar installations grew by around 50 per cent to an all-time record number of 76.2 GW in 2016, with China leading Asia's market share to over 66 per cent in 2016, and US demand for new solar capacity was more than twice as large as in Europe.
09/03/2017
A significant majority of the US population are convinced that climate change is real (70 per cent) and only 12 per cent do not believe it, according to a widespread survey from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
09/03/2017
Apple has opened up its Apple Pay to UK charities, making donations both easier and more secure. After successfully launching the scheme to non-profits in the US, Apple is rolling out the service to 21 UK charities including The British Heart Foundation, ActionAid UK, British Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, and DEC.
08/03/2017
For International Women’s Day, here is a quick reminder of how the make-up of UK boardrooms is changing. The figures are from the end of last year, and provided by (and available from) BoardWatch, with data provided by BoardEx on 29 October 2016.
08/03/2017
There are a lot of campaigns around International Women’s Day, covering many different issues, and sectors. So to choose one to highlight is difficult.
08/03/2017
We are delighted to reveal the 2017 Better Society Awards shortlist. In all cases the standard has been very high, and on behalf of the selection panel we would like to congratulate those shortlisted, and reassure those not, that it is not because of a lack of quality.
07/03/2017
The proposed merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen asset Management would create a major global organisation with £660bn of funds under management. The merger is unlikely to be opposed, but it potentially will create an interesting problem of integration regarding the companies’ respective ESG policies.
06/03/2017
Beijing is proposing removal of all petrol-and diesel-powered taxis and replacing them with either electric or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) powered cars.
06/03/2017
A new scheme designed to help integrate victims of modern slavery in the UK by the Co-op. The company seek to help integration back into the community by providing jobs and raising awareness of modern slavery with its four million members.
03/03/2017
Allianz Global Assistance has joined Tourism Cares, the US-based charitable arm of the travel and tourism industry.
03/03/2017
Lego has approved the production of a set of female NASA icons of the space programme, in part as role-models for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
02/03/2017
Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) has launched its revised Helping Britain Prosper Plan for 2017, outlining its ongoing commitment to wider society.
02/03/2017
With one death every 40 seconds by suicide Facebook is aiming to help prevent instances by connecting a person in distress with support. Some suicide prevention tools have been available on Facebook over 10 years, but new tools and an enhanced programme of detection have now been boosted by the use of artificial intelligence (AI).
01/03/2017
The Government has been clear that the long-term future of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) is to be in private hands, and to that end it has selected Australian company Macquarie as it preferred purchaser. However that decision is now being challenged in the High Court.
01/03/2017
Software company TAAP has implemented a food donation application which enables retailers to donate surplus food to charities. The Food Donation Service solution integrates with a retailer’s stock, price and waste services to digitally track and trace what is being donated.
28/02/2017
Financial services group Societe Generale has raised over £750,000 for its Charity of the Year partner Mind, the mental health charity.
27/02/2017
Fairtrade has reported that sales of its ethical products have grown, the first such rise since 2013. Bananas and coffee have experienced significant growth, offsetting lower sales of products such as cocoa and sugar.
27/02/2017
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.
23/02/2017
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.
23/02/2017
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.
22/02/2017
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.
22/02/2017
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.
21/02/2017
The Office for Disability Issues is seeking business people to champion accessibility of products and services for disabled people.
21/02/2017
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.
21/02/2017
Disability and mental health issues are still major barriers to gaining employment, despite campaigns to address these issues.
20/02/2017
Becoming a parent has a direct relationship to how environmentally friendly you are. A survey, conducted on behalf of Gocompare.com 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.
16/02/2017
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.
16/02/2017
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.
15/02/2017
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.
14/02/2017
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.
14/02/2017
Responding to the Government’s consultation on corporate reform, the Work and Pensions Committee has proposed that private companies that have a social impact should carry the same corporate governance and reporting requirements as public listed companies.
13/02/2017
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.
13/02/2017
The London Stock Exchange Group has issued guidance on good practice in ESG reporting. The organisation’s Global Sustainable Investment Centre has set out a guide in response to demand from investors for a consistent approach as ESG concerns become a mainstream issue with investors.
09/02/2017
A number of companies have pooled their resources to sponsor two doctors in an attempt to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean for Médecins Sans Frontières.
09/02/2017
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has unveiled its annual progress report, comparing its performance against its Five-Fold Environmental Ambition (FEA) and Ambition 2025, the FDF’s latest sustainability commitments.
08/02/2017
Morrisons and CLIC Sargent have entered into a partnership, with the retailers on target to provide 7m of funding to the children and young people’s cancer support charity.
08/02/2017
This is Me - in the City, a London mental health campaign led by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal in partnership with Barclays, Business Healthy, City Mental Health Alliance, Mind and City AM, has launched its 2017 programme.
08/02/2017
The City of London Corporation is sponsoring the Social Mobility Employers’ Index, a new initiative from the Social Mobility Foundation and Social Mobility Commission - which ranks Britain’s top businesses on how open they are to accessing talent from all backgrounds.
07/02/2017
IKEA has launched a range of kitchen units made from recycled plastic and wood, using twenty-five half-litre PET-bottles to create a plastic foil which coats the reclaimed wood kitchen fronts, creating a sustainable kitchen.
07/02/2017
Fortune 500 companies in the US have seen a small increase in representation on boards from women and minorities, but an Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) study has revealed that 70 per cent of seats are held by Caucasian/white men.
07/02/2017
Warner Leisure Hotels hopes to raise over half a million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support over a three year period.
06/02/2017
Two major providers of ethical funds have opened them to investment from charities via the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), putting £100m onto the provider’s digital platform.
06/02/2017
The recent report from Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London outlines a future where the declining costs of solar photovoltaics (PV) and electric vehicle (EV) technologies will depose fossil fuels.
02/02/2017
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) UK held a fundraising conference entitled Leading Across Generations, raising £20,000 for local charities that support education and social mobility.
02/02/2017
The Aviva Community Fund invites a round of applications each year for local community projects, and this year’s winners have produced a hat-trick of wins for Cheshire commercial insurance broker Risk Services (NW) who nominated Children Today, Deafness Support Network and the National Communities Resource Centre.
01/02/2017
Standard Life Investments (SLI) is issuing a report of its global engagement and voting activities during 2016, and the organisation’s views on some of the developments and issues in the area.
01/02/2017
The Environment Agency has collected fines totalling over a million from a number of transgressing companies and will be donating these to relevant environmental charities.
31/01/2017
Santander employees have now raised more than £1.1 million for charity partners Age UK and Barnardo’s over 2016, with a variety of activities This follows a staff vote where the two charities were chosen as partners for the period 2016 – 2018, with the bank aiming to raise £3 million over the three-year period.
31/01/2017
Howard Schultz, outgoing CEO of Starbucks, has written an open letter to the company’s employees that pledges the company to helping refugees.
30/01/2017
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Ant Financial Services Group, a Chinese online and mobile financial services company, have launched the Green Digital Finance Alliance, a new global initiative to help harness digital technologies for sustainable finance.
27/01/2017
Pharmaceutical company Astellas has announced that Action on Fistula, its flagship international programme, has now helped 2,164 Kenyan women with obstetric fistula by giving them life changing reconstructive surgery.
27/01/2017
The Corporation of the City of London and the major coffee chains have created a recycling partnership to help reduce the number of coffee cups going to landfill. Currently up to 7m coffee cups are discarded every day.
26/01/2017
Trustees Unlimited and charities umbrella body the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), have announced the 100th placement of a trustee via the Step on Board programme.
26/01/2017
BP has published its annual Energy Outlook, which sees the move from fossil fuels to sustainable energy in the Western world being outpaced by the growth in demand from Asia.
26/01/2017
Sodexo has retained the position as one of the most sustainable companies by receiving the gold distinction in RobecoSAM's annual Sustainability Yearbook. Sodexo has so far managed to be in the top rank for ten consecutive years, and reflects the company’s long-term mission of contributing to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries where it operates.
26/01/2017
Lloyd’s Register (LR), the engineering and business services organisation, has provided funding for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation of £29 million for the 2015/16 financial year, and grants awarded were £34.6 million (compared to £12.7 million in the previous year).
25/01/2017
Coffee chain Caffè Nero’s staff have made a very clear statement of support for St Mungo’s homelessness charity by committing to its Woolly Hat Day.
25/01/2017
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced the return of its flagship youth enterprise competition, the Real Business Challenge. Now in its thirteenth year the event, which forms part of the organisation’s national education programme, is expecting over 1,000 schools to enter.
25/01/2017
Sky has launched a new environmental campaign called Sky Ocean Rescue, initially led by Sky News, which will help educate and inspire people to help protect our oceans and reduce plastic waste within them.
24/01/2017
Ford Motors and Transport for London (TFL) are working in partnership on a government backed project to improve the city air quality with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vans. In addition, selected London businesses will trial plug-in hybrid vans that can run solely on electric power for the majority of city trips.
23/01/2016
A major public-private initiative is creating a sustainable global food supply chain, with foundations in an innovative insurance project that ensures funding for smallholder farmers and protection against crop loss.
23/01/2017
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.
19/01/2017
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.
18/01/2017
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).
18/01/2017
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.
17/01/2017
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.
17/01/2017
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.
16/01/2017
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.
16/01/2017
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.
16/01/2017
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.
16/01/2017
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.
16/01/2017
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.
16/01/2017
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.
12/01/2017
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).
12/01/2017
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world, has announced the appointment of Ashley Elliot as Global Liaison for East Africa. Mr. Elliot will work out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to help the GIIN build strategic partnerships, promote impact investing and support GIIN members across the region. Mr. Elliot becomes the GIIN’s fourth global liaison, highlighting the GIIN’s growing global presence and support for the international impact investing community.
12/01/2017
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.
11/01/2017
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.
10/01/2017
Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement of a package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. He gave his support saying that, ““For more than 30 years, Lloyds Bank Foundation has supported specialist local charities helping people from the most disadvantaged communities manage mental ill health. We currently provide grants to more than 120 such charities across England and Wales, an investment totalling almost £4.8m (as of Q4 2016), and are in the process of making a number of new grants already this year.
10/01/2017
UK Employees of FedEx Express have donated over 1,000 hours to charity and fundraising activities in aid of Action for Children over the course of 2016.
09/01/2017
One in four people say they would be more inclined to apply for jobs with firms that have a strong track record of supporting charities, according to new research.
09/01/2017
A leading network of law firms has raised a total of over £25,000 in 2016 alone for children’s charity Barnardo’s.
05/01/2017
The Natural History Museum has successfully achieved £11 million in energy savings and reduced carbon emissions by over 15,000 tonnes during the past decade thanks to a trigeneration scheme in partnership with Vital Energi.
04/01/2017
Financial firm Aberdeen Asset Management, through its Charitable Foundation, has aided charities throughout 2016, both in terms of grants as well as volunteering support from Aberdeen’s staff, and Lynda Affleck of Aberdeen’s Charitable Foundation has voiced the desire to continue this work in 2017.
29/12/2016
A recent report by Lancaster University Management School has found that there a little linkage between executive pay and results. The research, supported by investment professionals body CFA UK, is based on an analysis of CEO pay structures and their alignment with corporate value creation for FTSE-350 companies over the period 2003-2014/15.
28/12/2016
Corporate sustainability performance reporting have become a popular form of communicating an organisation’s stance on the environment, yet, as with many items on the responsible business agenda, questions remain about its real academic rigour and relevance to enhancing corporate competitiveness.
20/12/2016
SAP has managed to raise over £100,000 at a charity ball held in Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, with the proceeds going to charity partner Action for Children. The fundraising event marks the development of SAP and Action for Children’s relationship over the last two years, since partnering together to tackle issues affecting children, young people, their parents, and carers.
19/12/2016
Payment services company Western Union Business Solutions is helping DEC with its appeal for the people of Yemen.
19/12/2016
National governments are promoting energy conservation programmes in order to meet emissions reduction targets.
15/12/2016
The IKEA Foundation, IKEA’s philanthropic arm, has partnered with Save the Children, War Child, UNICEF, Handicap International, Special Olympics and Room to Read to create safe and inclusive spaces for vulnerable children to play and develop.
15/12/2016
Bill Gates is behind the launch of a USD1 billion fund investing in new forms of clean energy. Gates has gathered a group of like-minded investors to collaborate on the fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
14/12/2016
Tesco plc has been placed in sixth place in the global RepRisk Sector Benchmarking Report, highlighting the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues related to the retail sector.
14/12/2016
Commitments to fossil fuel divestment have doubled over the past 15 months to USD 5.197 trillion in assets.
13/12/2016
Allianz Leben, the life insurance arm of Allianz, is ensuring the sustainability of its investments using an ESG scoring system.
13/12/2016
Millennials see the rapid rate of technological and digital change as the biggest challenge facing them as future business leaders.
12/12/2016
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is holding a one-day conference on multigenerational leadership on 26 January 2017.
12/12/2016
A survey of 500 HR leaders reveals that commitment to the UN Global Goals is now important to 47 per cent of UK private sector businesses, forming part of business strategy in over a third.
09/12/2016
GAME Digital has announced that SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity, will be its UK charity for the coming year. The charity was chosen, by staff, as having the best association with GAME.
09/12/2016
Independent think-tank the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has produced a report on a broad range of UK business practices, attempting to find common ground and trends in differing types of operation.
08/12/2016
The recently revealed draft gender pay reporting rules that come into play in April 2018, mean that employers could be facing legal action should they fail to comply.
08/12/2016
Amazon has become the latest supporter of charity Magic Breakfast in a move which will provide over 700,000 healthy breakfasts to over 3,800 children in 57 schools around the UK.
08/12/2016
Financial services organisation ICAP has held its 24th annual global Charity Day, with 100 per cent of ICAP’s revenues and commissions generated donated to more than 200 charities worldwide.
08/12/2016
Sports Direct has reported a steep drop in half-year profits, with its chairman pointing to political and media coverage as having had a damaging effect on its reputation.
08/12/2016
The IKEA Group is on target to produce as much renewable energy as the energy it consumes in its operations by 2020, with new wind farms in Poland and the US. The Group now produces renewable energy corresponding to 71 per cent of its energy use in 2016, as reported in its Group Sustainability Report, and operates 327 wind turbines and 730,000 solar panels.
07/12/2016
Bridges Ventures, a specialist sustainable and impact investor, is launching Evergreen, a new permanent capital vehicle designed to provide long-term support for ambitious mission-led enterprises.
07/12/2016
Ford's global trends report explores societal shifts expected to influence consumers and brands in 2017 and sees consumers rethinking and assessing their priorities with shifts in how they define prosperity, value material possessions and use their time.
07/12/2016
Businesses operating in Europe have joined together in the Sustainable Business Exchange to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
06/12/2016
Google’s infrastructure and the offices will be supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy sources from next year
06/12/2016
FTSE Russell is celebrating 15 years of its flagship ESG Index Series, FTSE4Good (as displayed on this site). The Index carries companies meeting specific thresholds in relation to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices and are regularly reviewed to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria.
06/12/2016
Unilever has hosted an event for business leaders from FTSE 100 employers to learn about ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
06/12/2016
The Work Foundation, part of Lancaster University, has initiated a commission on ‘Good Work’. Director Lesley Giles has invited senior leaders in business, trade unions, professional bodies, and the public and voluntary sectors to be part of this task, the results of which will drive the Work Foundation’s strategy over the next two years.
06/12/2016
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has released a report that raises over whether ESG regulation is driving real change.
05/12/2016
A few weeks ago confectionary maker Cadbury indicated that it would begin a new partnership with Fairtrade, but no longer actually place its products or operations under Fairtrade certification
05/12/2016
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.
02/12/2016
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.
01/12/2016
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors have won the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Stop Slavery Award.
01/12/2016
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.
01/12/2016
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.
01/12/2016
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.
01/12/2016
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.
30/11/2016
A collection of major hotel chains including Hilton, Shiva Hotels and Bespoke Hotels have launched an industry-wide network to combat modern slavery.
30/11/2016
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.
29/11/2016
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.
29/11/2016
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.
28/11/2016
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.
28/11/2016
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.
24/11/2016
Virgin Media and TalkTalk have both recently used their reach to help wider communities, with their technological expertise and contact respectively to help charities.
24/11/2016
In the US, Giving Tuesday has been an annual feature for four years, but its existence remains a mystery to many. However, responses do demonstrate a significant generational divide.
24/11/2016
The UN climate talks held in Marrakech, known as COP22, collected together over 200 countries to discuss the implementation of last year’s Paris Agreement.
23/11/2016
A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) notes that as air quality is slowly improving, air pollution remains the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe, resulting in an estimated 467 000 premature deaths per year and a lower quality of life due to illnesses.
23/11/2016
A new report reveals a divide in environmental approaches between European oil and gas companies and those in America, with Europeans investing more in low-carbon technologies and shifting towards gas, as US companies stall on progress.
22/11/2016
In a recent study, two thirds of consumers say they would like to see a recognisable carbon footprint label on products.
In much the same way that foods are labelled for nutrition, the Carbon Trust has proposed that companies that clearly demonstrate the climate change credentials of their products could secure a competitive and commercial advantage.
21/11/2016
Evening Standard partners with charity Centrepoint for Christmas 2016
The campaign, which starts today and runs to February 2017, will fund the launch of the Centrepoint Helpline, a ground-breaking new service for 16-25-year-olds at risk of homelessness.
21/11/2016
Over 360 businesses and investors have urged President-elect Donald Trump and other global leaders to honour the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21) and the need to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy at home and around the world.
16/11/2016
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) has reported that during its Week of Giving over 250 hours of service were donated to charities across the UK.
16/11/2016
Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company has managed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half, the equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road each year.
15/11/2016
Data from the Social Business Trust (SBT) has shown that partnering social enterprises with business people from major companies has resulted in one million people in need across the UK getting help.
15/11/2016
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) is holding the first evidence session in its Corporate Governance inquiry.
14/11/2016
The City Bridge Trust has now reached 21, having started awarding grants in 1995, and since then it has awarded over 7,500 grants totalling over £350 million across London.
14/11/2016
Institutional investors have been ‘graded’ upon their commitment to engagement and representing their stakeholders by the regulator.
14/11/2016
Western Union Business Solutions has become an official partner of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Rapid Response Network.
10/11/2016
Companies should ensure that more women are not only on board, but also on executive committees according to Hampton review.
09/11/2016
Kiron Open Higher Education, a social enterprise based in Germany, has been selected as the UBS Social Innovator 2016 from EMEA.
09/11/2016
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has listed a new bond from the IFC (a part of the World Bank Group) giving investors the option of being repaid in either carbon credits or cash.
08/11/2016
Index provider FTSE Russell has revealed a new index, the FTSE All-World Ex CW Climate Balanced Factor Index combining a smart beta factor approach alongside climate change considerations.
07/11/2016
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has written to the chairs of each FTSE350 company requesting that they share information with investors about their culture and working practices.
07/11/2016
Barclays has become the first company to be named a Founder Leader by Business Disability Forum (BDF) in recognition of the bank’s status for disability performance.
07/11/2016
Standard Life has announced that it will be implementing the new hourly rates for the Real Living Wage from 16 November, well ahead of the May 2017 deadline.
07/11/2016
Consumer trust in business organisations and institutions including the media and politicians has gone into freefall in recent years – with older people now among the most disaffected, according to a report commissioned by the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC).
07/11/2016
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, The Emissions Gap Report 2016, casts doubt on the ability of the current emissions reduction commitment to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.
03/11/2016
The report by Sir John Parker, chairman of mining giant Anglo American, has recommended that every FTSE 100 company should have one non-white director by 2021.
02/11/2016
Good Money Week, a national week to promote responsible investment, is an apt moment to highlight research from the organisation that shows that the UK public would like ethical investment to be made easier.
02/11/2016
Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Open Data Institute Awards celebrated its third annual evening at the British Film Institute honouring innovation and excellence in open data across the world.
02/11/2016
Ethical investment has progressed from exclusion of ‘sin stocks’ to funds being targeted at creating good, and Standard Life Investments (SLI) contends that the concept is entering the mainstream.
02/11/2016
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), the national association of 1,300 pension schemes has responded to the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee consultation on corporate governance.
1/11/2016
Coca-Cola’s Christmas 2016 season is set to include the launch of a brand new charity initiative to provide meals to those in need.
1/11/2016
Coca-Cola’s Christmas 2016 season is set to include the launch of a brand new charity initiative to provide meals to those in need.
1/11/2016
The outcome of the US election could have an impact on the global evolution of RI across regulation, clean energy and carbon.
31/10/2016
Offshore wind could grow over six-fold by 2030, from just 13 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, to 100 GW in 2030, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
31/10/2016
Schneider Electric has announced its financial and non-financial results for the third quarter of 2016. For non-financial reporting Schneider Electric uses 16 indicators in its Planet & Society barometer, a quarterly report that measures the company’s results against a number of indicators of its impact on the planet, profit and people.
31/10/2016
Twice as many CEOs and other senior executives have become actively involved in addressing modern slavery in global supply chains since the Modern Slavery Act came into force on 29 October 2015.
28/10/2016
New research by YouGov, commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group, revealed that young people want banks to invest in financial education.
28/10/2016
Several major retailers have signed up to support this year’s #givingtuesday – the global day of giving.
28/10/2016
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, which has announced a programme entitled Fill Your Tank to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary.
26/10/2016
Retailer Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity has now gifted over £1 million to good causes, following a second consecutive record month of donations. Over the last 10 months a total of 1,355 donations have been made to 964 causes throughout the UK.
26/10/2016
CDP has released its annual review of organisations commitment to reducing their environmental impact and its 2016 Climate ‘A List’.
25/10/2016
The Electrolux Group has a target for a 50 p cent reduction of carbon emissions by 2020, with major aims for improving the energy efficiency of appliances (usage represents around 80 per cent of the climate impact) and efficiency improvements in operations.
25/10/2016
The Cadogan Group has created the Kensington & Chelsea Fund, a new annual endowment to benefit local charities at grassroots level.
25/10/2016
Britain is the most generous country in Europe according to the CAF World Giving Index, and overall is ranked eight globally.
25/10/2016
UK businesses will be ranked on how open they are to accessing talent from all backgrounds, under a joint initiative announced today by charity the Social Mobility Foundation and Social Mobility Commission.
24/10/2016
An anti-bribery and corruption ‘centre of excellence’ has been created by CRI Group, a provider of business intelligence and investigative services, harnessing the company's expertise in due diligence and compliance.
24/10/2016
A recent poll carried out by ComRes for climate change charity 10:10 shows that there is stronger UK public support for onshore wind than has been assumed, with 73 per cent of the British public backing wind power.
20/10/2016
Carmaker Ford is aiming to reduce the use of water by nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) by 2020 as the next step toward using no drinking water at all for vehicle manufacturing.
20/10/2016
Traidcraft has relaunched its ‘Show You Care’ campaign highlighting the powerful stories of producers it works with around the developing world – and showcasing the wide-reaching benefits of buying fair trade.
18/10/2016
The Investor Forum has launched its Collective Engagement Framework, an investors’ guide detailing collective participation within the confines of the law and regulatory regime, in order to address corporate governance and strategic concerns directly with company boards.
18/10/2016
RepRisk and GEC Risk have jointly released a report on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 incidents, estimating a USD 5 billion loss for the company’s indecisive actions and lack of clarity.
17/10/2016
Multinational companies are increasingly helping to protect whistleblowers and safeguard human rights, according to a new report.
17/10/2016

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