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London Stock Exchange’s ESG reporting guidance responds to investors - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has issued guidance through its Global Sustainable Investment Centre that sets out recommendations for good practice in...

Green hotel award winners announced - news

By Brian Collett — Employees at the Landgut Stober hotel at Nauen, near Berlin, including a number of refugees, have become a “nurturing family”, said the judges of the Green...

Imperial’s new climate finance centre to ‘recalibrate’ investors’ understanding of risk - news

By Roger Aitken —  A new centre designed to help businesses make more informed green investment decisions has been launched at Imperial College Business School in London. The centre...

Australian solar power customers support community solar projects - news

By Brian Collett — A green Australian electricity company has given customers the option of paying slightly higher rates to finance community solar projects.  Powershop, which...

Businesses must support financial education in schools - news

By Vikas Vij — The World Economic Forum includes financial literacy as one of six core ‘foundational literacies’ essential for students to thrive in the 21st century economy....

Veolia, BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2016, buys into the circular economy - news

By Tom Idle — Talking about the so-called circular economy and all the potential economic and environmental benefits it might bring is not to speak of a distant future, says the woman...

ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

By Vikas Vij —The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to invest for the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against...

Investing in sustainable cities to spur economic growth - news

By Vikas Vij — In the next 15 years, more than two-thirds of total investment infrastructure will be made in cities. By 2050, about 66 percent of the global population will live in urban...

Finland lists first green bond on LSE with $500m issuance - news

By Roger Aitken — Finland’s leading provider of financial services in the country to local government and public housing sectors, Municipality Finance (MuniFin), opened trading on...

Inspiring sustainability the Interserve way  - news

Interview with Tim Haywood, Interserve   By Adam Woodhall   I recently had a conversation with Tim Haywood, Group Finance Director and Head of Sustainability at...

Praxis Mutual commits to impact bonds from India, Starbucks, and European Investment Bank - news

By Roger Aitken — Following a number of positive impact bond purchases, Praxis Mutual Funds, a leading faith-based and socially responsible family of mutual funds advised by Everence...

How HR capacity planning can help you survive Brexit  - news

by Rita Treharn — The votes have been cast, and the majority has spoken: Britain is leaving the EU, and all hell has been let loose. While Sterling sinks and the country tries to figure...

The Shareholder Revolution? - news

by Adam Woodhall — At the recent The Crowd  event, the title was "The Shareholder Revolution?" . The question mark was particularly important because, as was made...

Finland lists first green bond on LSE with $500m issuance - news

by Roger Aitken — Finland’s leading provider of financial services in the country to local government and public housing sectors, Municipality Finance (MuniFin), opened trading on...

Past and future of sustainability with the RSA - news

by Adam Woodhall — The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, or RSA for short, was founded in 1754, and has an impressive history.   ...

Extel’s 14th SRI & Sustainability Survey highlights need to do more  - news

by Roger Aitken — This year’s annual WeConvene Extel and UK Sustainable & Finance Association (UKSIF) SRI & Sustainability survey reveals that while almost 40% of asset...

Minister calls for action, business says yes! - news

by Adam Woodhall —  Nick Hurd, the new Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry at BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), recently called for...

The Cherie Blair Foundation mentors women entrepreneurs through technology - news

The Cherie Blair Foundation released a report for its Mentoring Women in Business Programme at an event in Johannesburg, South Africa in late June. On the occasion, Blair delivered a keynote...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

by RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared ambition to head off accelerating climate...

Is the UK too reliant on EU workers? - news

By Rita Trehan — The UK economy depends on EU workers. Talented, highly educated, mainly young people from across the EU have flocked to London. They work in finance, professional services...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

COP21: Getting down to business By RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared...

Auto industry passes energy sector in emissions: new report - news

by Brian Collett —Transport now pumps out more pollutant emissions than any other source in the US.       The US Energy Information Administration has reported that...

Online database brings transparency to mutual funds’ holdings in palm oil - news

by Brian Collett — An online database has been set up to show the global mutual funds with holdings in palm oil agriculture, today’s fastest-growing cause of rainforest destruction....

ESG risks should be disclosed: environmental groups petition Securities and Exchange Commission - news

by Brian Collet — All companies should disclose the environmental, social and governance risks of their activities to aid investors in making choices. This recommendation has been...

Ontario unveils plan to promote social enterprises - news

Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact. While generating revenues from the sale of goods and services, social enterprises also expressly intend to...

The environmental impact of Brexit cannot be overlooked - news

by Tom Idle — The people of the UK could wake up 24 June and find themselves in a very different political landscape. The European Union (EU) Referendum taking place on 23 June poses a...

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

By Vikas Vij — Leading companies increasingly recognize the importance of embedding sustainability into their business models. However, professionals seeking sustainability outcomes face...

Is volunteering right for senior managers? - news

Corporate volunteering is on the rise. Tom Idle reports on the emergence of skills-based volunteering schemes for senior managers. Mahatma Gandhi once said “the best way to find...

Sustainable finance at the core of European economic recovery - news

By Vikas Vij — Capital infusion into sustainable infrastructure and innovation has emerged as an important strategy to drive job creation globally. The direction provided by governments to...

UK, NY, and CA increase National Living and minimum wages in same week - news

One of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne's big ideas was to increase the National Living Wage (NLW) on 1 April 2016 and wasn’t an April Fools! Not to be confused with...

COP 21 agreement spurs East Capital to review "high climate change"- related investing risk - news

by Roger Aitken The climate agreement sealed at the COP21 summit in Paris on 12 December 2015 underscores, once and for all, that climate change is a common issue that needs to be addressed...

Lloyds Bank Publishes "Helping Britain Prosper" Plan - news

by Sangeeta Haindl When the U.K.’s Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his very controversial 2016 Budget  last month, he said, “We know that those who...

GRI and CDP issue guidance to help companies disclose impacts - news

GRI, pioneer of the most widely used sustainability reporting standards, and CDP, host of a global collection of self-reported climate change, water and forest-risk data, have just released...

BLOG: ESOS – the proof of the audit is in the saving - news

If anyone needs convincing of the value of ESOS, we have the evidence, writes Thomas Whiffen, Senior Energy Specialist, National Energy Foundation. Over the course of the first tranche of...

Nelson moves to RSF Social Finance - news

Deb Nelson, formerly the executive director of Social Venture Network (SVN), has joined RSF Social Finance as the new Vice President of Client and Community Engagement. Nelson expanded the...

McDonald’s tax affairs under scrutiny in Europe - news

Fast food chain McDonald’s is being investigated by the European Commission over its Luxembourg tax arrangements known as “sweetheart deals”. McDonald’s Europe...

Intasave’s solar Songs are bang on tune for Kenya - news

A solar power system is being introduced by the global non-profit environmental organisation Intasave Energy to bring clean sustainable electricity to a Kenyan community. Initially the...

Wood-derived biofuel takes off with major airline backing - news

Six large companies have joined Canadian scientists in a consortium to promote the use of tree waste biofuels by airlines. A study backed by the US aerospace manufacturer Boeing has already...

All in good time? - news

Negotiators at the COP21 climate summit in Paris made slow, if steady progress. Bob Siegel reports on what it could achieve At the COP21 talks in Paris, officials from 196 nations convened...

BNP Paribas commits to ‘doubling’ renewable energy financing by 2020 - news

BNP Paribas, the French multinational bank with a presence in 75 countries, is to take a further significant step in financing the transition to a low carbon economy by “more than...

EIB-backed initiative boosts climate conscious investing - news

The European Investment Bank (EIB), BNP Paribas and Vigeo have launched Tera Neva, a sustainable investment initiative which allows investors to align their financial objectives with their...

Hasbro stars with Best Corporate Citizen award win - news

Hasbro has been named the Best Corporate Citizen in the consumer items industry in the US, according to the 10 Best Corporate Citizens List by Industry for 2015, compiled by Corporate...

Putting people at the centre of the SDGs - news

Stakeholders from across the spectrum are looking to find better ways to work together to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Phillip Goodwin , ceo of VSO , the...

New sustainability reporting awards launch in Asia - news

Entries are now open for the inaugural Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, the first such awards for the region. An independent panel of judges including Alex Mavro (coo, Centre for...

Amnesty warns over abuses in diamond supply chain - news

The Central African Republic’s (CAR) biggest traders have purchased diamonds worth several million dollars without properly investigating whether they financed armed groups, Amnesty...

Investors call on UK government for greater support of renewables - news

Thirteen investors have sent a letter, coordinated by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), to the George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor, to highlight investor...

EIRIS partners with Brazil’s SITAWI and bolsters Latin American presence - news

EIRIS, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) research provider, revealed this August that Brazil’s innovative social and sustainable finance specialist SITAWI had joined...

This green and pleasant land? - news

Smart technology and low emissions cities are emerging across the globe. Elisabeth Jeffries reports on how businesses large and small are defining their roles and driving local government...

South Korea partners to grow sustainable tourism - news

South Korea has ambitious plans for the development of inbound tourism. The country plans to attract 17 million foreign tourists by 2018, up from 13 million currently. Achieving the goals will...

Companies large and small honoured at 2degrees Champions Awards - news

Leading collaboration platform and service for sustainable business with over 48,900 members 2degrees held its popular, peer-voted Champions Awards at Porchester Hall in London recently....

Many happy returns - news

Alquity was founded in 2010 by Paul Robinson , to offer investors a more responsible way to invest by achieving strong returns whilst putting something back and creating a Virtuous Circle of...

LSE’s ‘green’ bond segments launch sees City of Gothenburg’s issue first to list - news

The London Stock Exchange’s (‘LSE’) launch of a range of new segments on its fixed-income markets “dedicated” to the issuance of green bonds this July saw the City...

Clean Clothes Campaign pushes for further Rana Plaza disclosure - news

Labour rights groups have made official complaints that safety practices and inspections were seriously flawed at Rana Plaza, the Bangladeshi garment factory building that collapsed in 2013...

Business ethics no longer just compliance issue, says CIMA - news

Nearly a third of UK-based finance professionals feel under pressure to compromise their ethical standards, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA)....

Tackling climate change can boost UK plc, says report - news

A new report from business leaders alliance, the Aldersgate Group, shows that tackling climate change can provide significant economic opportunities for the UK and make its economy far more...

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

A reduction of 26% in energy emissions at UK sites was achieved last year by Interserve, the FTSE 250 support services and construction group. Interserve, an international company with...

British business calls for climate action to build greener economy - news

Over 75 UK businesses including Willmott Dixon, Cisco, E.on, John Lewis Partnership, SSE, and BT have called on the government to take decisive action to combat climate change and build a...

GEFF hailed as historic initiative - news

The Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) in September is being hailed as an historic initiative, in conjunction with the Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC UK) and Thomson Reuters. It aims to be...

The significance of measuring sustainable impact - news

Last month Acre announced the winners of the first Acre365 recognition programme, writes Andy Carltand. There are other award schemes in the sustainability field, but Acre365 is different as it...

No such thing as bad publicity? - news

I’ve always wondered the validity of that oft quoted phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Surely, particularly in these social media savvy days (should that...

CSR driving access to new markets, says ACCSR - news

Innovative corporate social responsibility practises are helping more companies than ever before to access new markets, according to the 2015 State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual...

Scotland to host inaugural Global Ethical Finance Forum - news

Hosted by the Scottish Government, the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) in September is being hailed as an historic initiative, in conjunction with the Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC UK) and...

Global sustainable investing assets balloon 61% to reach $21.4trn - news

The global sustainable investment market grew substantially over a two-year period between 2012 and 2014 in both absolute and relative terms according to ‘The Global Sustainable Investment...

WWF publishes roadmap to a more sustainable Europe - news

A new report from WWF shows that resource efficiency alone could generate over €300bn a year for the EU economy. Entitled From crisis to opportunity: Five steps to sustainable European...

Two heads better than one - news

As sustainability issues become increasingly complex, companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact acting alone.   In the 2014 Sustainability Report, new...

Apple bans bonded labour practices - news

Apple, the US technology multinational regarded as the world’s biggest company, has banned bonded labour and servitude, under which new employees are charged fees on recruitment. The...

Chamberlain joins ETI as new chair - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has welcomed Philip Chamberlain as its new chair. Chamberlain brings a wealth of retail experience to the role, gained working with prominent European...

McDowell appointed to Amity Panel - news

Julie McDowell, former head of responsible investment at Standard Life Investments, has been appointed a member of the Ecclesiastical Investment Management Amity Panel. McDowell has over 25...

US SRI investing assets surge 76% - news

The US SIF Foun-dation’s latest biennial trends survey titled ‘Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2014’, marks the tenth edition of the report...

Amazon’s tax set up comes under further scrutiny - news

The online retailer Amazon, already accused of avoiding UK tax payments by administering its business from Luxembourg, is now being told its arrangements amount to a vehicle for receiving state...

Businesses can drive low carbon without sacrificing growth - news

Paul Connolly, director of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Think Tank, explores the role of business in the climate change debate Debates about sustainability are vexed. The...

Lima discussions patch together compromise to pave way for Paris - news

Developed countries, which have caused most of the world’s pollution, should help to finance “vulnerable” developing nations to combat climate change, UN members agreed last...

Jobs need protection as well as planet, says TUC - news

Unions have warned that they may not be able to support global climate change legislation if it fails to protect workers' jobs, says the TUC. Although unions plan to support the United...

Bank of America cooks up a storm - news

Bank of America is to partner with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100m to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world....

Banks face tougher scrutiny following record FCA fines - news

Banks are being scrutinised by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) following record fines imposed in three countries over foreign exchange rigging. On the announcement of the...

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI...

Ireland to phase out ‘double Irish’ tax scheme - news

The “double Irish” scheme enabling multinationals such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to minimise their tax bills is to be phased out over four years.  The...

Banks beware: consumers rate ESG factors as high as service levels - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI survey...

Growth of SRI shows new level of maturity, says EUROSIF - news

EUROSIF, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, has unveiled the findings of its 6th Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study, first published in 2003. The Study highlights the scale of...

Friends with shared benefits - news

NGOs no longer view corporates just as benevolent cash machines, they recognise they can offer a whole lot more than money. Similarly companies are viewing NGOs not simply as some kind of...

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

Bonuses and champagne were lavished on staff at the UK bank Lloyds for selling complicated but risky interest rate swaps with small business loans, a whistleblower has claimed in sworn testimony...

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

Bonuses and champagne were lavished on staff at the UK bank Lloyds for selling complicated but risky interest rate swaps with small business loans, a whistleblower has claimed in sworn testimony...

Co-operative Bank shoots from the hip in new trust drive - news

The Co-operative Bank is aiming to restore trust in its brand and to remind customers what it stands for with a major new advertising campaign. The ‘All the right reasons’...

Brazil declines to sign UN deforestation pledge - news

The launch of the UN’s new pledge to slow global deforestation at this week’s Climate Summit in New York was overshadowed yesterday by Brazil’s failure to sign up to it....

New website to help build market for sustainable finance - news

National Ethical Investment Week has rebranded as Good Money Week in an effort to make the week more relevant to a mainstream audience.  As part of this strategy it has launched a new...

Colombia’s Bolsa de Valores joins UN’s sustainable stock exchange initiative - news

The announcement on 22 July 2014 that the Colombian Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores Colombia (BVC)) is partnering with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE)...

Japan to set up sports corruption unit for Tokyo 2020 Olympics - news

The Japanese government has announced plans to set up a special policing unit to monitor and investigate corruption threats to the nation’s sporting bodies. Government officials say...

Lobbying – the ‘next big thing’ in CSR - news

In July, it was widely reported that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had been “defeated” in his attempts to water down the UK’s carbon budget - which sets...

Kepler Cheuvreux scoops SRI & sustainability title in Extel survey - news

Independent European financial services firm, Kepler Cheuvreux, reconfirmed its status this July as the leading local broker in Europe in the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability...

EY finds worrying levels of fraud, bribery and corruption worldwide - news

EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey, Overcoming compliance fatigue: reinforcing the commitment to ethical growth, has found concerning levels of perceived fraud, bribery and corruption across...

Wonga forced to pay up over ‘unfair’ practices - news

Wonga, Britain’s biggest payday lender, has been ordered to pay more than £2.2m ($3.76m, €2.78m) in compensation to defaulters to whom it sent threatening letters appearing to...

Paribas pays penalty - news

BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, has agreed to pay a penalty of almost $9bn (£5.26bn, €6.65bn) to settle charges of breaking US trade sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan...

North Korea joins OECD anti-money laundering group - news

North Korea has joined the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) as an observer. The APG aims to prevent the funding of terrorism or for the development of nuclear weapons. APG is...

Alexander takes chair at UKSIF - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed Lesley Alexander as its new chair. Lesley, ceo of HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited, will replace Martin Clarke...

Government called to examine UK pension funds’ ‘land grab’ investments - news

UK pension funds and asset man-agement companies including British Airways Pension Fund, Legal & General, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Aviva Investors could potentially have...

Taking steps to curb the fossil fuel habit - news

Europe’s largest companies are coming under increasing political pressure to cut their carbon footprint ahead of crunch climate talks next year, but carbon trading is now just one of many...

Korean banks promise ethics but deliver problems - news

South Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) has said it will take steps to clean up the industry after recent ethical problems involving the major banks....

EC to investigate tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat - news

The tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat are now to be formally investigated by the European Commission. All have been accused of avoidance, largely by switching to more favourable tax...

BITC highlights need for ‘and race’ to be added to governance code - news

New research shows that no progress is being made on tackling race inequality in management. The organisation behind the report, Business in the Community’s race equality campaign Race for...

UK pension fund investments linked to unethical land grabs - news

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37bn invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth....

Cross-sectoral cooperation key to managing water risk - news

Cooperation between businesses, water companies and the government will be key to managing scarce water resources and securing future supplies, according to a new report from the Cambridge...

Impact investment comes of age - news

The proponents of impact investing believe that we are witnessing a seismic shift in investment behaviour. Miranda Ingram reports   It is hard to imagine what the past fifty...

Former Deutsche Bank salesman admits bribery in Tokyo - news

A former Deutsche Bank AG salesman, Shigeru Echigo, admitted to bribery charges at his trial in Tokyo on 22 April 2014. He also said he acted on direct instructions from his managers. At...

Natural capital depletion is ‘elephant in boardroom’ says CIMA - news

Business leaders continue to focus on short-term pressures and treat natural resources as if they’re infinite, warns a new report by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants...

Plastics companies team up to deliver more affordable water - news

An estimated 56,000 of Nairobi’s poorest residents will receive a safe and reliable water service - costing a tenth of what they currently pay - due to a new four-partner collaboration....

ClimateCare wins Queen’s award - news

ClimateCare, the climate change and sustainable development organisation, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The company has won a Sustainable Development Award for contributions to...

Barclays urged at AGM to ‘stop bankrolling’ dirty coal - news

With the World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a UK-based campaigning group focussed on global justice, having successfully campaigned last year to make Barclays pull out of food...

Women losing out in CSR salary stakes - news

The 5th instalment of the biennial CR and Sustainability Salary Survey produced by Acre, Carnstone & Flag, reveals that average salaries have risen in Europe and North America, but have...

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

Charles Anderson is the new director to head the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The UNEP FI platform brings together the United Nations and the global...

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

By Tom Cumberlege, a consultant at The Carbon Trust   It’s time to get your environmental story straight. The signals from the UK government are clear, from October 2013...

Big business criticised for hiring officials as non execs in S Korea - news

Four in 10 outside directors appointed by South Korea’s 10 leading business groups are former top policymakers, such as cabinet ministers, presidential officials, and heads of the tax...

Filmmaker opens debate about health and safety in South Korea - news

South Korea’s headlong rush from an impoverished land of farmers at the end of the Korean War to today’s hi-tec industrial society has come at a cost. For decades, the sole...

Driving culture change is key to ensuring gender equality - news

Single initiatives to promote gender diversity are unlikely to succeed without achieving cultural change, according to a new report by Tomorrow’s Company, the London based business think...

Tea industry to collaborate as new report slams human rights record - news

A new collaboration between key players in the global tea industry has been launched by sustainability non-profit, Forum for the Future. The Tea 2030 partners include four of the seven...

Paying your way: taking a principled approach to tax - news

Tax evasion and avoidance may be different in law, but in the eyes of the general public, they often amount to the same thing, which means there is a strong corporate reputation and governance...

Big companies should become more transparent over tax issues - news

Multinationals should be compelled to publish their revenues, profits and taxes paid in every territory where they operate, chief executives of large UK businesses have told a survey....

IFC to be investigated over investments in Honduras - news

The World Bank’s lender has come under fire for granting a large loan to a company said to have killed while taking land for palm oil cultivation in Honduras. Corporación...

Ethical lapses in finance sector hit headlines most often - news

The Institute of Business Ethics has monitored over 1000 news stories to analyse the business ethics issues and the sectors most at risk of integrity lapse. Reporting on the finance sector...

Citigroup flies rainbow flag with Community Capital project - news

While Citigroup’s corporate social responsibility programmes lend a generous hand to LGBT and anti-violence groups, its business operations do too. Laura Klepacki reports from the US...

Ethex founder makes Divine move - news

Divine Chocolate, the leading Fairtrade company co-owned by cocoa farmers, has appointed Jamie Hartzell as chair of the company board taking effect from last month. Social entrepreneur Jamie...

Hunger games? - news

EU negotiators have agreed to introduce regulation to prevent speculation by banks and hedge funds driving up food prices and exacerbating the global hunger crisis. The new controls will...

Social enterprise makes headway in Russia - news

Vera Kurochkina, UC RUSAL Public Relations Director, explains the aluminium giant's role in Russia's burgeoning social enterprise sector   Once upon a time two frogs fell...

Unilever, Symrise and GIZ partner to support vanilla farmers - news

Unilever, its ingredient supplier Symrise and GIZ, a German federal enterprise in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development have partnered to improve the...

Impact investment helps companies attract higher calibre staff - news

Impact investment - sustainably supporting charities and social enterprises for the long term - can be used as key way to recruit and retain high quality staff says a new survey from...

Winning partners - news

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

Strategic software combines reporting platforms - news

Sustainability Sure is a new platform that combines energy meter analytics, CRC compliance and reporting, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a single...

Korean executives evade new laws on disclosure of earnings - news

New regulations require listed companies in South Korea to report exactly how much individual executives earning over KRW 500 million received the previous year. The rule applies to...

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

There is emerging evidence that in addition to straight philanthropy through donation or foundations, Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UNHWIs)are also financing social investment. Equally, there...

Nestlé rises to challenge of youth unemployment with jobs pledge - news

Nestlé has pledged to create 20,000 positions for young people across Europe over the next three years. The Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative will offer jobs to 10,000 people under...

Pressure mounts on World Bank to stop private water firm investments - news

A month in SRI with Roger Aitken... Nestlé’s former ceo Peter Brabeck-Letmathe once sparked controversy after declaring that access to water was “not a public...

Efforts to scale up climate change investment falters - news

The most comprehensive inventory of climate finance to-date shows investment is far short of the need, and falling further behind each year. Global investment in climate change plateaued at...

Alliance Boots maintains clean bill of health in face of tax accusations - news

Alliance Boots, parent group of the Boots pharmacies and shops prominent in UK high streets for generations, is now accused of using a legal loophole to dodge £1.1bn ($1.78bn, €1.3bn)...

Pressed for cash, Japan’s gangsters ensnare bankers - news

Japan’s Mizuho Bank is in trouble following admissions that it had loaned money to the country’s organized crime syndicates, popularly known as the Yakuza, with the knowledge of...

Efforts to scale up climate change investment fall further behind - news

The most comprehensive inventory of climate finance to-date shows investment is far short of the need, and falling further behind each year. Global investment in climate change plateaued at...

Ethical investment takes spiritual turn with new website - news

A new website offers consumers a new resource to make ethical and spiritual decisions about the use of money. The ‘ your faith your finance’ website contains facts, links and...

inbrief - news

Ethical enlightenment… The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has produced an ethical scenario tool to help people comply with ethical standards in a volatile and...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for urban sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

inbrief - news

? Aviva appointment... Aviva Investors has appointed Abigail Herron as head of engagement in the global responsible investment Team. She reports to Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment...

Investors see risk of climate change but struggle on gauging green assets - news

Institutional investors may be sophisticated enough to model the effect that accelerating global warming has on their portfolios, but generally struggle to assess which green investments work...

Church of England to take on high-interest payday lenders - news

The Church of England is to investigate how it broke its own ethical rules and invested indirectly in a high-interest payday lender. At the same time the church will go through its books...

US to investigate market irregularities at JP Morgan Chase - news

New inquiries are now being conducted by the Department of Justice, the US criminal investigation agency, into allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated energy markets. JPMorgan Chase,...

Ethics & economics are stacking up against fossil-fuel investment - news

“Coal is a dead man walkin’,” Deutsche Bank global head of asset management Kevin Parker told The Washington Post in January 2011. “Banks won’t finance them....

Workwell updated... - news

Business in the Community (BITC) has launched a new version of its public reporting guidelines on Employee Engagement and Wellbeing; reiterating its relevance to investor decision-making....

GSK China executives "appear to have broken" law - news

CHINA: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Britain’s largest pharmaceuticals company, admitted some of its executives appeared to have broken the law, as bribery investigations were conducted....

OECD Action Plan on tax fails developing countries, says NGO trio - news

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Action Plan tackling multinationals’ tax dodging is a step forward but fails developing countries, the Global...

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

Hayday wins CBE - news

Malcolm Hayday, founding chief executive of Charity Bank, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to charities and Social Enterprise.” Hayday,...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

Collaboration, either between different divisions of large corporates, or between companies and organisations in related fields, is not just a simple case of pooling expertise. There are lots...

SAP in autism-focused recruitment drive - news

The German computer software giant SAP has launched a recruitment drive to attract people with autism to join it as software testers. “Only by employing people who think differently...

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

G8 progress on corporate tax avoidance still ‘long way to go’ - news

Governments are to share their tax information automatically under an agreement reached by last month’s G8 summit to eliminate tax dodging. This openness will be accompanied by an...

UKSIF calls for G8 to address barriers to responsible investment - news

As the G8 Summit kicks off in North Ireland, the UK’s Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has called for attendees to use the event to make progress in breaking down...

UK's Impax named Sustainable Investor of the Year - news

The Financial Times (FT) and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group announced the winners of the 2013 FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards recently, with M-KOPA of Kenya winning the Award for...

Ecology signs up to GABV - news

Green building society Ecology has been announced as the latest sustainable finance organisation to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). This membership is regarded as a strong...

Carbon Trust appoints advisory panel - news

The Carbon Trust has appointed a new international advisory panel. The panel brings together a number of top experts from around the world to provide advice on the global low carbon economy to...

Kaufmann appointed CEO of Ethos Foundation - news

Vincent Kaufmann has been appointed deputy ceo of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services. In this position he will work closely with Ethos’ ceo while remaining responsible for fund management...

Casting the net further - news

We’re living in a fast-changing world where the make-up of our communities is evolving like never before. So how is business responding and what is “encouraging diversity “...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

Barrick loses New Zealand fund investment - news

The world’s largest gold mining company has lost the investment of a sovereign wealth fund that handles billions of dollars. The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, whose portfolio is...

Principles don’t pull against profit - news

Paul Ellis , chief executive of Ecology Building Society, believes that a long-term approach is essential for the future of the UK’s financial sector and that finance can be...

Why volunteering works wonders for workers - news

The benefits of volunteering for Lloyds Banking Group go well beyond our brand reputation. In reality, the greatest value we see is the effect it has on colleagues who take part. ...

UKSIF’s new CEO - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has appointed Simon Howard, a former group chief investment officer with over 20 years of experience in investment management, as...

Cleantech market major growth sector for UK economy - news

The cleantech market is a major growth sector for the UK economy, Michael Rudd, partner at legal firm Bird & Bird, highlighted at ecoConnect’s recent Green in the City Forum which...

Bahrain considers adding CSR to curriculum - news

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) could soon be rolled out as a mandatory subject in Bahrain’s high schools and universities, according to recent press reports. Shaikh Ahmed bin...

Ethical investment hub launches online - news

The first online marketplace for positive ethical investments has gone live at ethex.org.uk Individuals can now buy and sell investments in leading social businesses online through Ethex,...

ClimateCare & BioCarbon launch cookstove project in Ghana - news

Climate and development organisation ClimateCare, together with investment partner BioCarbon, is looking to improve health and reduce carbon emissions with the registration of its Clean...

Ministers blamed for climate change failure - news

A third of the UK’s government ministers are associated with the finance and energy companies that contribute to climate change, claims the World Development Movement (WDM), an...

UKSIF in drive to convince investors of long-term benefits of active ownership - news

While fund managers have often been the focus of those looking for more sustainable investment approaches, UKSIF chief executive Penny Shepherd tells Mike Scott how their attention is moving to...

UK government supports ring-fencing of retail and investment banking - news

Britain’s big banks will be broken up by the UK government if they ignore directives to separate their investment and retail arms. George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer...

EU seeks to engage business on CSR with guide on trade union rights and child labour - news

The right to join a trade union and conduct collective bargaining are the main features of an EU draft guide to human rights in business and now out for public consultation. One of the...

Allia launches social impact bond to public investment - news

The first social impact bond open to public investment has been introduced in the UK to help children aged between 11 and 16 to avoid going into care. The Future for Children Bond, offered...

G20 and OECD plan action to tackle multinational tax avoiders - news

International action to halt tax avoidance by multinationals has been promised by the finance ministers of the G20, the grouping of the world’s 20 leading economies. The G20 nations,...

Carbon market value hits lowest level - news

The global carbon market lost a third of its value in 2012, to €61bn (£53bn, $83bn), the lowest level in its five-year history. Thanks largely to an over-allocation in the EU, the...

Lloyds ups compensation monies by £1bn - news

UK-based Lloyds Banking Group has added £1bn (€1.2bn, $1.6bn) to the £4.27bn already set aside to cover compensation to customers mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). In...

Sustainability principles drive New Zealand’s farming power house - news

Farmland is an inflation-proof, defensive asset that has performed well during periods of stagflation. The farming business is also, by definition, inextricably linked with sustainability,...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

In the second CSR Breakfast roundtable, hosted by Ethical Performance and London-based consultancy Lumina, an invited group of senior finance industry CSR professionals discussed the ethical...

The old news agenda and today’s drivers of change - news

Reading through the blizzard of reports and utterances from the great CSR news community is not one of the most positive experiences right now. There are so many stories knocking around about...

US trade group attacks conflict minerals rule - news

Two US business organisations are seeking to overturn a law compelling companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals. The rule was adopted by the Securities & Exchange Commission...

HSBC faces $1.5bn laundering fine - news

UK-headquartered bank HSBC expects to pay a fine of at least $1.5bn (£940m, €1.18bn) to the US authorities for breaches of money laundering rules. This follows a Senate report,...

Ditchfield joins UKSIF's board - news

Barchester Green managing partner John Ditchfield has been elected to UKSIF’s board of directors. UKSIF’s vice chair, FTSE Group head of responsible investment David Harris, and...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

No global supply chains consistently pay a living wage. While food prices and energy costs escalate, the issue of a living wage has become more important – and challenging – than...

Sophisticated strategies underpin surging growth of European SRI market - news

Europe’s SRI growth is outperforming the market, with investors adopting a wider and more sophisticated array of investment strategies, says the European Forum for Sustainable Investment...

Romano new ceo at Rothschild - news

Marc Romano has been appointed CEO of Rothschild HDF Investment Solutions, the new entity resulting from the merger of its multi-management activities with HDF Finance. Pierre Lenders left the...

RBS faces shareholder lawsuit over frailties 'hidden' during £12bn rights issue - news

Shareholders are preparing to sue British bank Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its former CEO Fred Goodwin over a £12bn ($19.4bn, €15bn) rights issue of six billion shares offered in...

UK financial regulator acts after research shows sales incentives promote mis-selling - news

The UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched a crackdown on finance firms' sales bonus schemes after a year-long study revealed how incentives promote mis-selling. And the...

Think-tank scheme for local investment - news

 A social enterprise finance model of community infrastructure bonds  (Cibs), using multiple revenue streams and links to land and property values through a Special Purpose Vehicle...

Indian MPs debate law requiring companies to spend 2% of profits on CSR initiatives - news

Companies based in India are to be required to spend 2% of their net profit on CSR initiatives, under a law before Indian MPs.   And the parliamentary committee, headed by former...

Fenton appoints Hertz as UK chair - news

Public interest communications firm Fenton has appointed Noreena Hertz as its UK chairman. Hertz, a professor of globalisation, sustainability and finance at Duisenberg School of Finance in...

Climate bonds ‘are the ideal financial tool to tackle climate change’ - news

Bond investors are not comfortable with the risks of developing projects. But once schemes are up and running, they are happy to provide refinancing, Sean Kidney, co-founder and chair of the...

Bank of America’s $50bn to green global economy - news

Bank of America has announced a ten-year $50bn (£32bn, €40bn) environmental business project to deal with climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon...

Australia presses on with wide-ranging carbon tax - news

A carbon pricing scheme, probably the world’s most comprehensive, is being implemented in Australia, despite continuing opposition from some business groups. From 1 July,...

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

Chinese state steps in with ‘transformative’ move on sustainability in private sector - news

China has introduced green lending guidelines for banks in order to encourage sustainable growth in the private sector. The government’s banking regulator, the China Banking...

US ‘Jobs Bill’ raises fears of a scamfest - news

President Barack Obama has signed into law a major bill that excuses most companies from all governance requirements, investors and shareholder groups have said. The so-called ‘Jobs...

Growing pains and CSR in the People's Republic - news

China's rise to industrial powerhouse has not been painless, with pollution, freedom of speech and workers' rights regularly hitting the news. But CSR could play a critical role in...

London's moves to lead the responsible finance world - news

Next month, Big Society Capital (BSC) opens its doors for business in London's financial centre. It will be part-funded by and sit alongside some of the banks that Lord Turner, the UK...

Coalition resists social duty call on UK regulator - news

Coalition MPs have defeated an amendment to a bill that would have placed a 'duty' on the UK's planned Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to promote social and responsible investment....

Coalition MPs defeat move to place SRI duty on UK’s new financial regulator - news

Coalition MPs have defeated an amendment to a bill which would have placed a ‘duty’ on the UK’s planned Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to promote social and responsible investment. The...

Clements-Hunt leaves UNEP FI - news

Paul Clements-Hunt has resigned as head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to pursue a career in SRI within the private sector. Clements-Hunt, who has...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

The trust between US consumers, investors and corporations has suffered ever since companies were allowed to spend on election campaigns without cap, regulation or disclosure. But, reports...

Business awaits the sustainable generation - news

Today’s generation of budding business leaders are much more likely to see sustainability as a cornerstone of their management agenda. Their real challenge will be promoting it in the...

‘Benefit corporations’ given own ratings system to showcase activities to investors - news

A new investment tool for social enterprises and investors in the US has been launched by an NGO that hopes to provide coverage for 2,500 firms by 2016. B Lab, a non-profit specialising in...

Carbon Trust sets up consultancy - news

The Carbon Trust research organisation has launched a consultancy business to more directly help UK firms reduce their energy costs and get more competitive rates for greener technology....

Luxembourg gets own investment enviro label - news

Luxembourg is to get its own sustainable finance labelling scheme, LuxFlag. The environmental label for investment funds has opened for applications from funds, requiring them to submit...

Security & Human Rights toolkit launched - news

A toolkit for implementing the UN Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights has been launched, as John Ruggie’s “norms” become more and more established in the business...

F&C tops UKSIF survey - news

F&C’s pension scheme has topped an Uksif sustainable pensions survey. The company’s Asset Management Pension Plan was one of only three schemes awarded the highest...

DVD review: Inside Job - news

“This film cost $20tn to make,” announces Charles Ferguson’s documentary about the 2008 financial crash. Though perhaps not justifying such a budget, the film does well to...

In search of sustainable, low-carbon growth - news

While governments dither on sustainability, businesses increasingly see SRI as value-driven. But, HSBC’s Nick Robins tells Mike Scott, investment is being hampered by the harsh world...

After the storm: reining in the bankers - news

The 2008 crash hit trust in the banking sector, particularly in the US and UK. But can responsible business practices and increased regulation repair the damage? Mark Leftly reports The...

A financial planning tool that ‘predicts CSR value’ - news

The private arm of the World Bank has launched the Financial Valuation Tool, a resource for predicting returns on future CSR investments. The International Finance Organization programme,...

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Willem Vosmer has rejoined the Netherlands-based CSR consultants Steward Redqueen to help develop the company’s emerging markets finance-practice after completing a one-year appointment at...

A corporate accident waiting to happen - news

The phone-hacking scandal has not only closed the UK’s News of the World newspaper, but has cast doubt over the Murdochs’ future at News Corp Tabloid journalism in Britain...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

Disease plan is drawn up - news

Pharmaceuticals researchers have introduced a plan of action to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The research-based sector of the pharmaceuticals industry has created a ten-point...

Coffee maker optimistic that it will reach targets - news

Global coffee business Nespresso has announced ‘strong progress’ towards its 2013 sustainability targets, two years after launching an ‘ecolaboration’ programme that aims...

India’s 2% quota is not the way to spread ethics - news

Aman Singh argues that regulation to require set spending on CSR is likely to achieve very little Can the intangibilities of corporate social responsibility be quantified and regulated?...

Wealth funds get ethics tips - news

Principles establishing clear ethical responsibilities for borrowers and lenders of sovereign debt have been proposed by the United Nations.   Work on the standards began at the height...

Forestry sector gets climate change tips - news

A guide to investment in forest-based climate change mitigation has been produced by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (Unepfi). The document outlines the...

Palm oil changes take shape, so lending ban is lifted - news

The World Bank is to lend to the palm oil sector for the first time since September 2009, now that the industry has adopted a more environmentally friendly investment strategy. The bank and...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

John Ruggie’s final report on business and human rights, expected to be passed by the UN’s Human Rights Council next month, contains 27 pages of ‘guiding principles’....

Co-op unveils ‘radical’ plan - news

The UK-based Co-operative Group is claiming to have produced the ‘toughest’ and ‘most radical’ ethical business plan yet, with new targets due to be implemented across...

Study pinpoints seven leaders in property advice field - news

Seven companies are about to ‘dominate’ the UK’s sustainability advisory services market in the real estate industry, reports the global research consultancy Verdantix....

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Andy Szyman has been appointed co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s property working group, replacing Paul McNamara, head of research at Prupim. Szyman...

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The current draft of the International Finance Corporation’s revised sustainability policy and standards does not go far enough on human rights, says a group of NGOs. The Center for...

Private equity move to back ethical firms - news

Co-operative Asset Management has agreed to work with the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to invest in start-up socially responsible companies. The deal means Co-operative Asset...

New principles to help poor - news

A group of 40 investors has produced a set of principles to help improve access to financial services among the world’s poorest people. The Principles for Investors in Inclusive...

Micro-credit ‘hurts poor’ as much as it helps them - news

Microfinance projects in the developing world make many people poorer, not richer, a major academic study has concluded. The study by two universities cautions that microfinance should not...

One report: one plan for future financial stability - news

Efforts to establish integrated reporting have been stepped up in recent months. Mike Scott speaks to Michael Krzus, an accountant at Grant Thornton and crusader for the cause In the...

Finance sector suffering from lack of climate data - news

Investors and financial institutions urgently need more developed information services to provide them with data on global warming and changing weather patterns. That’s the conclusion...

Top bank starts to look into its social footprint - news

An international bank is commissioning and publishing independent reports reviewing the social and economic impacts of its operations in various nations. Standard Chartered, which is asking...

Ethical consumer spending outstrips market recession - news

‘Green’ consumer spending in the UK has increased by almost a fifth over the past two years in the latest evidence that the market for ethical goods is more than surviving the recession....

Corporate bill reaches $2tn - news

The world's largest 3000 companies caused about a third of all environmental damage attributed to human activity in 2008, the cost of which was estimated at $2.15trillion (£1.36tn,...

Bankers alliance begins to grow - news

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values has signed up four new members to add to its nine founders. The grouping of alternative banks, whose founders include Triodos, aims to build 'a...

Chinese bank comes to Europe to seek advice - news

The China Development Bank, which is the largest Chinese financial institution engaged in overseas investment, has sent a delegation of senior executives on a two-week study tour to Europe to...

PRI surge gives boost to responsible investment overhaul - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has jumped  by more than 30 per cent in a year, to 808. The UN claims the surge...

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

Amnesty International UK has become one of the few NGOs to produce a sustainability report. The group first looked at producing such a document in 2004, but has taken six years to get to...

The large investment bank with big SRI ideas - news

JP Morgan was one of the rare financial institutions to come out of the credit crisis unscathed. Mike Scott speaks to vice-president Jemma Green to find out what’s so special about the...

European SRI sector rises to €5trillion - news

The European SRI market has almost doubled in the past two years in spite of the financial crisis covering the period. According to Eurosif’s 2010 SRI Study, sustainable investment in...

Project finance guidance to get a major overhaul - news

The Equator Principles on ethical project financing are to be updated. A ‘strategic review’ will be conducted by the newly created Equator Principles Association, which is run by an...

Microfinance supporters ‘must not set a debt trap’ - news

Socially responsible microfinance institutions have been warned against over-selling credit to poor people and neglecting the need to encourage savings. Delegates at last month’s...

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Guidance to help UK charity trustees to adopt responsible investment strategies has been produced by the Eiris Foundation and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group. The guide, Socially...

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The global insurance industry has outlined its intention to help combat climate change in the developing world. The Geneva Association, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and ClimateWise,...

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Guidance to help UK charity trustees to adopt responsible investment strategies has been produced by the Eiris Foundation and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group. The guide, Socially responsible...

Nike works with unions - news

Nike has teamed up with the Honduran trade union movement to support workers sacked by the sportswear firm’s suppliers after controversial factory closures. The CGT national trade union federation...

stone business to assess its rights impacts - news

An international human rights impact assessment programme is to be set up by the landscaping materials company Marshalls. UK-based Marshalls, which manufactures paving, walling and other...

effect of European CSR to be measured - news

A three-year quest to measure the impact of corporate social responsibility programmes has begun in Europe. A consortium of 16 leading research institutions will complete the Impact Measurement...

Equator backsliders will now face de-listing - news

Financial institutions that have adopted the voluntary Equator Principles on ethical project financing will now be de-listed if they fail to regularly report on how they are upholding them. New...

IFC urged to place human rights at heart of standards - news

One of the world's largest non-governmental organizations has said the review of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sustainability framework must incorporate human rights issues into its...

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Martin Clarke became chair of Uksif, the sustainable investment and finance association, on 1 July. Clarke, serving in a personal capacity, is the Pension Protection Fund's executive...

BP's chickens are finally coming home to roost - news

Index expulsions and disinvestments are following hard on the heels of the worst oil spill in US history. EP looks at some consequences in the SRI sector The expensive and embarrassing...

Partners attempt to 'scale-up' Indian CSR - news

A mission to boost corporate responsibility in India has been set up by three western bodies. US-based Social Accountability International has joined forces with Brussels-based Business...

Nestle bows to pressure on rainforest products - news

Nestle is to stop using products from sources that contribute to rainforest destruction, after a campaign against its use of palm oil linked to deforestation. The food giant will identify...

World Bank throws the book at publisher with Sudan bribery links - news

The World Bank has blacklisted the UK-based publishing giant Macmillan after details emerged of the company’s business dealings in Sudan. It has banned the company from any potentially...

Pension funds target low carbon investment - news

Two groups representing some of the largest pension funds in the world are set to agree a $10billion-per-year investment in an Asian fund for renewable energy. The P8, a group of the world’s...

European investors agree new joint climate change fund - news

A new climate change fund aiming to attract investment to green projects and technology is to be established by a group of European finance institutions. The Agence Française de Développement...

10% have known only CSR - news

This year’s CR Salary Survey has highlighted an emerging phenomenon – a generation of corporate responsibility professionals who have only ever worked in the field. The...

World Bank arm issues green bond - news

A $200million ‘green bond’ has been issued by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank, to raise funds for low carbon projects in the third world. The issue,...

Daimler pledges to change ways after bribery payout - news

The German car manufacturer Daimler will pay $185million to settle a bribery case after pleading guilty to corruption in a US court. Daimler had been charged by the US justice department with...

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A fund investing in companies with a social purpose is to be formed by Aros Capital Partners. The £10million ($15.2m, €11m) UK-managed global Aros Altru fund, which is seeking an...

Tax-free investment in the community - news

As CSR fights the image of a luxury in recessionary times, Community Development Finance Institutions claim to be the best value for money around. Mike Scott speaks to Mike Baker, head of one...

Pay was 2009’s major lapse - news

Executive pay and the treatment of staff were among the UK’s most common ‘ethical lapses’ in 2009 – and the finance sector was the most prone to problems. Research...

businesses monitor Congo’s ‘conflict tin’ - news

An initiative to monitor tin mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure armed groups are not profiting from mining in the country has been launched by a partnership of miners, trading...

Norwegian fund becomes more engaging - news

The Norwegian government has moved from negative screening of the investments in its Global Pension Fund to an engagement approach. The €316bn Oil Fund will now lobby companies in which it...

Business schools get ethics guide - news

Ethical guidance for UK business schools has been produced by a group of management associations and academics. The draft guide says, among other things, that business schools should...

Card operator extends financial advice scheme - news

Mastercard is to expand its financial education programme for consumers to the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean, after successful schemes in Mexico and Brazil. The banking and...

UK ethical sales up threefold - news

A tripling in the level of British ‘ethical sales’ during the past decade has been announced in research by the Co-operative Bank. The market for ethical goods such as Fairtrade products,...

A huge investment bank with unique tasks ahead - news

With Europe increasingly attentive to environmental and social issues, the European Investment Bank is following suit, facing challenges and opportunites. Mike Scott speaks to the bank’s...

Kraft may have good intentions, but its buyout raises questions - news

Will Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury damage the British company’s corporate responsibility profile? Who can be sure?   It would be naive to accept Kraft’s early assurances...

Kraft tries to curb fears over Cadbury’s future - news

US food giant Kraft has pledged to maintain social responsibility programmes at the UK confectionery business Cadbury, which it will be buying for £11.9billion ($19.2bn, €13.7bn)....

Eni test human rights draft - news

Italian energy giant Eni is the latest company set to road-test human rights guidelines backed by the United Nations and the private sector arm of the World Bank. Eni, which operates in 70...

Building a sustainable property sector - news

As huge carbon emitters with a low stock turnover, those who manage buildings face challenges that are underestimated by investors. Mike Scott talks to Paul McNamara of Prupim about the future...

Five big firms put $1m into supply chain initiative - news

A labour standards programme for factories in poorer countries has been given a boost by five of the largest companies in the US. Gap, Levi Strauss, Nike, Wal-Mart and Walt Disney have...

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David Hutchinson has been appointed chief executive of Social Finance, a ‘social bank’ that will invest money from dormant UK bank accounts for social purposes. Hutchinson comes from...

An SRI outlook that aims for mutual benefit - news

Mike Scott talks to Andrew Gay of UIA, an insurer to trade union members that tailors its investments to the social and environmental concerns of some of Britain’s most politicized...

Insurance principles floated - news

Work could soon begin on United Nations-backed ‘principles for sustainable insurance’ created for the global insurance industry. The idea for the principles has been floated by...

GRI steps up diversity plea - news

Companies have been urged to ask their suppliers for more information on diversity performance, and to consider submitting such data to third-party audits. New guidance from the...

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A microfinance fund that will deal with co-operatives and credit unions, rather than going through local banks, has been set up by two of Europe’s largest banks. The $50million...

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Advice on investing in sustainable companies is to be offered by a new Geneva-based consultancy called Avenir Global Investment Managers. Avenir has been founded by Jack Lowe, president of...

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Plans for the creation of a Social Investment Wholesale Bank have been put out to consultation by the UK government. The bank would target lending to sustainable businesses that have a social or...

Keeping a watchful eye on business reputation - news

Covalence has ploughed an unusual furrow by giving companies ethical ratings based on often subjective media coverage. Mike Scott talks to Antoine Mach about its aims and methodology A...

Fund ditches security firm over West bank activities - news

One of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds has sold its stake in an Israeli defence technologies company after blacklisting it. Norway’s Norwegian Government Pension Fund removed Elbit...

Copenhagen 2009: what will it mean for business? - news

With talks December’s UN climate change conference fast approaching, EP explains what the event is all about – and what companies would like to see emerge from it What is...

Getting to grips with executive pay: a litmus test for the CSR profession - news

Many people were caught with their pants down when the global financial crisis erupted a year ago – and CSR practitioners were among them. A key role of a corporate responsibility...

Charities are adopting SRI - news

More than half of large British charities now have an ethical investment policy, according to a new survey. The study of 164 organizations indicated that 60 per cent of charities with...

UN shows displeasure with five PRI backsliders - news

Five signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have been de-listed for not complying with its annual reporting and assessment process. The...

Chinese bank wins through - news

The Industrial Bank, China, has emerged as the Asia regional winner in the emerging markets section of the 2009 FT Sustainable Banking Awards for its social and environmental policies. The...

Car firms must face claims as Alien Tort cases proceed - news

Charges against three global car companies alleging human rights abuses in South Africa have been allowed to proceed. A New York judge has ruled that Daimler, Ford and General Motors should...

Pro-poor model pays off - news

A ‘pro-poor’ initiative by Coca-Cola in East Africa has generated 12,000 jobs while increasing the company’s competitiveness in the region. The soft drinks giant, along...

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Gavin Morris has been appointed managing director with responsibility for engagement at Governance for Owners, a partnership offering help on shareholder activism to investor clients. Morris was...

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Gavin Morris has been appointed managing director with responsibility for engagement at Governance for Owners, a partnership offering help on shareholder activism to investor clients. Morris was...

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Church and faith charity fund manager CCLA has bought £3.5million ($5.4m) worth of a new five-year bond issued by the International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm). IFFIm is a UK...

Arab countries reveal plenty of CSR potential - news

The Arab world stands ahead of Eastern Europe and Central Asia when it comes to corporate responsibility, according to the first responsible  competitiveness ranking of the region....

Kraft aims to reduce malnutrition rates - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

Hong Kong timber companies ‘need regulation’ - news

Most listed forestry companies on the Hong Kong stock exchange that claim to be environment-friendly are so only by default, and this misleads investors, says Greenpeace China in a new report....

Kraft intervenes on malnutrition - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

Finding solutions to big sustainability challenges - news

Mike Scott talks to Rob Lake of the giant Dutch pension portfolio manager APG about its inclusive approach to ethical investment –  and why climate change will be its major focus...

Seven research firms qualify for new certificate - news

Scandinavia’s GES Investment Services and the UK-based responsible investment specialist Eiris are among the first SRI research providers to be certified against a new European Voluntary...

Leaders to go abroad for corporate peace of mind - news

Two hundred of IBM’s ‘future leaders’ from nearly 40 countries will participate in projects in emerging markets this year as part of the company’s Corporate Service Corps...

Chinese reporting continues exponential growth - news

Growing numbers of businesses operating in China are realizing the importance of CSR reporting, concludes a survey by SynTao, a Beijing-based CSR and SRI consultancy. The number of reports...

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Helen Wildsmith of CCLA has been appointed vice-chair of the Uksif board. She replaces Charles Middleton, who remains a board member. Aled Jones will serve as interim vice-chair.

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An online index charting the impact of socially responsible business has been created by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The RBS SE100 Index will be run by Society Media in partnership with RBS...

ISA supports vaccination - news

An unusual ethical investment vehicle to support vaccination programmes worldwide has been set up by HSBC. The bank’s new ethical individual savings account (ISA) aims to raise...

Climate change request receives muted response - news

Only a quarter of companies that supply goods to multinationals have responded to a request for climate change data on their activities. The companies, including many small- and...

The Elk: world’s leading CSR thinker - news

John Elkington has emerged in a new poll as the world’s number one corporate responsibility ‘thought leader’. Elkington, founder of the SustainAbility consultancy and...

Finding value at the bottom of the pyramid - news

BlueOrchard is blazing a responsible investment trail in microfinance – and finding that institutional clients see its modus operandi as increasingly attractive. Mike Scott talks to...

Kelloggs turns to actors to get its message across - news

The cereal manufacturer Kelloggs has taken the unusual step of using undercover actors to convey waste-cutting messages to employees.   The two female thespians, from the CragRats...

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

The responsible business performance of most Saudi Arabian companies is ‘intermediate to good’, according to the country’s first comprehensive CSR assessment. In the debut...

Ikea spends $48m to help Indian poor - news

Ikea, the Swedish retailer, is giving $48million (£34m) to Unicef to improve the health and living conditions of children in some of India’s poorest areas. Some of the money...

Indonesia gets palm oil project - news

Oil palm companies in Indonesia are being encouraged to start new plantations on degraded soil instead of cleared forest land. In the same project the World Resources Institute (WRI), a US-based...

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The UK Social Investment Forum has re-branded itself as ‘UKSIF – the sustainable investment and finance association’, with a new logo and website. Its name has been changed...

‘Now, more than ever, firms need to report’ - news

EP talks to Global Reporting Initiative chief executive Ernst Ligteringen about sustainability reporting in an economic downturn – and other pressing matters. EP: How might...

Finance sector gets advice on global warming - news

A group of international financial institutions has combined with the environmental organization The Climate Group to produce guidance for the finance sector on dealing with climate change....

Zimbabwe could fall off Kimberley’s approved list - news

Calls are growing for Zimbabwe to be withdrawn from the Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds. Diamonds from Zimbabwe, which...

$300bn fund examines Gaza holdings - news

The world’s second largest sovereign wealth fund, run by the Norwegian government, is examining whether it should exclude companies that are active in the Palestinian territories from its...

Starbucks helps Asian social entrepreneurs - news

A Philippines organization providing microfinance loans to unemployed young people and a programme in Pakistan that combats violence against women are to receive help from multinational coffee...

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

Mike Scott talks to one of the founders of a new organization that intends to spread the word about sustainable finance in Switzerland, where the private banks are a particular target for...

Barclays and Nike place new focus on girl power - news

The multinational companies Barclays and Nike have separately committed themselves to projects aimed at boosting the self-esteem and prospects of girls in the developing world. Barclays has...

Finance sector gets its own GRI supplement - news

Guidance for financial services institutions on what to include in annual sustainability reports has been finalized by the Global Reporting Initiative. The Financial Services Supplement...

Barclays supports Indian slum dwellers - news

Adolescent Indian girls in a Mumbai slum and in three districts of rural Maharashtra will benefit from a partnership between Barclays Bank and Unicef to give mentoring and provide microfinance...

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Greg Radford has been appointed to the new post of environment and social development director at the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm. Radford, a...

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London-based Coutts bank has introduced a pilot service to advise its rich private clients on donating to environmental causes. The new Environment Advisory Service will suggest ‘giving...

Danish bank embraces SRI - news

Denmark’s largest banking group, Danske Bank, has adopted an SRI policy in the belief that it will improve the long-term performance of its investments. The policy, covering about...

Gulf Air draws up three-pronged CSR strategy - news

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced a corporate social responsibility plan with three main themes: climate change and clean air, waste management, and community service....

Firms urged to strengthen their rights reporting - news

Three organizations with links to the United Nations are making efforts to encourage more in-depth coverage of human rights in sustainability reports. The project, Human Rights: A Call to...

IFC aims to improve conditions in Vietnam - news

A project has been introduced by two international organizations to improve conditions for more than 700,000 workers in the Vietnam apparel industry. The Better Work Vietnam programme is...

Odegard tackles child labour in Nepal - news

The US carpet design company Odegard is to further its policy of addressing child labour in Nepal’s carpet industry with a working capital loan from RSF Social Finance, a non-profit...

Do the super rich see SRI as the way forward? - news

Investment specialists often divide the socially responsible investment market in two – retail and institutional. But a third sector exists  – the high net worth individual...

A decade on, sustainable funds are flourishing - news

Bank Sarasin has put sustainability close to the heart of its investment approach. The Swiss private bank is using the investment theme in a effort to differentiate itself from the competition,...

Firms are offered KPIs for conflict zones code - news

Companies that have signed up to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights have been given 11 key performance indicators (KPIs) against which they can measure themselves. The...

Failure to sign principles leads to loss of business - news

Three investment management companies have lost contracts to manage £185million ($332m) of global equities because they are not signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible...

Tennant changes direction to pursue credit card idea - news

A leading SRI figure of the past two decades has left the sector to head a credit card loyalty scheme to combat climate change. Tessa Tennant has become executive chair of the International...

Rio Tinto hit by exclusion - news

Rio Tinto has expressed dismay at being dropped on ethical grounds from one of the Norwegian government’s pension funds. The global Government Pension Fund, commonly known as the oil...

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Entries are being sought for this year’s Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance. The $20,000 (£10,700) award, set up last year in memory of investment banker Robin Cosgrove, who...

Use of migrant workers is put under microscope - news

A two-year research project is to consider how multinationals can limit the exploitation of migrant workers in their supply chains. It will be led by US-based Business for Social...

Norwegian investors launch SRI initiative - news

Norway’s largest institutional investors are making efforts to promote responsible business practice among companies listed on the Oslo bourse. The project, called Sustainable Value...

Bakrie Telecom supports Grameen project - news

Indonesia’s first village phone programme, providing affordable wireless telecommunications in rural communities, is being introduced through a co-operative effort between two telecoms...

YES bank comes up trumps - news

India's YES Bank has gained one of the main prizes in this year's FT Sustainable Banking Awards. YES, which has taken the Emerging Markets Regional Leadership title for Asia, was...

Asian banks recognized for sustainability - news

Six Asian financial institutions have reached the short list for this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for triple bottom line banking. ASA, of...

Foundation offers microfinance scholarships - news

Staff working on Asian microfinance projects will be able to apply for 200 scholarships being offered by the MasterCard Foundation, an independent charity in Toronto, Canada, set up by financial...

Asian firms feature in FT shortlist - news

Six Asian entrants were chosen for the short lists in this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, given by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s funding...

pension fund points the way ahead on microfinance - news

A large Dutch pension fund has provided the clearest sign yet of the growing interest in microfinance by starting a €200million ($314m, £158m) global investment programme in the sector. PGGM, an...

death knell for UN norms as Ruggie delivers verdict - news

Any realistic prospect of a binding set of United Nations ‘norms’ governing the human rights responsibilities of multinationals was ended last month by the final report of John Ruggie, the UN...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

Bonds that reflect social and environmental concerns are becoming more popular among institutional investors in Europe and several fixed income products are now available, says Mike Scott...

Gavi issues Japanese bond - news

The finance arm of the Gavi Alliance, a non-profit organization whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has issued a bond of 1.4billion South African rand ($172.3million,...

Asian firms are more carbon intensive - news

Asian listed companies are more carbon-intensive than their peers elsewhere in the world – with the result that investors in Asian equity funds are more exposed to carbon risks. A new...

Aid for China on global warming - news

Japan is supporting China’s environmental conservation efforts through six loans worth more than $436million (£222m). The finance, in the form of official development assistance...

Grameen Bank gets Credit Agricole help - news

The Bangladesh-based Grameen Bank is to be partnered by Crédit Agricole in supporting microlenders around the world. Crédit Agricole, France’s largest retail banking...

The power of unreasonable people - news

John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan . Hardback. 272 pages. Harvard Business School Press. £14 / $27.50 Could social entrepreneurs be the solution to the environmental and...

Communication assumes a much greater priority - news

CSR practitioners expect to spend more time in the future on communication rather than programme development and monitoring. Latest research carried out by the UK’s Ashridge Centre...

Microfinance loans will ‘grow in appeal’ - news

Microfinance projects are becoming more attractive to mainstream investors. Deutsche Bank says the volume of such loans has risen ‘sharply’ and as a result it forecasts...

Chevron is first ‘corporate champion’ - news

The oil corporation Chevron is to give $30million (£15.4m) over three years to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. Chevron is making the donation through the...

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Rob Tacon, Standard Chartered’s head of group risk management, is the new chair of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative for two years. He succeeds Martin...

Studies present business case - news

Examples of emerging market businesses that have gained a commercial advantage by taking account of their social and environmental impacts have been collected by the private sector arm of the...

‘Aggregated reporting’makes its first show - news

Several small Chilean companies have come together to publish a sustainability report in which each in turn outlines its social and environmental impacts. The document, in Spanish and...

Responsible Malaysian stocks outperform the benchmark - news

Share prices in companies that practise good CSR are reported to have outstripped the record-breaking run on the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI). Arshad Adam, finance director of OWW...

travel network attracts plenty of business interest - news

More than 100 companies have joined a new network that promotes sustainable travel. Members of the National Business Travel Network, created by the UK government's Transport Department, include...

spotlight falls on emerging markets - news

The World Bank's private sector arm has commissioned what it says will be the first comprehensive review of the state of socially responsible investment in emerging markets. The International...

Bill paves way for banks to give to charity - news

A Bill has been introduced in the UK parliament that will make it easier for banks and building societies to hand over money in dormant accounts to finance community projects. The Dormant Bank...

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Most studies that have considered the effect of incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance factors into investment decisions have found there is a positive or at least neutral...

Eurostar links up with FoE - news

Eurostar has become only the second company to be chosen as an official partner of Friends of the Earth. FoE, which is normally reluctant to forge links with business, signed a deal last month...

property firms can benefit from social concern - news

Commercial investors can achieve greater returns on their property investments by considering and acting on social and environmental issues than by ignoring them, a new study reports. Research by...

US companies ‘fail to tell it like it is’ - news

One of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility in the US is the lack of openness among companies about the problems they face, a leading socially responsible...

IBM offers microfinance aid - news

Information technology giant IBM is to help microfinance institutions better serve poor communities by improving the software they use. IBM will provide technical assistance through a partnership...

US intervenes to promote ethics in its own backyard - news

The US government has made a rare direct foray into the world of corporate responsibility by providing $2million (£960,000) to improve labour standards and practices in Latin America. The grant,...

company payments to Burma ‘should be blocked by governments’ - news

New investment in Burma’s oil and gas fields should be banned by the United Nations Security Council and company payments that sustain the country’s military rule should be blocked, says a...

pension fund disinvests from Vedanta - news

The Norwegian government pension fund has decided to disinvest from four Indian subsidiaries of a mining company over concerns about ‘systematic’ environmental and human rights violations. The...

the fault lines in corporate social responsibility have been revealed - news

The crisis at Northern Rock is an exposure of corporate social responsibility. The UK’s fifth largest mortgage provider had to be bailed out by the Bank of England in order to fulfil its most...

private equity firms fare poorly on ethics codes - news

Private equity firms hold on to their investments longer than many people think, but have weak formal mechanisms for ensuring ethical codes of conduct, a new survey has suggested. The study of...

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has written to 300 large US companies asking for more details on how they pay their most senior executives. Since this year companies have been required...

Birgden heads Mercer’s drive in Asia - news

Helga Birgden, an experienced manager in governance and sustainable investment, has been appointed to lead the Asia-Pacific responsible investment business unit of Mercer Investment Consulting, a...

platinum performers must shine all the way through - news

You can’t overlook bad practices when identifying responsible companies, argues Rory Murphy As a professional with nearly 30 years’ experience of representing finance sector workers, including...

sub-prime fallout reaches the ethical fund market - news

The credit squeeze in the financial markets that led the Bank of England to intervene on behalf of the UK mortgage lender Northern Rock is having a knock-on effect in the ethical funds market,...

guinea pigs sought for new human rights guidelines - news

Companies from various industry sectors are to be invited to road test a new guide on how to assess their human rights impacts. The draft Guide to human rights impact assessment, which has been...

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An internet television channel has been set up to cover ethical business issues. London-based Frontier TV will broadcast ‘ethics, economics and social responsibility’ content, including profiles...

firms told to involve staff - news

Companies are to be urged to make greater efforts to bring their employees into the fight against child labour. A draft 15-point action plan says too many businesses fail to keep their...

OECD urges China to improve - news

China is being encouraged to redouble its efforts to improve its environment so that its sudden economic growth can be sustainable. The call comes from the Organization for Economic...

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Investment bank Morgan Stanley has introduced an $108million (£54m) bond that will finance loans to people running small businesses in developing countries. BlueOrchard, a Swiss company...

investor disclosure is possible, material – and also necessary - news

Fund managers should be as transparent on climate change data as everyone else, argues Nick Robins Over the past decade, investor action on climate change has evolved in remarkable ways. Back...

an investment business built on an ethical approach - news

Having the Church of England as its core client has required CCLA Investment Management to keep at the forefront of investment research into issues as diverse stem cells and the relationship...

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

Some of the world’s largest economies have agreed that their government-backed export credit agencies should look at a wider range of social factors when considering whether to provide financial...

Amnesty ready to put its own house in order - news

Amnesty International UK is recruiting a CSR manager to manage its in-house ethical performance. The appointment, which is unusual for a non-governmental organization (NGO), is part of Amnesty’s...

insurers enter the fray - news

Some of the biggest companies in the world’s largest industry sector – insurance – have begun to develop a set of sustainability guidelines. The Principles for Sustainable Insurance will offer...

finance minister attacks Indian business leaders - news

Industry leaders in India have been accused of showing little social responsibility while seeking relief and tax concessions for themselves. Finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told...

two new entrants test size of CSR jobs market - news

Two more recruitment agencies have entered the increasingly crowded UK market. Arc Vision and Dangerfield Executive Search join eight other agencies in the UK alone that offer CSR executive...

market at the base of the pyramid put at $5trillion - news

Companies developing products for sale to some of the world’s poorest people are opening up a market worth as much as $5trillion (£2.5tn) a year. The figure appears in the first study to...

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

Sugar cane growers, processors and food companies are to draw up social and environmental ‘principles and criteria’ with a view to reducing the industry’s impact. The move has partly been...

new ethical foreign policy might repair UK’s damaged reputation - news

Companies, it’s often said, take more notice of corporate social responsibility once their reputations have taken a serious knock. So now that Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has...

tea firms put Compact on packets - news

Two Sri Lankan companies have begun to promote the principles of the United Nations Global Compact inside packets of a new brand of tea. Leaflets listing the ten principles have been added to...

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Almost £200,000 ($385,000) has been set aside by the UK government for research into how to encourage private sector investment in social enterprise. Two organizations – the Charity Bank and...

high street store offers SRI fund to its customers - news

Marks & Spencer’s finance arm has launched its first ethical unit trust. The M&S Ethical Fund, which will be jointly managed by Jupiter Asset Management and Sinopia Asset Management,...

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Two specialists have been elected to co-chair an asset management working group run by the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. They are Julie Fox Gorte, chief social investment...

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Two key SRI figures who lost their jobs in the recent shake-up at Henderson Global Investors ( EP8, issue6 ) have taken up posts elsewhere. Rob Lake, former head of corporate engagement, has...

Japanese sustainability course proves popular - news

More than 100 students have enrolled on a lecture programme started by the non-governmental organization Japan for Sustainability. The programme, which will be run for four years by Japan for...

bank loans threat to irresponsible companies - news

Companies with poor environmental records in China now risk being rejected for bank loans. Banks are to adopt a more selective policy, being encouraged by China’s central bank and the...

Telstra supports disadvantaged children - news

Grants worth Aus$1.8million (£723,000) over three years have been announced by the Telstra Foundation, a children’s aid group set up by the Australian telecoms company Telstra. The money...

private equity finds itself in the unwelcome glare of publicity - news

Private equity's success has invited greater scrutiny and the sector is now facing demands for disclosure of its record on social responsibility. This mirrors the experience of public companies...

Nokia upgrades tsunami work - news

The mobile phone maker Nokia has introduced training projects to assist young people in finding jobs or setting up small businesses in areas of India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka that were devastated...

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Dutch electronics company Philips is to support a project to develop and then market technology that will bring lighting to the world’s 1.6 billion people without access to electricity. It will...

the ICCA handbook on corporate social responsibility - news

Manfred Pohl, Judith Hennigfeld, Nick Tolhurst (eds). Wiley. 456 pages. Hardback. £45 The immediate appeal of this book is that it includes some high profile contributors. Most people...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

Whom might we see more of in the corporate responsibility arena during 2007? EP names some individuals likely to come to greater attention over the year Staffan Soderberg As vice...

socially responsible investors set sights on real estate - news

The United Nations has established a working group to bring socially responsible business principles into the sphere of property investment. The Working Group on Responsible Property...

ASrIA gets new chairman - news

Rajesh Srivastava has taken over as chairman of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) from the co-founder Tessa Tennant. Srivastava is managing director...

Malaysia gets CSR Index - news

Malaysia’s first CSR index has been set up by OWW Consulting, a specialist research company based in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. OWW’s offering is an index series covering initially Malaysia...

ANZ scheme helps thousands - news

A study has found that thousands of Australians have improved their money management in the past year with the aid of MoneyMinded, an adult financial education programme developed by the...

business tackles Pakistan poverty - news

A business partnership has been formed in Pakistan to create jobs, encourage training and improve living standards for women and young people in poor rural areas. Dairy industry executives...

support for UN principles is past 100 mark - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment has passed 120. The principles were originally backed by 18 institutional investors and 32 asset owners,...

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Standard & Poor’s is to develop the first dedicated SRI index of emerging market companies. Together with its Indian affiliate CRISIL and the US-based independent research firm KLD Research...

investors told emerging markets need a rethink - news

Progress on responsible business practice on the part of companies in emerging market countries has reached a point where socially responsible investors in Europe and the US should be taking a...

big guns set up supply chain programme - news

Two large international organizations have created an initiative to help companies improve labour standards in their global supply chains. The International Finance Corporation and the...

Standard Chartered boosts microfinance - news

Standard Chartered is setting aside $500million (£266m) over five years to provide development organizations and fund managers with credit and technical assistance to support microfinance...

Apac targeted by Sustainable Banking Awards - news

Applications from Asia Pacific are being sought for the second FT Sustainable Banking Awards, which recognize banks that have shown leadership and innovation in integrating social, environmental...

Malaysian prime minister speaks out on CSR - news

Public listed companies in Malaysia have made significant progress in corporate governance compliance, said Abdullah Badawi, the premier and finance minister, when he put forward his tentative...

Indian agency wins IFC grant - news

The Indian CSR consultancy Crisil has become one of five organizations around the world to win the Capturing Value research competition run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The...

Who’s Who guide is updated - news

The second edition of an Indian CSR guide lists the practices and policies of more than 50 organizations. The Who’s Who in CSR in India: A Resource Guide 2006 has been brought out with...

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Research reports suggesting that social and environmental factors have an important role in mainstream investment decisions have been collected in a publication from the UN Environment Programme...

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Socially responsible investors are increasingly likely to apply their SRI philosophy to investments other than equities, says a new study. The report says all classes of SRI investor, from pension...

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Four consultancies have been chosen by the International Finance Corporation to provide briefings and training to stakeholders on its new performance standards on social and environmental...

Wal-Mart makes ground on its bold CSR pledges - news

Wal-Mart appears to be making early progress on its promise to embrace corporate responsibility, despite scepticism from investors and pressure groups. The huge and much-criticized US-based...

Methodists soften stance on Nestlé - news

Methodists in Britain have backed a decision by their church’s ethical investment committee to end its long-standing ban on investing in Nestlé over concerns about the company’s marketing of breast...

‘Equator 2’ raises the bar - news

Financial institutions have welcomed an update of the Equator Principles, ethical guidelines for lending on large-scale project finance. However, they say the latest adjustments will lead to only...

HSBC takes sustainable banking award - news

HSBC has been named Sustainable Bank of the Year in a new awards programme recognizing financial institutions that have shown ‘leadership and innovation’ on social, environmental and corporate...

pulp mill risks still not being assessed - news

Investors and lenders are storing up trouble by failing to assess adequately the social and environmental risks of pulp mill projects around the world. Five years after weak due diligence played...

leading bank turns down loans on ethical grounds - news

An international bank has turned down one in ten investment and loan requests from corporate clients after referring them to an in-house ethical screening unit. Over the past two years...

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A Nigerian financial services group has become one of the few African companies to join the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. Rowet Group, which manages $50million (£27m)...

Chinese public supports CSR standard - news

Almost two thirds of the general public in China think the country should have some kind of compulsory CSR standard, according to a new survey. The internet poll by Sohu Finance, the Beijing...

SRI research gets boost - news

An initiative to provide investors in emerging market equities with better research on the social, environmental and governance performance of companies has been set up by the International...

pension funds adopt investment principles - news

The pressure on companies to disclose social, environmental and governance risks has increased dramatically with a commitment by institutional investors controlling more than $2trillion (£1.1tn)...

Indian bank joins sustainability initiative - news

India's new-age Yes Bank has joined the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose corporate members work together to reduce social and environmental impacts through their...

Asia-specific CSR guidelines are published - news

New advice for investors on what they should be requiring from companies on CSR issues has been published by the Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). A...

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Barclays has introduced a third Financial Inclusion Fund for community finance organizations in some of the UK’s most deprived areas. Credit unions and other not-for-profit financial services...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

Caterpillar gets reprieve - news

The Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group has decided not to recommend disinvestment from the US-based construction equipment company Caterpillar, despite a request to do so from...

Sakhalin II decision could be big test for Equator Principles - news

One of the biggest tests yet is looming for the Equator Principles on ethical project finance lending, following a decision by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to conduct a...

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The Brazilian stock exchange, Bovespa, has started a corporate sustainability index of 28 companies judged to be among the country’s most socially responsible. The index has been developed with...

lending to consumers comes under scrutiny - news

An index is being drawn up to benchmark UK financial institutions on how responsible they are when lending to consumers. The Responsible Lending Index will assess banks and finance companies...

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Five Belgian banks are being targeted by a campaign group that wants them to disinvest from French oil company Total and US retailer Wal-Mart. The Brussels-based sustainable finance...

Indonesian bank joins UN initiative - news

Bank Negara Indonesia, which was restructured in 2004 in an effort to reclaim its position as the country's first bank, has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's Finance Initiative...

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Nedbank has become the first African bank to adopt the Equator Principles, the voluntary guidelines for assessing the social and environmental risks in project finance ( EP5, issue 3, p1 ). South...

Goldman Sachs joins fray - news

US-based investment bank Goldman Sachs has moved to improve its social and environmental performance by agreeing to report publicly on the greenhouse gas emissions of power plants that it...

big business not telling its CSR stories well enough online - news

Many of the UK’s largest companies are failing to take advantage of the web to communicate their CSR programmes, reports the Good Business consultancy. The study found ‘huge variances’ in...

Shell heading for more trouble over Nigeria oil - news

Religious and pressure groups are continuing their attack on Shell over its actions in Nigeria in advance of the company’s annual meeting. The oil giant’s troubles in the volatile West...

Chinese companies now have evaluation criteria - news

Chinese companies can now use the country’s first cross-industry corporate responsibility benchmark. The benchmark, unveiled at a United Nations Global Compact summit in Shanghai, is...

Barclays works with minibankers to reach African poor - news

Barclays has begun working with traditional banking agents in Ghana as part of a new programme to loan small sums to poor people. The UK-based bank is working with local entrepreneurs, known...

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Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar has donated $100million (£56m) to fund microfinance initiatives in developing countries. The money will be distributed by a specially created trust in the form of...

coalition attacks ‘abject failure’ - news

The European finance sector has been ‘largely ineffectual’ in its attempts to address its social and environmental responsibilities over the past few years, according to a coalition of ten...

lawyers find no legal basis for objections to SRI - news

A team of more than 25 lawyers from around the world has concluded that the prevailing belief among mainstream investors that it is unlawful to take environmental and social issues into account...

Asian banks urged to come forward - news

Asian banks are being urged to enter the Financial Times' first global awards recognizing banks that have integrated social and environmental objectives into their operations while continuing to...

big business 'needs to move into aid agenda' - news

Efforts to reduce world poverty will not succeed until aid agencies and governments bring business into the equation, according to the Shell Foundation. Its director Kurt Hoffman, who has...

how to throw away a reputation for good management of CSR - news

The government’s decision to scrap the Operating and Financial Review took everyone by surprise, including, it seems, the Department of Trade and Industry, which was responsible for ushering in...

loud voices skew priorities - news

Concerns have been raised that stakeholder dialogue as practised by large companies often leads to the views of local people being drowned out by the 'loud voice' of international NGOs and other...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has issued a revised draft of changes to its social and environmental policies after allegations that it has been trying to water them down. The...

Wells Fargo comes under fire for 'outdated' CSR approach - news

One of the oldest US corporations is being targeted in a new campaign by the Rainforest Action Network for what the activist group describes as its 'outdated practices' on social and...

brand launch by Nestlé boosts fair trade hopes - news

A further sign that fair trade products are entering mainstream UK business came last month as the food giant Nestlé launched its first Fairtrade certified coffee. The new instant coffee...

Google and eBay join dotcom philanthropists - news

Google is to pay more attention to its social responsibilities in the wake of its public flotation. The internet search engine company announced last month that it would give at least...

export agency joins Unep - news

The Export-Import Bank of Korea, an official export credit agency serving the country's international traders, has joined the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose objective is the...

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Sir Stuart Hampson,  chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, is the new chair of the national regeneration leadership team at Business in the Community. He replaces John Spence, Lloyds TSB's...

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The Fairtrade Foundation, which runs the Fairtrade Mark, has engaged The Forster Company to raise public awareness of fair trade and to increase sales of products. The Forster Company, which...

new tack for CSR training - news

CSR practitioners are to be offered a new training programme that concentrates on improving their ability to communicate with and influence people. Ashridge business school's Centre for...

mining group offers support to local businesses - news

Newmont, the mining group previously accused of causing environmental damage, is helping an Indonesian fishery company to build a processing plant and an ice factory providing cheaper and better...

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Aioi Insurance has joined the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative. The Japanese company issued its first CSR report in March and in April it set up a 'CSR promotion section'.

high street store dips toe into 'pro-poor' waters - news

Marks & Spencer is to provide business advice and expertise to entrepreneurs in an effort to improve wealth generation in developing countries. The 'pro-poor' initiative will be carried...

rating market consolidates as European agencies merge - news

Two of the largest socially responsible investment rating agencies in continental Europe have merged. Brussels-based Ethibel and Paris-based Vigeo have joined forces to create the...

bank sets up forest programme - news

A programme has been set up by the Development Bank of the Philippines to support and encourage the forestation of open and denuded areas through by establishing high-value fruit trees and other...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

health programmes 'are key part of social responsibility' - news

UK companies are to be urged by Business in the Community to introduce more healthy-living programmes for their employees as part of their general corporate responsibility efforts. A new Bitc...

the EC needs to stop worrying about its critics and get on with the job - news

Five years ago this month, the European Commission announced that corporate social responsibility would become one of the priority areas within its Social Policy Agenda, playing an important part...

Asian taskforce holds first meeting - news

The first meeting of the Asia Pacific Task Force Outreach Group was held by conference call in April. The group is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, a...

Laos dam project gets go ahead - news

The controversial Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric dam in Laos is finally to go ahead with loans of $1billion (£540m) from nine international and seven Thai banks. After ten years of environmental and...

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Forty companies working in Argentina have come together to improve access to information technology for poor people. Banco de la Nación Argentina, Carrefour, Intel, Microsoft and Telefónica de...

business 'needs to tackle poverty' - news

A bigger contribution from the private sector will be vital to economic growth and poverty reduction throughout Asia and the Pacific, an Asian Development Bank conference was told in Manila, the...

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A not-for-profit organization is to promote sustainable investment in emerging markets. Zurich-based VantagePoint’s first task will be to create a venture capital fund to make financial and...

how a little togetherness may help firms fight poverty - news

EP talks to the head of the Shell Foundation about its plans to act as a catalyst for ‘pro-poor’ initiatives on the part of large companies in developing countries Like others in the corporate...

UK university founds research centre - news

A CSR research centre has been set up by Bath University in the UK. The Centre for Business, Organizations and Society aims to study ‘the relationship between corporations and the societies within...

Standard Chartered Bank beefs up its structure - news

One of the world’s leading international banks has stepped up its commitment to CSR by creating a board-level Corporate Responsibility and Community Partnership Committee to sit alongside its three...

China gets responsible business forum - news

The China Business Leaders' Forum (CBLF) has been formed with an emphasis on business transparency, guiding managers on transparent trading, exchanging knowledge and information, and helping the...

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Financial services companies have been told they can contribute significantly to development in Africa by increasing their range of loans for small and medium-sized enterprises. A new study,...

index fever mounts as Brazil joins rising band - news

Brazil is to get its own sustainability index this summer. The benchmark, being set up by Bovespa, the Brazilian stock exchange, is expected to be introduced in July or August as the Brazilian...

ethical champions take strain at Allied Domecq - news

The UK spirits and wines distributor Allied Domecq has brought together a group of ‘ethical champions’ inside the company as part of its effort to embed ethical trading principles throughout the...

De Beers adds ethical conditions to contracts - news

The marketing arm of the world’s largest diamond company is now including specific ethical provisions in contracts with companies that supply it with stones. The Diamond Trading Company (DTC),...

church keeps hard line on alcohol sector - news

The Church of England is to maintain its policy of not investing in brewers, distillers and operators of bars and pubs. The church’s main investing bodies – the Church Commissioners, the Central...

Laos project gets go ahead - news

Finance for a huge hydroelectric dam in Laos has been recommended by the World Bank advisory panel despite an undercurrent of environmental objection. The total cost of the Nam Theun 2...

forestry firm under pressure from Citigroup - news

A large Malaysian forestry company has been warned by its bank that it must meet better environmental standards or face being dropped as a customer. Chuck Prince, chief executive of Citigroup,...

Singapore pinpoints future CSR leaders - news

Singapore Management University is to hand-pick about 50 of its 1000 undergraduates every year to be trained as ‘socially conscious business leaders’. The students will follow a scholars’...

norms face long hard battle even to see the light of day - news

This month the United Nations reconsiders the future of a document that sets out accepted behaviour for multinationals. EP looks at what is likely to happen Agreement is rarely achieved in the...

investors pick brokers for SRI bonuses - news

Seven brokerage houses have now been chosen by a mainstream institutional investors’ group to receive a financial incentive for providing research on companies’ social and environmental...

tsunami prompts best practice advice - news

Advice to corporates on best practice response to disasters is being developed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami....

inbrief - news

Christopher Wells of ABN AMRO-Banco Real in Brazil has been appointed chair of a Latin American Task Force run by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. The nine-strong...

CSR leaders must back regulation, says Nobel Prize winner - news

A Nobel Prize-winning economist has called on companies that are corporate responsibility leaders to press for regulation in the field. Joseph Stiglitz, former adviser to US president Bill...

inbrief - news

Rainforest Action Network has won this year’s Triple Bottom Line Investing Award for the organization whose efforts have best furthered the cause of sustainable investment. The US-based NGO was...

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Banks operating in Africa have been urged to create a set of ‘African principles’ to guide and encourage sustainable banking practices. The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, which...

getting consultation right is what counts, not meeting the deadline - news

Timetables for bringing in new policies slip for lots of reasons – good and bad. Recently, the schedules for two important elements in the framework of voluntary initiatives that seek to promote...

more time given to look at Equator Principles - news

The International Finance Corporation has decided to extend the period of consultation on the Equator Principles, in the face of criticism from industry and pressure groups that it has not allowed...

inbrief - news

A UK firm has set up an advice service for institutional investors wanting to put money into the renewable energy sector. New Energy Finance says its service will provide ‘information,...

World Bank ponders changes - news

The World Bank’s private sector lending arm will re-evaluate proposed changes to its social and environmental policies next month amid suggestions that it is trying to dilute them. The...

new body will raise research standards - news

An international trade association has been formed to promote higher professional standards in CSR research. The Association for Independent Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Research...

ABN Amro places CSR at heart of its business - news

One of Europe’s largest banks has reorganized its head office to put more resources into its social and environmental performance. Netherlands-based ABN Amro has created a dedicated sustainable...

Asia fares poorly in new index - news

Korea has taken 40th place among 50 countries in a CSR index rating by Danish research institute The Copenhagen Centre, and the UK-based CSR institute Accountability. Korea's was one of several...

inbrief - news

Greece’s second largest bank, Alpha, has signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, which helps financial services...

‘world class’ network to show how it’s done - news

Nine multinationals have formed a CSR-focused alliance called the Global Leadership Network. 3M, Cargill, Diageo, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, IBM,...

investors begin work on global principles - news

Major institutional investors around the world are to develop a set of global principles for responsible investment. The investors will refer to the principles when...

Spanish bank signs principles - news

Banco Bilbao Viscaya Argentaria has become the first Spanish bank to adopt the Equator Principles, which set out social and environmental criteria for major lending...

Angola opens up on oil - news

Sustained pressure on governments to disclose how much revenue they receive from extractive companies appears to have borne fruit with a decision by Angola to reveal...

NGO uses Citigroup as lever for change - news

The two largest financial services companies in the US have now agreed to put in place lending criteria on issues such as climate change and biodiversity, following a...

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Two African banks have signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. Nedbank and the Development Bank of South Africa join about 200...

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Anne Copeland Chiu has been appointed environmental and social specialist for the International Finance Corporation in the Asia Pacific region. Previously Copeland...

French sustainability funds grow rapidly - news

The value of French funds managed along socially responsible investment lines more than doubled in 2003 and is now above €2.8bn ($3.5bn, £1.9bn), according to...

Unep merges CSR finance initiatives - news

Two corporate responsibility initiatives run for the financial sector by the United Nations have merged. The United Nations Environment Programme Financial...

inbrief - news

Barclays Bank is to help provide local sports facilities as part of its UK community investment programme. The £10million-a-year ($17m) Spaces for Sports scheme will...

Equator Principles gather momentum - news

Mizuho has become the first Japanese bank to adopt the Equator Principles, a set of voluntary guidelines for assessing social and environmental risks when financing...

inbrief - news

Three asset management companies have won a new award recognizing outstanding examples of corporate activity in socially responsible investment. Rabobank Group...

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The International Finance Corporation is to discuss with commercial banks whether to include human rights in its voluntary guidelines for assessing the social and...

socially responsible investors are barking up the wrong tree - news

Do good companies do well? A lot hangs on this beguilingly simple question. If it could be shown that socially responsible companies perform better over time than those...

Imperial to report in 2004 - news

A second international tobacco company is to compile a social report. Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth largest, expects to publish its first CSR document early next...

SA banks take bold step on black empowerment - news

South Africa’s banks and financial institutions have devised a groundbreaking empowerment charter that aims to pass control of at least a quarter of the sector to...

inbrief - news

Research into SRI practice in Asian countries is to be carried out by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia with funding from the...

inbrief - news

Columbia Business School is to integrate ethics teaching throughout its core MBA course curriculum from September. Meyer Feldberg, who is dean of the business school,...

investors can help companies to win the licence to operate - news

At first glance, some people might think the silly season has started early. Mainstream investors are lining up to support initiatives to make the world a better place. Ten...

G8 leaders tie their colours to CSR mast - news

Heads of the world’s largest economies have said they intend to encourage companies to behave in a more socially responsible fashion. They will support...

banks agree new loan guidelines - news

Ten banks from leading financial centres have agreed voluntary guidelines for assessing social and environmental risks when financing development projects. The banks,...

Starbucks takes long view on coffee farmer contracts - news

Starbucks has dramatically increased the number of long-term contracts it signs with developing-country coffee growers in an attempt to provide them with a more secure living....

inbrief - news

CDC Capital has signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s finance initiative on sustainable development. The UK-based group, which provides capital...

Innovest puts price on risk - news

An audit facility that helps fund managers assess the ‘carbon risks’ within their portfolios has been launched by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. The...

Desjardins joins the club - news

Desjardins Group, the sixth largest financial institution in Canada, has signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s finance initiative on sustainability....

tax boost for investing in community - news

A tax break for companies that invest in disadvantaged communities has come into force in the UK. Corporate and individual investors who put their money into small...

why Bitc wants more from its members - news

One of the world’s oldest business responsibility bodies is asking its members to make much greater efforts on CSR. EP talks to Business in the Community’s chairman, David Varney, about...

59 make Burma’s ‘clean list’ - news

A ‘clean list’ of 59 companies that have explicitly refused to invest in or source from Burma has been published by a pressure group campaigning for a return to...

finance sector gets social performance indicators - news

Social performance indicators for financial institutions have been set out in a supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative’s guidelines on sustainability reporting....

CSR academy idea under study in UK - news

A corporate social responsibility academy to train practitioners and award qualifications is being considered by the UK government. A working group has been set up by the...

Unep finance initiatives will weed out ‘free-riders’ - news

The United Nations is to tighten membership requirements for its two finance industry sustainability initiatives in an attempt to discourage ‘free-riders’ who sign...

time for financial firms to lift the agency veil - news

Lenders need to apply social and environmental screens to the projects they finance to minimize reputational risk, says Alan Banks As SRI investment techniques...

Exxon shifts on climate change - news

ExxonMobil has softened its stance on global warming. In an advertisement in the New York Times the US oil company has conceded that ‘the risk of climate change...

9/11 boosts CSR awareness - news

Chief executives claim they are thinking more about corporate social responsibility but not many are devoting more money or resources to it, according to research in the US....

inbrief - news

A partial privatization of the UK’s state-run Commonwealth Development Corporation has been shelved until further notice due to the decline in world stock markets. CDC Capital...

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Tobacco company Brown & Williamson and finance firm Lehman Brothers Holdings are among 13 companies named in lawsuits filed by African-American slave descendants demanding...

Westpac in reporting first - news

Westpac has become the first Australian bank to publish a social report. The document uses social performance indicators created by Westpac with nine financial...

financial firms ready to unveil ethical guidelines - news

More best practice guidance for the financial services sector is to be unveiled next month. The ‘Forge Two’ corporate social responsibility management and reporting...

inbrief - news

The business case for corporate social responsibility is just as strong for companies in the developing world as it is elsewhere, a report argues. Developing value:...

ethics score low in CEO comments - news

An analysis of nearly 20,000 articles in the UK press suggests that chief executives of large companies spend around five per cent of their time making public pronouncements...

new code for financial sector - news

Eleven European companies and investment institutions have signed a set of seven principles intended to clarify how financial markets can encourage sustainable development....

inbrief - news

Nestle is supporting a community health programme that aims to check the spread of HIV/Aids in Africa. The Swiss food group is giving CHF3million, ($1.9m, £1.3m) over three...

inbrief - news

Vodafone has brought the community investment work of its subsidiaries under a single umbrella. The newly-created Vodafone Group Foundation will receive £10million ($14.7m) this...

hopes are high as Timms becomes CSR minister - news

The business world has welcomed the appointment of Stephen Timms as the UK government’s new corporate social responsibility minister. Timms, who was appointed to replace...

inbrief - news

Organizations offering loans and other financial services to small businesses and community projects in poor parts of the UK now have their own trade association. The...

inbrief - news

A loophole in UK law that has allowed companies to claim tax relief on bribes paid to foreign officials when bidding for overseas contracts is to be closed by a clause added to...

new group aims to help Africa - news

A new group has been set up to help companies make a greater social and environmental contribution to Africa. Business for Africa, which was launched at the recent United...

reshaping the political influence of companies - news

The ethics of corporate giving to political causes face a new test as changes in the UK law bring new opportunities for political influence BP’s announcement at the...

inbrief - news

A global roundtable meeting on finance and sustainability is to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 14-15 March. The two-day event is organized by the United Nations...

BP offers help to East Timor - news

A scheme to help raise living standards in East Timor has been launched by BP in conjunction with the Save the Children Fund and the United Nations Development Programme....

inbrief - news

The United Nations Environment Programme is to hold its annual global roundtable meeting on finance and sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 14-15 March.

challenging the banks on their lending policies - news

Commercial and investment banks need to broaden the range of risks they consider when assessing asset finance deals, says Alan Banks We all know that, despite the...

inbrief - news

A UK government unit has been set up to ‘promote and develop business with a social purpose’. The Social Enterprise Unit, launched by Douglas Alexander, minister for corporate...

export agency looks at ethics - news

Canada’s Export Development Corporation (EDC) is to set up an advisory council to look at corporate social responsibility. The seven-strong council will meet twice a year...

sustainable finance principles launched - news

City investment managers and NGO representatives meet this month to begin work on the London Principles for Sustainable Finance. The principles are backed by the...

call for local auditors - news

Companies should switch to using local non-governmental organizations and workers’ groups to carry out supply chain monitoring in developing nations rather than western...

inbrief - news

Companies to be included in the FTSE4Good index series will be named on 10 July. The independent advisory committee, after some delay, has decided to exclude tobacco...

reporters are told: ‘don’t gloss over your failings’ - news

Too many companies are glossing over thorny issues in their social and environmental reports, a social accounting expert has said. Carol Adams, professor at Glasgow...

bank claims ethics can pay - news

The Co-operative Bank has broken new ground in the field of corporate social responsibility by putting a figure on the business benefit of its ethical policies. The...

inbrief - news

The private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, is to include corporate governance clauses in future loan agreements with companies in...

The Co-operative Bank is best social reporter - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the main prize in the UK’s second annual Social Reporting Awards. The bank was judged to have produced the best social report last year....

tests begin on charter for small companies - news

Auditors have begun testing an ethical business charter that will encourage social responsibility among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project, set up...

companies need help to tackle the challenge of global warming - news

At first sight, the most authoritative annual survey of UK companies’ environmental management and performance makes pretty depressing reading. When it comes to taking action...

companies get help on regeneration plan - news

Businesses are to be offered advice this month on how they are expected to contribute to the UK government’s latest plans to regenerate deprived neighbourhoods. Free...

plan to launch venture fund - news

Two companies that launched the UK’s first ethical venture capital trust are to set up another. The Pennine Downing Ethical VCT raised $14.5million (£10m) and now has...

inbrief - news

A new book on how banks can contribute to sustainable development is available from Greenleaf Publishing. Sustainable banking: the greening of finance has been...

making regeneration part of social responsibility - news

A new report, from a taskforce first announced by Gordon Brown, the chancellor, in February 2000, is likely to prompt businesses of all sizes and sectors to consider a review...

EC considers SRI directive - news

Pressure is growing on the European Union to produce a directive that would force pension funds to disclose their policy on socially responsible investment (SRI)....

companies sluggish on risks strategy - news

UK listed companies appear to be acting slowly on a new stock exchange requirement to take account of ethical and environmental risks when developing company policy. A stock...

WBCSD targets finance sector - news

One of the leading business organizations involved in furthering corporate social responsibility has deepened its involvement in the area by planning a new initiative in...

Norway creates SRI fund - news

The Norwegian government has chosen the Ethical Investment Research Service to help it invest a small proportion of its oil revenues along socially responsible lines....

Commonwealth business forum looks at CSR - news

Sessions on social accountability, transparency and corporate governance will take place at this month’s Commonwealth Business Forum. The event in London runs from 18-20 September...

Phillips &Drew strengthens SRI policy - news

Fund manager Phillips & Drew has issued new guidelines on its approach to socially responsible investment (SRI). The guidelines, which have been posted on the web, claim SRI ‘is...

inbrief - news

The Halifax has won an award from Business in the Community's Opportunity Now campaign for companies encouraging workplace equality for women. The UK's largest personal...

stock market now ‘rewards’ greener companies - news

New research has shed fresh light on the link between companies’ environmental performance and their ability to build long-term shareholder value. The work, by an Oxford University...

France targets directors’ pay - news

Plans to curb the level of company directors’ pay have been unveiled in France. Although companies in France do not have to reveal how much their directors are paid, the French...

IT firm to help small business - news

A US information technology company is helping people with low incomes to become ‘internet entrepreneurs’. Andalé, the online auction business management company, is working with...

social bank idea is floated - news

The Post Office is talking to leading UK high street banks about plans to launch a new ‘social bank’. The new bank, which would mainly serve the estimated two million adults in...

new ethics training offer for business executives - news

Three consultancies are coming together to offer business people a vocational training programme linked to the new AA1000 standard on the ethical performance of companies....

e-trade under microscope - news

A year-long inquiry into the social and environmental impact of the growth in e-commerce has been launched by Patricia Hewitt, junior minister at the UK’s Department of Trade...

Citylife plans more bonds - news

The Cambridge-based Citylife social finance organization is hoping to launch new employment bonds in Newcastle and Glasgow. The move follows the success of a similar bond launched...

Cohen to lead new taskforce - news

The chairman of a venture capital company is to head a new search for ways to encourage greater social investment by businesses. Ronald Cohen of Apax Partners will lead the Social...

EC offers €2million to support codes of conduct - news

Around £1.2million of European Commission money has been made available to support and encourage the development of codes of conduct. The cash will come from a €10mn...

UK banks urged to share their branches - news

The UK’s high street banks have been urged to set up ‘multi-banks’ and agency arrangements with post offices to counteract financial exclusion caused by the increase in branch...

green firms 'fare better' - news

Further evidence of a positive link between shareholder value and sound environmental performance has been furnished by a new study from the international conservation organization WWF....

Barclays unveils first social review - news

Barclays has become the latest UK high street bank to produce a social report. The 30-page document, billed by Barclays as ‘the first comprehensive review of our approach...

banks to come under scrutiny - news

The attitudes of UK banks to ethnic minority businesses are to be investigated in a two year study. The study, which will begin in January, will be carried out by the...

business told: prepare for new era - news

The London Stock Exchange has told company boards they will have to begin taking social, ethical and environmental matters into account when assessing risks. Paul Geradine, the...

ethical VCT is first into the UK market - news

The UK’s first ‘ethical’ venture capital trust (VCT) is being launched in early October. The Pennine Downing Ethical VCT will invest up to £10 million, primarily in a mix of...

inbrief - news

Royal assent has been given for the partial privatisation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), which was set up in 1948 to invest in developing countries. The...

green light from Turnbull - news

The draft report of the Turnbull committee on corporate governance is to be largely unaltered when published in its final form at the end of September. Committee chair Nigel...

inbrief - news

A new guide to the ins and outs of ethical investment has been published by Pearson Education. The Ethical Investor – Making Gains with Values is written by the finance...

inbrief - news

A new employment bond designed to tackle joblessness in Sheffield has raised more than £1 million. The Citylife social finance organization, which set up the bond with...

UN challenges finance houses - news

A United Nations undersecretary has challenged all insurance companies to produce environmental reports as soon as possible. Klaus Topfler told the annual conference of the...

new first for NatWest - news

NatWest has produced its first ever combined social and environmental report. The Social Impact Review, believed to be the first of its kind by a UK high street bank, brings...

Bank of Scotland’s experience holds lessons for all companies - news

The collapse of the joint venture between Bank of Scotland and Pat Robertson, the US TV evangelist, clearly illustrates the dangers of appraising a new business venture on financial...

Aberdeen plumps for new pension fund idea - news

A new ethical investment model is to be pioneered by Friends Ivory & Sime (FIS) on a £20 million pension fund portfolio for Aberdeen City Council. Fund managers at FIS, which was...

banks told to listen to black customers - news

UK financial institutions should be doing more to help ethnic minority businesses, the Bank of England has said. A special investigation by the Bank has concluded that ethnic...

inbrief - news

A new website offering information on ethical investment has been set up by the UK Social Investment Forum. The site, at www.uksif.org , also covers social banking and...

poor want high street banks to help out - news

Financially excluded communities in the UK want high street banks, not alternative organizations, to provide them with community banking facilities, a new study has found....

Turnbull focuses on risk - news

UK companies are likely to have to take social, environmental and ethical matters into account when they assess business risks and report on them more fully in annual...

inbrief - news

Institutional pension funds are to be advised on how to take a more ethical stance in a new report commissioned by the Wallace Global Fund, a US specialist in finance and sustainable development....

CDC for sale next century - news

Partial privatisation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation is at least two years away, according to officials. The CDC was set up as a statutory corporation in 1948 to invest...

new bonds will help unemployed - news

Bradford & Bingley and the Midland Bank have lent their backing to a new ‘employment bond’ scheme designed to tackle joblessness in deprived areas of Sheffield. The bonds,...

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Cambridge-Hitachi - directory

Cambridge-Hitachi, a Cambridge University Press company, delivers digital learning resources to help you implement your CSR objectives within the education sector – from Primary to Further...

David Gardiner & Associates, LLC - directory

David Gardiner & Associates: Forging Solutions to Climate and Energy Challenges David Gardiner & Associates helps solve the energy and climate challenges facing today’s...

Good Business - directory

For over a decade, we have provided responsible business consultancy services to leading companies across the world (most recently including Barclays, Coca Cola, E.ON, Fiat, GSK, Innocent,...

Free briefing: Targeting the climate change conundrum - reports

Ethical Corporation releases complimentary edition of the 40-page May Magazine featuring key climate change briefings on city profiling and the 3-pronged renewables revolution.

Bloomberg Publishes 2016 Impact Report - reports

Bloomberg published its eighth Impact Report, which highlights the integration of sustainability into our products, communities and operations, as well as the progress we’ve made towards...

Citi Releases 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi today released its  2016 Global Citizenship Report , highlighting efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. The report is...

Olam International combines financial and sustainability reporting to highlight importance of creating holistic value - reports

Olam International has merged its Annual Report with its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report for the first time, reflecting the interdependence of economic, social and...

Scotiabank showcases progress on CSR strategy: Better Future, Better Off - reports

Scotiabank published its  2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report, Investing in Progress , as well as a  new CSR website  today. In this report Scotiabank...

Barclays shares first year results of Shared Growth Ambition - reports

Today, Barclays published its annual Citizenship performance in the  Barclays PLC Annual Report 2016 . 

VisionFund International, Microfinance Network – Social Performance Report - reports

VisionFund International, World Vision's network of over 30 microfinance institutions across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, presents its 2016 Social Performance Report.

Integrating SDGs into business strategy – complimentary briefing - reports

If the Sustainable Development Goals are to be met, business will have to play a major role. The UNDP programme says ‘Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private...

Westpac Group continues strong sustainability track record in 2016 - reports

For almost 200 years, one enduring principle has always guided Westpac Group as it has grown and adapted with the Australian nation:  the Bank can only do well if its customers and...

Canary Wharf Group Reports 8.5% Reduction in Emissions Over Last 3 Years - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in four key areas: Making Great Places; Pioneering Innovation; Promoting Inclusive...

NBAD publishes its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ - reports

NBAD has released its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ covers NBAD’s progress during the 2015 calendar year.

Nationwide Building Society reports on year four of its citizenship strategy - reports

Society set to exceed five year targets early In 2012, Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, launched Living on your side, a five-year citizenship strategy which brings to...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia this week issued its Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, which provides an overview of the long-term value created for its stakeholders during the 2016 financial...

Orange publishes its first integrated annual report - reports

Orange has chosen to issue an “Integrated Annual Report” for the first time, which invites shareholders but also any stakeholder to consider the CSR aspect of its strategy. It aims...

The Crown Estate announces annual results - reports

The Crown Estate’s annual report and accounts for 2015/16, the organisation’s fourth integrated report, continues to show innovation in reporting and is a visible commitment that...

State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitments to Strengthening Local Communities, Protecting the Environment and Promoting Responsible Investing - reports

State Street’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights how corporate responsibility is infused across our strategy. By investing with impact, protecting the environment and making...

Encouraging tomorrow – Allianz’ Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

“How can we ensure safety and progress in the midst of a transformation characterized by geopolitical tensions, our ageing societies, climate change, and digitalization? We can only do it...

TD Bank Group Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week TD released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Adapting to be the bank you need, showcasing the bank's commitment to serving the changing needs of its customers, employees,...

2015 Citi Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi’s 2015 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. It provides many examples of how...

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

IDB Invests $3.8 billion in Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change projects

Standard Chartered launches its 2015 Annual Report - reports

The Bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded across the Annual Report, reinforcing the Bank’s commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business.

Provident Financial plc Publishes its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Provident Financial recently published its 2014 corporate responsibility (CR) report; the company’s fourteenth such report. The report sets out the CR performance in relation to Provident...

Workday Publishes its 2015 Global Impact Report - reports

Workday, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, recently published its 2015 Global Impact Report. The report details Workday’s sustainable...

New Sustainability Webinar Series from SGS - reports

The Webinar Series is composed of webinars which are designed to help organizations succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the...

RZB Group publishes Sustainability Report 2014 – “Fit for the future through sustainability” - reports

The fifth edition of RZB’s Sustainability Report highlights the importance of the sustainable aspects of business, the environment, employees and society for the Group. Furthermore the...

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Citi's 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts to enable economic progress in communities around the world.

SGS invites you to join its Sustainability Webinar Series - reports

The webinars are designed to help organizations develop winning sustainability strategies and to support them step-by-step during their implementation.

Standard Chartered launches 2014 Annual Report - reports

The bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded throughout its Annual Report, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business in Asia, Africa and the...

SGS Sustainability & Social Responsibility Webinar Series - reports

The Webinar Series is composed of four webinars which are designed to help organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the...

Piraeus Bank Group publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility remains a strategic investment for Piraeus Bank through which the Bank contributes to the development of the economy and society in every possible way. The Bank’s...

New Webinar Series on Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain - reports

SGS invites you to the Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain Webinar Series.

British Land publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 - reports

British land is the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust on several key corporate responsibility indices and the company is making good progress on its social and environmental commitments.

Citi Issues 2013 Global Citizenship Report - reports

New York – Citi released its 14th Global Citizenship Report, an annual overview addressing the company’s social, environmental and governance achievements and challenges.

Standard Chartered Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered launches its 2013 Sustainability Review, highlighting the Bank’s commitment to promoting economic and social development across the markets where it operates in Asia,...

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Danske Bank Group is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial institutions in northern Europe, with operations in 15 countries

IFRS 9 Europe Implementation Forum 2016 - calendar

IFRS 9 Europe Implementation Forum 2016 Addressing key implementation and challenges and Regulatory uncertainty impacting Finance and Credit Risk professionals...

IFRS Update Course - calendar

  IFRS Update Course 2016 Your complete update of current IFRSs, forthcoming changes and recent amendments to Standards 11 - 12 May 2016 | London Attend...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

Morningstar Institutional Conference - calendar

We invite you to join us at the  Morningstar Institutional Conference  on 17 th  and 18 th  March at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. The conference will explore key...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

Business & Climate Summit 2016 - calendar

London, February 16 – The world’s leading business organizations focused on climate action today announced that the 2016  Business & Climate Summit , the annual forum...

Taking integrated reporting to another level - reports

KLP release their 2011 Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Forum 2015 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

TBLI Conference Nordic 2015 - calendar

This second TBLI CONFERENCE focusing on the NORDIC region will be held in cooperation with Copenhagen Business School. TBLI CONFERENCES offer a wealth of opportunity for networking...

SGS Webinar: Value Chain Risk Management: Emerging Approaches to Global Risk Management in Sustainability - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We begin by defining why a value...

TBLI Conference Asia 2015 - calendar

We are excited to announce TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015, held in cooperation with  INSEAD in Singapore, 29-30 April. TBLI CONFERENCE offers a wealth of opportunity for networking with...

Vodafone Publishes its 2012/13 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainability Report 2012/13 in which they outline their social and economic contribution across their 30 operating countries.

Telefonica Publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - The Future is Commitment - reports

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

TBLI Conference Europe - calendar

We are very much looking forward to returning to The Netherlands for our 18th European event: TBLI CONFERENCE™ EUROPE 2014 will take place on 28 & 29 October 2014 in Amsterdam,...

Citi Publishes 2012 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 13th annual Global Citizenship Report today.

Creating a Value Chain Risk Management System to Safeguard Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We develop a risk based management...

"The Ruggie Principles" - The UN's Principles on Business & Human Rights - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the “Ruggie Principles” and how organizations are considering them in their implementation of good practice in sustainability...

Responsible Sourcing from Emerging Nations - Focus on Africa & Middle East - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the issues and risks in responsible sourcing practices across Africa and the Middle East. As organizations increase their scope of sourcing...

Latest Issues in Forced & Bonded Labour in the Workplace – and Risk to Corporate Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to explore the contemporary issues around forced and bonded labour, and focus on key issues that relate to this treatment of labour and on migrant...

TBLI Conference Nordic 2014 - calendar

“Connecting The Dots”   TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2014 offers a unique platform to learn about sustainable investing, discuss developments and engage with new business...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Standard Chartered launches its 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

The Financial Times Global Renewable Energy Summit: Transforming the Energy Paradigm - calendar

The renewables industry has reached a fundamentally new stage in its development. The cost of some renewable technologies - wind and solar in particular - has fallen to a level which has seen...

Carbon Forum Asia 2013 - calendar

In its eighth edition this year, the CARBON FORUM ASIA Trade Fair and Conference, organized by Koelnmesse and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), continues to strengthen its...

GRI's Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting - calendar

Growth and prosperity depend on our ability to meet today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Climate change, resource scarcity, financial corruption, human rights abuses: these...

Corporate Social Impact Conference - calendar

In today’s world corporate philanthropy is broadening to include a wide range of stakeholders – effective partnerships can accelerate impact and lead to longer term social change....

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference and Awards 2013 - calendar

The world faces not only persistent economic and financial uncertainty but also unparalleled resource constraints that are putting pressure on social and environmental systems, particularly in...

Building a sustainable RBS - reports

RBS is changing for the better. The launch of RBS’s annual Sustainability Report is an important milestone – it allows the company to demonstrate its commitment to being open and transparent...

Citi has published its 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 12th annual Global Citizenship Report today. The report covers the bank's performance in its social and environmental priority areas, informed by two centuries of experience in...

Updated 2012 online-course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector - calendar

With record levels of greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, and record levels of weather-related impacts, costs and financial losses, we know climate change is here to stay, and to only become...

Strategies for clear ESG communications to Responsible Investors - calendar

A two-day executive training seminar for CSR, Risk, and Investor Relations professionals who want to better engage SRI analysts and, most importantly, mainstream investors with a long term...

Standard Chartered publishes its 2011 Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered launches its sixth annual Sustainability Review, setting out how it has delivered on its strategy to provide a strong return for shareholders, while creating social and...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its...

Linklaters launches fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Linklaters' fourth annual corporate responsibility (CR) report has revealed that the firm has helped social ventures generate £7.5m worth of investment, through the innovative use of structured...

Finance & CSR - reports

A complimentary briefing pack from Ethical Corporation

Business Sustainability Programme - calendar

BSP is an e-learning programme designed to raise awareness of the business case for corporate responsibility (CR) developed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW),...

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards - calendar

The FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, the major global awards for environmentally and socially responsible banking and investment, now in their seventh year, have attracted 161 entries from 145...

Renewable Energy Finance Forum - calendar

Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street is renowned throughout the industry as the meeting place for financiers, investors and renewable energy project developers to network, strike deals and...

The World Green Summit - calendar

The World Green Summit (WGS) is a new annual high-level forum committed to progressing sustainable development...

Impact Investing 2012 - calendar

Investments for profit, people and the planet With some experts predicting a ten-fold increase in impact  investments to $500 billion by 2014 (1% of all managed assets), this...

Environmental Bonds 2012 - Capital markets and the green economy - calendar

Following the success of Environmental Bonds 2011 and 2012 in London Environmental Finance Publications is pleased to be bringing the conference to New York on 23 May.  Attend to review the...

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has released its 2010 Sustainability Report.

Brazil Wind Energy Conference (BWEC) 2012 - calendar

BWEC, 2-3 April 2012, is a high level platform for professionals in wind generation and equipment manufacture, policy makers and investors to discuss the future potential of the wind business in...

Join the live discussion: 2011 Creating Shared Value Forum - reports

On May 19, Nestlé and the Atlantic Council will host the 2011 Creating Shared Value Forum in Washington D.C., USA. Panel discussions will focus on the challenges and opportunities of nutrition,...

Wall Street Green Summit XI - calendar

The Wall Street Green Summit XI is a long running environmental finance event held in New York City. This year’s summit will feature many speakers on renewable energy finance, cleantech venture...

Citi releases Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi’s 11th annual Global Citizenship Report (released today) provides “the evidence that we are not only fulfilling our commitments but willing to talk about the considerable challenges we...

Environmental Bonds 2012 - Capital markets and the green economy - calendar

The 2nd annual Environmental Bonds conference will review the growing interest in this market from both the public and private sector and assess its potential to attract billions of dollars of new...

ASrIA Briefing: The Future of Sustainable Finance - A PRI Perspective - calendar

ASrIA in conjunction with PRI invites you to a discussion on global and regional initiatives with spotlights on the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and Asia Investor Group on...

RBS publishes eigth annual Sustainability Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its eighth annual Sustainability Report - Building a sustainable RBS. For RBS, sustainability means focusing on our customers' needs, operating...

Standard Chartered 2010 Sustainability Review - reports

In its fifth annual Sustainability Review, released today, Standard Chartered sets out how it has delivered on its strategy to provide a strong return for shareholders, while creating social...

How to Embed Sustainability into your Bank- A passport to long-term viability and success - calendar

Attend our practical 2 day conference delivering all the facts, best practice examples, case studies and insights you need to fully embed sustainability into your company. Hear from senior level...

Impact Investing 2011 - calendar

Investments for profit, people and the planet With some experts predicting a ten-fold increase in impact investments to $500 billion by 2014 (1% of all managed assets), Impact Investing 2011...

The Carbon Show 2011 - calendar

Gain the tools to allow your organisation to capitalise on clean, green growth at The Carbon Show 2011. As the only show that covers the full life cycle of carbon, The Carbon Show is a must-attend...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its...

2.9 trillion euro needed to deliver low carbon economy in Europe say Barclays & Accenture - reports

The banking sector will be pivotal to Europe's low carbon transition, and will finance and intermediate the vast majority of the 2.9 trillion euro capital required to implement low carbon...

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. More than 600...

Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability 2011 - calendar

This promises to be an important year for the forestry sector internationally, and particularly for forestry finance initiatives. The UN has declared 2011 to be the International Year of Forests...

Low Carbon Investment in Asia Briefing Event - calendar

The briefing is a culmination of an 18-month project implemented by ASrIA to examine climate change issues relevant to investment in select industries in Asia and the implications of moving towards...

Environmental Bonds 2011 - calendar

Green bonds - the next environmental asset class? At this highly-interactive conference an expert panel of speakers will review and explain the latest thinking on how the bond market could help...

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit 2011 - calendar

The Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit 2011 is the first UK event to present an holistic view of sustainable procurement: considering the need to balance environmental, social, ethical and...

Wall Street Green Summit X - calendar

The Wall Street Green Summit X is the annual conference in New York dedicated to environmental finance. The conference covers renewable energy finance, carbon trading and finance, SRI...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest CR report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest corporate responsibility report. It is the new Group's first CR report, setting out how it is delivering on its obligations to its key stakeholders,...

World Climate Summit - calendar

Following the approval of the Copenhagen Accord at the UNFCCC COP 15, there is now a need to accelerate solutions to mitigate climate change. Fortunately, many of these business, finance and...

Climate Finance 2010 - calendar

Attend this ground-breaking event for a full insight into the innovative tools being developed to deliver a dramatic increase in funding for low-carbon development.  Carbon markets play a...

National Ethical Investment Week - calendar

National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) is a campaign to ensure that everyone knows that they have green and ethical options when it comes to their finance and investment decisions. Visit...

TBLI Conference - calendar

In existence for over 10 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences, in Europe as well as Asia. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to...

H&M releases “Style & Substance” Sustainability Report 2009 - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, the Swedish fashion retailer, has published "Style & Substance", its sustainability report for 2009.

Barclays PLC publishes 2009 Responsible Banking Review - reports

Barclays has published its 2009 Responsible Banking Review. The Review looks in detail at how Barclays has managed key issues during 2009 - and sets out how it will measure performance in the...

Renewable Energy World Conf & Expo North America - calendar

The event leading the renewable industry for the 7th straight year. More than 30 educational conference sessions in 8 highly technical conference tracks covering Biomass, Policy Market &...

Standard Chartered 2009 Sustainability Review - reports

The Standard Chartered 2009 Sustainability Review is now available

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit IX - calendar

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit IX is the “one-stop shop” to come up to speed on the latest developments in Green Trading and Finance. Latest Innovations In Carbon Trading & Finance...

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2009 CR report - reports

The Danske Bank Group has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility report. The 2009 report is prepared in accordance with the G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, GRI level B. For 2009 the...

3rd US Carbon Finance Forum - calendar

The US Carbon Finance Forum is the most comprehensive industry event in North America connecting over 150 senior executives from climate policy, carbon markets, energy security, low carbon...

Carbon Finance North America 2009 - calendar

Henry Waxman and Ed Markey's new American Clean Energy and Security Act would introduce aggressive caps on emissions of greenhouse gases.  But it remains to be seen how a mandatory federal...

EU Emissions Trading 2009 - calendar

Attend this high-profile conference, produced by Environmental Finance Publications, to hear top emissions trading specialists share their knowledge of how to maximise opportunities in Phase II,...

UNEP FI 2009 Global Roundtable 'Financing change, Changing finance' - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. From 22-23...

Project Risk Symposium 2009 – ‘The new rules of the game’ - calendar

The volatility in the current environment has changed the perception and nature of project risks. This requires new and innovative instruments to manage them. Project Risk Symposium 2009 is...

Nationwide releases CR report 'More Than Just Words' - reports

The Nationwide Corporate Responsibility Summary Report 'More than Just Words' is now available

The 8th Annual Wall Street Green Trading Summit - calendar

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental market event in the industry. The 8th WSGTS covers cutting edge content, industry developments and...

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

RBS publishes sixth Annual Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its sixth annual report on the approach taken to responsible business, under the new name of the RBS Sustainability Report. The report addresses the...

IFC performance standards, equator principles and extractives - calendar

Advanced insights into and application of the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles and EBRD Performance Requirements to develop bankable ESIAs and secure project finance and political risk...

Clear profit 08 - calendar

Clear Profit's 3rd annual conference is a unique chance to form ideas together with leaders in investor and business responsibility. A carefully-designed programme, drawing on six years of...

Standard Chartered 2008 Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered 2008 Sustainability Review is now available.

The Third Annual Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 - calendar

Think you've heard it all before and couldn't possibly gain anything from another conference? Well here's just four of the things that makes the Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 different -and...

Business in the Community's Annual Conference - calendar

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre In association with BT, Company of the Year 2007 Discover what businesses need to exist in tomorrow's marketplace. Keynote insights and predictions from:...

The ABN AMRO Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, plans to speed up and extend integration of sustainability into its mainstream business, according to its third sustainability report,...

ABN Amro produces its fourth sustainability report - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, is mainstreaming and integrating sustainability into its core business, according to its fourth sustainability report, published today

GLOBE 2008 International Conference and Trade Fair - calendar

"Accelerating business & sustainable development strategies" This series of events is dedicated to bringing together professionals from the environment sector. Every two years, corporate...

The Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group's Corporate Responsibility Report 2004, published today in print and online, provides an insight into how the bank is trying to make sure its financial returns...

Third Corporate Responsibility Report for RBS - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its third Corporate Responsibility Report

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Barclays plc today publishes its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility report, available online and in pdf form

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 2007 Global Roundtable - calendar

‘Awareness to Action’: Sustainable finance for today's global markets The UNEP FI 2007 Global Roundtable, the event that sets the sustainable finance agenda for the coming years, is heading...

Barclays launches its eighth CR Report - reports

Barclays has launched its eighth CR Report entitled Corporate Responsibility Report 2006 (Sustainable Banking)

Fredericks Microfinance Conference and Awards Lunch at the London Stock Exchange - calendar

sponsored by The LSE and McGraw-Hill Held on July 13th at the London Stock Exchange, the conference will address the relationship between subsidized microfinance and commercial...

TBLI Conference 2007 - calendar

TBLI is the world's largest annual international learning and networking event on sustainable investment. During the two-day event, the latest developments on screening, auditing, reporting, SRI...

Serving Systemic Transformations: The Lifeworth Review of 2005 - reports

A new sense of urgency and confidence is sweeping through the corporate social responsibility community, according to an annual review of CSR trends in 2005.

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2004 focuses on how the bank manages social, environmental and reputational issues through its core business of providing financial services.

Visa supports financial education for youth - bestpractice

The global payments business partners with Junior Achievement Europe to create innovative e-commerce and personal finance programmes. Tom Idle reports…   The digitisation...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Arrow “guides innovation forward” by helping children become the innovators of the future - bestpractice

Arrow takes on the challenge of bringing technology to people with no electricity. Miranda Ingram reports…   Every so often a concept comes along that is so simple and so...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

Fyffes’ CR policies apply best practices that improve business performance — and support employees. Miranda Ingram reports…    It should be a given by now...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

It should be a given by now but is nevertheless worth repeating: good corporate social responsibility is win-win. It doesn’t just protect stakeholders but profits the company too, not...

UBS invests in sustainability for financial and societal return - bestpractice

Banking came into its own in the first industrial revolution. Banks were the intermediaries between the people with money and the ideas and opportunities of the community they served. Now,...

Spending valuable time on financial education - bestpractice

Research by the Money Advice Service maintains that adult habits around money can be formed as early as the age of seven. And in this fast evolving technical age, where the whole, traditional...

Renewable Energy Finance Asia - calendar

Increasing oil prices and concern over energy security are driving the development of renewable energy across Asia, creating exciting opportunities for investors and developers. Renewable...

Taking a responsible approach to change - bestpractice

The origins of financial services were good. Banks, insurance companies and investment houses used the power of the collective to pool and manage money, offering the customer a better deal than...

Keeping model behaviour in vogue - bestpractice

It is the Group’s purpose to establish a number of Model Companies, which cooperate in an exemplary manner. By Model Company we mean a company working with products useful to society,...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Undertaking a sustainability rebuild - bestpractice

The financial crisis of 2008 was quickly followed by a crisis in finance, with some serious incidents of misconduct within the sector coming to light. RBS has featured heavily in the reporting...

Winning partners - bestpractice

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

Ahead in the clouds - bestpractice

Cloud computing is part of Deutsche Telekom’s continuing drive to limit energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In fact, the company is promoting the use of cloud computing and believes the...

Renewable Energy Finance Forum China - calendar

Conference on China's renewable energy market and prospects. High-level input from more than 40 international and Chinese renewable energy and investment experts.

Fair play ensures Lottery maintains nation’s trust - bestpractice

Brits might be being bombarded with enticements to gamble as never before, but Julian Price, Camelot’s head of CR, says: “Our business is about raising money for good causes in a...

A driver of future value - bestpractice

Wearing Well: a struggling clothes and home-ware retailer; losing touch with customers; sales nose-diving; share price dropping. Add to that the question marks over its supply chain, low staff...

Credit where it’s due - bestpractice

The economic growth of developing nations, and the associated improvement in the lives of their populations, is supported through financial inclusion in as much as it is held back by a lack of...

2006 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship - calendar

Following on from last year's sell out event, the 2006 Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship will take place at Said Business School, Oxford University from 29-31 March. Titled; ‘...

RBS launch fifth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its fifth Corporate Responsibility Report.

financing the future - bestpractice

A stunning archipelago of white sandy beaches and sun-drenched countryside, SinAn County is one of South Korea’s best-known holiday destinations. But now the coastal community on the southwest tip...

right tools for the job - bestpractice

Part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people have the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and wellbeing. Yet according to the World Health Organization,...

raising the bar - bestpractice

If asked to name one of the world’s leading dairy farming nations, few westerners would think of Pakistan. Yet dairy farming in this huge country accounts for almost ten per cent of gross...

reaching for the sky - bestpractice

Whatever your take on modern urban architecture, you can’t help but be impressed with HSBC’s new headquarters in Mexico City. Four years in the making, its 36 floors of glistening steel and glass...

building a better future - bestpractice

Ciudad Bolivar is a socially deprived area of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and one of the most densely populated places in the world. Most of the 160,000 houses there have been poorly built by the...

making CSR pay - bestpractice

Traditional staff bonus schemes have usually paid employees in relation to their company’s financial results. But how would it be if end-of-year windfalls took into account non-financial factors...

Fortis next step in sustainable growth - reports

Fortis, an international provider of banking and insurance services with a presence in more than 50 countries, has published its fourth CSR Report.

moving towards integration - bestpractice

Lloyds TSB has developed a way of embedding corporate responsibility throughout its management structure and across all business units. The bank is using an existing management framework that is...

RBS publishes CR Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its fourth Corporate Responsibility Report.

getting online - bestpractice

BT is working with a variety of charitable organizations in the UK to increase access to, and knowledge of, online services. The telecoms provider is focusing its efforts to narrow the digital...

The Sustainable MBA - books

The Sustainable MBA: The Manager’s Guide to Green Business provides the knowledge and tools to help you “green” your job and organization, to turn sustainability talk into action for the...

nurturing biodiversity - bestpractice

British American Tobacco has teamed up with four conservation organizations to protect the richness of the natural world. In addition to funding conservation work, the...

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2nd, Revised and Updated Edition - books

CSR has now moved beyond the stage of specialist or niche subject to become an integral part of global business and society. This timely edition is destined to become the definitive guide to...

The Co-operative Group Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

The Co-operative Group Sustainability Report 2006 is now available online

Sustainable Investing - books

Sustainable Investing is fast becoming the smart way of generating long-term returns. With conventional investors now scrambling to factor in issues such as climate change, this book captures a...

The Business Guide to Sustainability - books

First edition: Winner of Choice Magazine - Outstanding Academic Titles for 2007 Sustainability promises both reduced environmental impacts and real cash savings for any organization, be...

WORKING WITH SUPPLIERS - bestpractice

Marks & Spencer is helping to spread best practice in factories run by its suppliers in Morocco by supporting an educational programme for garment...

WORKING WITH CREDIT UNIONS - bestpractice

Barclays Bank is helping credit unions in the UK to improve their growth prospects in advance of regulation that will make it easier for the financially...

UNEP FI 2005 global roundtable - calendar

The UNEP FI Global Roundtable is recognized as the principal event on sustainability in the finance sector, and attracts over 500 leading professionals each year. The 2005 Roundtable carries on a...

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