At the One Planet Summit the World Bank Group (WBG) has made a number of announcements including that it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas after 2019.
13/12/2017
In an announcement at the UN One Planet Summit, five cities have joined the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability.
13/12/2017
Asset owner La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), asset managers Sarasin & Partners and Latin America-based SURA Asset Management have joined the United Nations’ Portfolio Decarbonisation Coalition (PDC).
13/12/2017
Technology company Provenance is leading a collaboration of fintech startups to test whether blockchain technology can help unlock financial incentives that improve transparency and sustainability in supply chains.
13/12/2017
Swedish pension fund KPA has joined the financial world's international climate call Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, TCFD.
13/12/2017
Schneider Electric has committed to sourcing all its energy from renewable sources and to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
12/12/2017
Preventable Surprises, a think tank, has congratulated organisers of the Climate Action 100+ (CA100+) initiative for harnessing the ‘financial muscle’ to slow climate change.
12/12/2017
Exxon has said that it will be publishing data on climate risk and the effect that it will have on its business.
12/12/2017
Impact Earth is the first blockchain platform to support origination, development and management of real estate impact investments in developing countries that support the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG).
11/12/2017
Hermes Impact Opportunities will be launched next year, underpinned by a ‘philosophical foundation’ to increase prosperity in society through sustainable impact investing and only investing in companies linked to at least one UN Sustainable Development Goal.
11/12/2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the latest MP to support calls for the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund’s divestment from oil, coal and gas companies.
11/12/2017
Eurelectric has announced a new vision for the electricity industry across Europe that commits it to accelerating the clean energy transition.
11/12/2017
BDO Unibank (BDO), the Philippines’ largest bank, has issued its first green bond, raising USD150m and marking the first green bond issued by a commercial bank in the Philippines.
11/12/2017
CareTech Holdings, the provider of specialist social care services, has created a separate charitable foundation to deliver impact to communities in need in the UK and overseas.
08/12/2017
A limited edition Star Wars commemorative note sold out within 15 minutes of going live on eBay, raising £100,000 for Together for Short Lives on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change.
08/12/2017
Two of the largest global investors, BlackRock and Vanguard, who have previously shown a responsible attitude to climate risk, particularly in voting at Exxon last spring, have also produced mixed voting records at other companies.
07/12/2017
Pret A Manger is to increase the discount for bringing in a reusable cup to 50p from January.
07/12/2017
Technology is coming on stream that would allow far more localised recycling, whether in the home or office, making a major step towards the UK a 100 per cent recycling economy.
07/12/2017
In the lingering aftermath of the emissions scandal, a former Volkswagen executive has received a seven years sentence and a USD400,000 fine, after admitting his role in helping the carmaker evade US clean-air laws.
07/12/2017
Hermes Investment Management has started the countdown to Christmas with a set of articles on its website – the two, covering responsible investing in emerging markets and ESG factors in credit risks, have already been revealed in a sort of ‘investment advent calendar’.
07/12/2017
The Asian Renewable Energy Hub aims to harness Western Australia’s wind and solar resources and export the renewable energy via subsea power cables to Indonesia.
06/12/2017
A life-size polar bear puppet roaming an Arctic ice floe littered with plastic bottles appeared in Central London as Greenpeace channelled Coca Cola’s Christmas advertising campaign.
06/12/2017
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed the companies that are to begin testing in the third cohort of its sandbox.
06/12/2017
Sustainable development charity Raleigh International is partnering RB (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser).
05/12/2017
A study has revealed that Nisa’s charity, Making a Difference Locally, creates a social value of GBP5.16 for every GBP1 donated.
05/12/2017
European Union with the support of the Ministry of the Environment, the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) and WWF-Brazil, brought together 22 financial institutions and 70 Brazilian and European companies at the EU-Brazil Green Business Forum event, pinpointing adequate funding as the major barrier for progress.
04/12/2017
Foresight Group has launched its FP Foresight UK Infrastructure Income Fund to invest in UK renewable energy and infrastructure.
04/12/2017
East of England Co-op will start to sell food that has gone past its ‘best before’ date.
04/12/2017
A Sussex-based company is helping businesses to recycle their old IT equipment to raise money for charity.
01/12/2017
MEPs have voted to increase efficiency and renewable energy targets.
01/12/2017
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published a report setting out proposals for the construction industry in 2025.
01/12/2017
Tesla’s ‘mega-battery’ has been added to the electricity grid of South Australia.
01/12/2017
Facebook has made an announcement on its Social Good Forum that it is eliminating all fees on donations made to non-profits on Facebook.
30/11/2017
The plans to meet its climate targets in South Asia could create over USD3.4tr in investment opportunities by 2030, according to the IFC.
30/11/2017
In light of the desire for investors, employees, consumers and all stakeholders to understand corporations’ position on environmental, social, and governance performance, the concept of fully integrated reports has gained momentum.
30/11/2017
The Government has set out plans to help one million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years.
30/11/2017
Kellogg's is to reduce the levels of sugar in three of its bestselling children's by the middle of 2018.
30/11/2017
Rampion Offshore Wind has generated power for the first time at the start of the switch-on for the turbines as they are brought online.
29/11/2017
Shell CEO van Beurden has updated investors on the company’s strategy, including its ambition to reduce its carbon footprint.
29/11/2017
IKEA has started construction of a 32,000 sqm store in Greenwich store designed to be both more sustainable in itself, help promote a more sustainable lifestyle it its users and aid the company’s ambitions in creating a circular economy.
29/11/2017
Climate Bonds Initiative analysis records that green bond issuance has now past USD100bn.
28/11/2017
Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney have co-hosted the launch of a new report 'A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning fashion's future' in London. The report, created by the Circular Fibres Initiative, calls for the fashion industry to adopt this new vision and create cross industry collaborations to achieve it.
28/11/2017
Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are developing a hybrid electric engine plane, with a demonstrator version flying by 2020, and a commercial version by 2025.
28/11/2017
OVO Foundation has expanded its Future Builders scheme to Sheffield after its success in the Bristol area.
27/11/2017
The White Paper by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has put clean growth at the centre of its policy.
27/11/2017
S&P Global Ratings has assigned a green evaluation score to Spain-based Ence Energía’s euro220m debt restructure – the first green loan to be assessed since the green evaluation tool launched in April.
27/11/2017
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) has announced the results of its 2017 Week of Giving, reporting a 20 per cent increase in volunteering, to a total of 10,200 insurance professionals joining together to support those in need.
24/11/2017
AXA has stated that it believes the UN Sustainable Development Goals are creating opportunities for impact investing.
23/11/2017
A new model for wellbeing has been developed in line with research into neuroscience to give a complete view of wellbeing.
23/11/2017
Zurich Insurance Group has announced that it will be doubling its impact investments and it will also set innovative new impact targets – possibly the first private-sector investor to introduce impact targets for its investment portfolio.
23/11/2017
In a wide-ranging Budget, Philip Hammond found time to address some environmental concerns, introducing measures to aid the introduction of electric cars, address issues of air quality and spread of waste plastic.
22/11/2017
Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation, has called on policymakers to help them do more for sustainable investment by addressing the limited supply of sustainable assets, thus helping avoid crowding out private investors from those assets and adjusting the prudential framework on insurers’ long-term investments to better reflect the risks faced.
21/11/2017
NOW: Pensions has introduced green bonds into its Diversified Growth Fund. The fund now has approximately 13 per cent of total assets under management invested in green bonds.
21/11/2017
The CDP report From Risk to Revenue, calculates that up to USD941Bn of turnover in publicly listed companies is dependent on commodities linked to deforestation (rising from up to USD906bn last year).
21/11/2017
Lloyd’s Corporation has announced it is implementing a coal exclusion policy as part of its responsible investment strategy for the Central Fund. The new policy will apply to assets held in segregated portfolios, which account for approximately 75 per cent of Central Fund investments.
20/11/2017
For World Children’s Day, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, chairman of the LEGO Foundation and chief marketing officer of the LEGO Group Julia Goldin will be stepping aside in favour of younger candidates, in this case aged between 9 and 10.
20/11/2017
The COP 23 UN climate talks in Bonn have ended with some progress being made, but several major unresolved issues.
20/11/2017
Legal and General has announced GBP300m of long-term acquisition debt in support of Danish pension funds, PKA and PFA consortium’s £2bn purchase of half of Walney Extension - the world’s largest offshore wind farm with a capacity of 660 megawatt (MW), providing enough power for over 590,000 homes.
20/11/2017
Research from Imperial College has placed Britain seventh on a low-carbon electricity league table.
17/11/2017
Canada and the UK have entered a new alliance to lead the phase out the use of coal power by 2030.
17/11/2017
Tesla has revealed its anticipated large truck, the Semi, scheduled to go into production in 2019.
17/11/2017
Recruitment consultancy Green Park has surveyed 63 institutional investors to sound out the major recruitment issues for companies they believe will be faced in the next five years.
16/11/2017
Hermes Investment Management has published the white paper, The Low Carbon Opportunity - and the risks of missing out, considering the investment opportunities of climate change reduction.
15/11/2017
A new report provides an important case study for responsible coalitions and trade associations looking to develop common standards and self-regulatory mechanisms.
15/11/2017
Zurich has announced it will no longer insure coal projects and is divesting from existing projects.
15/11/2017
Sainsbury’s is using Formula 1 inspired aerofoil technology on fridges in the cold aisles across its stores, creating energy savings whilst also making the aisles warmer for customers.
15/11/2017
A new independent review has set out how government and financial services sector can build a culture of social impact investment in the UK.
14/11/2017
Microsoft founder Bill gates has donated USD50m to help the fight against Alzheimer’s, funding research for prevent ion and treatment.
14/11/2017
IKEA has celebrated 30 years of UK operations, revealing a sales increase of 6 per cent to GBP1.814bn alongside measures for social good.
14/11/2017
One of Britain’s most endangered insects is being rehomed by South East Water, Natural England and Buglife.
13/11/2017
Step on Board, the board level volunteering programme, is being opened up to individuals or companies who want to help up to six employees get their first trustee position.
13/11/2017
World Carbon emissions are set to increase this year, despite having been level from 2014-16 according to the Global Carbon Project.
13/11/2017
In a survey by Robert Half Management Resources, 80 per cent of CFOs said social responsibility is important and improves employee morale, networking, reputation-building, brand awareness, and recruiting and retention.
10/11/2017
Sage has launched the second round of funding from Sage Foundation’s Enterprise Fund. The fund supports the creation of either new or piloted entrepreneurial programmes to help improve the lives of military veterans, young people or women and girls in the UK.
10/11/2017
Twenty-five renewable community energy projects are sharing £300,000 of M&S’s Energy Community Energy Fund.
10/11/2017
A target of filling one third of senior leadership positions below board level with women has been extended to all FTSE 350 companies.
09/11/2017
Environmental groups including the Sierra Club have received a USD64m contribution from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to help reduce coal use and help reverse President Trump’s support of coal use.
09/11/2017
Facebook is expanding its charitable giving tools by offering more ways for people to fundraise with Personal Fundraisers.
09/11/2017
Amazon is introducing its AmazonSmile function to the UK to channel charity donations from Amazon customers.
09/11/2017
MAPFRE is to enter into a strategic partnership with French investment boutique La Financière Responsable (LFR), to bring together the latter's proprietary tools and expertise in SRI/ESG management with the Spanish insurance giant's long-term commitment to corporate social responsibility.
08/11/2017
Hermes Investment Management has released its 2018 Outlook report, with expectations that investment firms will need to further integrate ESG factors into investment decision-making. However, the company sounds a warning that despite the ‘noise’ made, progress will be slow with firms procuring greater quantities of ESG data rather than meaningfully integrating the information.
08/11/2017
The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners have jointly launched their sustainability action plan for Western Europe 'This is Forward'.
07/11/2017
The BBC has reported that Syria is to agree to the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US isolated.
07/11/2017
The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn has called for all parties to hold to the path of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
07/11/2017
Fitch Ratings has outlined its approach to capturing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk in credit ratings.
07/11/2017
FTSE 100 company Smurfit Kappa has further managed to make its sustainable packaging more environmentally friendly, reducing the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in its water discharge three years early.
07/11/2017
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has called for the UN climate talks in Bonn to have greater focus on the effects on the global poor.
06/11/2017
Renewable energy investments could exceed USD11tr by 2040 according to a report from the International Finance Corporation.
06/11/2017
HSBC has pledged to provide USD100bn in sustainable financing and investment by 2025.
06/11/2017
Ford, BMW Group, Daimler and various brands of the VW Group are to establish a high-power charging (HPC) network for long distance travel across Europe.
06/11/2017
Thomson Reuters has released its report, Global 250 Greenhouse Gas Emitters: A New Business Logic, in tandem with the UN’s emissions gap report. Both reports were released in advance of the upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP 23).
02/11/2017
A new record level of public support for onshore wind – as well as the massive level of support for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, and renewables overall – has been revealed in the latest Government opinion poll on energy and climate change.
11/10/2017
F1 Champion Jenson Button has taken the wheel of a ’Phish & Chips’ van on a nationwide tour to warn of phishing emails and SMS phishing texts (smishing).
11/10/2017
BrewDog has made a statement on the environment by launching a new beer: Make Earth Great Again.
02/11/2017
A new report shows that climate finance flows reached a record high of USD437bn in 2015, but fell 12 per cent in 2016 to USD383bn.
02/11/2017
New research revealed how and why asset owners approach diversity and inclusion.
01/11/2017
It is now 10 years since Ford first used soybean-based foam – in the 2008 Mustang. With 18.5 million vehicles and half a trillion soybeans having been used since, Ford has announced that it has saved more than 228 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
01/11/2017
The npower Foundation has been created by the energy provider as an independent charity to help alleviate the ‘heat or eat’ dilemma.
01/11/2017
The University of Edinburgh has transferred GBP60m of its investments into businesses that directly benefit the environment.
01/11/2017
Almost a hundred CEOs and executives slept rough in London on 30 November at Lord’s Cricket Ground, to raise awareness and funds for homelessness.
30/10/2017
A new report from Greenpeace and Oil Change International warns financiers of tar sand oil pipes that there are considerable risks to supporting the projects.
31/10/2017
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published information on the progress the organisation is making towards achieving its diversity targets.
30/10/2017
The Government’s Made Smarter Review has been released as part of its industrial Strategy announcement.
30/10/2017
Emissions in the atmosphere have hit a plateau, but this brings little relief as the concentrations of CO2 continue to rise.
30/10/2017
Rabobank and UN Environment have announced a new USD1bn facility to finance sustainable agriculture combining public and private funding.
26/10/2017
A major aspect of CDP’s second annual review of progress on corporate climate action has revealed that carbon pricing is driving a shift in investment.
26/10/2017
CDP’s second annual review tracking progress on corporate climate action has revealed that more than 1,800 companies are taking increased measures.
26/10/2017
Energy companies Drax, SSE, VPI Immingham and InterGen have collectively written to the Government asking it to extend the carbon floor price into the 2020s.
26/10/2017
Humanitarian aid charity BRAC has appointed UK agencies Eden Stanley and Johnson Banks to increase brand engagement and awareness to a programme it has pioneered to tackle extreme poverty.
26/10/2017
An independent review of the UK energy sector has called for radical changes in energy pricing to aid the move to renewables.
26/10/2017
A survey by social platform Neighbourly has found that employee volunteering (EV) results in significantly more trust in companies.
26/10/2017
Companies are allocating marginally more to aligned strategic causes, with 60 per cent increasing the resources dedicated to them.
25/10/2017
Over a third of charities don’t have ethical investment criteria in their investment policy, a survey by Brewin Dolphin has revealed.
24/10/2017
Philanthropy has traditionally been the privilege of the wealthy, but Cheryl Chapman, City of London Corporation’s Head of Philanthropy Engagement has plans to make a wider section of people donate.
24/10/2017
With Nicaragua signing the Paris climate agreement, the US and Syria are now the only remaining countries outside the accord.
24/10/2017
The 2017 Climate A List compiled by CDP records companies that are making significant efforts to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. There are 127 companies on the list including BT Group, J Sainsbury, Land Securities, Lloyds Banking Group, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Microsoft, National Grid, Philip Morris, Sky, Toyota, UBS and Unilever.
24/10/2017
Bristol has overtaken London as the UK’s leading smart city according to the second UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting.
23/10/2017
Aviva’s new campaign, created by agency bigdog, seeks to inspire local community groups to submit applications for support, and funding for causes and projects that make a real difference in their local communities.
23/10/2017
Shareholders have attached miner BHP for its “hypocritical” stance on climate policy at the company’s AGM.
23/10/2017
The arrival of the internet has allowed practical types of sharing to become common, and vehicle sharing has not only economic value, but also the ability to help reduced emissions.
19/10/2017
Oil demand has now peaked across much of the developed world, and although the demand from the developing world will rise, the global demand will recede.
18/10/2017
Shell has announced the opening of Shell Recharge, a forecourt Electric Vehicle (EV) rapid charging service that is available at a station in three locations: London, Surrey and Derby.
18/10/2017
Over half (51 per cent) of the largest 75 US companies do not acknowledge the financial risks of climate change in their annual reports, according to KPMG International's Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017.
18/10/2017
The Costa Foundation has announced the development of a new school project in Zambia, marking the 10th country to benefit from investment as the Foundation reaches its 10th anniversary.
18/10/2017
The investment community needs to be more engaged with the UN Sustainable Development Goals according to a new report from PwC.
17/10/2017
Over a third (37 per cent) of greenhouse gas emissions reductions could be achieved using natural solutions such as planting trees.
17/10/2017
London has been voted the world's most female-friendly megacity in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey.
17/10/2017
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a new asset management authorisation hub to help support new firms through the process.
16/10/2017
OVO Energy has partnered with the Prince’s Trust to launch its Get into Customer Services programme for unemployed young people.
16/10/2017
The UK National Advisory Board for Impact Investing (UK NAB) has estimated the opportunity of an additional GBP300bn in investments to address social and environmental challenges, and establish the UK as a global hub for impact investing.
16/10/2017
In a move to distance itself from the exploitation of fossil fuel, the BNP Paribas Group will no longer be doing business with companies whose principal business activity is the exploration, production, distribution, marketing or trading of oil and gas from shale and/or oil from tar sands.
13/10/2017
The Government has released its strategy for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy throughout the next decade.
13/10/2017
Institutional Investors face significant challenges in adopting a sustainable approach, despite a majority recognising its importance.
11/10/2017
A group of eight business leaders are to spearhead action to exclude slavery from supply chains.
10/10/2017
BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management have announced they will donate the sponsorship of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race to Cancer Research UK.
09/10/2017
The Castlefield Winners and Spinners report reveals ethical and sustainable funds still investing in tobacco and environmentally damaging extractive companies.
09/10/2017
The Wainwright case study library will showcase effective - and often simple - examples of how HR teams can promote and embed flexible working and therefore equality, in the workplace.
05/10/2017
Investec Private Banking has partnered with charity Create London, aiming to raise funds through both private and public initiatives
05/10/2017
Sky has made three commitments in the next phase of its Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, including the elimination of all single-use plastics from its operations, products and supply chain by 2020.
05/10/2017
BNP Paribas Asset Management has launched the Parvest Green Bond to identify investments expected to have the most positive environmental impact.
04/10/2017
Forty Catholic institutions are to divest from fossil fuel companies, citing Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home, to take steps to protect the environment.
04/10/2017
Sustainability initiative Solutions for the Planet has announced Tarmac as its first national partner for its ‘Big Ideas’ programme. The initiative engages with thousands of school pupils aged between 11 to 14 from across the country, partnering them with industry-leading businesses to come up with solutions to tackle society’s most pressing environmental and economic challenges.
04/10/2017
The City of London Corporation has donated GBP75,000 to the British Red Cross for appeals in Burma, South Asia and for those affected by Hurricane Irma and is urging City firms to join it in donating.
03/10/2017
Lyca Group, owner of the Lycamobile communications brand, has pledged to donate GBP100,000 to Alzheimer's Research UK to start its year-long charity partnership.
03/10/2017
A pilot scheme for vending machines that donate has been given the go ahead for a nationwide roll-out in retailers.
02/10/2017
According to ShareAction, the 2017 US proxy voting season has been marked by inconsistent voting of climate change issues, yet still represents a turning point.
02/10/2017
Over 20,000 British Gas staff have completed dementia awareness sessions to become Dementia Friends as the company meets its pledge with the Alzheimer's Society to become a dementia-friendly organisation
29/09/2017
Nearly a third (29.8 per cent) of all UK electricity now comes from clean sources according to official Government statistics. During the period April to June of this year renewables contributed more than before, with wind producing more than any other clean energy source. The figure beats the previous best quarterly record of 26.9 per cent set in the first quarter.
29/09/2017
A survey of over 22,000 investors across 30 countries has found that sustainable investing is on the rise across the globe.
29/09/2017
FCA executive director of supervision Megan Butler has outlined the supervisory approach to investment and asset management regulation in a wide ranging speech.
29/09/2017
Virgin Media and Scope have launched a programme aimed to helping disabled people enter the jobs market, addressing the negative attitudes and discrimination in recruitment process.
28/09/2017
The Finance Innovation Lab, a project that attempts to create a financial system that serves people and planet, has announced the appointment of six new trustees, including a new chair and treasurer.
27/09/2017
Barclays has launched a fund of funds that invests in impact investment strategies. The Barclays’ Multi-Impact Growth Fund is the first such vehicle of its kind from a major UK bank.
27/09/2017
According to a study by GRESB 88 per cent of infrastructure funds and 91 per cent of infrastructure assets collect ESG data but reporting on ESG is not yet common practice.
27/09/2017
A greater number of EU countries should issue government bonds that are sustainable as they would "probably be considered as an attractive investment with low risk" for many life and non-life insurance companies, AMICE has advised.
27/09/2017
The Debenhams Foundation has selected cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) as its fourth flagship charity. The Foundation already supports charitable partners which are aligned to product areas and include Help for Heroes (menswear), Breast Cancer Now (womenswear and accessories) and Children in Need (childrenswear).
27/09/2017
The government has updated its guidance and information about its support to develop a Social Impact Bond, and also its GBP80m Life Chances Fund to provide payment-by-results contracts for locally developed projects.
26/09/2017
Real estate advisor CBRE has reached its fundraising target of GBP1mfor Shelter.
26/09/2017
The National Grid has heralded the greenest summer on record with half (52 per cent) of electricity generation met by low carbon sources.
26/09/2017
Now in its fifth successive year, October Will Month raises awareness of the importance of making a Will, and Barnardo’s is partnering with QualitySolicitors network of firms in the UK so that anyone over 55 can write a simple Will for free, with Barnardo’s hoping that its association with the scheme will encourage legacies to the charity.
25/09/2017
Almost two thirds of UK employees hide an aspect of their lives at work, never revealing family and mental health issues at work.
25/09/2017
The government’s pay reporting regulations came into effect in April 2017, with large employers (250+ employees) having to disclose the size of their gender earnings gap, but so far only the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) report that only 77 of the 7,850 UK companies to which the new law applies have complied.
25/09/2017
Twelve leading investment consultants have agreed to ensure their clients are made aware of The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) guidance that pension schemes take into account ESG factors where they are financially material. This commitment could mark a significant acceleration in the growth of long-term, sustainable, investment strategies.
25/09/2017
According to Cerulli Associates, a research firm, European funds are investing in ESG products at such a rate that they are now mainstream.
22/09/2017
City Giving Day will celebrate the success of over 200 City companies and their commitment to responsible business.
22/09/2017
Volvo Cars has been recognised by the United Nations for its electrification strategy in the latest report from the UN’s Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
22/09/2017
Uber’s application for a new licence in London has been rejected by Transport for London.
22/09/2017
BNP Paribas Cardif is to double its green investments by 2020, with an emphasis on green bonds.
22/09/2017
Pearson and Save the Children have launched a new project to deliver education for Syrian refugees and children affected by the Syrian conflict in Jordan.
21/09/2017
Ricoh, the imaging and electronics company, is embarking on a pan-European partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) the dementia research charity.
21/09/2017
Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and funding from the Big Lottery Fund has unveiled its Match Trading tool, a means of grant-funding that matches pound-for-pound any increase in trading income from social enterprises.
20/09/2017
More than £600,000 has been awarded to support charitable organisations across London attempting to enter the social investment market.
20/09/2017
LEGO Group, Microsoft and Google top the 2017 Global CSR RepTrak report, with overtaking Google, which had been at the top of the ranking for three years running. In total four technology companies make the top ten.
20/09/2017
The High Court has today told the government that its new rules for environmental cases must be changed to protect those taking legal action.
19/09/2017
PwC is one of the first organisations to publicly report pay for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers as an item of its overall pay.
19/09/2017
Hedge funds run by women have outperformed other funds during the first half of the year, data from the HFRX Women index has revealed.
19/09/2017
MSCI has produced statistics based on its ESG Research’s consultation of 25 leading institutional investors and the ways in which they have responded to climate change.
19/09/2017
Income investors can implement a low-carbon strategy without sacrificing income, according to research from AXA IM Rosenberg Equities.
19/09/2017
Climate Change Minister Claire Perry is announcing a raft of measures at the start of Climate Week in New York to push green finance.
18/09/2017
Hans Hoogervorst, the chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board has urged financial reporting to evolve to ensure that IFRS Standards continue to meet the needs of market participants.
18/09/2017
Metro Bank has announced that it has provided the youth and community charity YMCA London South West, with GBP30m of funding to support the planned development and regeneration of social housing accommodation.
18/09/2017
Australian shareholders in BHP Billiton are considering a resolution concerning the potential misalignment between BHP’s stated policy on climate change and the activities of industry bodies of which it is a member.
14/09/2017
Over one hundred institutional investors have called on major banks to disclosure climate-related risks and opportunities and of how these are being managed.
14/09/2017
GRESB, an ESG report on real estate assets, has released a report following 850 property companies and real estate funds, representing 77,000 assets and over USD3.7tr in value.
13/09/2017
Broadcaster Sky has launched a year-long scheme to help women who want a career in technology, with a £25,000 bursary, communications training and mentoring, as well as access to the company’s expansive technology network.
13/09/2017
The carbon UK’s carbon intensity fell by 7.7 per cent in 2016, a faster rate of decline than China, the US and other EU countries.
13/09/2017
Goldman Sachs Bank is to purchase USD300m in home solar loans from Mosaic, a US provider of home solar financing solutions.
13/09/2017
InfluenceMap have released a report that ranks global corporations by their climate influence. Currently companies are generally judged by their direct carbon footprint, but the report highlights how constructive and obstructive lobbying by companies can have a significant impact on climate policy.
13/09/2017
C&E Advisory has created a new report revealing that as Brexit fear recede corporates and charities are investing more in partnerships with each other.
12/09/2017
Volkswagen will be introducing 80 new electric cars in its various brands (including VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda) by 2025, an increase in the previously stated target of 30, and will offer an electric alternative for all of its models by 2030.
12/09/2017
Progress is a video from CDP that informs and celebrates cities acting on the environment.
12/09/2017
Scottish firms are being invited to participate in a programme to develop and export sustainable energy products, systems and services to international markets.
12/09/2017
Members of Lloyds Banking Group have completed the ‘Fourtitude Challenge’, raising almost £3m for partner Mental Health UK.
12/09/2017
The cost of offshore wind has fallen to a point where it is now a cheaper energy alternative than nuclear.
11/09/2017
The annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review has been released, with Samsung Electronics, British American Tobacco and ASML Holding being added to the index, and well-known companies Reckitt Benckiser, BAE Systems and Rio Tinto losing their places.
11/09/2017
Mars, the food producer and pet care firm, is launching a plan to operate within ‘planetary boundaries’ and deliver a positive social impact.
08/09/2017
Asset manager Amundi, one of the founding signatories of the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), has been awarded its highest rating for the quality of its analysis and ESG solutions.
08/09/2017
Moody's Investors Service has released two new reports on renewable energy, linking the reduced costs and improved operating efficiencies to a surge in growth.
08/09/2017
Starbucks is in the position of having 99 per cent of its coffee ethically sourced, and will be highlighting this with a campaign that will see ‘99’ written across all its cups.
08/09/2017
Like many corporates Astellas Pharma Europe has a related charity goal, and uses employee fundraising. It has recently demonstrated how the programme can be joined to the cause by sending fundraisers to see first-hand the results.
07/09/2017
Global reinsurance company SCOR is to conduct a full divestment from companies deriving more than 30 per cent of their turnover from coal, according to latest figures.
07/09/2017
M&S has become the first major retailer to source all of its fresh milk from RSPCA Assured dairy farms. All 37 farms that supply fresh milk to the M&S and from now on all fresh milk packaging will carry the RSPCA Assured logo.
07/09/2017
A new eight stage action programme has been launched by the Building Research Establishment to support the responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, products and people. The Action Programme on Responsible and Ethical Sourcing programme, or APRES, was created in partnership with Loughborough University and presents eight pathways to best practice to combat modern slavery and unethical practices in supply chains.
06/09/2017
Dream jobs are less important to employees than ‘dream companies’, that is organisations that care about employee wellbeing, provide opportunities to learn and grow, and promote work-life balance.
05/09/2017
Forty-one per cent of people think UK businesses should be doing more for charity, and over half of them say they should be required to do so.
05/09/2017
Retailer Poundland has announced a successful fundraising campaign for its charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.
05/09/2017
Reputational risk is a growing issue, and one might think that public relations companies would be the most sensitive to the challenges. However in a review law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has criticised Bell Pottinger for failing to curb the excess of senior management over a campaign in South Africa.
04/09/2017
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Trustees Unlimited have published independent review of their joint board level volunteering programme Step on Board.
04/09/2017
The UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative and the Microinsurance Network have joined forces to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
04/09/2017
Investment manager Schroders has built on its climate change tools, releasing the Carbon Value at Risk (Carbon VAR) model, to aid investors in assessing the risks higher carbon prices.
04/09/2017
A third of the FTSE 100 are now official Living Wage employers, with Diageo the latest to gain accreditation.
04/09/2017
The sunshine requires less land that thought to power our cities, but Paris stands out as the most power hungry city in the world.
04/09/2017
As it approaches the final construction stages for the new Elizabeth line, Crossrail has said it is on target to reduce energy consumption during the construction of the railway by 15 per cent, surpassing its original target
01-09-2017
Zurich's portfolio of green bonds has grown to over $2bn, and as of August 2017, nearly $70bn green bonds had been issued in 2017 alone
31/08/2017
Of the total raised, £26.3m has contributed to research into better treatments for children
30/08/2017
For the first time listed companies will have to publish pay ratios between chief executives and their average UK worker under reforms to boardroom accountability outlined by the government today. Business Secretary Greg Clark set out how the government’s package of corporate governance reforms intend to enhance the transparency of big business to shareholders, employees and the public.
29/08/2017
Xendpay has launched an initiative aimed to support migrant communities by helping them send money with no transfer fees.
25/08/2017
In the UK banks have demonstrated considerable efforts to address financial literacy and serve communities over the laser decade, but it is worth noting that similar moves have been made elsewhere, and the lessons are universal.
24/08/2017
A report from GTM Research shows that not only is solar power capacity growing, but that it will be producing more energy than nuclear power by the end of the year.
24/08/2017
Potentially the largest such scheme in the world, the Chinese national carbon trading scheme has been beset by changing dates and a lack of clarity in the detail.
24/08/2017
Royal Mail is assessing fully electric vehicles from its Mount Pleasant depot, transporting packages between mail and distribution centres.
24/08/2017
Following shareholder approval a GBP700m rescue package, the Co-operative Group will hold only a one per cent stake in the Co-op Bank.
23/08/2017
An investor survey from Morgan Stanley shows that awareness and interest in sustainable investing continues to climb with 75 per cent of individual investors and 86 per cent of millennials interested.
23/08/2017
London’s Borough Market is attempting to start a movement by installing drinking water fountains and banning the sale of plastic water bottles from the site.
23/08/2017
Ford has announced a scrappage scheme for all cars made before 2010.
22/08/2017
Median pay of FTSE 100 chief executives has fallen by almost 20 per cent, from GBP4.3m in 2016 to GBP3.5m this year.
21/08/2017
ibis Hotels has announced a three-year partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust, with a series of special events, fundraisers and company-wide activities.
21/08/2017
Children’s charity Barnardo’s has been chosen by Sainsbury’s Corporate Services Division as its ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2017 to 2018.
21/08/2017
Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) that will allow ADB to administer GCF funds, accelerating ADB’s climate financing and enable ADB to access a new funding sources to further increase its climate mitigation and adaptation efforts in Asia and the Pacific.
21/08/2017
Insurer Aviva’s Canadian division is launching an Insure for Your Cause programme offering customers opportunity to donate to charity when they purchase insurance
21/08/2017
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

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