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Consumers prefer companies with ethical practices - news

By Brian Collett — Most customers want to know the policies of a business on issues such as tax, hygiene, staff morale and the environment before buying, says a survey by the York-based...

Green & Black’s chocolate launches products with new “Cocoa Life” label - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Green & Black's, the brand which pioneered organic Fairtrade chocolate, is now launching its first UK product without the familiar Fairtrade label. Instead,...

FTSE 100 companies asked to detail diversity policies for UK gov’t by Lady McGregor-Smith - news

By Brian Collett — The UK government has been asked to compel fund managers to request the FTSE 100 companies in which they invest to detail their diversity policies and to say how they...

GoodCorporation issues guide for data protection management as Parliament revises regulation - news

By Brian Collett — Businesses are now being told they should build data protection into their core activities in a guide issued to ensure they satisfy new IT legislation.  ...

UK's big utilities must adapt: new energy report - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Two sustainability non-profits have compiled a report claiming the main energy suppliers, or the "Big Six" of the UK market, need to change their business...

New website links UK small businesses with expert business advice - news

By Vikas Vij — Small businesses and young entrepreneurs in the UK can benefit the most from a wealth of innovative and cutting edge business advice, support and mentoring from business...

Can the power grid handle the increased demand from electric cars? - news

By RP Siegel — There’s an old saying, “be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” True enough, it cautions us to look beyond near-term results. There are those like...

Britain joins the green wave in swearing off combustion engines - news

By RP Siegel — A surprising announcement has come out of London—to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-fueled cars and vans, beginning in the year 2040. The plan was announced...

Sustainable investments deliver higher returns in UK - news

By Vikas Vij — Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions....

Sustainable investments deliver higher returns in UK - news

By Vikas Vij — Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions....

Lloyds hackathon challenge inspires collective citizen impact - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Our societies need thriving young people - children and young adults who want and are able to positively shape the world around them. They need opportunities to...

UK’s first-ever ‘Social Mobility Employer Index’ - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — The UK’s first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index has released its findings - ranking Britain’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they...

New UK Minister hails flourishing cleantech ecosystem - news

By Adam Woodhall — The Rushlight Summer Showcase took place at the Royal Geographical Society, London. Appropriately, the event took us on a journey through the flourishing ecosystem...

Why electric car charging needs some joined up thinking. - news

By Simon Anderson, geo — I have just taken delivery of a Tesla and it is awesome – sorry about the American vernacular but it is appropriate in this case.   I have long...

Brace yourself: get your telecoms and procedures ready for MiFID II - news

By Dave Millett, Equinox — MiFID (The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) applied in the UK from November 2007. Ten years on, in the light of the financial crisis, it’s being...

Housing crisis offers an opportunity to implement electricity demand management - news

By Simon Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer, geo — In my last article for Ethical Performance I outlined what the near future will look like if our demands for electricity outstrip supply...

Winners of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2017 announced - news

Anglian Water have been named one of the most responsible businesses in the UK, along with 16 other companies at the 2017 Responsible Business Awards.   [Pictured: Mark...

Action or belief?  - news

By Adam Woodhall — I’ve asked hundreds of people this question: which comes first, action or belief? The large majority pause, and then say, “Belief”. The reality is,...

Air cleaning technology to be trialed at London bus stops, courtesy of The Body Shop and Airlabs - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Some lucky Londoners who happen to stand at a trio of central London bus stops will see the air around them change for the better. This is thanks to an initiative to...

Record green energy levels not an existential threat to UK utilities - news

By RP Siegel — The future is now, or at least it was on Sunday, June 11th in the UK. That’s because on that day, a combination of bright sunshine and blustery winds, along with...

The future of energy is disruptive - news

By Adam Woodhall — The aim of the recent event ‘Energy Live Future’ was to highlight the cutting edge innovation that is surging through the energy industry. The organisers,...

NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognise the power of family businesses - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Some of the UK’s largest and most successful businesses are family-owned, including some of the country’s most recognisable and well-loved brands. Two...

 Resonance’s social impact mission to invest in ‘Dismantling Poverty’ In Bristol raises £2.1m - news

By Roger Aitken — Social impact investment company Resonance that has pursued a mission over the last fifteen years to “connect capital with social enterprise”, has published...

Growing sustainable business leaders - news

By Mac Macartney — Business leaders across all sectors are feeling the tug, the dip and pull of something deep beneath their feet. A future so uncertain they can no longer ignore it. It is...

How can online companies tackle delivery problems? - news

By James Middleton, Street Stream — Delivery problems have been the bane of the ecommerce market since people started selling online. You can have a website with amazing UX, superb...

M&S to tackle unemployment, skills shortage, and poverty around the UK - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to tackle unemployment, skills shortages and poverty in 10 areas around the UK, as part of a new community...

How do leaders bring purpose to life in organisations? - news

By Sarah Rozenthuler and Edward Rowland — Reimagining how organisations can catalyse broader societal change is an exciting new horizon in business. However, purpose-led leadership...

Getting good guidance  - news

Interview by Adam Woodhall — Ian Joseph has had an eclectic career. He moved from being a pastor to working with those experiencing homelessness and drug addiction, and then took an...

How creating a healthy work force makes all the difference - news

By Deborah Astles, Unipart — Unipart Group is one of Europe’s leading private manufacturing, logistics and consultancy companies and we often get asked how we went about creating our...

LSE’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ recognizes fast growing green enterprises - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange’s latest annual ‘1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain’, has, for the first time, profiled in detail some of the enterprises...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights has been given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited corporate...

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...

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

The National CSR Awards 2017, sponsored by Revive and now in their third year, were held at the impressive Lord’s Cricket Ground last night (18 May) and saw businesses of all sizes...

Leaving nobody behind: the Co-op champions action on the Modern Slavery Act - news

Interview with Paul Gerrard, The Co-op, by Adam Woodhall, Inspiring Sustainability, and Jessica Cresswell, Carbon Smart    The vision     The Co-op has...

Denmaur's recycled "Revive" paper delivers performance with purpose - news

Denmaur Independent Papers, one of the largest paper merchants in the UK, launched Revive, a comprehensive range of recycled papers in April 2016. This was in response to companies and...

What types of businesses benefit from using a cardboard baler? - news

Guest column by QCR  — Essentially, any business that produces waste cardboard could be in a position to warrant a cardboard baler. Balers are manufactured in different sizes and...

Sedentary lifestyle costs UK £1.2bn annually - news

By Sangeeta Waldron —  The British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that lack of exercise across the UK is costing the nation’s health system £1.2 billion a year.  ...

Britain’s hairdressing sector has potential to drive sustainability in communities - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Hairdressing is a sector that talks to more people than any other occupation. With over 40,000 hairdressings, barbering and beauty salons in the UK generating over...

Responsible Business Week: showcasing companies that make a positive impact - news

By Amanda MacKenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community — Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a...

Communities thrive when corporations thrive  - news

Interview with Henry Stoever, CMO, NACD by Tom Idle   According to the National Association of Corporate Directors – whose 17,000 members represent around 98% of the Fortune...

Why electric vehicles are driving us towards demand management - news

By Simon Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer, geo — Without wishing to be dramatic, if something is not done about the demands on the national grid, we are literally in danger of the lights...

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...

A conversation with Sandy Boundy, Communications and CSR Manager at Heineken Ireland - news

From "In Conversation," Business in the Community Ireland —    Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the...

Guides published to help companies deal with human rights - news

  By Brian Collett — Two guides have been issued to help UK companies to understand how to perform their human rights duties and manage complaints.   ...

Clean energy: big savings for your business - news

By Mypower — Commercial solar panel systems allow businesses to operate with their own self-generated clean energy. Solar power is a natural source of energy and its not only sustainable,...

Is the corporate responsibility and sustainability profession just another elite?  - news

By Tom Idle — The recent EU referendum demonstrates the national divides we have in the UK – and  plenty of evidence  shows that we have one of the lowest social...

Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

By James Pitcher — Whitbread is the UK’s largest and fastest growing hospitality company and we have ambitious plans for our two leading brands, Premier Inn and Costa. By 2020, we...

Smart Works guides UK women into the workplace - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Leading up to International Women’s Day, I spoke with Jane Shepherdson (JS), MBE, a leading figure in fashion retail, former CEO of Whistles and prior to that,...

Costa steps up recycling of used cups - news

By Brian Collett —  Costa, Britain’s largest coffee shop chain, has begun a scheme to recycle all its used takeaway cups. The company expects at least 30 million cups will be...

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...

Business chooses long term planning for sustainability - news

By Adam Woodhall — Creating a truly sustainable organisation isn’t something that can realistically be achieved in the average tenure of a FTSE CEO, which is currently 4.6 years....

The Ladybird Book on Climate Change, by HRH Prince Charles, Tony Juniper, and Emily Shuckburgh - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Prince Charles and his special adviser to his International Sustainability Unit, Tony Juniper , have joined forces with Dr. Emily Shuckburgh , OBE, a leading polar...

Sky educates UK consumers about marine trash - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Beach and sea litter is made up of discarded objects, mainly plastics, such as single-use bags and straws that wash up along coastal environments.   ...

Capgemini UK launches ambitious carbon reduction targets - news

By Brian Collett — The UK arm of Capgemini, the global consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider, has set itself two demanding targets for reducing its present annual carbon...

Coca-Cola Great Britain launches deposit return scheme in Scotland - news

Coca-Cola Great Britain is initiating a trial of what it describes as a “well-designed” deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland. The plan builds upon over twenty years of work by the...

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

By Vikas Vi — A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC...

Should the UK private sector align its strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? - news

By Rachel Whale, Founder and CEO, Koreo — The Women’s Marches which took place around the world on January 21st were a reminder of the power of international narratives for social...

Tracking reward matters in interesting times - news

By Peter Brown —  We first ran the Paydata UK Reward Management Survey back in January 2009 in response to the global financial crisis and because our customers kept asking us what...

UK company vehicle fleets focus on reducing emissions - news

By Brian Collett — The managers of UK company vehicle fleets are now gaining enthusiasm for minimising carbon dioxide emissions, reports a survey by Autoglass, the windscreen repair and...

New method identifies sustainably caught fish - news

By Brian Collett — A scientific analysis has been devised to discover the origins of caught fish so that customers can be sure they are derived from sustainable sources.   ...

2017 awards entry deadline extended - news

There's still time to enter this year's National CSR Awards 2017. Entries to this year’s awards, sponsored by Revive , will now be accepted up to and including Friday 10th...

UK Soil Association hosts discussion on good food in the workplace - news

By Antonio Pasolini — For several decades, practicality trumped health when it came to food choices, with disastrous consequences on human health, including soaring rates of obesity, heart...

The renewable revolution  - news

By Adam Woodhall — In Britain and beyond, businesses large and small are getting on with a rapid transition to renewables, despite mixed messages coming from the UK government.  ...

UK Millennials buy responsible brands this holiday - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — A UK survey reveals that 55 percent of 18-34 year olds, known as Millennials, are switching brand loyalty, which should be a focus for businesses this holiday season...

Authentic is the new black: Ex-CFO on finding yourself as the key to success and happiness - news

By Andy Hix — As Oscar Wilde once said, you might as well be yourself, because everyone else is taken.    But in the corporate world, that’s notoriously difficult....

Companies may have to reveal pay gap between executives and employees - news

By Brian Collett — Britain’s biggest companies may have to reveal the gap between their senior executives’ remuneration and the average pay of their employees.   ...

Provocation and innovation at XEnergy - news

By Adam Woodhall — Practical provocation and tangible innovation were the motivational themes explored by some of    the best minds in the UK energy industry at the recent...

The good purpose guide – 9 ways to turn purpose into action within your business - news

By Charlotte West — Business is increasingly required to play a role in society which goes beyond maximising stakeholder profit. So it’s perhaps no surprise that 'purpose’...

Online reviews preferred by majority of UK consumers for purchases - news

By Brian Collett — A total of 84 percent of consumers trust online reviews as readily as personal recommendations for businesses, products and services, reports a UK survey consultancy....

Business leaders split on effect of Brexit on ethical governance - news

By Brian Collett — The ways in which Brexit will change the ethical conduct of businesses in the UK are as uncertain as the issues that will affect their trading.    The...

“Partnership, Purpose and Productivity”—RSA panel outlines strategies for the changing workplace - news

By Andy Hix—To quote recent Nobel Prize Laureate Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changing, and more rapidly than ever. Technology is developing at break-neck speed and threatening to...

National CSR Awards now accepting entries - news

  The National CSR Awards are open for entries for the third annual edition.   The Awards are open to companies of all sizes, from small independents to large plcs, with...

Driving modern slavery up the agenda - news

By Adam Woodhall — Business accepts that slavery is unacceptable, so how is the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA) raising the bar in holding companies to account?  Following in the...

Tax authority collects £3bn from avoiders - news

By Brian Collett — The UK tax authority HM Revenue & Customs has collected a total of £3bn ($3.64bn, €3.32bn) in two years from users of avoidance schemes.   ...

Government support for sustainability is “utterly pathetic”  - news

Interview with Jonathon Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future, by Tom Idle   He may not like to describe himself as a ‘greenie’ – not least because his work...

Refreshing the business contract with society - news

By Adam Woodhall   “Can business refresh its contract with society before it’s too late?” was the stimulating question with which the CEO of The Crowd , Jim...

Microloan Foundation boosts trustee board with Step on Board programme - news

‘Step on Board’ is a board-level volunteering programme, run by Trustees Unlimited and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which is being embraced by a number of...

Riversimple adopts circular economy to create a cutting edge eco-auto  - news

By Adam Woodhall — A passion for racing cars and environmentalism aren't usual bedfellows. Hugo Spowers is not an usual entrepreneur though, and the business he has created,...

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

By Adam Woodhall — How are corporate sustainability professionals—and the organisations they work with—to lead through this post-Brexit period facing our society? How are they...

10 things I've learnt in my 10 years in sustainability - news

By Adam Woodhall — Ten years ago, I launched myself into the world of sustainability, and it’s been an amazing roller coaster journey. In 2006 there were some things I already...

The Institute of Business Ethics reports on best business practices for the next 30 years - news

The Institute of Business Ethics is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a report that looks at how trust in business can be regained.    “The Institute of Business...

Sharing values and engagement opportunities - news

by Adam Woodhall - Three engagement specialists recently launched a White Paper at an event in the shadow of London’s Tate Modern which highlighted the challenges and opportunities for...

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

by Tom Idle — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched at the beginning of this year as a concrete set of 17 global ambitions, offers a quick guide to...

Honest dialogue: the key to a sustainable future  - news

By Sarah Rozenthuler   From my experience of running dialogue programmes for numerous global corporations, I’ve discovered that the key to creating sustainable organisations...

Investment platform launched by ecosurety in 'giant step' towards circular economy - news

by Roger Aitken—Circularety, an online platform empowering obligated producers and reprocessors to invest in tangible recycling projects and schemes, has been launched by ecosurety, the...

Online job sites dominate UK recruitment market - news

by Vikas Vij — Recruiters need to gear up to the needs of today’s connected generation, which Google calls as Generation “C”. With significant differences in attitudes...

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...

Entrepreneur Awards finalists announced - news

The presenters of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards have announced over 100 finalists who are competing for recognition at its Gala Final, which takes place 22 November in London. The...

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...

M&S wants us to get active for 30 minutes a day to help cut the risks of breast cancer - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), and high-street retailer M&S has launched a campaign  to help get customers active to prevent the disease....

Brexit mustn’t mean wreckxit - news

by Adam Woodhall — A Baroness, professor, a past CEO of the Environment Agency and Boris Johnson’s father were just a few of the assembled luminaries who gathered to discuss and...

The future of power, death & money - news

by Adam Woodhall — “Power, Death and Money” was the provocative title of the first event run by The Future Men .  They promised a rampage through the frustrations of...

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.   ...

High performing business: the what & why of purpose - news

by Adam Woodhall—“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” Mark Twain. Can business be purposeful and successful? That...

£735m Waltham Forest Pension Fund ‘commits’ first to divest from fossil fuels - news

by Roger Aitken — Waltham Forest became the first local government pension fund in the UK to “commit to divest” from all fossil fuels following a meeting convened by its...

Business vs. The State: new roles for social action - news

by Tom idle — We live in politically fascinating times. A coup attempt in Turkey; recurrent terrorist attacks on the streets of Europe’s cities; forthcoming bitter presidential...

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...

Slavery is still with us - news

by Adam Woodhall — For many of us in the UK, we think that slavery is something that was taken care of by Wilberforce and others in the 19th Century. However, it is not only something that...

Gender pay gap closing, according to sustainability salary survey - news

By Adam Woodhall — The findings from the latest Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CRS) salary survey run by Acre , Flag  and Carnstone are certainly thought...

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...

Women's Equality Day: interview with Shelley Zalis - news

Interview by Sangeeta Haindl   Equality in the workplace and gender pay is a stubborn issue, one which hit the UK headlines on 23 August, when research from the Institute of Fiscal...

UK food charities face real challenges in feeding the most vulnerable - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Neighbourly, the social network for social good reveals in its latest survey that 218 UK food charities face real challenges in helping to feed society’s most...

Is now the time to go green? - news

by Andy Jones — Clean 200 has released the rankings of the top 200 sustainable companies in the world.   Omitting the likes of oil lobbying companies, forced labour workforces,...

Many UK families find it tough to afford a standard of living - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The Prince’s Charity In Kind Direct, an organisation dedicated to redistributing donated goods to thousands of charities across the UK, is reporting a sharp...

Parliament considers bill to require business reporting on slavery policies - news

by Brian Collett — Businesses would have to include statements on their slavery policies in their Companies House returns under legislation now before the UK Parliament. This measure...

A sustainable supply chain offers many benefits - news

By Adam Woodhall — The demands on an ethical organisation of consumer and client expectations, government regulation and voluntary standards, make doing good business ever more complex....

What Brexit means for UK business - news

by Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment — The referendum vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU raises significant questions for...

The other “B” word — not Brexit or Boris, but British bees - news

by Sangeeta Haindl —  Organic food UK home delivery service Abel & Cole has welcomed 60,000 honeybees to its offices in Wimbledon as part of its commitment to educating people...

Designing the future: the Creative Conscience Awards - news

by Adam Woodhall — The communicators and creatives who will help design and mould the future gathered overlooking the Thames in London for the 2016 edition of the Creative Conscience...

Royal Mail doing business in a responsible way - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK postal service, the Royal Mail, is celebrating its 500th birthday of connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities, including...

Developing great behaviour change campaigns - news

by Adam Woodhall - Influencing behaviour positively and successfully is accepted both as fantastic opportunity to make a difference and as often very challenging. So it didn’t come as a...

Veolia wins BITC Responsible Business 2016 award - news

Business in the Community has announced the winner of its flagship award, Responsible Business of the Year 2016: Veolia, the global resource management company. Presented at a Gala Dinner...

Brexit means a world of uncertainty. But in CRS, we can handle it. - news

by Claudine Blamey, ICRS Chair, Head of Sustainability and Stewardship, The Crown Estate —Watching the UK’s EU referendum results come in provided more tension, anxiety and delight...

UK food charities struggle to feed people in need - news

Neighbourly, the social network for social good, has published the results of a survey of charities and volunteer organisations across the UK which regularly distribute surplus food to those in...

M&S makes progress on customer-centric eco and ethical goals - news

by Vikas Vij — Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals...

Adapting to market changes in the utilities sector - news

by Koen Bas — The emergence of new technologies in smart energy, coupled with customer behavioural changes and demands, is reshaping the utility industry. The energy and utilities...

Business in the Community launches National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey - news

Business in the Community has launched a landmark National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey to gain a comprehensive understanding of the UK workforce’s mental wellbeing, and identify...

Local is everything - news

Midcounties Co-operative’s social responsibility manager Mike Pickering explains how a focus on localism can lead to business success  Interview by Tom Idle — ...

Discover the "Blue Economy" - news

by Bibi Gratzer —  Blue has always been my favourite colour. Maybe because I am oceanophile, maybe because blue is a colour that has both, calming and awakening properties. Maybe also...

Chiswick Park’s “Enjoy-Work” offices and Minds @ Work program support wellbeing - news

by Adam Woodhall — Workplace wellbeing is rapidly moving up the agenda of business, government and civic society.  It is now seen as not only the right thing to do, but it also has a...

The Prince of Wales' responsible business network announces new Chief Executive - news

Business in the Community, whose president is HRH The Prince of Wales, has appointed Amanda Mackenzie as the fourth Chief Executive in its 34-year history. Mackenzie has worked at a senior...

Zipcar adds Volkswagen Golf GTE to its London fleet - news

by Antonio Pasolini — The London car club scene is about to become greener as car-sharing company Zipcar increases its offer of emissions-free driving. The company has partnered with...

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...

Ethical standards raised over UK IFA’s ISO 22222 claims - news

by Roger Aitken - Financial advisers in the UK who are accredited with ISO 22222, the international standard for personal financial planners, have a duty and obligation to ask clients about...

It's "moral time" to close the gender pay gap - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The issue of pay and gender equality is high on the international news agenda. Actress Robin Wright recently demanded to be paid the same as co-star Kevin Spacey for...

UK workforce leads Europe, US in sick days - news

The UK workforce has more sick days than any other European country, and twice as many as the US, notes Gerry Brennan, CEO of Cloudbooking, a space management software company that works with...

Partnerships, localism and circularity help businesses scoop National CSR awards - news

By Tom Idle - Presiding over the 2016 National CSR Awards  – now enjoying its second year as an useful addition to the  initiatives that recognise best practice in...

Is CSR Dead? A Challenge at the National CSR and Sustainability Conference - news

By Adam Woodhall At the first National CSR & Sustainability Conference , held in London last month, the provocative question "Is CSR dead?" was posed. The question was...

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...

'Behind the Smile' Exhibition helps break the stigma of mental health - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — It is predicted that one in four of us will be affected by mental illness within a year. Though the effects are as real as a broken arm, it is an invisible and silent...

UK businesses need a long-term growth agenda: report - news

by Vikas Vij — Over the past few decades, British business has made significant progress in many areas – from better governance to leading in major industries. However, there are a...

Mums behind the UK’s small businesses are a powerful economic force - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Do you know much about the “Mumpreneur” economy? These are businesses run by mothers with children under 18, which generated a staggering,...

83% of environment and sustainability professionals say UK benefits from EU membership: IEMA survey - news

A new survey of environmental and sustainability professionals by the Institute of Environmental and Management Assessment shows that an overwhelming majority—83%—believe that...

Coca-Cola UK invests £56mn to build sustainable food systems - news

By Vikas Vij —The food and drink industry can take a number of actions to achieve its vision of building sustainable food systems. These include identifying the flow of materials and...

Federation of small businesses exposes untapped potential of women enterprises for UK economy - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — What would you say, if you knew that only one in five U.K. small businesses are majority-woman owned and yet contribute over £75 billion to the...

PYXERA Global executives to present at 15th Responsible Business Summit - news

Top PYXERA Global executives will be among the 55+ speakers at the 15 th Responsible Business Summit, presented by Ethical Corporation, to be held in London June 7-8. Deirdre White,...

Grocery chains innovate to reduce food waste - news

By Brian Collett - Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket group, has become the latest retailer to offer leftover food from its stores to charity. Its aim is that by the end of next year,...

Diversity on FTSE 100 falls dramatically - news

By Sangeeta Haindl - There is growing concern about the levels of diversity in major companies, revealing that there is still a mountain to climb when it comes to ethnicity in the U.K....

John Lewis partnership leads with employee-owned business model - news

by Vikas Vij - Employee ownership business models have increasingly attracted attention since the financial crisis of 2008 when corporate governance came to be recognized as a critical...

Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability announces first working fellows - news

The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability has announced its first group of working Fellows. The six Fellows were chosen by a detailed review of their achievements to evaluate...

Britain's biggest benevolent celebrities are . . . - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK’s The Sunday Times has announced that rock super-star Sir Elton John and best-selling author JK Rowling are Britain’s most benevolent...

"High sustainability" companies are better businesses - news

“High sustainability” businesses significantly outperform “low sustainability” companies in two ways: lower volatility on the stock market and by a six percent...

Join the sustainable business debate of the year - news

Join in with this fascinating debate as a dynamic group of innovators share their ideas and challenge ‘business as usual’ approaches at the Social Responsibility and Sustainability...

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...

A toast to responsibility - news

Alexandre Ricard  is CEO of drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Currently the world’s No2 wines and spirits business, he is keen to make it to the No1 slot and believes that his...

"Buy Social": £1bn challenge to big business - news

Responsible Business Week, sponsored by Business in the Community, kicked off at 11 Downing Street with the launch of the £1bn Buy Social Corporate Challenge, an effort to encourage big...

India wants UK to stay in EU - news

by Sangeeta Haindl 'Brexit' is a word on everyone's breath, since UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation EU to...

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...

London's Public Transport Gets Greener - news

by Antonio Pasolini London's transport network is getting greener with the launch of zero-emission versions of the iconic double-decker buses. The all-electric model was unveiled by TFL...

Britain's New Sugar Tax - news

by Sangeeta Haindl A new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry has been announced, to be introduced in April 2018. This move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the...

Barclays Helps UK Start-Ups Take Flight - news

Barclays has opened its third Eagle Labs space in Brighton after successful pilots in Bournemouth and Cambridge. The new Barclays Eagle Labs will provide access to resources including expert...

National CSR & Sustainability Conference - news

Join the ‘sustainable business” debate and leave your carbon footprint at the door! 12 May The Crystal, London World record-breaking adventure rower, Roz Savage MBE , the...

The new CSR equation: transparency = brand credibility - news

EP Journal Trust in business today goes hand in hand with increased transparency by Miranda Ingram Corporate reputation is hard to gain and easy to lose, but any company that...

Why every business should volunteer - news

EP Journal by Mohammed Sharaf, DP World Businesses are perfectly placed to use their reach to bring about considerable benefits to the communities in which they operate. This is...

First ranking of top 500 global public companies for human rights performance - news

The first-ever ranking of the human rights performance of global listed companies is now underway. The ranking follows a recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit that found the top...

Award entries booming for National CSR Awards 2016 - news

“With the extended entry deadline of March 18 just days away, the National CSR Awards (NCSRA) are heading for a record number of entries,” reports NCSRA CEO Karen Sutton. “The...

New report outlines how to identify weak corporate culture - news

Good governance is critical, but there should be a broader definition of what it means. Governance is not just a matter for boards of directors, but should be integrated into all areas of a...

Webinar today to discuss risk-free supply chain - news

Webinar Alert : Today, Mar 1, 3 pm (GMT) a free live webinar with Timberland’ s Sustainability Director and Maersk ’s Head of Responsible Procurement will discuss building a...

National Schools Partnership appoints Stephen Howard LVO as new Chairman - news

Stephen Howard has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of the National Schools Partnership, a social marketing agency responsible for the creation of learning programmes in partnership...

Business in the Community Ireland offers Business Working Responsibly Mark - news

BITC Ireland has launched the Business Working Responsibly Mark, a standard that certifies responsible and sustainable business practices. The Mark is the only CSR standard in Ireland that...

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...

New recycling scheme for 'orphan vehicles' - news

The British automotive industry has committed to helping thousands of consumers recycle their old vehicles with a free take-back service, designed to help owners whose brand may no longer sell...

Culture clashes can limit partnership success - news

Communications agency Forster’s recent study of the charity sector reveals how corporate partnerships are being limited by cultural challenges and the over-emphasis on the bottom line,...

A step change to quieter, smoother flights - news

All of us expect our airplane landings to be as smooth as possible, but what about being as quiet as possible? ask Ian Jopson, Head of Environmental and Community Affairs NATS, the UK’s...

When it comes to CSR, keep on keeping on - news

This is my final issue at the helm of Ethical Performance. It’s been an extremely interesting and enlightening three years, the spirit of which I shall endeavour to take with me. One...

M&S and Selfridges recognised for marine conservation efforts - news

Media group Boat International recently held the inaugural Ocean Awards, in partnership with leading marine charity, Blue Marine Foundation. The Ocean Awards were created to celebrate...

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...

Hauliers to drive new campaign to get more women into logistics - news

The Road Haulage Association is launching a campaign called She’s RHA, designed to address the shortage of women in road transport. The industry has a workforce of 2.2m of which just...

Corporates pledge to help tackle mental health stigma - news

Unilever, Rolls Royce, Standard Life, HSBC and Network Rail are just some of the 350+ businesses in the UK which have signed the Time to Change pledge, a commitment to take action to tackle the...

APCRG launches Responsible Business Champions 2016 - news

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) in the UK has launched its 2016 National Responsible Business Champions award. The Co-Chairs of the Group Baroness (Sally)...

British business unprepared for Modern Slavery Act, says CIPS - news

Urgency and action appear to be scant in British businesses before new government rules come into force this spring designed to stamp out modern slavery in supply chains, according to the...

Business needs to do more to build greener Scotland - news

Scottish businesses must be motivated by more than the financial bottom line if they are to help build a fairer and greener Scotland. That’s the conclusion of Better Business, a new...

MCS welcomes extension of coastal conservation zones around UK - news

The chances of recovery for marine life in English seas have been boosted by the creation of new Marine Conservation Zones, says the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) following the Department...

British drivers reluctant to embrace electric vehicle technology - news

The number of electric cars on Britain’s roads may have shot up to more than 40,000 from just 3,500 two years ago, but a new survey has shown that only 3% of motorists are interested in...

National CSR Awards shines spotlight on UK sustainable business - news

With previous sponsors and supporters like Mercedes-Benz, Natwest and Carillion, the 2016 National CSR Awards will celebrate business excellence and innovation in corporate social responsibility...

British consumers making more ethical choices, finds report - news

Ethical spending has continued to grow despite difficult market conditions, according to the Ethical Consumer Markets Report published by Ethical Consumer magazine and Triodos Bank. The...

National CSR Awards 2016 now open for entries - news

Entries are now open for the 2016 National CSR Awards (NCSRA), which will celebrate the very best in CSR and sustainability in a high-profile ceremony and accompanying seminar programme, at The...

Fairtrade gold activist awarded MBE in Queen's New Year Honours - news

Greg Valerio, jeweller, activist and Fairtrade campaigner has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Years’ Honour list 2016 for his work in Fairtrade...

Costa scoops three wins for energy management - news

Costa, the UK’s favourite coffee shop, has recently received three awards for its outstanding work in energy management and sustainable building. At the 2016 Energy Awards, Costa, in...

Legal & General to stop quarterly reporting - news

The UK’s biggest asset manager Legal & General will no longer give its shareholders quarterly updates on its financial performance, arguing that the frequent reporting promotes...

Post COP21, what’s our professional role now? - news

COP21 – 190 nations gathering in Paris to find a new global agreement on climate change. Were they the success everyone hoped they would be? asks Claudine Blamey. Or did the final...

Building bridges to ensure greater impact - news

Recent events in Paris brought to mind children’s author Natalie Lloyds’ description of the Eiffel Tower, the city’s instantly recognizable landmark, which she admired because...

When it comes to CSR, can you teach an old dog new tricks? - news

The necessity to engage everyone in the CSR agenda isn’t always an easy path to tread, writes William Buist . Generational divides in the workplace seem to be getting wider down to the...

Marine conservation groups push for greater uptake of sustainable fish - news

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Fish2fork and Sustainable Fish Cities have launched a campaign to gain public pledges from three of the largest restaurant chains in the UK to serve 100%...

CSR commitments do pay off finds new study - news

A new study has identified three common factors that ensure CSR adds to a company’s bottom line. Academics reviewed 163 research papers from top-tier journals published from 2000 to...

Greeting card sellers under fire over poor sustainability disclosure - news

More than half (52%) of UK adults assume well-known businesses that sell greetings cards offer sustainable products made from well managed forests, a YouGov poll for WWF has revealed. The...

Gender equality: running to stand still? - news

2015 was the year Hillary Clinton declared she was running for president in the US; it was also the year that the US fell to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap list...

Young designers get Kering recognition for ‘positive fashion’ - news

Luxury fashion house Kering and the Centre For Sustainable Fashion have awarded the very first Kering Awards for Sustainable Fashion to Neliana Fuenmayor (pictured far right) and Ingrid...

Kendall and Goodchild to share role at BDF - news

Nils Kendall and David Goodchild have been appointed as joint interim chief executive officers at the Business Disability Forum (BDF). Goodchild takes on the role after serving as the...

Shaw's Murray makes The Circulars final - news

Paul Murray, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs has been named a finalist in The Circulars, a global sustainability awards programme....

Charity Christmas cards prove not so heart-warming - news

Charities receive little more than 3% of the purchase price of some charity Christmas cards in the UK, two surveys have revealed. Harrods, London’s largest shop, gives 3.4% to Macmillan...

Better disclosure improves link between pay and performance - news

More than a quarter of Britain’s biggest companies are reported to be hiding the criteria by which they award bonuses to their senior executives. Disclosure is required under rules...

Restaurants urged to serve more sustainable seafood - news

More than half Britain’s large restaurant chains are reported to be serving fish and seafood from overfished areas or to be hiding their origins. They are said to be offering species...

Circular Ocean initiative to encourage green enterprise - news

Companies and academic bodies are to be asked to propose new action on the millions of tons of plastic waste being washed up on northern European shores. Specialist companies and others...

Racial harassment in the workplace on the rise - news

The largest ever survey published on race equality in the UK has revealed that 30% of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial harassment...

Business at risk from poor whistleblowing practices - news

Around half of employees aware of misconduct do not ‘speak up’ about their concerns, evidence from a new survey shows. And that’s putting businesses in Europe at risk, it...

Sodexo and WWF push for more sustainable school meals - news

Sodexo has teamed up with conservation charity WWF to develop and pilot a set of 10 sustainable meals. The project is part of Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell, WWF-UK’s...

Business urged to take a more responsible approach to tax - news

Corporate tax campaigners are taking a new tack. Rather than highlighting what companies should stop doing, they are drawing attention to what companies could be doing. A new report from...

Why transparency is the clear way forward - news

Last year, Land Rover shared how pioneering technology could be used to develop a ‘transparent’ bonnet, writes Laura Vickery , global CSR manager at the car maker. A...

Changing behaviour bottom up, not just top down - news

Tackling air pollution isn’t solely a legislative issue, people have to be encouraged into new behaviours, argues Lord Drayson Air pollution is getting a lot of air-time. In the last...

Call for banks to do more in fight against climate change - news

With the UN Paris Climate Conference beginning today, new research shows growing popular support for the banking industry and big business to do more in the fight against climate change. The...

Teachers call for climate change to be taught to under 11s - news

New research has shown that over 90% of primary school teachers in England believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a...

Conservation and fishery management project pays off - news

Fishermen in the UK ports of Lyme Bay on the Dorset and Devon border are making a better living from their fish by practising conservation, thanks to a new scheme launched by the charity, Blue...

Report urges business to go beyond compliance on paying tax - news

There are many steps multinationals can take towards more responsible tax practices, three charities say in a new report. Rather than highlighting what companies should stop doing,...

Sodexo partners with WWF to pilot sustainable school meals programme - news

Green & Lean is the name of a new range of sustainable school meals from Sodexo. The line is part of a pilot project through Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell,...

Gender pay gap 'stubborn' despite women's progress in education - news

Women working full time are paid less than men in 90% of sectors, with those working in financial and insurance sectors among the worst affected, research shows. Opportunities and outcomes...

Ethical Performance journalist wins State Street Press Award - news

Ethical Performance's SRI editor, Roger Aitken, has been recognised at the 2015 State Street Institutional Press Awards, which recognise “outstanding performance” in...

BITC calls for ‘race’ to be added to UK Corporate Governance Code - news

While Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people have greater ambition than their white colleagues and enjoy their work more, 30% of employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial...

National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016 - news

With only 58 days to go before entries open for next year’s National CSR Awards (NCSRA), its organisers have announced new and expanded categories. With the introduction of three...

Holidaymakers show growing appetite for responsible tourism - news

Travel companies with a good environmental record are increasingly gaining a commercial advantage, finds new research from ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents.  The survey...

London recycler brews up novel energy source - news

A recycling company now scaling up its processing of left-over coffee grounds aims to provide the fuel to heat thousands of London homes and power many of the city’s buses. Every week...

Bank of England’s Carney challenges business over climate change risk - news

The world will suffer financial crises and falling living standards unless economically strong countries ensure that companies admit their present and future carbon emissions, the Bank of...

Call for regulation reform following Facebook tax row - news

The online networking company Facebook generated many millions of pounds in revenue in the UK last year but paid no corporation tax. The revelation is likely to reignite protests about companies...

Business must address quality factors, says Ofsted - news

Companies which place an emphasis on employing apprentices as part of their CSR strategy to help reduce youth unemployment would have read with great interest recently the message from Sir...

Online calculator helps drivers through emissions haze - news

Following the VW Group emissions scandal and renewed focus on air quality, UK website Next Green Car (NGC), has updated its ratings to account for known discrepancies between official and...

Quieter arrivals trends continues at Heathrow - news

Airlines are putting more effort into noise reduction at Heathrow according to the results of the just published ‘Fly Quiet League’ which tracked the noise performance of aircraft...

Enter your company into BITC’s Responsible Business Awards 2016 - news

HRH The Prince of Wales’ charity, Business in the Community (BITC), is calling on British companies to showcase how they are taking practical action to address pressing issues, as the 2016...

Taking a long, hard look at leadership - news

With the recent wrongdoings of the CEO of VW and numerous other tales of executive bad behaviour splashed across our screens and our broadsheets, it’s pretty clear that a business’s...

The importance of creating a healthy business culture - news

The unfolding scandals surrounding Volkswagen and FIFA reveal they have much in common, not only with each other but with many corporate scandals that have gone before. The fall-out follows a...

Breathing new life into the CSR debate? - news

Catch me on a bad day and I’m likely to be as critical as anyone of current formulations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ironic, then, that I was invited to champion the...

Can corporate volunteering really advance the SDGs? - news

The ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals in September was a pinnacle moment for the engagement of the private sector with the development community, writes Louise Erskine , head...

Nissan and Ecotricity call for charging point road signs - news

Nissan, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV), the Nissan LEAF, and Ecotricity, which operates Europe’s biggest and most comprehensive rapid charging...

Electric cars set to become new norm, research finds - news

Electric vehicles will be the vehicle of choice for motorists by 2026, research among teenagers and learner drivers has revealed. The findings revealed that that more than eight in 10 (81%)...

Industry taskforce to help improve working conditions of cleaners - news

A campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The...

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

The advent of new supplies of Fairtrade gold from Africa could herald a jewellery revolution with the UK leading the way. That was the view expressed yesterday at the London launch of the...

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

The advent of new supplies of Fairtrade gold from Africa could herald a jewellery revolution with the UK leading the way. That was the view expressed yesterday at the London launch of the...

Lidl leads way on Living Wage implementation in UK - news

Lidl has become the first UK supermarket company to introduce a minimum wage – but it is based on the unenforceable rate recommended by the independent Living Wage Foundation, and is...

IBE updates guidance on human rights - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has updated its guidance on the promotion and protection of human rights in business practice. The new IBE Briefing builds on the 2012 IBE Briefing,...

Britain’s supermarkets step up to save forests - news

Asda has become the latest grocer to sign up to WWF’s Save Forests campaign, completing the line-up of major supermarkets lending their support, all pledging to ensure their timber and...

WWF calls for business to work towards sustainable food security - news

A new report from WWF-UK finds that businesses want to see government taking bold actions to create a food system that serves citizens, the economy and planet alike. Businesses must also...

Developing a new mindset - news

At this year’s BITC Responsible Business Awards , Lloyds Banking Group won the building stronger communities award for its work increasing access to financial services for people with...

ICRS marks anniversary with first honorary fellows - news

To mark its first anniversary, the Institute of Corporate Responsibiity and Sustainability (ICRS) has announced its first honorary fellows. They are: Philippa Foster Back, director of the...

B Corp movement launches in UK - news

B Corp, the movement seeking to change the role of business in society, has launched in the UK. While regular companies exist for the interests of their shareholders, B Corps are companies...

BT tops carbon reporting league for second year - news

BT Group (BT) has narrowly beaten Marks & Spencer Group plc (M&S) in the latest analysis of the Carbon Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100. Last year both companies shared first place....

Heathrow to trial steeper approaches in noise reduction effort - news

Heathrow Airport in London begins trialling steeper approaches this week, which could help reduce noise for people living under flight paths. Steeper approaches introduced at airports such...

London Luton joins select few with energy standard accreditation - news

London Luton Airport (LLA) has joined a handful of airports in the world to be accredited with the internationally recognised Energy Management Standard (ISO50001) by BSI. The...

National CSR Awards 2016 set to sparkle at The Crystal - news

The Crystal , the world’s most sustainable events space, is to host next year's National CSR Awards in London “The Crystal sets the benchmark for sustainable building design...

UPS drives electric delivery vehicles further with TEVVA - news

Delivery giant UPS has launched its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle for initial trials in the UK, developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors. Range-extending technology...

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...

British dispel ‘nimby’ reputation over green energy - news

More than half (53%) of UK households would support the construction of a wind turbine within two miles of their home, dispelling the general perception that Britain is a nation of...

British business lacks motivation to meet waste targets - news

Britain could achieve its 50% waste recycling target overnight if companies, organisations and individuals had the motivation, claims a leading environmental consultancy in a report just...

Business shifts attitude over importance of employee well-being - news

Fewer than half of the UK businesses surveyed for a staff policies report believed they had a duty of care for employee health. The researchers found that 46% saw staff health as a...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns - news

As a nation renowned for its love of animals, it comes as no surprise that animal welfare is the top ethical concern for consumers when it comes to food and drink companies, trumping...

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

The UK government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system. It says the plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of...

Learning the power of persuasion - news

It’s 8am on a damp Monday morning and I’m locked in a tough negotiation. I’m trying to persuade my five-year-old daughter to put on her clothes so that we can head off to...

Applying natural capital valuation in mainstream business practices - news

The global economy depends on the preservation of natural resources. Yet the majority of businesses have not traditionally placed a high enough financial value on natural capital - the...

Victoria Moorhouse brews up at Costa - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has appointed Victoria Moorhouse as Corporate Responsibility (CR) Programme Manager. Kerry Parkin, head of CSR and Communications at Costa,...

Wyke Farms wins international campaign to find greenest company - news

Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, have won a Green Apple Environment Award, in the ‘Environmental Best Practice’...

Emma Thompson backs Arctic drilling protest - news

Internationally renowned actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson has joined Greenpeace campaigners outside Shell's London headquarters protesting against the oil giant's Artic drilling....

Consumers want more businesses to engage with social causes - news

A new annual survey highlights the growing appetite for business to play a greater role in tackling social and environmental issues. The inaugural Business to Society Survey, commissioned...

EIC calls for extension of construction emissions policy - news

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has welcomed a new London scheme to improve air quality in the capital, and calls for it to be implemented in other UK cities. From September,...

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

The UK government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system. It says the plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns with food companies - news

When it comes to ethical claims made by food and drink companies, new research from Mintel finds that concerns over animal welfare top the list, trumping environmental concerns and concerns over...

Companies shirking responsibility for employee wellbeing - news

Less than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a new report from leadership training organisation Morgan Redwood, with only 46% of firms regarding...

Underground farm takes root beneath city streets - news

A farm has been created to grow food with only minimal effects on the environment – below the streets of London. The enterprise, the world’s first underground farm, is at Clapham,...

Large businesses told to report average male and female salaries - news

Proposals to compel larger companies to publish average salaries for their male and female employees in an effort to close the gender pay gap are to be debated by business leaders with Nicky...

Tidal power opportunity proposed for Bristol Channel - news

A marine fence across the Bristol Channel, now at the planning and development stage, is estimated to have the potential to supply 5% of Britain’s energy needs from tidal power. The...

IKEA to go beyond National Living Wage rate - news

Swedish firm Ikea will become the first national retailer in the UK to pay staff above the government’s new National Living Wage from next year. Ikea, well known for its flatpack ,...

NT commits £30m to updating energy intensive buildings - news

The National Trust, Europe’s biggest conservation charity, is investing £30m, in renewable energy to heat and power more of its historic places. The news follows the successful...

IBE tackles ethics challenge of intergenerational workforce - news

Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials have all developed their own ethical standards and understanding of what is right and wrong in the workplace, according to a new briefing...

Crime busting drama makes arresting production progress - news

BBC One’s new primetime drama The Interceptor has been awarded full marks for its efforts in sustainable production, having received a three star rating by industry certification scheme...

Putting skills at the heart of the development agenda - news

Private sector investment in developing countries dwarfs aid budgets several times over, writes Matt Foster, director of strategies and programme effectiveness, VSO. Large institutional...

Not such a simple case of follow my leader... - news

The Chinese saying that a fish rots from the head down has long been bandied about in business circles to reinforce the importance of strong leadership. Now new research from the Rotterdam...

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu picked up the most prestigious award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards winning the title of overall Responsible...

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....

Slàinte to sustainability at John Dewar & Sons - news

John Dewar & Sons has achieved a 34% reduction in GHG emissions since 2006 and a 46% reduction in water use since 2009 through its partnership with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)....

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)....

Festival fever cools off with The Ice Shed - news

The Ice Shed is working with sustainability consultancy Anthesis to provide carbon neutral ice to campers at festivals in the UK this summer.  The Ice Shed sells ice and cooler bags at...

Surfers develop clean water initiative to combat sewage strewn beaches - news

With raw sewage polluting 40 British beaches following heavy downpours recently, the charity Surfers Against Sewage's launch of a new Cleaner Coastal Catchment initiative for two areas in...

UK spurs greater supply chain accountability - news

Businesses with a £36m+ turnover will have to report on slavery in their supply chains, the UK government has announced. The government, which consulted on the threshold level as part...

Tales of the riverbank: WWF-UK, Coke and CCE in eco-partnership - news

WWF-UK, Coca-Coca Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) are partnering to help ensure a thriving future for England’s rivers. The partnership will see the three...

40 tonnes of rubbish cleared from beaches as plastic bag use rises - news

More than 40 tonnes of rubbish were removed from beaches by Marine Conservation Society (MCS) volunteers and Marks and Spencer (M&S) staff and customers during the Big Beach Clean-up in May....

Howzat! EHRC teams with ECB to boost diversity in cricket - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has teamed up with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to get thousands of women, girls and people from ethnic minority backgrounds involved in...

Reward clean energy drivers and save lives, urges Autogas - news

The re-introduction of the London congestion charge exemption for vehicles powered by LPG and incentives to convert to vehicles to the alternative fuel, could help to save the lives and improve...

Change your diet and save the planet! - news

Climates , a start-up social network, is calling on people to go 'Climatarian' for their health and the planet.  Switching to a climatarian diet can save a tonne of CO2 a year-...

IBE issues guidance on new role for internal audit - news

A new Board Briefing, published by the Institute of Business Ethics, sets out the role of internal audit in advising boards on whether a company is living up to its ethical values. The...

UK to press ahead with gender pay gap disclosure legislation - news

The British government is to press ahead with plans to force large firms to disclose data on the gender pay gap among its workforce. Writing in The Times newspaper ahead of a speech to...

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu scooped the title of Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards. Taking over the...

M&S board members praise Living Wage stitch-in campaign - news

The board of high street retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S), has agreed to meet with campaigners to discuss paying the Living Wage, following a creative campaign coordinated by the...

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...

Property giants to create central London ecology project - news

London property owners, The Crown Estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Shaftesbury, the Howard de Walden Estate and The Portland Estate, have formed a collaboration to promote green...

Renewable energy pioneer appointed to Natural Environment Research Council - news

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and ceo of the 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has been appointed to the Council of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is...

Energy efficiency proves critical to sustainable shopping centres - news

New research shows that shopping centres that invest in energy efficient features boost their market value by up to, and over, 5%. The research from BCSC (British Council of Shopping...

IBE addresses ethics challenge of intergenerational workforce - news

Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials have all developed their own ethical standards and understanding of what is right and wrong in the workplace, according to a new briefing...

IOD slams tick-box approach to good governance - news

The UK’s current approach to identifying what makes for good governance is flawed, according to a new report – The Great Governance Debate – Towards a Good Governance Index for...

Shanks urges governments to act on sustainable waste management - news

A second set of five-year corporate responsibility targets, including further development of sustainability as a primary principle, has been introduced by the waste-to-product Shanks Group,...

Put the ‘S’ back into ESG, says NAPF - news

Companies should be including data on their workforces in their corporate reporting in order to give investors greater insight in to their business model, says a new discussion paper from the...

British business at risk of widening ‘diversity deficit’ - news

New research into the top 10,000 executives in Britain’s most important firms reveals a widening “diversity deficit” which risks putting UK companies at a serious disadvantage...

Biodiversity takes off at London's Heathrow airport - news

George Davies, head of environmental strategy and assessment, Heathrow, talks to Ethical Performance about the crucial role he and his team play in keeping the airport safe  ...

The trust, the whole trust and nothing but the trust... - news

I’ve heard a lot about trust in business so far this year. I have been heartened by the ever wise words of Business in the Community’s Stephen Howard – “authentic...

It’s the end of reporting season – what now? - news

And so another reporting season staggers to a close. Having worked with many clients to help them through this sometimes painful time, I know that this season is not always the easiest. From...

Collaboration key to 'sustainability crunch' says BIFM report - news

Businesses are finding it increasingly more difficult to implement and manage sustainability policies, according to research by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). The...

PLA's purrfect recycling initiative roars into life at big cat sanctuary - news

Lions and leopards at a big cat sanctuary are playing with ropes that just weeks before were being used to tie boats up on the Thames, in a new Port of London Authority (PLA) recycling...

British business at risk from 'diversity deficit' finds report - news

New research into the top 10,000 executives in Britain’s most important firms reveals a widening “diversity deficit” which, it maintains, risks putting UK companies at a...

Sustainable seafood top of menu for British restaurant chains - news

Fish2Fork and the Marine Conservation Society have joined forces to assess the sustainability of seafood sold at some of the biggest restaurant chains in the UK. Using the only system that...

Tax justice campaign asks public to sign up to Fair Tax Pledge - news

Tax justice campaigners behind the corporate Fair Tax Mark initiative is reaching out for public support through its Fair Tax Pledge .  The Fair Tax Pledge calls on the British public...

Workforce ‘missing piece of reporting jigsaw’ says NAPF - news

Companies should be including data on their workforces in their corporate reporting in order to give investors greater insight in to their business model, says a new discussion paper from the...

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...

Scrub it out! anti microplastics campaign extends to luxury brands - news

With many personal care brands ditching the use of microplastics in their formulations, the Scrub it out! campaign is now turning its attention to the luxury beauty sector. The campaign, a...

Term ‘trust’ increasingly misused by companies, study finds - news

Companies’ use of the word ‘trust’ has risen by a factor of eight in the past decade, indicating an increasing corporate obsession with trustworthiness, according to a study by...

BITC award shortlisters putting responsibility at heart of business - news

A broad range of organisations, from well-known high street names to independent traders have been recognised as finalists across the 14 award categories of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards,...

Legal bills will cost banks £19bn - news

Compensation payouts and legal bills will cost the big four UK banks £19bn ($29.83bn, €26.55bn) during this year and next, reports the credit ratings agency Standard &...

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...

FoE & Trucost measure corporate land and water footprint - news

A new report from Friends of the Earth (FoE) estimates for the first time how much land and water well-known brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year, and what is needed to manufacture...

Darrell Doren made md of BSCI - news

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce promoting free trade and sustainable supply chains, has appointed Darrell Doren as...

Barker joins board at The Climate Group - news

The Right Honourable Gregory Barker, former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and longest serving UK energy minister in a generation, has joined the Board of Trustees at The...

Gates charity challenged to divest fossil fuel stocks - news

Bill Gates, founder of one of the world’s biggest corporations, has been asked to lead the fight against climate change. Gates, who set up Microsoft in 1975, could set an example by...

Protesters target Shell in Seattle over Arctic plans - news

Shell’s plans for oil drilling in the Arctic have encountered determined protests on land and sea at the US west coast port of Seattle. The most spectacular demonstrations have been by...

Lexmark joins global circular economy platform - news

Laser printer and software services company Lexmark has become a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s “Circular Economy 100”, a global platform that brings together...

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...

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

Sixty three companies from the UK and abroad have reached the final stage of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

Excellent, you’ve found us, writes Claudine Blamey . After years studying or working in another profession, you’ve decided to start a career in CR and sustainability (CRS). What do...

Chinese funds storm up rankings as Roger Aitken examines the latest data - news

China’s offshore and onshore equity markets have certainly been in extremely robust health over the past year and outperformed other major markets. Evidencing rising Chinese share...

Waste not, want not - news

As head of circular economy at Veolia, Forbes McDougall is at the heart of the UK’s efforts to transition to an economy that puts a greater value on waste. Here, he explains what that...

The importance of authenticity and values in leadership - news

What makes a business responsible? A deceptively simple question which is often the source of complex debate, writes Stephen Howard. To mark Responsible Business Week 2015, we asked this...

Madsen joins UN Global Compact board - news

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr Henrik O. Madsen, group president and ceo of DNV GL, as a new board member to the UN Global Compact board, the world’s largest...

BLOG: FIFA Scandal - A tipping point for CSR? - news

I have been writing about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sport, especially football, needs a new level of responsibility for several decades - see for instance the group discussion in...

Costa's commitment to sustainability acknowledged by SRA - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has become the first café brand to win a two star sustainability rating by the   Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Costa...

British public urged to go plastic-free this June - news

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is challenging people to give up their convenience lifestyle and ditch pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and...

WWF calls for stiffer measures to ensure legality of logged wood - news

A new WWF-UK study has raised concerns about the ability of some UK companies to prove where their wood supply comes from. The WWF study was designed to see if companies that were selling...

Company culture needs to celebrate ethical behaviour, says IBE - news

Businesses need to celebrate ethical behaviour if they are to succeed in embedding a valued ethical culture, says a new guide from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). The IBE maintains...

FoE report highlights eco-impact of everyday products - news

A new report from Friends of the Earth (FoE) estimates for the first time how much land and water well-known brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year, and what is needed to manufacture...

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...

Convincing consumers value of sustainability: new guide - news

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and CR consultancy Futerra have launched a guide to help sustainability teams and marketers more effectively influence consumers to make better...

Environment must be 'at heart of new Government's thinking' - news

Crucial environment issues must be “at the heart of new Government’s thinking”, says a new survey from the Institute of Environmental Management Assessment (IEMA). In a...

Whitbread to set sugar and salt reduction targets - news

Setting 'relevant' sugar and salt reductions across its menus is one of Whitbread's new CR commitments.  The owner of the Premier Inn franchise and the Costa coffee chain...

Wildlife takes off at London Heathrow - news

Heathrow Airport has been awarded the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for the seventh year running. The award is the only national award recognising responsible land management....

Fast food chains show poor appetite for ethically-sourced produce - news

Fast food chains on the UK high street are being asked to add ethics to their menus in a new campaign by Ethical Consumer magazine. In its latest product report, the magazine surveyed...

Bee in on the action with the Great British Bee Count - news

The Great British Bee Count kicks off this month. Organised by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and Waitrose, the Count aims to build on the success of last year’s inaugural...

Drive trust through authenticity and values, says BITC - news

Fair and respectful treatment of employees is the most important sign of a responsible business in the eyes of the public, reports a Business in the Community (BITC) survey. Altogether 92%...

Consumers misled over mpg claims, says Which? - news

Car manufacturers have been accused of giving motorists false fuel consumption figures in the UK. A team from Which?, the Consumers’ Association magazine, found all but three of 200...

Construction firms failing to address carbon footprint - news

Many British construction firms are failing to take basic steps to decrease their carbon emissions and energy use, new research has found. In a market survey by Achilles the supply chain...

Putting a price on your corporate reputation - news

A good reputation is more valuable than money, they say. Yet you wouldn’t think so these days with so many businesses still loathe to pay the Living Wage and happily keeping staff on zero...

Why financial education is key to all our sustainable futures - news

Nick Jones, head of digital comms & corporate responsibility, Visa Europe, explains why they're backing the launch of the Entrepreneurship Skills Pass   ...

Making the gogglebox greener - news

It’s the organisation people love to hate. But as the BBC’s project manager for environmental sustainability, Hattie Park is on a mission to use the corporation’s unique...

Agents of change recognised by Acre365 - news

London-based sustainability recruitment consultancy Acre has announced the winners of its Acre365 recognition programme, honouring sustainability heroes who have excelled in their first...

IBE addresses ethical implications of zero hours contracts - news

With fairness in the workplace a proven way of building trust, the Institute of Business Ethics has issued a new briefing document examining the ethical issues related to staffing arrangements...

Craig Bennett to take helm at Friends of the Earth - news

Craig Bennett, former deputy director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, is to replace Andy Atkins as ceo of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth...

GSK and Burberry sign up to Living Wage accreditation - news

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline and British fashion house Burberry have signed up to the LIving Wage pledge, bringing the number of FTSE 100 companies who have applied for accreditation with the...

Oysters set to be new pearl of The Solent - news

Native oysters are to return to the Solent, once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. A coalition led by the BLUE Marine Foundation has announced its intention of restoring a healthy...

Demand for ethical goods and services on rise in UK - news

Ethically-minded early adopters are helping to drive the boom in the UK's ethical market which increased by 9% in 2013 according to the annual Ethical Consumer Markets Report. Sales of...

Shareholders highlight importance of climate change risks to business - news

ShareAction staff and a group of individual shareholders assembled outside BP’s Annual General Meeting this week in London, displaying a banner highlighting the risks of climate change to...

London Zoo makes huge leap in frog conservation - news

A Critically Endangered and evolutionarily distinct species of frog has been bred in a UK zoo for the first time ever. The Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) team of amphibian...

Tat will do nicely for new marine litter campaign - news

Surfers Against Sewage has launched a ‘Save Our Seas’ Marine Litter Tattoo campaign to highlight the growing scale and permanence of the marine litter crisis. The ‘Save...

Pearson demonstrates commitment to equal opportunities in education - news

The world’s largest learning company is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to equal opportunities in education by joining an online resource for students who need help to read standard...

FTSE to meet gender target but boards remain “stubbornly white and male” - news

While the 2015 Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report confirms that Britain’s top boardrooms are set to meet the 25% women on boards target this year, critics maintain that the percentage of...

Bank of England under investigation by SFO - news

The conduct of the Bank of England, as the UK’s central bank, in lending money to commercial banks during the 2007-08 financial crisis is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office...

Tesco faces legal action in UK - news

Legal action is being prepared claiming that Tesco’s profits overstatement last year caused a “permanent destruction of value to shareholders”. The Connecticut-based law...

UK brings in tougher tax evasion legislation - news

Companies that aid tax evasion will be penalised under new UK criminal legislation. The offenders will have absolute liability so that the authorities will no longer have to prove “intent...

Costa to extend literacy skills pilot in UK - news

Whitbread-owned Costa is to extend its partnership with Save The Children and its Born to Read programme. The coffee chain hooked up with the children’s charity last year, operating...

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

The inaugural National CSR Awards took place last month and saw winners both large and small, celebrating the best of ethical governance and good business practice.   Individual...

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

David Picton , chief sustainability officer at Carillion, gives an update on the expanded Supply Chain Sustainability School for FM and Service suppliers Martin Luther King once explained...

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

I’d like to see the day where there is a revolving door between the academic and corporate worlds. Companies can learn a huge amount from academics, and academics can gain insights from...

Lobby groups in climate change spotlight - news

Investors need to ask questions of companies to ensure that their public positions on climate change aren’t being undercut by their membership of controversial European lobby groups, says...

Don't let it go! Iglo pushes frozen campaign to tackle food waste - news

Iglo Group, Europe’s largest frozen food company, has launched a coalition with leading waste reduction charity WRAP with the objective of reducing food waste across Europe. The...

Beavers to run hog wild in Devon! - news

News that a group of Devon Beavers have been returned to the wild on the River Otter has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth. The beavers were released back into the River Otter after...

Nice try! O2 creates Twickers inspired phone - news

Telecoms giant O2 recently unveiled a fully-functioning smart phone made out of grass cut from Twickenham Stadium - the home of the England Rugby team - and parts of recycled phones....

Government urged to take action to reduce marine litter - news

With beach litter on the rise, the UK’s leading marine charity has called for more Government action. According to the data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and...

Trust between big business and communities remains fragile - news

New research commissioned by one of the UK’s largest employers reveals a significant lack of public trust in business. Indeed, 80% of those polled could not name one large business which...

City of London's Dragon Awards fire up for 2015 - news

The City of London Corporation has opened entries for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards  and is especially keen to attract SMEs. Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow, said:...

And the National CSR Awards 2015 winners are.... - news

Nine awards and two Special Recognitions were presented recently at the inaugural National CSR Awards with Marks and Spencer, Wyke Farms and Zurich Community Trust among the winners. The...

Experts call for new ministerial role to promote financial inclusion - news

An independent body of experts and parliamentarians have called for financial inclusion to be a high public policy priority, going as far as urging the appointment of a Minister for Financial...

UK expertise to drive global climate change action? - news

The UK is to use its world-leading climate and adaptation expertise to help countries successfully tackle climate change. To launch the programme, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate...

Construction industry aims to redress gender imbalance - news

The NHBC Foundation is calling for a new industry-wide campaign to boost the numbers of girls and young women in house building as new research reveals that just one in ten are interested in...

New diversity toolkit to inspire effective business strategies - news

A new diversity toolkit featuring a series of podcasts with chairmen, ceos and directors sharing their perspectives on changing corporate culture, aims to provide businesses of all sizes with...

EIC makes election call for step change in energy efficiency - news

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has published its manifesto calling on political parties of all colours to support the UK’s environmental technology and services sector in...

Jaguar Land Rover sees workforce volunteering rate jump 36% - news

Workforce volunteering has leapt 36% at automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover with more than 9,600 employees donating over 115,000 hours (or 14,400 working days) to support their local communities....

HSBC under investigation over tax evasion allegations - news

HSBC, the UK-based bank accused of helping clients to evade tax, is now being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA joins the Serious Fraud Office, the Bank of...

CBI urges new attitude to profit to build consumer trust - news

What can business do to restore public trust? That was the question poised at a recent CBI debate, one in a series of events designed to help rebuild confidence in business. Katja Hall,...

Tesco hits spotlight again over supply chain practices - news

The grocery chain Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, is being investigated by its trade watchdog over claims of unethical bullying treatment of suppliers, including late payment....

Barclays’ Jenkins takes chair at Business in the Community - news

In his first speech as chairman of Business in the Community, Barclays group chief executive Antony Jenkins, spoke about the need for a network of responsible businesses to come together to...

Taking the right route to restoring public trust? - news

With public trust in big business remaining fragile, the IBE and CISI have relaunched Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a chartermark, founded in 2012, which enables an organisation to reassure...

Making a stand for menswear - news

In a bid to boost the growing desire of consumers to buy ethical goods, especially fashion, Brothers We Stand was set up by 25 year old International Development graduate Jonathan Mitchell. He...

A word to the wise on sustainability - news

Rudyard Kipling once described words as “the most powerful drug used by mankind”. In these days when we’re bombarded on a daily basis – a staggering 100bn work emails are...

Step change for remanufacturing will reap sustainability rewards - news

Leading experts from industry and academia have called for greater support for the UK's remanufacturing industry. According to a new joint report from the Carbon Trust, Knowledge...

Schools turn up the heat to win solar competition - news

Twenty two schools from across the UK are being given the chance to win up to £5,000 towards buying their own solar panels thanks to Good Energy, the renewable electricity supplier and...

One in five UK jobs pays under Living Wage rate - news

In some parts of Britain half the jobs are paying less than the living wage, the TUC has revealed at the start of the second week of its Fair Pay Fortnight. TUC analysis of official figures...

SGS wins BS 11000 accreditation approval - news

Certification company SGS United Kingdom Ltd has been approved by the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) as a certification body for BS 11000 – the world’s first standard for...

New app helps businesses maximise value of recycling - news

A new web app promises to make recycling more financially rewarding for businesses according to its developers Element Green Recycling. Called Green Alchemist, the app provides the latest...

Low carbon technologies could fuel 'cold economy' boom - news

The demand for cooling in everything from supermarkets and medicines to data centres could boom to create huge growth in the "cold economy" in the coming years, a new report from the...

Valentine's cupids turn green to promote climate change action - news

London commuters were greeted this week by teams of Green Cupids handing out kisses and Valentine’s cards all in the name of preventing climate change. In the spirit of...

British public want government action over business ethics, survey says - news

The majority of the British public believes that policy to promote ethical practices among big businesses should be prioritised by the next government, a new poll shows. The ComRes poll,...

EHRC issues guidance on freedom of expression - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new legal guidance on freedom of expression.  Following the recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, there has been...

BITC in water stewardship push - news

Business leaders have called on business to tackle water issues in the UK. With the backing of the Government, Business in the Community (BITC) has brought together water companies, other...

Greater take-up of IiI charter mark urged - news

More businesses should sign up to the Investing in Integrity (IiI) charter mark to reassure the public that they are trustworthy, Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow has urged. The Lord Mayor...

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...

Atkins steps down at Friends of the Earth - news

Andy Atkins, ceo of Friends of the Earth(FoE), will be stepping down from his role in the summer of 2015. Atkins has led FoE since July 2008. The organisation is one of the UK’s...

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...

Carlsberg takes action on responsibility pledge - news

The potent lager Special Brew, created by the Danish Carlsberg company in 1950 in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, may be watered down to comply with guidelines agreed by the industry and the UK...

Payday lenders hit Co-op Bank black list - news

The UK’s Co-operative Bank, now emerging from two years of strife and scandal, has banned lending to businesses that avoid tax. The ban is one of several new ethical policies...

Fairtrade in new push for ‘clean gold’ - news

Following its success with tea, coffee and bananas, the Fairtrade Foundation is looking to further its engagement with the gold industry. “Not enough people know about Fairtrade gold....

Volunteering can boost business as well as community links - news

Paul Buchanan, community director, Business in the Community explains why volunteering is good for the bottom line as well as the spirit Recently I sat in an audience listening to a...

One in three disabled jobseekers in UK face discrimination - news

Up to 37% of disabled jobseekers have been discriminated against during the recruitment process according to research commissioned by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI)....

‘Nice to Have’ versus ‘Must Have’ - news

David Picton, chief sustainability officer, Carillion explains why now, more than ever, sustainability is not a nice-to-have but a 'must have' Sustainability is critical for...

Food and drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions - news

Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the UK have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% - way ahead of the original target date of 2020. A report published today shows...

Joined-up action urged over healthy food promotion - news

Government and retailers must do more to help consumers choose healthy food from sustainable sources, and waste less say MPs. In a new report,   Food security: demand, consumption and...

Recruiter looks to reward emerging sustainability superstars - news

Acre, the sustainability recruitment consultancy, has launched a recognition programme to find superstars in the sustainability field. Applicants for Acre365 need to have made a significant...

Jaguar Land Rover makes safety leap with 'Bike Sense' research - news

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is developing a range of new technologies that will use colours, sounds and touch inside cars to alert drivers to potential hazards and prevent accidents involving...

Fairtrade Foundation turns spotlight on 'clean gold' - news

Following its success with tea, coffee and bananas, the Fairtrade Foundation is looking to further its engagement with the gold industry.  "Not enough people know about Fairtrade...

BITC launches 3-year action plan to tackle water management - news

Business leaders are calling on business to tackle water issues in the UK. With the backing of the government, Business in the Community (BITC) has brought together water companies, other...

Molson Coors signs up to waste packaging compliance scheme - news

Britain's biggest brewer, Molson Coors has signed up to the British Beer & Pub Association(BBPA) SUSTAIN waste packaging compliance scheme.  Joining the SUSTAIN scheme will...

Call for higher take-up of Investing in Integrity standard - news

More businesses should sign up to the Investing in Integrity (IiI) charter mark to reassure the public that they are trustworthy, Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow has urged.  “One...

Premier Foods reviews ‘pay and stay’ practice after outcry - news

The UK company Premier Foods, producer of the popular brands Mr Kipling, Oxo and Bisto, has been accused of operating a policy to ditch suppliers that refuse its request for investment. The...

Investment industry urged to address lack of female execs - news

The UK investment management industry is suffering from a severe lack of female representation, despite the high corporate governance expectations placed on the boards of companies in which they...

New rules tackle unfair credit broker practices - news

From this month, new rules will ban credit brokers in the UK from charging fees to customers, and from requesting customers’ payment details for that purpose, unless they comply with new...

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...

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

Choosing a pension scheme with a clear focus on the relevance of good corporate governance, how companies manage their relationship within the society they operate and their impact on the...

Ensuring sustainability delivers - news

Mark Parsons is chief customer officer at logistics firm DHL and while heavily involved in the commercial side of the business, his remit also extends to CR and sustainability. He tells Ethical...

Digital planet poses challenges to society but offers ‘extraordinary potential’ - news

  In the first of a two-part Amity Insight research paper by Ecclesiastical Investment Management Limited (‘EIM’) titled ‘Digital Planet: A brave new world for...

Navigating the challenges of multiple reporting frameworks - news

Richard Kirby, technical director at CRedit360, explores the complex web of reporting standards    Making use of reporting frameworks to communicate and benchmark...

2degrees unveils top 25 under 25s working in sustainable business - news

2degrees, the online collaboration platform and service for sustainable business, has unveiled its list of the Top 25 Under 25s for 2014. Among those that made the cut are professionals...

Salvation Army enlists Mitie in employability programme - news

A joint employability intitiative between Mitie and The Salvation Army has been so successful it has been nominated for an ERSA Employability award. The Employment Related Services...

And I would walk 500 miles… actually make that 39,397! - news

The Proclaimers don't know the half of it! When posed with the challenge – can you walk to Seoul, South Korea in 14 weeks? Over one hundred staff at Kia Motors UK head office...

EHRC launches new online resources for young people - news

A new online resource to enable children and young people to contribute to a review of how the UK complies with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is being launched...

Febreze and Tesco to trial new recycling programme - news

The recycling of trigger top and flip cap-bottles is the goal of a new cross-sector trial in the UK, funded by WRAP and Procter & Gamble (P&G) as part of the Courtauld Commitment 3....

Investors need clearer impact information, says SROI Network - news

The SROI Network, soon to be known as Social Value UK, is calling for a change in legislation to demand more assurance from businesses of their social and environmental impact information....

M&S makes headway on 2020 sustainability targets - news

Marks & Spencer is making significant progress in embedding its sustainable business plan – Plan A – across its operations, according to a half-year update just issued by the...

Corporate tax avoidance “morally wrong” says British public - news

More than four in five (85%) British adults say tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong even if it’s legal, according to a new ComRes poll for Christian Aid and ActionAid....

Controversy dogs Ineos’s fracking operation - news

A company that is planning a fracking operation in Scotland has been accused of bribing the local community to accept a hazardous operation. The Swiss chemicals multinational Ineos intends...

Culture change in banks may take a generation - news

At the current rate of change, it will take the financial services sector a generation to completely overhaul its culture and practices, says a new report from the think tank New City Agenda...

Public trust in business remains fragile - news

Tax avoidance and executive pay are still firmly on the agenda as issues the British public thinks business needs to address, according to the latest survey of public opinion about business...

Payday lenders urged to bolster transparency - news

The UK’s controversial payday lenders could now be compelled to outline their conditions on an independent comparison website under proposals from the government body that promotes...

Do we need more CR and sustainability mentors? - news

Claudine Blamey, chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and head of stewardship at The Crown Estate, explains the institute's new mentoring scheme...

Getting to grips with gambling controls - news

Leo Martin, director of responsible business advisers, GoodCorporation, asks if the gaming industry is doing enough to promote responsible gambling   According to the Gambling...

With great power comes great accountability? - news

Do you remember when getting a fine was considered a bad thing? A sign that you’d flouted the law in some way? It was definitely something to be ashamed of at any rate. It doesn’t...

Greene praised for leadership impact - news

Moya Greene, ceo of Royal Mail, has been named the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year at the 2014 National Business Awards. Recognising the personal impact of the UK’s most high...

Jupiter reorganises investment team - news

Environmental and sustainable investment specialist Jupiter is changing the organisational structure of its Environmental and Sustainable Strategy team to provide an enhanced central source of...

Malcom moves to Business Disability Forum - news

Business Disability Forum (BDF) has announced the appointment of Simon Malcom to the executive team as interim md. Malcom will lead the operations of the business while chief executive and...

Howard Boyd to advisory role at Jupiter - news

Emma Howard Boyd will be engaged by SRI investment specialist Jupiter as an external consultant, offering her experience to the Stewardship Committee and the Sustainability Review Committee. She...

ESG factors now integral to investment process, says Aviva - news

In its second biennial survey of global asset managers on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, Aviva Investors’ multi-manager research team has found that there is widespread...

DHL drives innovation for quieter logistics - news

DHL has launched a new Compressed Natural Gas -powered concept truck for use in towns and cities. The vehicle combines new engine and ignition technology with pioneering cab safety features to...

O2 wins triple certification for carbon, water and waste - news

O2 has become the first mobile telecoms company in the world to be awarded triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste. The Standard is an independent...

Public opinion of business improving, but trust remains fragile - news

Tax avoidance and executive pay are still firmly on the agenda as issues the British public thinks business needs to address, according to the latest survey of public opinion about business...

More support for farmers urged in renewable energy push - news

Farms could be a major player in the renewable energy market in the UK, according to a report issued by a new industry coalition, Farm Power. According to its research, there is at least...

Heaton and Abbott in tune with GMB’s Living Wage campaign - news

Musicians Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are backing the GMB living wage campaign protesting against fashion retailer Next's employment practices. The singers will be protesting alongside...

Scottish Leather Group recognised for environmental good practice - news

At this week’s Energy Institute Awards, the Environmental Award went to Scottish Leather Group for its low carbon leather production. Scottish Leather Group secured the award against...

Greenpeace scales Shell HQ in Arctic protest - news

Greenpeace has launched a counter-advertising campaign in response to Shell’s latest ad, which portrays a girl reading a book in bed by lamp light, with the caption ‘let’s keep...

New guide to sustainability communications – and it’s free! - news

An extensive but quick and easy-to-use guide to help businesses improve how they communicate their social and environmental credentials, has been launched by Clarity Sustainability. The...

BITC Responsible Business Awards now open for entries - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on inspirational businesses across the UK and abroad to enter the 2015 Responsible Business Awards.  Now in its 18th year, the...

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...

Telecoms giants launch cross-industry sustainability ratings for mobile devices - news

Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has teamed up with telecoms giants O2 and Vodafone to launch a shared rating system to help customers compare mobile devices based on environmental...

Most employees hide mental health conditions over stigma - news

The truth about mental health in the workplace has been revealed by research from pensions and insurance provider Friends Life. The new survey shows that huge numbers of employees in the UK...

BITC urges more to get onboard for Ban The Box - news

Business in the Community is calling on more UK employers to remove the criminal record disclosure tick box from application forms – as part of its Ban the Box campaign. Currently...

Equality frozen in time with latest employee benefit? - news

When I heard about Facebook and Apple’s practice of offering female employees the opportunity to freeze their eggs (in order to retain and attract more female talent), my first thoughts...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

Sustainability is undoubtedly a buzzword at the moment, writes Paul Raleigh. Whether business leader or consumer, we cannot escape from being told to consider the long-term implications of our...

Cooking up employment opportunities for the homeless - news

A London restaurant that serves up fine dining to the likes of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew is also cooking up a storm in the homeless community with its award winning...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

Having been inspired by a former KPMG partner who lectured on corporate responsibility while doing his MBA, Mark Parker, CSR Programme Manager at Whitbread, tells Ethical Performance how he...

DECC appoints new chief scientific advisor - news

Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE has been appointed DECC’s chief scientific advisor. Professor Loughhead is currently Executive Director at UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)...

Watson to lead BRE environment programme - news

Building science centre BRE has appointed University College London Professor of Engineering Systems Jeremy Watson to lead on its built environment research programme. The programme, which...

KPMG partner recognised by Shaw Trust influencer's list - news

Vincent Neate, partner and head of KPMG UK’s Sustainability Services practice, has been named as one of the most influential people in Britain with a disability or impairment, in the first...

Slaughter & May wins environmental award - news

Law firm Slaughter & May has won the Legal Sector Alliance Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility at the Law Society Excellence Awards. The judges were impressed that...

Is business doing enough to address global sustainability challenges? - news

The business landscape is very different now to when I started my career in the field of sustainability over 15 years ago, writes Joe Franses. Businesses today face significant pressure to...

Kimberly Clark's Andrex acts on sanitation in Angola - news

A special on-pack promotion aims to raise £250,000 to help thousands of children in Angola to have clean and safe toilets. Toilet tissue brand, Andrex (owned by Kimberly Clark), has...

Radisson Blu Edinburgh in air quality drive - news

Hotelier Radisson Blu has teamed up with City Car Club, the UK’s leading independent car club, to help improve air quality on Edinburgh’s streets by providing access to a convenient,...

Reward employees for how they do business, says IBE - news

Reward employees who uphold company values, says a new guide from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE).  Knowing that they will be appraised on how they do business as well as what...

National CSR Awards – join us for the CSR event of the year! - news

An impressive team of judges, supporters and contributors have been lined up to join Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP at the inaugural awards and showcase on 6 March 2015 at...

British-made wave power surges closer after successful test - news

Generating electricity from wave power in Britain took a step closer to reality this week after green energy company Ecotricity’s innovative device – Searaser – successfully...

IBE offers pension fund trustees ethical guidance - news

Ethical guidance for pension fund trustees is the focus of the latest report from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). Its new report looks at 12 key questions – ranging in topics from...

Kering partners with LCF to engage young talent in sustainable fashion - news

Gucci and Saint Laurent maker Kering and The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), at London College of Fashion (LCF), have launched a five-year partnership to support sustainable practices and...

ClimateCare calls for more partners to scale up cookstove projects - news

In 10 years ClimateCare has funded improved cookstoves for over 6.5m people helping tackle one of the developing world’s leading causes of death. It is now calling for more partners to...

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...

Big business to sing from same hymn sheet over energy savings - news

The Big Energy Vision is a new multi-partner campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills. Supported by both big businesses - including Kingfisher, John Lewis,...

Boardroom pay just gets bigger and bigger, says TUC - news

Forty nine minutes after returning to work after the 2013 New Year break Britain's highest paid director earned as much as a worker on the living wage earns in a year, according to new TUC...

SSE trailblazes with Fair Tax Mark accreditation - news

SSE plc, the UK's second largest energy supplier, has become the first FTSE 100 company to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark. Launched in February 2014, the Fair Tax Mark is the world's...

Low take-up of Ban the Box blamed on ‘exaggerated fear’ - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on more UK employers to remove the criminal record disclosure tick box from application forms – as part of its Ban the Box campaign,...

Renewable energy bodies outgrow affiliation - news

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Solar Trade Association (STA) are to go their separate ways, ending their formal four-year affiliation. The two associations became affiliated in...

Big business starts to show pay moderation - news

More than three-quarters of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies have responded in the past 12 months to shareholders’ expectations and the government’s new disclosure and voting rules...

The race for sustainability needs to shift a gear...or two - news

Listening to the dentist drill-like drone of the very first Formula E grand prix recently, it struck me that its aim to be about much more than just a new motor sport, “to help develop...

Does behaviour change offer the key to sustainability? - news

There are so many wonderful, technical innovations and services available to help your company reduce its environmental footprint – from solar panels, voltage optimisation and LED lighting...

Barclays receives record fine for asset breach - news

Barclays Bank Plc has been fined £37,745,000 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to properly protect clients’ custody assets worth £16.5 billion. As a result...

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...

Dow Jones sustainability indices family reaches 15-year milestone - news

S&P Dow Jones Indices, part of McGraw Hill Financial and the world’s largest global resource for index-based concepts and data, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused...

Bickham takes trustees chair at IBE - news

Edward Bickham has agreed to become Chair of the Trustees of the Institute of Business Ethics. He succeeds Chris Moorhouse, who has served as IBE Chair since 2006. Tim Melville-Ross,...

Not enough women execs to sustain FTSE board challenge - news

CTPartners Augmentum, the UK ceo and board practice of the New York-listed global executive search firm CTPartners, have calculated that whilst Lord Davies’ target for women to make up 25%...

Tesco launches investigation following £250m profit shortfall - news

British supermarket giant Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the retailer overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m. It has...

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’...

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...

CR is increasingly defined by what a company does, not what it gives - news

Since the recession, businesses have been faced with an increasingly cynical public who are more concerned than ever about the ethics of the brands they choose to engage with. Working at...

Brooks Newmark stands down as minister for civil society - news

Recently appointed minister for civil society Brooks Newmark has resigned following Sunday Mirror allegations he shared sexually explicit images of himself with an undercover reporter over...

Barclays receives record fine over client assets breach - news

Barclays Bank Plc has been fined £37,745,000 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to properly protect clients’ custody assets worth £16.5 billion. As a result...

Five new board trustees for Forum - news

Sustainability charity Forum for the Future has taken on five new board trustees. Among them is a former Big Six energy boss, a broadcast journalist, a chartered accountant, a noted engineer and...

Carillion wins integrity chartermark - news

Carillion plc has achieved the Investing in Integrity (IiI) chartermark as a result of successful completion of the rigorous IiI accreditation process.? Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a...

Cenex becomes KIC affiliate partner - news

Cenex, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies, has been approved as an Affiliate Partner for the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC). As its partner,...

EAC calls for creation of 'Office for Environmental Responsibility' - news

The UK government has been given a ‘red card’ for its efforts to reduce health-damaging air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding in a scorecard assessment of its...

Living wage protesters hit London Fashion Week opening - news

Protesters took action last week to mark the opening of London Fashion Week with the message “Don’t mention the garment workers”. Activists highlighted the event because,...

Rolls-Royce set to power up science teaching in UK - news

Power systems company Rolls-Royce has entered into a three-year partnership with UK education charity Teach First, to help provide inspirational science teaching to young people from...

Tesco partners with UK charities to tackle unhealthy habits - news

Supermarket giant Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation are to join forces early next year in a joint initiative to promote healthy living. The partnership aims to reduce...

More than one in three women suffer sexism in tech industry - news

Over 40% of women in the UK tech or IT industries have witnessed or experienced sexism in the workplace, a new survey has revealed. Sexism continues to be entrenched in the tech and IT...

M&S takes another step to improve carbon efficiency - news

British high street retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a landmark deal with Future Biogas for the purchase of 35,000 megawatt hours of biomethane certificates, a move which will...

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...

New UK banking reforms on the cards - news

Tougher tests have been proposed to ensure that senior UK bankers whose conduct could wreck their bank or seriously harm customers can be held accountable. Under the proposals bankers would...

Slavery helpline opens in UK - news

The NSPCC is working with the UK government to support a new?modern slavery helpline (0800 0121 700). The free, 24/7 service, funded solely by the Home Office, will be run by the NSPCC helpline...

KPMG warns fraudsters “getting younger” - news

The profile of the typical fraudster has shifted from rogue senior executives to younger individuals funding extravagant lifestyles, finds KPMG’s latest Fraud Barometer. Fraud cases...

Transparency warnings over EIB’s policy change - news

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is proposing changes to its rules on information disclosure which would make it one of the most secretive financial institutions in the world, campaigners are...

Why join the new CR professional institute? - news

Claudine Blamey is Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and Head of Stewardship at The Crown Estate.  I started my career in Corporate...

Slaves in the supply chain: how far are we willing to look? - news

Michael Pollitt examines the background to the proposed Modern Slavery Bill Two hundred years after Wilberforce, an unexpected slave trade boom has forced the world to revise its...

What good am I, if I know and don’t do? - news

September, the back-to-school, new uniform, new shoes, month. It’s a time for fresh starts and fresh thinking. With a hopefully holiday-refreshed mindset, in this edition we take a special...

Ford extends community links with free training programme - news

Car maker Ford's Driving Skills for Life, a free training programme for inexperienced drivers who have recently passed their driving test, gets into gear in the UK later this month,...

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...

“Bankers Oath” to turn back tide of scandal? - news

Think tank ResPublica has called for the introduction of an oath for bankers similar to the Hippocratic Oath in order to raise accountability and standards in banking. ResPublica’s...

Radical action urged over executive pay levels - news

Radical action by the UK government to cap executive earnings has been urged by the High Pay Centre. The centre, an independent think tank that monitors executives’ remuneration,...

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...

2degrees recognises innovation - news

Flooring that converts footsteps into renewable electricity, a house built almost entirely from waste products and Sky’s Rainforest Rescue campaign with WWF were among the winners at the...

Newmark steps down as minister for civil society - news

Recently appointed minister for civil society Brooks Newmark has resigned following Sunday Mirror allegations he shared sexually explicit images of himself with an undercover reporter over...

Dilley to chair Environment Agency - news

Philip Dilley is the new chair of the Environment Agency in the UK. Dilley, former chair of the Arup Group, will take up the £100,000-a-year post in September, when the term in office ends...

Beware ‘changing of guard’ warns KPMG as fraudsters get younger - news

The profile of the typical fraudster has shifted from rogue senior executives to younger individuals funding extravagant lifestyles, finds KPMG’s latest Fraud Barometer. Fraud cases...

EHRC issues guidance to help boost number of women on boards - news

New guidance published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) advises companies, search firms and recruitment agencies about positive steps that can be taken to improve the...

Directors need to be active in setting company’s values, says IBE - news

Boards need to set and maintain company values, says a new report from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). Ethics, Risk &Governance: a board briefing paper aims to help directors...

SFO launches FOREX price rigging probe - news

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of price rigging in the £3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market. The inquiry will...

New platform matches community projects with corporate sponsors - news

A new platform has launched to help matchmake community projects with relevant corporate sponsors and volunteers. Neighbourly.com is the brainchild of Nick Davies, the online social...

Sustainability still driven by ‘box-ticking’, not conviction - news

UK businesses are missing out on a range of benefits by operating on the ‘border’ of compliancy when it comes to sustainable business practice, according to the annual sustainability...

Innovation and collaboration celebrated at Champions Awards - news

Flooring that converts footsteps into renewable electricity, a house built almost entirely from waste products and Sky’s Rainforest Rescue campaign with WWF were among the winners at last...

CSR comes of age with launch of first professional institute - news

Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London, hailed the recent launch of the Institute of Corporate Resposibility and Sustainability (ICRS) as "a giant step forward for CSR from being 'nice to...

National Grid named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 - news

National Grid has taken the mantle of Responsible Business of the Year from Jaguar LandRover following last night's Business in the Community's (BITC's) Awards. National Grid was...

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

Supermarket giant Asda has become the first retailer in the world to open up its books and give a full disclosure of where and how it sources wild fish. This is coupled with an assessment of the...

Banks turn corner on public trust, says new survey - news

After years of reputational issues and costly scandals, banks are finally winning back the public's trust, according to new research from uSwitch.com. The 2014 uSwitch Current Account...

Co-operative Energy powers up community energy campaign - news

Co-operative Energy is this year’s lead sponsor of Community Energy Fortnight, the world’s biggest community energy campaign. Organised by the Community Energy Coalition (CEC) -...

Syngenta pulls plug on banned pesticide bid - news

Syngenta has  withdrawn an ‘emergency’ application to allow a bee-harming pesticide, banned by the EU, to be used on British crops. The news follows campaigning earlier...

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...

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...

Mark Carney appointed co-president of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that puts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of business....

Anthesis expands sustainability team - news

Anthesis Group, the global sustainability consultancy, has made three senior appointments to bolster its global team. Ben Tuxworth joins as a director in the group’s strategy and...

Bowman joins Emerging World team - news

Amanda Bowman has joined Emerging World’s team as partnerships and business development director. Prior to joining, she worked as director at the International Business Leaders Forum...

Coca Cola under new pressure over sugar content levels - news

Coca-Cola is under renewed pressure after announcing a new version of its popular Coke drink with a third less sugar and a third fewer calories. The company says the new product is in line...

Speaking up for sustainability - news

I’ve worked in this ‘space’ - as so many in ‘the sustainability space’ like to call it - for almost 18 months now. Like all new jobs, it often takes a while to get...

Food and amenity giants take up herbicide-free weed control challenge - news

Weedingtech, the herbicide-free weed management company, is challenging five major industry partners to test out its MW-Series and Foamstream weed control system to prove its performance against...

Pay workers fairly or lose customers, warns KPMG - news

Consumers will change their buying habits and shop elsewhere if British businesses fail to pay staff a fair wage. According to a survey of more than 1,000 individuals across the UK, most people...

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 green lights giant offshore wind farm - news

The East Anglia One offshore wind farm that is expected to support almost 2,900 jobs and bring over £520m of investment into the UK’s economy has been given the official go-ahead....

Credit Suisse and Yorkshire Building Society face multi-million fine - news

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined both Credit Suisse International (CSI) and Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) for failing to ensure financial promotions for CSI's Cliquet...

CBI calls for government to address gender pay gap - news

The next Government should ensure there is a UK target for reducing the gender pay gap, says the CBI. The UK's leading business group has called for a commitment from the next Government...

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....

Carney takes on co-presidency of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that aims to put Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of...

‘Two ticks’ symbol not living up to disability promise - news

Thousands of firms awarded the UK Government’s ‘two ticks’ symbol for ensuring equality for disabled workers have been found to be no better than companies who have not...

ITV gets match fit for volunteering programme - news

ITV and sports charity Join In are partnering for the launch of a new campaign to encourage volunteering in local sport. It has set a target of generating interest in 100,000 new volunteers....

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...

This sporting life needs a more level playing field - news

I grew up on a diet of watching Pot Black at 9pm on a Friday night. I’m happy to admit that I was more interested in aspiring to play the theme tune – the wonderful Black and White...

UK businesses need to prepare for upcoming energy reporting changes - news

Within months, more than 7,000 businesses across the UK will have to report on energy use for the first time under a scheme run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). To...

Telecoms giants collaborate to advance internet safety - news

Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has lauded the new Internet Matters.org portal, which was founded by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media and helps parents safely surf the web...

Audi dealers exposed over false safety claims - news

The Audi car manufacturer and many of its dealers have been exposed making false safety claims. Nine out of 10 Audi dealers around Britain were found by under-cover BBC researchers to be...

Charity bosses urged to shun ‘workfare’ programme - news

The chief executives of the 200,000 registered charities in the UK have been urged not to take part in the government’s new ‘workfare’ programme. The new mandatory...

Betfred pledges commitment to improve equality and diversity - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has entered into a formal agreement with Betfred, which aims to improve diversity and equality awareness among the high street bookmakers 5,000...

British business continues to fail women in the workplace - news

Over 40% of women say their gender has hindered their career… or will, finds a new survey from coaching consultancy Talking Talent. The research, conducted among over a thousand...

Company values drive success for UK’s Best Workplaces - news

This year’s record number of Best Workplaces attribute their business success to their organisational values. They say their values help build the culture essential for driving individual...

Homeworking could save 3bn tonnes of carbon a year - news

Increasing the numbers of UK employees working from home could save over 3 million tonnes of carbon a year as well as cut costs by £3 billion a year for UK employers and employees,...

Protestors target Lloyds AGM over coal investments - news

Protestors are targeting the Lloyds Bank AGM in Edinburgh today, accusing it of destroying people’s lives and fuelling climate change by bankrolling the global coal industry....

Ecotricity saves British wind firm - news

Britain’s green energy company Ecotricity has bought small wind firm Evance out of administration. Evance have pioneered an innovative new windmill design which is 90% of the way...

Christian Aid warns of lack of transparency in FTSE100 data - news

The secrecy surrounding thousands of subsidiaries created in tax havens by leading UK companies has created a black hole at the heart of the FTSE100, a new Christian Aid report has warned....

Promote those who volunteer most, think tank tells bosses - news

British business should award promotions or pay rises to employees who have done the most volunteering, according to a new Demos report. With BITC's Give and Gain Day coming up this...

Mental health needs to move up wellbeing agenda, says BITC - news

While the results from the second Business in the Community (BITC) Workwell FTSE100 benchmark showed the average company score on the up, the provision of mental health support continues to be a...

Time to pay the piper over bankers’ bonuses - news

I saw a postcard the other day that stated: “To make the rich work harder you pay them more, to make the poor work harder you pay them less.” It certainly struck a chord given the...

C of E retains stake in payday lender company - news

The Church of England still has a stake in the payday loans company Wonga, even though it announced almost a year ago that it was withdrawing the money. The reason is that disinvesting is...

Caffè Nero tax affairs leave bitter taste - news

Caffè Nero has become the second coffee house chain to provoke the anger of UK politicians by avoiding corporation tax. Since 2007 it has recorded pre-tax profits of almost...

‘Net Positive’ approach can help towards more secure supply chain - news

Taking a ‘Net Positive’ approach in business helps an organisation build a more secure supply chain, says a new report from Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and WWF-UK....

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

UK companies must rediscover the lost arts of innovation, argued the PwC annual CEO survey earlier this year. In fact, companies everywhere are under pressure to adapt to the double whammy of...

Burke and Winters join BITC Ireland - news

Mary Rose Burke, director of business representation with Ibec and James Winters, plant manager for the DePuy Synthes Ireland Manufacturing Operation have been appointed board members of BITC...

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...

New co-chair of OWIC takes seat - news

DONG Energy Wind Power’s country manager, Benj Sykes, is the new co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) by Business and Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, who...

Atmos expands team - news

Atmos Consulting has added to its multi-disciplinary team of experienced consultants by appointing Jenny Bell as Principal Ornithologist. With almost 20 years of ecological experience, Bell...

Building blocks for green design - news

Wood for Good, the timber industry promotion and sustainability campaign, has launched the largest online life-cycle assessment (LCA) database of any UK construction material. ?? The...

M&S throws itself into the Big Beach Clean-Up - news

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched the Beach Clean Frisbee, a toy made from recycled plastic, including plastic collected by M&S customers and employees at last year’s Big...

Majority in UK favour onshore wind power over fracking - news

The majority of people in Britain would prefer to live near a wind farm than a fracking site, says new YouGov research commissioned by Ecotricity. When given the choice, 62% said they would...

New rallying cry to halt use of plastic carrier bags - news

With the average person in England using 133 carrier bags a year, the Break The Bag Habit coalition has launched a new website to encourage supporters to pledge to stop using them. The...

BT launches online energy saving tool - news

Telecoms giant BT has launched a free interactive online energy saving tool to help customers find ways of reducing their carbon footprint - both at home and at work. Part of BT's...

UK government to turn rooftops into solar power stations - news

Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker. The...

New round of bankers’ bonuses draws more anger - news

Banks have drawn more criticism with their new round of large salary and bonus announcements. Much of the anger results from Barclays’ revelation that the number of its staff on...

When it comes to integrated reporting, first think ‘integrated thinking’ - news

Wiebke Flach, head of advisory services at Business in the Community, explains the integrated approach to reporting. In the simplest terms, integrated reporting is when a company...

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...

NCVO’s Wilding banks on new role - news

Karl Wilding, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) director of public policy, has been appointed as a non-executive director of Charity Bank. Wilding will continue his...

Norris to direct ASP - news

Kirsti Norris is the new director of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners. She has co-ordinated the Devon & Somerset ASP group since 2011. “ASP is such an emergent being, I...

Duxbury joins Groundwork - news

Graham Duxbury is the new national chief executive at Groundwork, replacing Sir Tony Hawkhead. Duxbury has worked for Groundwork for more than 15 years, most recently as its director of...

SEPD project restores natural beauty - news

Over 3km of overhead power lines, pylons and wooden electricity poles will be removed from Thursley Common as part of a major £400,000 project by Southern Electric Power Distribution...

CMI warns of ethics crisis as bureaucracy rules workplace - news

Too many managers are robotically following rules rather than making decisions with their hearts and minds, according to new research published today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)...

Business needs to do more to prepare for 4G future - news

While British business recognizes the benefits of age diversity, it must do more to prepare for a ‘4G’ future, warns new research from the CIPD. The professional body for HR and...

Sustainability reporting moves up British business agenda - news

While 70% of British businesses identify sustainability as a key driver for growth, only 51% believe that sustainability issues will impact their firm’s financial performance over the next...

Balfour Beatty signs up to Disability Confident campaign - news

Balfour Beatty's UK and Ireland construction business has become the first in its sector to sign up to the Disability Confident campaign. The Department for Work and Pensions'...

Only half of UK firms audit suppliers’ ethical behaviour - news

UK manufacturers could be inadvertently relying upon slave and child labourers in their supply chains because they are not always auditing suppliers and relying only on trust, according to new...

Vote for your sustainability champions! - news

Voting is now open for this year's 2degrees Champions Awards . There are 14 categories to vote on which highlight a variety of innovative projects, solutions, organizations and...

#FF for BITC’s responsible business Twitter campaign - news

Business in the Community (BITC), the charity which promotes responsible business, is asking employees across the UK to tweet why they are #Proudtoworkfor their organizations. The campaign...

Marks & Spencer wins Carbon Trust triple award - news

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first retailer to receive the triple award of certification for achievements in carbon, water and waste reduction from the Carbon Trust. Tom...

Paddy Power reprimanded over Pistorius promo - news

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK has told Paddy Power to pull its Oscar Pistorius promo following the highest number of complaints it has ever received. "We consider...

Tesco in trouble over sales of unsustainable tuna - news

Britain’s biggest supermarket, Tesco, has been accused of selling unsustainable tuna by stocking a cut-price brand called Oriental & Pacific (O&P). O&P tuna is caught...

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...

Recycling rates on increase in UK - news

Serco, one of the UK’s leading environmental service providers has published new research investigating the impact of recycling incentives. The study shows that authorities with...

Lloyds to bolster number of women in senior roles - news

Lloyds, the UK banking group, has promised that within six years 40% of its 8,000 senior employees will be women, up from the present 28%. It is the first UK FTSE 100 company to set a...

Companies must grasp third party risks - news

Michael Boag, md, Stroz Friedberg, an intelligence and risk management company, discusses the need for business to grasp the nettle of third party risk The failure to conduct appropriate...

Organisations ignore whistleblowing procedures at their corporate peril - news

Whistleblowing is a complex issue for businesses. History tells us that many corporate disasters could have been prevented if companies had listened when concerns were raised. Staff...

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...

Willmott Dixon to help build UK's first eco town - news

Willmott Dixon's credentials as one of the most prolific constructors of sustainable developments have been further strengthened with its appointment for the initial stage of the UK's...

Climate change protesters gift 'survival kit' to UK environment chief - news

Representatives of flooded communities and climate change campaigners in the UK have delivered a ‘climate change survival kit’ consisting of wellington boots, a snorkel and...

British business makes move towards greater tax transparency - news

Birmingham-based Unity Trust Bank, Midcounties Co-operative and The Phone Co-op have become the first businesses to be accredited by the new Fair Tax Mark, the world's first independent...

Effective collaborations need effective enabling structures - news

New forms of business models and partnership are required to realise the potential of shared value business opportunities, says C&E Advisory (C&E) and The Next Practice (TNP). In a...

In the CSR spotlight...Manny Amadi - news

Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's...

New ‘green’ fuel could increase CO2 emissions, says What Car? - news

The introduction of a ‘greener’ petrol to meet EU regulations could increase harmful CO2 tailpipe emissions, says What Car? . The move to introduce E10 fuel, which is expected...

How do you use an awards scheme to engage your stakeholders? - news

The online community 2degrees is all about engagement. For the past six years it has been helping companies large and small solve their sustainability challenges by facilitating...

BITC calls for business to incentivise responsible behaviour - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on chief executives to reward responsible behaviour in the same way that they incentivise staff to meet financial targets and generate...

CBE at IBE - news

Philippa Foster Back, director of the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE), has been appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year’s Honours. The CBE was awarded in...

Director move at SustainAbility - news

Zoë Arden has joined business consultancy SustainAbility as a director. Arden specialises in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and storytelling. With over 20 years of advisory...

Rardin takes care of Care2 - news

Care2, the largest online social action community, has promoted Eric Rardin to Vice President of Business Development. Rardin has been a key contributor and leader in Care2’s business...

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...

Andrew Sells to chair Natural England - news

Andrew Sells has been confirmed as the Chairman of Natural England. Sells took up the post last month. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “This is an incredibly important role...

IBE recognises writing excellence - news

Gavin Hinks, a freelance financial journalist (pictured right) and Michelle Spiteri Bailey, a PhD student (pictured far right) at the University of Leicester, have recently won top spots at the...

Bona fide bonuses? - news

Bonuses of twice annual salary may continue to be paid at the UK government-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). EU rules permit bonuses equivalent to a year’s salary but larger...

Low-tech fraud makes unwelcome return - news

KPMG’s bi-annual Fraud Barometer has shown that while fraudsters are at the cutting edge of technology - attacking banks in the virtual world for example - some have reverted to...

Financial services customers suffer massive data breach in Korea - news

In early December last year, a District Prosecutors’ Office near Busan, Korea’s second city, announced there had been leaks of customer information from the Korean branches of...

Comedy programmes top TV’s carbon footprint output - news

Television programmes may still be emitting 7.7 tonnes of CO2 per hour – a slight increase on 2012 – but the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) says it is encouraged...

Banks back effort to attract more state educated youth - news

A campaign to get more state educated young people into the banking sector has been launched. Education charity the Sutton Trust will work with four major banks to boost the number of young...

Whistleblowing up 88% in UK’s financial services sector - news

Prosecutions for white collar crime in the financial services sector are likely to increase in 2014 following an 88% rise in the number of whistleblowing reports received by the Financial...

Give & Gain campaign extends international reach - news

Volunteering initiative Give & Gain Day is extending its international reach with four new partnerships in Honduras, Panama, India and Kenya. Now in its sixth year, the annual Business...

New app helps employees combat bribery - news

With corruption still topping the list of FTSE350 company concerns, the Institute of Business Ethics has developed a timely app to help employees make the right decision in tricky situations....

RBS in bonus spotlight - news

Bonuses of twice annual salary may continue to be paid at the UK government-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). EU rules permit bonuses equivalent to a year’s salary but larger...

FTSE350 urged to improve boardroom gender equality - news

FTSE350 companies in the UK are being pushed by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Lord Davies to increase the number of women in their boardrooms. The pair have jointly written to the...

Co-op first to offer compostable carrier bags in UK - news

Compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, are being rolled out to customers at around 400 Co-operative food stores in the...

Starbucks pays back £15m to UK government - news

Starbucks, the US coffee house chain, has now paid £15m ($24.6m, €18m) of the £20m it offered to the UK tax authorities after revelations of tax avoidance by several large...

Slàinte! New verification scheme protects Scotch Whisky supply chain - news

Consumers of Scotch Whisky are being given even greater reassurance that what they buy is the genuine article, thanks to a new verification regime. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme...

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...

London businesses urged to plug volunteering gaps - news

The City of London Corporation is urging businesses to ‘gift their skills’ as 2014 company-giving-gestures and are being asked to focus on particular charities. Homelessness...

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...

British small businesses rank sustainability top priority - news

A quarter of Britain's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, reflecting a renewed confidence and a desire to focus on...

BITC calls for ban on criminal-record tick box - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on UK employers to remove the default criminal-record disclosure tick box from job application forms – as part of its Ban the Box...

UK pension funds ‘speculate’ £1.5bn on food prices - news

A new report published by World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a London-based group, argues that tough regulation is “urgently needed” to limit speculation in the food and...

Celia Richardson makes Power list - news

Celia Richardson, director of external affairs at Social Enterprise UK, has been named in the 2013 Power Part Time list, a roll call featuring 50 powerful UK executives - who all happen to work...

Rumboll joins Company Shop - news

Company Shop, Britain’s largest commercial redistributor of surplus food and goods, has appointed Tom Rumboll its first director of business development. Rumboll joins Company Shop after...

Janina Gray becomes chair of Water Group - news

Members of Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) have voted the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) Head of Science, Janina Gray, as the Chair of the Water Group for 2014. This is the...

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...

Centre for Compliance and Trust opens - news

School of thought… Cambridge Judge Business School has launched a new Centre for Compliance and Trust to lead thinking and work with organisations in the financial sector to explore how...

Whistleblower recognised in New Year honours - news

Two women who led the fight against one of the biggest scandals in Britain’s national health service have been recognised in the New Year honours list. Julie Bailey, who set up the...

Electric buses to operate on London commuter routes - news

A new era of emission free bus travel was unveiled recently as Transport for London (TfL) and bus operator Go-Ahead London began a trial of the capital city's first electric buses. The...

British business missing out on £300m in carbon savings - news

New research from the Carbon Trust shows that UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300m a year in savings that could be achieved through encouraging employees to adopt greener...

Comic Relief in spotlight over investment ethics - news

A British charity has been accused of investing in arms, alcoholic drinks and tobacco companies, contrary to its published aims. Comic Relief, which raises much of its money through two...

Tesco blames consumers for rise in food waste - news

Tesco, one of the UK supermarket chains accused of food waste, has heaped some of the blame on customers for shunning perfectly edible fruit and vegetables because they were “ugly or...

Taking a systems-based approach to sustainability - news

Everyone knows it. Some of us pretend we don’t, others bury their heads in the sand and ignore it, and some even deny it and say that everything is fine. But really, when push comes to...

Arriva to invest £4.5m in rail eco-technology - news

European transport group Arriva is to invest £4.5m in eco-technology at its UK rail operations. More than 580 train cabs from 15 different train fleets at the group's Arriva Trains...

The importance of learning from each other - news

Stephen Howard, chief executive of Business in the Community, explains why robust CSR award schemes are powerful mechanisms for sharing best practice The CSR agenda faces a frustrating...

Moving towards the tipping point of change - news

Martin Chilcott, ceo, 2Degrees, says that after celebrating best practice, organizations of all sizes need to see these case studies as a clarion call for more - and faster - action I was...

CIPD urges business to tackle youth unemployment through schools - news

Business engagement with schools is a crucial aspect to overcoming youth unemployment, but must be channelled in the right way, says CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development in...

Banking still has long way to go on equality - news

Women are still paid significantly less than men in investment banking at all levels of seniority according to new data from Emolument . The bonus and salary data benchmarking website has...

Equality survey should act as ‘wake-up call’, says Girlguiding chief - news

Whatever happened to girl power? The fifth annual Girls’ Attitudes Survey focusing on equality for girls shows that sexual harassment is still endemic. The survey from Girlguiding...

Search engine giants crackdown on child abuse images - news

Search engine giants Google and Microsoft are to take measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online. They say that as many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results that...

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...

Time to realise the power of renewables? - news

This year Ofgem announced that Britain will face an energy drought by 2015, as our ageing coal fired power stations are systematically decommissioned. Whilst the materialization of Hinkley Point...

Chocs the way for Sophi Tranchell - news

Sophi Tranchell MBE, md of the farmer-owned chocolate company Divine, has received the Good Deals Pioneer Award. Good Deals, the UK’s leading social investment conference, is this...

Watch the birdie! - news

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have found out why birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year. Experts have long suspected climate change is somehow driving this advancing...

Low carbon technology not understood by consumers - news

Homeowners are unable to take advantage of the benefits of low and zero carbon technologies because they do not understand how they work, new research by the NHBC Foundation has shown. All...

Sainsbury's opens first 'Triple Zero' supermarkets - news

Sainsbury's new supermarket in Leicester is one of two 'Triple Zero' stores the retailer has just opened. It is the high street chain's most environmentally friendly store to...

Tesco set to cultivate new generation of farmers - news

Supermarket titan Tesco has launched the Future Farm Foundation to support the next generation of British farmers. Tesco says the rationale behind the move is to help bright, talented,...

New support to protect interns' right to fair pay - news

Interns in the UK are to get more support to protect their right to fair pay, as the government launches new advice for young people and cracks down on unfair practises. The new video and...

Blamey becomes chair at CRG - news

Claudine Blamey, sustainability manager at The Crown Estate is to become the new chair of the voluntary board of directors for the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG). Blamey will replace...

Pregnancy discrimination comes under Commission's spotlight - news

Concerns that women are still discriminated in the workplace because they are pregnant has galvanized The Equality and Human Rights Commission to undertake a new research project into the scale...

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)...

Facebook makes u-turn over beheading video - news

The social media website Facebook has removed a video of a beheading after concluding that it “improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence” – but only after six months of...

The case for Business Improvement Districts - news

Tass Mavrogordato, ceo of inmidtown, a Business Improvement District, explains how the organisation contributes to the sustainable business model  At inmidtown we’re striving to...

Kids say thanks a latte for online tool - news

Costa for Schools (costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about communities in coffee growing countries. Developed in conjunction...

Tesco takes on waste revealing 68% of bagged salad gets binned - news

British supermarket giant Tesco has become the first major UK retailer to publish its own food waste figures. Its figures show that 68% of bagged salad is wasted as is 40% of apples. Just...

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon - news

The supermarket chain Tesco has also introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting. The Buying Club, which has been developed in...

Female representation on FTSE100 boards rises - news

Latest figures for women on boards show that female representation in the top FTSE100 companies’ boards continues to increase.? The statistics suggest that the UK is making good...

Workers on boards could rein in executive pay, says TUC - news

Allowing workers to sit on company boards would mean top executives’ pay was set at more reasonable levels, according to a new report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC has...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

Risk management is a cornerstone of running a good, responsible business, writes BITC's Stephen Gee . Investors want to know the level of risk they are committing to and wider...

Community engagement wins back capital's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

Tiltnes elected chair of BREEAM - news

The new BREEAM Europe Board has elected Sverre Tiltnes, ceo of Norwegian Green Building Council (NGBC), as its first chair. Tiltnes is a leading innovator in the Norwegian building and real...

Two new directors for Two Tomorrows - news

Two Tomorrows, the international sustainability adviser and part of the DNV GL Group, has further strengthened its advisory team with the appointment of three senior sustainability consultants....

Watkins takes up BRE role - news

Dr Miles Watkins has joined BRE to take up the key new position of group business development director. Watkins will lead on formulating commercial strategies for the organisation that will...

Anaerobic digestion sites driving UK organics recycling industry growth - news

Anaerobic digestion (AD) continues to drive growth in the UK organics recycling industry, according to the latest sector survey published by WRAP. WRAP’s comprehensive study of the sector...

E.ON and Opower launch 'Saving Energy Toolkit' - news

Energy company E.ON has partnered with Opower, the global leader in customer engagement solutions for the utility industry, to launch the ‘Saving Energy Toolkit’ – a data set...

British Safety Council launches 2014 International Safety Awards - news

The British Safety Council has launched its 2014 International Safety Awards, which are designed to recognise an organisation’s commitment to good health and safety management during the...

BiTC Responsible Business Awards 2014 open for entries - news

The Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards 2014 are now open for entry (closing on 21 February 2014). The awards are designed for business, by business and are rigorously...

IBE call for post/under grad essays - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) is calling for essays on business ethics from postgraduates and under-graduates to encourage ethical sensitivity and new approaches to corporate...

M&S clicks with care home residents in new Plan A programme - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has joined forces with Abbeyfield, a charity helping older people, to create a new volunteering initiative called ‘A Cup of...

Workers on boards could rein in executive pay, says TUC - news

Allowing workers to sit on company boards would mean top executives' pay was set at more reasonable levels, according to a new report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC has...

British government set to publish Modern Slavery Bill - news

British home secretary Theresa May has revealed plans to publish a Modern Slavery Bill as well as appoint an Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Today’s announcement coincides with anti-slavery...

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...

Volkswagen moves up a gear with Ecotricity energy offer - news

In the first crossover partnership of its kind in the UK between a car manufacturer and an energy company, Volkswagen Group is to provide a 100% green electricity offer on its electric vehicles....

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon and energy use - news

British supermarket chain Tesco has introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting equipment and installations by offering substantial...

Dragon Award winners help recover London's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

AkzoNobel looks to close paint recycling loophole - news

Global paints and coatings giant AkzoNobel has collaborated on a UK project looking at the viability of recycling household paint. In the UK alone, over 300m litres of paint are bought each...

GEPs: showing the way to a greener future? - news

With the global population heading towards nine billion and consumption at around three times the planet’s resources, there’s no doubt that action is needed for sustainable growth in...

EIC appoints new director - news

EIC executive... The UK’s environmental technologies and services sector trade association – the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) – has appointed Matthew Farrow as...

Business low down pecking order for effecting environmental change - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer proved top of most consumers’ minds when asked to name a company that took environmental sustainability seriously in their daily business...

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Build better… The Technology Strategy Board is to invest £60m over the next 5 years to support innovation in energy efficient building projects. This is expected to leverage...

Sky races ahead at Beyond Sport awards - news

Sky has been named the Corporate of the Year at the annual Beyond Sport Awards for its Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative.? The Beyond Sport Awards, now in its fifth year, recognise...

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Tide is high… Joint venture company MeyGen is to begin installation of the largest tidal energy project in Europe. The 86MW tidal energy project has just received the official greenlight...

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I n a spin… British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer...

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Barrage barrier… Environmental groups have welcomed the UK government’s announcement that effectively puts a stop to plans to build a barrage across the Severn Estuary. Janina...

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Pig in a poke… Supermarket giant Tesco has recently expressed its disappointment that one of its ‘British’ pork chop proved to be sourced from Holland. Dr Mark Johnson,...

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Step on it… A new start-up has been launched that aims to tackle obesity and promote fitness by labelling the stairs of the world for calorie burn. The idea is grounded in...

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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...

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Neat peat… A new tool setting out guidance and quality standards for sustainable business investment in peatlands has been launched by the UK’s Environment Minister Richard Benyon....

Partnering with NGOs boosts corporate reputation, finds C&E report - news

Businesses see the enhancing of brand, reputation and credibility as the most important reason for partnering with NGOs, reports the 2013 Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer. This benefit...

Costa coffee chain brews up online teaching platform - news

Whitbread-owned coffee chain Costa is heading back to the classroom. Costa for Schools (www.costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about...

BITC’s Workwell benchmark opens up to all businesses - news

Business in the Community (BITC) is opening up its Workwell benchmark to all companies, regardless of size. The move follows a successful trial of the process with companies listed on the FTSE...

Marks & Spencer takes sustainability most seriously says consumer poll - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer proved top of most consumers’ minds when asked to name a company that took environmental sustainability seriously in their daily business...

TUC urges public to press high street brands on Bangladesh Accord - news

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is urging the British public to back a new email campaign pressing major high street brands to sign up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh....

AkzoNobel looks to paint brighter recycling future - news

Global paints and coatings giant AkzoNobel has collaborated on a UK project looking at the viability of recycling household paint. In the UK alone, over 300m litres of paint are bought each...

John Lewis trials new energy efficiency labelling - news

British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer dryers and tumble...

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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...

Ethical funds outperform non-ethical rivals - news

The past 12 months have been a notable period for ethical fund performance with the average ethical fund posting gains of 24% compared with 18% growth from the average non-ethical fund. The...

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Starring roll...SCA-owned tissue brand, Velvet, has won two awards for its ‘Three Trees’ promise in this year’s International CSR Excellence Awards for corporate social...

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Wasting time..TNT Business Solutions, the outsourcing division of TNT Express Services UK & Ireland, has worked with one of the UK’s leading plastics recycling companies –...

Fracking – tipping the scales of climate change - news

The UK government is urging the country to ‘get behind fracking’ in a bid to ensure energy self-sufficiency for decades to come. Every day the newspapers are filled with stories...

Senior staff pay at leading charities comes under scrutiny - news

Pay guidelines will be issued to UK charities in the wake of revelations that some chief executives are receiving six-figure salaries. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations,...

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? Building block… Wates Group, one of the UK’s largest construction companies, has launched the industry’s first national brokerage service to help social enterprises trade...

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Nokia calls on O2… Nokia has agreed to sell a second handset without its charger unit as standard on O2. The Finnish manufacturer has followed a successful trial with its Lumia 925 by...

Consumers worldwide willing to pay more for ethical goods - news

The number of consumers willing to pay more for goods and services from ethical companies is on the rise globally, according to a new survey by market research organisation Nielsen. The...

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Wind up… The second largest offshore wind farm in the world, costing £1.3bn and generating enough clean electricity to power over half a million homes, has officially opened by the...

Sky’s the limit at The Bigger Picture - news

Daniella Vega is head of responsibility at BSkyB’s CSR department, aka The Bigger Picture, and is also this year’s recipient of 2Degree’s Sustainability Champion of the Year...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

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? 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...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

Virgin Trains director steams into DECC - news

Arthur Leathley has been appointed director of communications at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in the UK. Leathley joins the government from Virgin Trains, where, as...

Pharma giants back blister pack carbon footprint tool - news

A new spreadsheet-based tool to enable pharma companies to estimate the carbon footprint of tablet medicines in blister packs has been unveiled. The tool, a first of its kind for the...

Women losing out in gender bonus battle - news

New salary figures show the existing gender pay gap in the UK is being aggravated by a 50 per cent bonus pay gap. The data, published annually by CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and...

As Premier League kicks off, Carbon Trust tracks ‘carbon bootprint’ - news

As England’s Premier League prepares to kick off this weekend, new research from the Carbon Trust has unveiled the ‘carbon bootprint’ of watching football. The research...

Equality call... - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has formally written to the Minister for Women and Equalities in the UK to propose that it replaces its statutory disability committee with a new, high...

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

Jaguar Land Rover has been crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year, taking over the mantle from British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer. The...

Finger lickin’ good… - news

KFC, a Yum! Brands company, has once again been recognized as one of the best workplaces in the UK at this year’s Great Place to Work Best Workplaces Program, ranking 18th in the Large...

New president at IBE - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has appointed a new president. Tim Melville-Ross CBE, Chair of HEFCE, succeeds Sir Robert Worcester, founder of Ipsos-MORI, who has served as IBE President...

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....

The challenge of making a stand for change - news

When Shakespeare’s Juliet poses the question, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” she is alluding to the fact that what matters is what...

Plastic bags still scourge of environmentalists in UK - news

Plastic carrier bag use in Britain rose slightly last year despite environmental appeals to reduce the practice. The overall number of bags issued to customers by the main supermarkets...

Sainsbury’s under renewed fire over fish labeling claims - news

The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) has called on Sainsbury’s to explain why it is still selling mainland farmed salmon labeled as being from Skye, Lewis or Uist, almost eight...

Asda & Leeds University team to shape sustainable products - news

British supermarket giant Asda and the University of Leeds are working together on a study that aims to create more affordable, sustainable products as well as help shape consumer behaviour....

2degrees crowns first Sustainability Champions - news

2degrees, the online network for sustainability professionals, announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, earlier this week. The awards selected and voted...

“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...

Over filling kettle costs UK households £600m a year - news

The Energy Saving Trust is urging Britons to follow three simple tips to save water and energy, without impacting on their lifestyle. It maintains that an average UK household could save...

Jaguar Land Rover drives into top spot at BITC business awards - news

Jaguar Land Rover was crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year at a gala dinner in London earlier this week, taking over the mantle from British high...

IBE appoints associate director - news

Peter Montagnon, currently senior investment adviser at the Financial Reporting Council, is to join the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in the new role of associate director. The IBE,...

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,...

A framework for maximising employee engagement - news

The UK is ranked ninth amongst the world’s twelve largest economies for employee engagement levels (Kenexa 2009). Productivity statistics also paint a worrying picture with a recent ONS...

£100bn gain if sustainability put at heart of British business - news

UK business could secure £100bn in annual productivity gains generated by innovations designed to address environmental and social challenges, according to a new report by Accenture,...

Call for concerted action over national food wastage - news

Concerted action against food wastage in the UK and an expansion of the government’s bilateral nutrition programmes have been urged by British MPs. The parliamentary international...

M&S on track with Plan A - news

Stalwart of the British high street Marks & Spencer (M&S) says it is making good progress against its Plan A Report 180 sustainability commitments. The company says that 139 of the...

Food retailers wary over push for GM crops - news

The strongest call yet has gone to UK farmers to grow genetically modified crops but the response of food retailers reflects a continuing public wariness. One supermarket chain is so...

UK catering industry makes meal of energy savings - news

The Carbon Trust has developed a Cut Cost & Carbon Calculator specifically for the catering industry. According to the Trust, UK catering operations account for almost 2% of all business and...

Advent of SSE puts UK "at heart of social investment" - news

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has officially launched the Social Stock Exchange (SSE), a new initiative designed to connect the public financial markets with social impact...

London 2012 sustainability guru awarded OBE - news

Shaun McCarthy, the man behind the greenest Games ever, has been awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the chair of the...

Lord Heseltine to receive environmental fellowship - news

Former British deputy prime minister and Conservative MP Lord Heseltine is to receive an honorary fellowship from the Society for the Environment for his contribution to environmental concerns....

IECS bird app for construction industry takes flight - news

A mobile app which calculates how construction noise affects birds in protected areas has been created by University of Hull scientists. As part of a major European-funded project,...

Unethical practice ‘common in UK workplaces’ finds ILM/BITC study - news

Three out of five managers have felt pressured to behave unethically at work, according to new research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Business in the Community...

Supermarket chain ups CO2 savings - news

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has extended its Dual-Fuel fleet to 51 vehicles saving up to 25 per cent in carbon emissions. The environmentally friendly fleet is now one of the...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

Bloomer to join BHRRC - news

Phil Bloomer is leaving Oxfam for the position of Executive Director at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Bloomer, currently director of the Campaigns and Policy Division at Oxfam...

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...

Whitbread toasts recycling win - news

Premier Inn owner, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants (WHR), is the toast of the town following its win in the Veolia Environmental Services Recycling Awards for its performance diverting waste...

BITC benchmark shows companies reporting on engagement perform better - news

Leading British business charity, Business in the Community (BITC) has published the results of its first Workwell FTSE 100 benchmark, which scored the level of publicly available information...

Uphill battle... - news

UK campaigning organisation for women’s equality and rights, The Fawcett Society, has published a new report which shows that the gap in pay between women and men is beginning to grow...

Board boost... - news

Answering calls for specific steps to boost women’s representation on boards worldwide, WomenCorporateDirectors and its Global Nominating Commission has unveiled a roadmap for...

Diversity accolade... - news

Sodexo, best known for providing a wide range of integrated services spanning facilities management to foodservice operations, has been recognized by DiversityInc as the #1 company on their 2013...

Diversity accolade... - news

Sodexo, best known for providing a wide range of integrated services spanning facilities management to foodservice operations, has been recognized by DiversityInc as the #1 company on their 2013...

BBC trailblazes towards sustainable production - news

The aim to get the ethos of sustainability embedded into the production of all TV programmes is behind the launch of Albert +, a new sustainability tool from the BBC. Nick Leslie, who...

Oil giants raided over fears of price fixing - news

Huge penalties and prosecutions could be in store for the oil companies whose offices have been raided by European Commission officials on suspicion of fixing prices. The Brussels teams...

Whistleblowers enter Amazon & Google tax avoidance fray - news

Whistleblowers are adding to the case challenging the tax avoidance tactics of Amazon and Google in the UK. Amazon’s European headquarters are in Luxembourg and Google’s in the...

Taxing affairs... - news

The UK Government should concentrate on fighting damaging tax abuse in developing countries rather than raiding the aid budget, Christian Aid maintains in response to a stream of media reports...

Clean up... - news

The Technology Strategy Board is looking for 20 of the UK’s most promising clean technology companies to take part in a mission to Colorado. The Clean and Cool Mission to Colorado takes...

Waitrose wades into CSR - news

Making 100% of its fish independently certified as sustainable and halving the amount of packaging it uses (based on 2005 levels) – all by 2016 – are just two of 12 pledges being...

Future investment... - news

£21m has been awarded to UK entrepreneurs to help bring a range of new and innovative low carbon products to market, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced. The...

Park life... - news

?Holiday park company Center Parcs has been recertified to the Carbon Trust Standard for all UK operations, including its four villages - spanning 1,600 acres of forest - and says it remains on...

Ethical Performance Relaunches Online - news

Market leading CSR and sustainability newsletter Ethical Performance has relaunched its website with a new look as well as offering additional content. Users of the site will find a greater...

BASF gains gold-level certification in Spain - news

BASF has achieved gold-level certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard for its production site in Tarragona, Spain, making it the first chemical company to do so....

Auto award… - news

Auto award… Vauxhall Motors has been accredited as one of Britain’s Top Employers for the last three years, coming in the top 10 for the second year running in the 2013 Awards....

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...

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...

Aviva, HSBC & Tesco team to back Street Children day - news

Financial institutions are not well known for working in partnership but this year global insurance brand Aviva has teamed with HSBC, together with supermarket giant Tesco, to back International...

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. ...

Bombay Sapphire revives old mill - news

An old English paper mill, referenced as far back as the Domesday Book, is set to become one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries. The Bombay Sapphire site in Laverstoke,...

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...

Attenborough launches CCI partnership - news

World renowned naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough, attended the launch of CCI, a new partnership formed between conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge. Its aim is...

Pan-European CSR Award kicks off with UK winners - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

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...

Northern Europe leads way in female empowerment - news

The Nordic countries again dominate the Women in Work Index, compiled by PwC, the professional services consultancy.   For the third consecutive time Norway, with a score of 81.3, tops...

The challenge of big business in the social enterprise sector - news

In 2013, social enterprises are facing numerous challenges. For those working in public sector markets, there is a growing fear that the services they deliver across the UK will shrink, and many...

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,...

NHBC launches new research review - news

To address the issues that innovative construction techniques used to build new homes quickly and sustainably can deliver their objectives, NHBC Foundation has launched a new research review,...

British business failing to integrate CR strategy - news

The latest results of Grayling Pulse, the quarterly global survey of in-house communications professionals, shows that almost two thirds of businesses in the UK are not integrating their...

Eden Project in Masters initiative - news

Anglia Ruskin University has launched a Masters course, MSc Sustainability: Working for Positive Change, in partnership with the Eden Project and Change Agents UK.  The new course is the...

ISS UK supports LifeSkills - news

ISS UK has signed up to support LifeSkills, a major new programme launched by Barclays for business, schools and government to work together to remove the barriers young people face in moving...

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...

Meat debate turns towards traceability and regulation - news

The controversy over horsemeat in Europe has brought a key corporate responsibility principle to the fore – supply chain management. The horsemeat found in some processed beef...

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...

Shutting, stable, bolting. There’s a message in there - news

There’s nothing like a good scandal to stoke the appetite, I find. And the horsemeat saga that’s set to rumble on across Europe for the next few months is no exception. All this talk...

Good companies keep good company - news

So many horses, so little time. Companies face a credibility gap on the horsemeat issue, which raises sustainability questions around accountability, stewardship and, above all, purpose. With...

Inspirational media in a post-water cooler world - news

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

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...

AXA develops ESG framework - news

AXA Investment Managers has developed a framework for analysing sovereign debt portfolios according to ESG criteria. Following publication of its own research study, Sovereign debt investing:...

Tesco in trouble over electronic armbands - news

Supermarket chain Tesco has been accused of using electronic armbands to monitor how hard its warehouse staff and forklift drivers are working. A former employee at an Irish branch of Tesco said...

Fergie settles phone-hacking claims - news

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is one of 144 people who have won ‘substantial damages’ after settling their phone-hacking claims against the now-defunct News of the World, the...

Pale Blue Hat goes on the Radar - news

Marketing consultancy Pale Blue Hat has launched Radar, a toolkit to help companies identify the risk of adverse exposure around their green claims and avoid charges of misleading customers with...

Woolston to lead Fenton in UK - news

Fenton, the US public interest communications firm, has appointed Elly Woolston as UK director to lead its new London operation. Fenton believes its new London office will allow the company to...

'Entrepreneurs in Residence' appointed at Cambridge - news

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, based at the Cambridge Judge Business School, has appointed two social entrepreneurs as their ‘entrepreneurs in residence’. The two are...

Beefburger supplier Silvercrest loses Tesco business over horse DNA contamination - news

Leading UK supermarket chain Tesco has dropped a supplier of frozen beefburgers after tests showed last month that the product contained horse DNA. Tesco has, ‘with regret’,...

IOR joins forces with IBE to push 'ethics champions' - news

The Institute of Recruiters (IOR) has joined forces with the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) to encourage all recruiters and HR professionals to become ‘ethics champions’ and...

Go-Ahead wins Carbon Trust Standard - news

UK bus and rail operator Go-Ahead Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the third time for its action on carbon emissions. The company scored 83% in its assessment, reflecting...

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,...

Tighter regulation likely of ‘immoral’ tax practices - news

The tax regime for large corporations operating in Europe is likely to be tightened up following a furore in the UK over alleged practices by Amazon, Starbucks and Google that minimise their tax...

Hunt for value in recession drives NGO partnerships - news

The recession has boosted partnership deals between corporates and NGOs, reports the annual survey from C&E, the UK consultancy specialising in business-society links. The links were...

KFC sends ‘strong message to business’ over rainforest-unfriendly packaging - news

The UK’s third-largest fast-food retailer KFC has officially ditched suppliers actively involved in rainforest clearance. The UK arm of KFC, part of the Kentucky-based Yum! Brands,...

Creative thinking: the key to a sustainable future - news

The days of CSR are over. Today’s leading businesses commit to big sustainability ambitions that radically reshape why they exist, what they do and how they do it. The key challenge is to...

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...

Probe launched into UK natural gas prices - news

UK regulators have launched a probe into alleged attempts to manipulate the country’s natural gas markets after concerns were raised about unusual price activity in the ‘National...

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...

Sodexo ups Sedex ante - news

On-site solutions provider Sodexo has enhanced its membership of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, to improve supply chain transparency and ensure its ethical and sustainable standards...

Acona changes name - news

Consultancy Acona Partners LLP has changed its name to Carnstone Partners LLP. For revised contact details and information about the new name, including a short film, visit the company’s...

Business leaders call for stricter emissions targets - news

A group of UK business leaders last month called on the government to set stringent energy sector emissions targets by 2030. They claimed that the coalition government was creating uncertainty,...

Tennant joins UK GIB - news

Tessa Tennant has been appointed as a non-executive director of the UK Green Investment Bank (UK GIB), a funding scheme initiated by the UK government designed to accelerate private sector...

Elliott reaches new Milestone - news

Paul Elliott has been appointed Sports & CSR Ambassador for digital media and technology company Milestone.

UK bribery rules republished as SFO reaffirms commitment to enforcement - news

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO)has reaffirmed its commitment to enforce the Bribery Act when it last month republished guidance on enforcement. The move comes in the wake of the...

Businesses slow to adapt to CO2 data demands - news

Corporate awareness of climate change continues to rise, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has recorded in its 2012 statement, The Future of Reporting. When the CDP produced its first...

Socially responsible building begins at home - news

There’s a housing crisis in the UK. We must build more homes to relieve the shortage and to kickstart the economy. So investment in housing must be socially responsible, right? Well,...

Central Bank of Ireland takes PPI action - news

The Central Bank of Ireland is threatening to take enforcement action against six banks it has investigated over the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) policies. It has ordered...

RBS tops CREX index - news

RBS has been named the UK’s number one bank for renewable energy use in one of the world’s leading independent indexes. The 2012 Bloomberg Corporate Renewable Energy Index (CREX)...

Asda to expand Sustain & Save programme - news

UK retailer Asda is to expand its Sustain & Save Exchange Programme for suppliers, after it saved the company £13m through sustainability innovations since it was launched earlier this...

Polymer fuel cell breakthrough imminent - news

A Carbon Trust report says the UK’s fuel-cell sector is close to developing breakthroughs in polymer fuel cells, which could significantly cut cost, the biggest barrier to wide-scale...

RWC Partners buys Hermes Focus - news

Hermes Focus Asset Management, a leader in the SRI industry for more than 30 years, has been sold to London-based hedge fund RWC Partners. The Focus teams currently manage assets in excess of...

Arnold leaves Fairtrade for ECCR - news

John Arnold has joined the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) as executive director. John moves to the ECCR from the Fairtrade Foundation, where he led partnerships and...

McCarthy takes chair at ETI - news

Suzanne McCarthy has succeeded Alan Roberts as chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). Suzanne joined the ETI from her position as UK Immigration Services Commissioner.

Kemp to head development at IBE - news

Harriet Kemp has been appointed head of development at the Institute of Business Ethics following her departure from Belron, where she was head of corporate responsibility.

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...

FTSE 100 companies act on the UK Corporate Governance Code - news

Major UK-listed companies are embracing transparent reporting, sustainability and strong corporate governance as central pillars of their businesses, and implementing many of the UK Corporate...

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...

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...

The call for transparency in an opaque world - news

No matter how hard we try, the world will always be a messy place. There will probably never be an end to dirty business. It's difficult to see a scenario where shady deals or dodgy...

Walk the walk, but ensure you also talk the talk - news

As markets become increasingly competitive, every company knows it's vital to recruit and retain the best staff. What some may not realise, however, is that implementing a clear CSR strategy...

This is not about growing up. It's about growing stronger - news

As the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) – the development network for CSR and sustainability practitioners – enters its 25th year, it is taking the first steps to establishing a...

The world is becoming an increasingly complex place for investors - news

Fund managers need to look beyond short-term gains and become more aware of long-term risks, such as climate change, because, Emma Hunt of Towers Watson tells Mike Scott, there will be much...

Diageo in carbon-reduction project - news

Global drinks company Diageo is set to make annual savings of £1.4m as the result of a two-year carbon-reduction project at a distillery in Scotland. And the company behind the Smirnoff,...

MPs call for Arctic no-drill zone - news

British MPs have called for the imposition of a no-drill zone in an environmental sanctuary in the Arctic, describing the drilling there by Shell, ExxonMobil, Gazprom and other oil and gas...

Malaysian villagers protest against petrochemical complex - news

Thousands joined villagers in a protest against a proposed petrochemical complex, to be sited near a small village in Johor, Malaysia. In an increasing trend of opposition to such developments...

Co-op calls for pesticide risk review - news

The Co-operative Group, supported by Pan UK, has urged environment secretary Owen Paterson to call an immediate review of the science that underpins the UK risk assessment procedure for...

Britain's got the stress factor - news

Stress in the UK is landing people in hospital with the number of hospital admissions for the year to May 2012 up on the previous 12 months by 47%, according to the Health & Social Care...

inbrief - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Group has organised an event in London on 19 November to set out its plans for the new professional body for CSR practitioners it is launching, to be...

Ghaus to head NQA - news

Mo Ghaus has been appointed head of assessment, verification and certification provider NQA. Mo had been acting head of NQA for six months and formally succeeds Catherine Golds in the role after...

Microsoft man moves to Nationwide - news

Stephen Uden has been appointed head of corporate citizenship at Nationwide Building Society. Uden is moving to Nationwide from Microsoft, where he was responsible for leading its citizenship...

New recruits at FTSE ESG unit - news

Kevin Bourne and Gordon Morrison have joined FTSE Group’s new Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Service Unit, Kevin as MD and Gordon as head of a new ESG Analytics team. The unit will...

Libor rate-riggers could face jail as investigations continue - news

Bankers found guilty in the Libor rate-rigging scandal could face jail terms after the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirmed that existing legislation gives them the power to bring...

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...

Why the CSR ‘profession’ shouldn’t grow up - news

As the sustainability profession matures, it is becoming another essential department in every organisation. The next phase, proposed by CRG (Corporate Responsibility Group), is to create a...

Builders face court action over blacklisting claims - news

Blacklisted UK construction industry workers have launched a high court claim against the builder of the Olympic Stadium, Sir Robert McAlpine, for conspiring with other firms over three decades...

Cranfield on Corporate Responsibility - news

Connected by the authors’ mutual place of work, the short advisory essays in this book form something of a disjointed and sprawling collective at odds with its aim to be ‘a manifesto...

Glaxo cleans up illegal practices after $3bn fine - news

Sir Andrew Witty, chief executive of Britain’s largest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, has expressed regret for ‘unacceptable’ marketing practices that resulted in a...

Murdoch withdraws as hacking scandal continues - news

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has fuelled speculation about an impending exit from the troubled media giant after resigning as a director of the three UK subsidiaries behind the...

UK retailer offers in-store accommodation to partner community and arts groups - news

John Lewis is making rooms in its stores available to charities and community and arts groups – and in some cases staff, known as partners, are offering their time and skills to help local...

Sport governing bodies unite to fight illegal betting and corrupt result fixing - news

Corrupt and irregular betting patterns in the UK are being fought by a group formed to counter what has been called the biggest threat facing sport.    Governing bodies...

UK guidelines for business environmental sustainability reporting unveiled - news

Following the UK government’s announcement that larger UK businesses will need to report their sustainability performance ( EP, July 2012, p1 ), environment minister Lord Taylor of...

Disillusioned customers punish UK big five banks - news

Customers disillusioned with Britain’s bigger banks are switching to smaller alternatives believing they operate more responsibly.    The campaign group Move Your Money...

Shareholder engagement driving corporate change - news

Margaret Thatcher loved to talk up the shareholder democracy – particularly when she was selling off one of the UK’s publicly-owned industries. Which was, as it turned out, quite...

Time to treat water as a non-renewable resource - news

Despite the fact that water falls free from the sky, shortages now represent a significant business risk for companies like Anglo American, affecting not only day-to-day operations but long-term...

What is Sustainable Technology? - news

A book for specialists in the area, What is Sustainable Technology? nonetheless gets down to fundamentals in its much-needed revaluation of the problems and paradoxes of a once uncritically...

NEIK goes to church - news

This year’s National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) is being promoted to churches and faith groups to encourage congregations and communities to make a difference with their money. NEIW...

Sainsbury's opts for renewable energy - news

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is tapping renewable energy by installing geo-thermal heat pump technology, initially at 100 of its stores. After testing the technology at its Crayford...

FTSE 100 should aim for more women at board level - news

A proposal by Lord Davies of Abersoch that at least 25% of the directors of FTSE 100 companies should be women by 2015 ( EP, April 2011, p3 ) is on track, according to a recent review of British...

Moxy ceases to trade - news

Moxy Vote, the online platform for retail investors to cast their proxy votes, ceased to operate at the end of July. Regulatory barriers to the involvement of individual investors in the US...

Non-renewables running out fast, says new research - news

The world’s non-renewable resources are running out, causing problems in a number of production processes in the near future, according to research by Miriam Quick on behalf of HRH the...

TalkTalk calls for energy certification scheme - news

TalkTalk has opened a data centre that will use a third less energy than the industry average. Now TalkTalk is calling for an energy certification scheme. Head of network services Dave Mullender...

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...

Seal joins Blytheco as coo - news

Lori Seal, who serves on the Ethical Edge, an organisation dedicated to promoting ethics in workplaces, has joined Sage software business Blytheco as chief operating officer. Previously at...

Deben to succeed Turner on Climate Change Committee - news

Energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey has announced that Lord Deben has been selected as the preferred candidate to succeed Lord Turner to chair the Committee on Climate Change. Lord...

UK announces carbon reporting move as Rio+20 fails to impress - news

Amid low expectations, political divisions and economic uncertainties, last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development saw $513bn (£328bn, €410bn) in funding committed to...

Proposals welcomed for law to end supermarkets’ exploitation of suppliers - news

Proposals for a UK law preventing supermarkets from exploiting their suppliers have been endorsed by anti-poverty groups and premium supermarket brand Waitrose. The government has published...

Piling new expectations on already-stressed managers - news

Imagine you are the manager of a busy supermarket. You face daily pressure to ensure that your store is performing well. Your staff work in shifts and it is a struggle to find time to bring them...

The Quest for Sustainable Business - news

The Quest for Sustainable Business is two things: the most important and, in certain respects the only, historical account of corporate responsibility to date, and a bloody good read....

CRGPro to set up soon - news

Work is continuing on establishing the UK professional body for CSR practitioners ( EP, November 2011, p8 ), with its launch now pencilled in for the autumn. The Corporate Responsibility Group...

Mutuals failing to address sustainability - news

An analysis by Ceres and Fund Votes of 2011 proxy voting patterns indicates that mutual funds, with almost $12tn (£7.6tn, e9.5tn) under management, are failing to address sustainability....

Executive pay increasingly linked to sustainability performance - news

Executive remuneration is increasingly being linked to companies’ sustainability performance, with shareholder interest in the issues strengthening, according to a study by business...

Scheiwiller leaves PwC for AccountAbility - news

Provider of corporate responsibility and sustainable development solutions, AccountAbility, has appointed Dr Thomas Scheiwiller as Director & Global Head of Clients & Industries....

Companies turn to certification statements to enforce codes of ethics - news

Companies are increasingly using certification statements to ensure staff comply with their codes of ethics, and also as a governance tool, research by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has...

Remuneration packages spark shareholder revolts - news

Shareholders have finally challenged and changed company decisions after weeks of high-profile campaigning over pay deals and executive elections in the UK. Now further rebellions are...

A Short Guide To Reputational Risk - news

This is precise, explicit and jargon-free – no small compliment for a book dealing with a field that, as its author outlines with some clarity, is sometimes the victim of – and...

inbrief - news

This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, a two-­day gathering of senior CSR practitioners to learn and share experiences with their peers, will be held on 17-18 July at Bore Place in...

GIB makes first investments - news

The UK government’s new Green Investment Bank has made its first infrastructure investments. £30m ($47m, €37m) has been awarded to Greensphere Capital to work on small projects...

Reporting delay under fire as UK government risks CSR reputation - news

The UK government has been accused of betraying commitments to enforce compulsory corporate emissions reporting and of introducing a ‘polluters’ charter’ in its latest budget....

Big pension funds failing on SRI disclosure, says study - news

The UK’s largest pension providers are letting down their eight million clients on social and governance issues, says a new study. FairPensions, which surveyed the ten largest...

Integrity accreditation launched to show how businesses ‘practice what they preach’ - news

A new ‘integrity’ accreditation system has been introduced in the UK to ‘reassure’ stakeholders of an organisation’s business ethics. The Investing in...

Intrigue 2016 - news

Intrigue 2016 is a sort of point-of-view game where the player, having witnessed the brutal murder of his cousin Dr Ernest Merryweather, must unravel his ‘secret’ on climate change...

Vodafone in discrimination wrangle - news

Vodafone has come under fire in the UK for allegedly sacking a Muslim employee because he had a beard. Shahid Saleem is seeking legal advice after he claims he was dismissed from a temporary...

inbrief - news

This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, a two-­day gathering of senior CSR practitioners to learn and share experiences with their peers, will be held on 17-18 July at Bore Place in...

Conservation credits put a price on biodiversity loss - news

The UK's first online 'biodiversity offsetting' scheme has been introduced to allow conservation groups, farmers and landowners to 'sell' wildlife sites to companies wishing...

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....

London Olympics races to neutralise sweatshop row - news

The London Olympics organising committee is introducing measures to protect workers in its supply chain after evidence of sweatshop labour at its Chinese suppliers' factories. In a...

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...

The Three Levels of Sustainability - news

As an introduction to and road map for sustainability aimed at the uninitiated, The Three Levels of Sustainability 'aims to provide the missing link in current debates around...

R&D in agriculture proves hot potato - news

The UK government has launched a £7m initiative in fruit and vegetable research. The new Horticulture & Potato Initiative, to be undertaken by the state-funded Biotechnology &...

Henderson SRI team move to Wheb - news

The former Henderson SRI team, sacked by the firm at the end of last year ( EP, February 2012, p2 ), has been appointed by the UK-based sustainable investment boutique Wheb Asset Management,...

Colman flies in at Gatwick - news

James Colman has joined Gatwick Airport as director of corporate affairs and sustainability. Sitting on the executive management team, Colman joins from British Gas, where he was head of...

Tesco looks set to drop ‘anachronistic’ Carbon Trust product footprinting process - news

The UK retailing giant Tesco is set to abandon its partnership with the Carbon Trust certification label, saying expense, time and poor uptake by other retailers have made the scheme unworkable....

O2 commits to 40-point sustainability programme - news

UK telecoms giant O2 has introduced an ambitious three-year strategy for expanding its CSR operations, outlining 40 targets on issues from carbon emissions to flexible working. O2’s...

Games organisers turn to GRI guidelines to keep London Olympics green - news

The London 2012 Olympics has become one of the first organisations to announce it will use the newly-published event sustainability guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its...

Corporate Sustainability Management - news

This rigorous and in-depth book makes an apparently simple claim about non-financial reporting and sustainability management: that all risks, opportunities and practices must be embedded in...

Sherwin to head sustainability at Seymourpowell - news

The London-based design consultancy Seymourpowell has appointed Chris Sherwin as head of sustainability. Sherwin, who joins from designers Dragon Rouge, will work to embed sustainability into...

Dando joins PIRC - news

David Dando has joined the UK proxy agency, Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) to run its custom services team. Joining from the governance advisor HBQ Partners, which...

Recession fails to dampen UK demand for fair trade products but organic sector falters - news

The strength of fair trade products in the UK is revealed in a study highlighting their continuing growth in the face of recession, a contrast to the sharp decline in the sales of similar goods...

UK plans legal minimum for packaging recycling - news

Packaging targets are to be set for the next six years in the UK and deregulation introduced as part of a government consultation on packaging waste policy. The summary of last year’s...

The Future of Value - news

The Future of Value is one of the best books ever written on CSR. In perhaps the most persuasive book-length argument yet for sustainability’s business case, Eric Lowitt’s brief...

Warburtons makes palm oil pledge - news

British bread-maker Warburtons has pledged to use 100% sustainable palm oil in its products by 2015. The baking company, which currently uses around a thousand tonnes of the ingredient per year,...

Best Foot Forward to reduce supply chain complexities - news

Best Foot Forward has launched a ‘Product Portfolio Footprinting’ service that aims to analyse quickly and comprehensively complex supply chains across thousands of different...

Investors to focus on UK stewardship - news

A new coalition of investors will consult on an ambitious plan to improve the quality of stewardship in the UK. Some of the world’s most proactive institutional investors, including Aviva...

Knight joins BITC - news

Alan Knight joins Business in the Community (BITC) as its new environmental sustainability director. Joining the business-led charity next month, Knight will be responsible for BITC’s...

Richards moves from Aviva to Threadneedle - news

Threadneedle Investments has appointed Iain Richards as head of governance and responsible investment. Richards joins from Aviva Investors, where he was regional head of corporate governance for...

M&Co; takes hold of energy supply by building wind farms - news

A British clothing retailer has taken the unusual step of setting up a renewable energy subsidiary “to secure full control of its future electricity consumption”. M&Co has...

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....

Coffee shops urged to act on takeaway cup recycling - news

UK fresh coffee retailers have been told by a consumer group that they are failing to drive recycling of the considerable volume of takeaway cups they provide. Research by the Which?...

UK legal aid cuts ‘may spell the end of multinational accountability overseas’ - news

A law firm has warned that the UK government’s proposed changes to legal aid could make claims against multinationals for human rights abuses committed abroad “all but...

Social Value bill to pass through Lords - news

A bill making its way through the UK parliament will obligate public sector purchasers to consider ‘social value’ in awarding contracts. The Public Services (Social Value) Bill,...

Shipping to be included in carbon targets - news

UK government climate change advisors have said that emissions from shipping should be included in the UK’s carbon targets, and have already drawn up plans for the industry to reduce its...

Burnand & Frost elected to UKSIF board - news

The UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) has elected Geoff Burnand and Adam Frost to its board. Burnand, chief investment officer at Charity Bank and Frost, head of governance at SRI fund manager...

John West launches can tracker fish sourcing tool - news

A British company has created a tracking tool with which customers can trace the source of its fish. By simply entering a barcode into a dedicated John West website, consumers can discover...

CSR for HR - news

This guide brings together a range of issues central to the responsibility of business, one being the way it treats its workers. Covering complex ground that ranges from diversity to...

Equality Works sets up diversity accreditation - news

A diversity accreditation scheme has been launched in the UK to help businesses improve people management and enhance business performance in the process. Equality Works, a London-based...

Search engine firm to offer reputation services - news

A UK search engine firm is to offer company reputation management services. In a sign that the prevalence of online shopping is impacting upon CSR communications, SEO Positive will show how...

Smart move at Vigeo - news

Lindsay Smart will head up Vigeo’s newly-opened UK offices. Smart, previously sustainability initiatives manager at Citi Global Transaction Services, will spearhead business development in...

Druckman moves to IIRC - news

The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) has appointed Paul Druckman as its new chief executive. Druckman, previously on the IIRC working group that lead to the discussion paper...

Rising bonuses spark anger but little action - news

A storm is brewing around UK executive salaries and bonuses as top pay levels outstrip performance and political lines are drawn on the issue of irresponsible remuneration. Independent...

Topman ‘so sorry’ over T-shirts making light of domestic violence - news

A UK clothing retailer has been forced to withdraw clothing products that have caused an uproar for promoting domestic violence and sexism. Topman has bowed to consumer pressure over a...

McDonald’s counts the calories in CSR deal - news

McDonald’s has agreed to introduce calorie information to all of its UK menus in collaboration with the Department of Health, the most significant of the Conservative Party’s...

Interest in farmland sparks principles launch - news

Principles for investing responsibly in farmland have been established with the goal of improving the sustainability, transparency and accountability of these investments. Institutions with...

Shepherd and Wigley in as green bank makes first board appointments - news

Appointments to the newly-formed advisory board of the UK government’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) have been made. Chaired by Adrian Montague to advise ministers on the development...

Cheating companies may not see out the downturn - news

Since the 2008 crash, banks, businesses and politicians have talked of the need for greater responsibility, yet there has been little changed behaviour to match the rhetoric. Complaints in the...

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...

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...

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New research has shown the UK government is continuing to hand out contracts to private firms avoiding tax. The paper, by Ethical Consumer magazine, shows that 13 of the 20 biggest companies...

Oil and mining companies agree ‘model’ ethics guide - news

The energy and extractives industry has launched a set of anti-corruption principles in response to the July introduction of the UK Bribery Act. Companies including Anglo American, BP, Rio...

Topshop drops ‘anorexic’ girl from ad - news

A British clothing retailer has been forced to withdraw a fashion advertisement amid accusations that it promotes anorexia in young women. The online advertisement, marketing...

Growth in corporate-NGO alliances driven by cash and credibility - news

UK corporations intend to increase their investment in NGO partnerships during the next three years, despite the weak economic outlook. And the credibility of such collaborations, from...

The Sustainable MBA - news

Aside from its confusing title, The Sustainable MBA is that rarest of things – a simple, accessible and comprehensive account of corporate sustainability. The book is organized...

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Taylor Wimpey, the UK home-builder, is working with Carbon Trust Advisory Services to help it develop a low-carbon business strategy. Aims include reducing carbon from its core operations and...

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Campaigner Jonathon Porritt has slammed most companies’ interpretation of corporate responsibility as “completely vacuous – and one of the principal reasons why so many people...

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An information resource on carbon offsetting has been launched by a UK-based media company. REDDcarbonCredits, the first corporate tool based on the United Nations initiative on Reducing...

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Tarmac has appointed Andy Swain as its new sustainability manager. Swain, who joins the from the Environment Agency, will be responsible for the UK-based materials firm’s sustainability...

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Therese Niklasson has joined Investec Asset Management as the company’s new head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. Niklasson, who joins from Threadneedle, where she...

Safety lapses costing UK businesses £22bn a year - news

British businesses are ‘losing their competitive edge’ due to health and safety failures. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the UK’s professional...

ETI stands by Asda over ‘poverty wages’ allegations - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has ruled out suspending Asda’s as one of its members, despite allegations of poverty wages in the UK retailer’s supply chain.   Asda has...

Molson Coors goes all out for ‘zero landfill’ objective - news

The UK’s biggest brewer has set a goal of zero production landfill waste by the end of next year, among its environmental objectives. Molson Coors, a multinational whose products...

UK defence ministry starts energy drive - news

The UK defence ministry is turning to industry in its efforts to reduce the emissions and energy consumptions of its estates. The Defence Infrastructure Organization (DIO), which runs the...

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Toyota is to become the first car manufacturer in the UK to install a solar power system in a factory. A £10million ($16m, €11.37m) ‘array’ of about 17,000 solar panels...

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Two of  the UK’s foremost ethical investment champions have been named in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Charles Jacob, who played a key role in establishing the first SRI...

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Lexis PR has appointed Michael Hoevel to the newly created head of sustainability post. Hoevel is an internal appointment.

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The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a new energy management standard to help organizations cut their carbon emissions and improve profitability.  ISO 50001, aimed at...

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Trewin Restorick has been appointed to the advisory panel of the ‘eco-gift’ company Green Rewards. Restorick, chief executive of the Global Action Plan environmental charity, will be...

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A renewable energy bond has been launched onto the UK market. Capital raised by the corporate retail bond, set up by the Wind Prospect Group, will be used to fund commercial wind turbines in the...

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UK sustainability consultancy Corporate Culture has appointed Amanda Long as its new chief executive. Long, who joins from Anglian Water, has been tasked with raising the firm’s profile...

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Julia King has been announced as Context’s new managing director. The former GlaxosmithKline CSR head will assume responsibility for running the sustainability consultancy’s UK...

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Mark Moody-Stuart has been appointed as the new chairman of the FTSE4Good policy committee. Moody-Stuart, recently retired from the boards of big companies such as Shell and Anglo American, will...

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BT has appointed Niall Dunne as its new chief sustainability officer to head its sustainable development strategy. Dunne joins from the advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was...

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Zoe Arden will head a new sustainability unit within the public relations company MSLGroup. Arden was previously CSR director at BT Retail.

UK firms face parental leave changes - news

The UK government has proposed adjustments to business regulations that will permit employees to split their parental leave allowances into blocks, thereby enabling mothers and fathers to share...

Labelling of fish products is ‘confusing’ - news

Fish labelling in UK supermarkets is failing to help consumers to make sustainable choices, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said, while introducing its own online seafood advice guide....

Business criticized for low uptake of assurance - news

Research outlining the ‘pitifully low’ level of sustainability assurance in UK business has revealed that less than a quarter of big companies include an assurance comment in their...

Tesco sets up dialogue - news

Tesco has initiated a supplier dialogue programme to meet a 30 per cent reduction target on its supply chain carbon footprint, to be achieved by 2020. In partnership with the 2degrees...

Firms produce poor data on workplace strategies - news

Business in the Community has come up with a set of ‘draft metrics’ to help UK businesses improve reporting on employee wellbeing and engagement. The metrics have been produced...

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A guide on ethical purchasing standards for the UK National Health Service (NHS) has been launched, outlining best practice for procurement staff. The online toolkit, developed in collaboration...

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Two British financial advisors have set up an advice service for socially responsible investors. Mad Investing will be run by Anna Sofat, founder of the boutique financial services firm Addidi,...

UK Bribery Act will see light of day this summer - news

Guidance published by the UK government on its delayed Bribery Act has been welcomed by businesses and other organizations as an interpretation and clarification of the legislation, allowing...

Sir Geoffrey: a CSR champion - news

Corporate responsibility proponent Sir Geoffrey Chandler has died aged 88. Sir Geoffrey, a former senior Shell executive, was responsible for drawing up the company’s first Statement...

FTSE4Good resets rules on breast milk substitutes - news

The marketing of breast milk substitutes is to be subject to external verification assessments commissioned by the FTSE4Good index. In its latest bi-annual review the index announced new...

Legislation’s first fine is issued - news

The first sentencing under the UK’s Corporate Manslaughter Act has been imposed in the form of a £385,000 ($630,000, €438,000) fine on an engineering company for an...

Backsliding on tax ‘could undermine CSR policies’ - news

Businesses have been urged to adopt defensible and responsible positions on the payment of taxes – or risk pulling the rug from under their overall corporate social responsibility...

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

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A British American Tobacco subsidiary has been accused by the UK government of violating the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises. BAT Malaysia was found by the UK National Contact...

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The CSR advisory service Acona has become a limited liability partnership (LLP) after six of the company’s senior partners led a buyout from the London-based consultancy’s Norwegian...

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Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete UK, one of Britain’s largest construction materials companies, has published its first sustainability report. The report, covering the company’s three...

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The ‘fiduciary straitjacket’ imposed on UK pension funds must be removed to promote sustainable investment, reports a pension research charity. FairPensions has proposed an...

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Co-operative Group has launched an online educational resource for UK schools wanting to find out about sustainability. The organization’s ‘Green Schools Revolution’ offers...

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....

British Isles banks have too many CSR blind spots on human trafficking - news

British and Irish banks should consider a far broader range of CSR issues than the present focus on financial stability permits, says a report by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate...

Public doesn’t believe corporate carbon claims - news

UK businesses risk facing a ‘costly backlash’ from consumers due to mistrust of their environmental claims and performance, according to the climate change standard organization,...

Legal aid move ‘may hit corporate victims’ - news

NGOs have reacted angrily to the UK government’s proposed scrapping of legal aid, which they say will enable companies to avoid legal redress from victims of irresponsible behaviour....

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...

Fairtrade exceeds £1bn - news

Annual UK sales of goods carrying the Fairtrade mark have passed £1billion ($1.6bn, €1.2bn) for the first time, bucking the recessionary trend in other spending areas. A late...

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At least 25 per cent of the directors of FTSE 100 companies should be women by 2015, a UK government-commissioned review of female board representation has concluded. The report by Lord Davies...

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UK-based pet food manufacturer Mars Petcare has created the country’s first pet food product line to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. The company will market MSC-certified...

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Participation in Standard Chartered’s employee volunteering programme has increased by 315 per cent. The bank, which offers employees two days’ paid leave to volunteer every year,...

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Native trees will be planted on land owned by the Defence Estates under a partnership between the UK government and the Woodland Trust charity. A 160-hectare woodland in Cumbria will be used for...

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Aled Jones has become the inaugural director of Anglia Ruskin University’s new Global Sustainability Institute. Jones was previously deputy director for sustainability leadership at...

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Pharmaceutical firm Shire has appointed Brooke Clarke to lead its corporate responsibility strategy. Brooke was previously managing director of the corporate practice of MHP consultancy.

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Rhian Kelly has been named as the new business environment director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Kelly was previously the CBI’s head of climate change.

90% now have a budget for CSR - news

The proportion of companies with a dedicated CSR budget is continuing to increase. A survey of members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group carried out late last year found that...

Briefing: why the UK’s Bribery Act will be good for business - news

Michael Littlechild, chief executive of GoodCorporation, argues that corporate concerns about negative implications of the new legislation are unjustified In the final hours of the...

Brewers pledge to cut carbon use by 2020 - news

Targets for cuts in carbon emissions and water use have been set by Britain’s brewing industry. The aims and deadlines are stated in a document signed by 61 companies belonging to the...

‘Omni-label’ for food is pie in the sky – for now - news

There is no point trying to develop a single eco label for food products at the moment because scientific knowledge is not up to it, the Food Ethics Council has concluded. The council, a...

Unilever ends animal tests - news

The company that makes PG Tips has announced an end to testing of its teas on animals. Unilever has made the decision partly in response to an emerging campaign by People for the Ethical...

Etihad Airways joins UK body - news

Abu Dhabi airline Etihad Airways has become a member of the UK-based Business in the Community (Bitc) organization. Anne Tullis, Etihad’s head of CSR and sustainability, said:...

Eminent corporations - news

Andrew Simms  & David Boyle. Constable & Robinson. Paperback. 372 pgs. £8.99 Subtitled ‘the rise and fall of the great British corporation’, this is an...

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The UK government has requested that certain legal references be removed from the draft United Nations guidelines on business and human rights. In a response to the draft principles for the...

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Marks & Spencer has introduced the UK’s largest ever range of food containing only certified sustainable palm oil. The move will help to fulfil a commitment in last year’s update...

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Consultancy on timber issues is being offered by ReThink, a new UK company. ReThink will provide advice on integrating timber sustainability into design and construction, supply chain matters...

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Louise Herring has been appointed ethical trade manager for Sainsbury’s. She moves from Comic Relief, where she was trade and enterprise manager.

Selfridges will use its creative edge - news

UK department store Selfridges is to harness its ‘creative power’ to raise awareness of over-fishing of the world’s oceans. Selfridges will launch Project Ocean this...

Firms not helping staff to engage - news

Nearly two-thirds of UK businesses have admitted they do not provide good support for their employees to volunteer. Research by YouGov, on behalf of the volunteering charity v, has found...

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Household goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has cut the carbon emissions of its products by 11 per cent over the past 12 months. The company aims to trim its per-unit emissions by 20 per cent by...

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An Irish management software company has set up shop up in the UK. ManageCO2 produces carbon accounting and greenhouse gas emissions management software that it claims will allow UK businesses...

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The National Union of Mineworkers has appointed The Co-operative’s asset management arm to oversee its core investments. The UK-based union said the decision was made because of ‘the...

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UK-based marketing consultancy Black Sun has added a dedicated corporate responsibility section to its website. The new area describes the company’s communications work in CSR and its own...

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Two UK-based bodies have agreed to work together to help sustainability practitioners. The Schumacher Institute and the Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP) will run joint events...

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‘Fair trade’ condoms are to be marketed by a British company. Fair Squared, which uses rubber sourced from India, is in talks with large retailers about taking the product to the UK...

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Helena Barton has left as global manager of CR services at DNV to form her own sustainability consultancy, Corporate Context, based in Cambridge in the UK. Corporate Context will concentrate on...

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Ogilvy PR has appointed Stuart Smith as managing director of its global corporate practice in London. Smith, who joins from Hill & Knowlton, will cover reputation and branding.

Irish business leaders told to keep CSR faith - news

Businesses in the Irish Republic have been urged to resist the temptation to cut back on CSR programmes despite the country's dire economic crisis. Many speakers and delegates at this...

Too many asset managers fall short on disclosure - news

A 'gulf' in behaviour on voting and engagement disclosure has been identified between the best and worst performers among UK asset managers. An annual report on the matter by the...

Ireland gets new CSR benchmark - news

Ireland now has a benchmark for measuring CSR performance in companies and organizations.   The Business Working Responsibly Mark created by Business in the Community Ireland (Bitci)...

Vodafone cuts travelling - news

The UK arm of the telecoms giant Vodafone has reduced its carbon emissions and travel costs by a quarter over one year through 'mobile working'. The firms says it has cut 617 tonnes...

Hospitality sector ready to up its game - news

A group of UK hospitality companies has come up with a sector-wide plan to recognize consumers' ethical demands and the power of the 'green pound'. The ten-point plan has been...

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Law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer saw an 87 per cent increase in annual staff hours devoted to volunteering and pro bono activities during 2009/10. Annual hours devoted to pro bono...

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Recycled IT devices are to be marketed in the UK by the computer multinational Ricoh. The products, including printers and photocopiers with additional functions, will carry the same warranties...

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Businesses wishing to be sustainable have to throw off their ‘addiction’ to growth, says Roger Steare, corporate philosopher in residence at London’s Cass Business School....

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Kathryn Barker has left her job as head of corporate responsibility at Severn Trent to work as an associate with The Commitment Company, a consultancy founded by Frank Rose, former ICI...

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Four new appointments have been made at the UK-based Corporate Citizenship consultancy.  Richard Hardyment takes on the role of senior consultant, while Nicole Clucas, Tara James and...

NHS trusts urged to start appointing CSR directors - news

A far greater number of National Health Service foundation trusts in England should be employing sustainability directors, research has suggested. A report from the Foundation Trust...

Welsh SMEs get advice - news

Online CSR guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched in Wales by the devolved government’s environment and sustainability minister. The ABC of CSR for...

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Three quarters of the British public think banks should have ethical lending policies to prevent them from investing in, or lending to, companies involved in controversial areas such as arms...

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Fashion retailer New Look has won this year’s RSPCA Good Business Award for its commitment to animal welfare. New Look took top spot in the large company section, with George, a clothing...

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Four ethical funds have received top marks in a new ‘Runes Rating’ that identifies funds investing in companies that try to contribute to a low carbon economy. The four –...

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Morrisons has pledged to allocate one in ten of any new posts to homeless and vulnerable people over the next three years. The UK supermarket chain hopes to create more than 10,000 jobs over the...

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Money saved or invested ‘ethically’ by UK consumers has shown its biggest annual increase in a decade, according to Co-operative Financial Services. The total invested ethically rose...

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Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, has been chosen as the new chairman of Business in the Community. Price, who has chaired Bitc’s Rural Action Programme for two years, will...

Corporates warn that green bank will need £4-6bn - news

UK government plans to set up a Green Investment Bank will need to be backed up with at least £4billion (€4.5bn, $6.3bn) over the next four years, a group of big businesses, NGOs and...

The Sustainable MBA: the manager’s guide to green business - news

Nick Lakin & Veronica Scheubel, Greenleaf Publishing, hardback,  260 pages. £18.36 Aside from its confusing title, The Sustainable MBA is that rarest of things: a simple,...

Travel firms set off on sustainability trip - news

Two holiday companies have joined forces to create a new brand that will focus on ‘sustainable tourism’. The tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, which are both owned by...

Confirmed: ethical goods will usually cost you more - news

The widespread belief that buying ‘ethical’ consumer goods is nearly always the more costly option has been confirmed by a new study. An analysis of the prices of white goods,...

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Marks & Spencer is to encourage its customers to recycle unwanted electrical items in exchange for M&S vouchers. The new service will enable customers to safely recycle unwanted small...

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An anti-CSR group has been set up in the US. The Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity has been established by the right-wing Institute for Liberty, a non-profit body dedicated to...

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Bethany Cox has left the CSR recruitment agency Acre Resources, where she was marketing manager, to join the Lumina consultancy as marketing and business development manager.

Patchy safety record still dogs mining sector - news

UK-listed mining companies are failing to improve their overall health and safety performance even though many are implementing policies aimed at reducing employee fatalities to zero. A...

Volvo to lobby on labelling - news

A new UK emissions information regime for cars has been proposed by one of the country’s largest auto makers. Volvo UK has devised a three-point plan to give motorists more...

UK ministry establishes first ‘responsibility deal’ - news

Britain’s health secretary has told companies they will not face legislation on ‘unhealthy’ food, provided they support a forthcoming anti-obesity drive. Businesses...

Time to apply first aid to your corporate strategy - news

Society will benefit if firms give emergency medical training to all of their employees, argues Sue Killen Official statistics show that every year, in England and Wales alone, up to...

Corporate community involvement - news

Nick Lakin & Veronica Scheubel, Greenleaf Publishing, hardback, 260 pages. £18.36 Published against a backdrop of changing expectations of community involvement by...

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UK printer Seriously Responsible Print has gone into administration. The company launched in June 2008, promising to operate in an environmentally friendly way, with 10 per cent of profits...

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UK mobile phones have been given an eco rating to help consumers. The rating system, from the O2 network, scores companies on operational environmental impact, overall CSR performance and effect...

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British Gas is to give £15million ($23.8m, €18m) worth of solar panels to UK schools. The company will donate and install the panels in up to 750 schools, and says they will generate...

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London-based Coutts bank has introduced a service to help its rich private clients become involved in social enterprises. The unit will advise customers on ways to invest, participate as...

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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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Peter McAllister becomes the new director of the Ethical Trading Initiative this month. Formerly executive director of the International Cocoa Initiative, he replaces Dan Rees, who is now...

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Aviva Investors has appointed Colin Purdie to the new role of SRI credit fund manager. Purdie, who joins from Aegon, will have responsibility for managing the Aviva Investors Sustainable Future...

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Sir Robert Worcester, founder of the Mori polling organization, has succeeded Peter Walters as president of the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics.

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Paul McNeillis has left Achilles to become director of sustainable solutions at PE International NW Europe. McNeillis will build up the sustainability consultancy’s London office.

FTSE nuclear rules delayed - news

Criteria enabling nuclear power companies to qualify for the FTSE4Good indexes are unlikely to be produced until at least the end of this year, EP understands. Businesses in the nuclear...

OFR revival is welcomed - news

Plans by the UK coalition government to require large companies to produce an annual Operating and Financial Review (OFR) have received a favourable reception from business.   The...

MoD installs sustainable supply regime - news

The UK defence ministry is aiming to make its armed forces more sustainable through a new procurement strategy. The ministry says it will conduct sustainability appraisals and integrate...

Small firms 'should get more credit' for their CSR work - news

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often unfairly characterised as being uninterested in corporate responsibility, says a new CSR guide. An updated edition of the A-Z of...

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Individuals in Britain's creative industries such as film-making and architecture have initiated a campaign to make the sector more sustainable. Professionals including Frances Corner, head...

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CragRats, a UK theatre company that helped businesses with CSR training, has been dissolved, leaving an estimated £2million ($3m, €2.4m) in unpaid debts. CragRats, which went into...

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Anand Punja has been appointed to the new role of sustainability executive at the UK-based Timber Trade Federation. Punja joins from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was a senior sustainability...

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Ed Mitchell, former corporate responsibility director at RWE Thames Water, has been appointed environment and business director at the UK's Environment Agency. He replaces Tricia Henton, who...

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The husband of Anita Roddick and co-founder of The Body Shop has been awarded an 'ethical award' for lifetime achievement by The Observer newspaper. Gordon Roddick also founded The...

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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...

CSR minister disappears as coalition shifts ground - news

The CSR minister is no more in UK government. The Conservatives, who in opposition had indicated they would do without the role in power, have ditched it in agreement with their Liberal Democrat...

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...

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

The company that runs the world’s busiest international airport has decided to switch from detailed annual CSR reporting to bi-monthly briefings on specific social and environmental...

British government says it wants clearer Guidelines - news

The UK government has said the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises need to be clearer, more practical and expanded to cover areas such as climate change. Responding to the results...

Thumbs up for skills map - news

A new ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners would generally be welcomed by the profession, says the CR Academy, which is to produce such a document. Doubts...

The head gardener may have gone, but the CSR plot still needs tending - news

Now that the UK’s CSR minister post has been swept away by the new coalition government ( see page one ), it’s time to admit that the job was on its last legs anyway. It suited the...

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Two Tomorrows is to join forces with the ecological consultancy Biocensus to offer new biodiversity support services to businesses. In partnership with Biocensus, the UK-based sustainability...

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The Hedge Fund Standards Board has announced five new signatories to its standards – Amber Capital UK, Aspect Capital, Henderson, Krom River Investment Management and North Asset...

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Booking for this year’s EP Retreat (12-13 July) in the UK ends this month. Only company CSR practitioners may attend.

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A new right-of-centre environment think tank has enrolled two corporate responsibility specialists to help shape its thinking. The UK-based Conservative Environmental Network, formed as a...

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A free tool has been created to raise awareness of the UK’s new bribery laws, enabling businesses to educate their employees on the changed legislation. The Integrity Barometer, an online...

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Tim Nicholson, the former sustainability officer suing UK property investment business Grainger for unfair dismissal on the grounds that he had been sacked for holding ‘philosophical...

New bribery regime will ask more of businesses - news

Corporate failure to prevent bribery has been made an offence under UK law, putting the onus on businesses to deal with dishonesty rather than turn a blind eye. The Bribery Act, which...

ECGD changes cause upset - news

An open letter to the UK government attacking its plans to abolish CSR requirements on foreign investment projects has been written by Mary Robinson, chair of the Institute for Human Rights and...

Due soon: professional body for practitioners? - news

One of Europe’s most influential corporate responsibility networks is to consider changing its structure to become a membership body of individual practitioners rather than companies....

Firms show ‘staggering’ lack of credibility - news

Most of the UK’s largest companies lack credibility on the claims they make about their carbon emissions, and most seek no external verification for the environmental data they issue....

Middle CSR ranks enjoy better pay and security - news

Rising salaries, bigger budgets and greater job security: that’s the general portrait of the corporate responsibility profession painted in the results of the latest CR Salary Survey ....

Home Retail decides to talk CSR to employees - news

Home Retail Group is to ‘refocus’ its corporate responsibility strategy on employees, and put more effort into communicating what it is doing. The UK-based corporation, which...

We’ve found the phrase we need, so let’s stick with what we’ve got - news

The CSR Study Group at the UK’s University of Leeds has changed its name to the Business and Development Study Group. Hardly a major story, and one that hasn’t merited even a line in...

Plotting a way forward on a matter of principle - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) has produced a code of conduct for CSR professionals. EP talks to Yogesh Chauhan, CRG deputy chair, about how it will work Where did the idea for...

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The UK’s first ‘socially responsible’ train operator has introduced its debut route. Go!, which is also the first UK rail company to run as a co-operative, will start a Yeovil...

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The new chair of the UK’s Global Compact Network is Andrew Cave, head of sustainability at RBS. Cave succeeds Michael Spenley, head of corporate responsibility at Shop Direct Group, who...

‘Social stock exchange’ could be 18 months away - news

Money is being raised to start a global stock exchange that will allow investors to trade exclusively in companies with social and environmental goals. The Social Stock Exchange, to be...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

The UK government has clarified areas of corporate responsibility covered by its departments. In a statement to EP last month, the Labour administration said that while the Department for...

Big companies to spend £3.5bn on new projects - news

This year’s spending on sustainability projects by large UK companies is expected to grow to £3.5billion ($5.3bn, €3.9bn) and increase further in the near future, reports the...

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...

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

With voting on a new government imminent in the UK, what do the main political parties have to say on the issue of corporate responsibility? EP looks at their plans Britain’s three...

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...

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Victoria Hands, who is environmental and sustainability manager at the London School of Economics, has been named one of 15 ‘London leaders’ for 2010 by the London Sustainable...

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Defence Estates, which manages land owned by the UK’s defence ministry, has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for its work in controlling its carbon footprint. The organization helped...

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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...

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Professional services giant Deloitte has expanded its environmental arm with the acquisition of the dcarbon8 sustainability consultancy, which specialises in carbon management within products...

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Two-thirds of the UK’s business leaders have said they expect a more responsible economy to emerge from the recession. In a Business in the Community poll of 330 of its...

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Primark has appointed Libby Annat as its new senior ethical trade manager. Annat moves from Marks & Spencer, where she was ethical trading manager. Previously she was BBC Worldwide’s...

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Neville White joined Ecclesiastical Investment Management as a senior SRI analyst last month. White was manager of governance and ethical investment at CCLA – which provides investment...

CSR heads take seat at mayor's table - news

Corporate responsibility experts are among nine new commissioners appointed to the London Sustainable Development Commission, which has the job of advising the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on...

Anti-bribery law toughens the stance on corruption - news

Jerry Hagelberg sees a global culture change reflected in new UK legislation against bribery Business ethics will receive a significant boost early in the new decade with the enactment,...

Social bank 'must be independent' - news

A consultation on the UK government's planned creation of a Social Investment Wholesale Bank has shown that most respondents – who included banks, social enterprise bodies and think...

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...

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Executive search company Green Ventures Search has appointed Lucy Deane as research director. Deane was previously with Ruston WHEB in London, where she was head of research, leading a CSR...

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Kate Niblock-Siddle has returned to the UK to open the London office of Net Balance Management Group, an Australian consultancy that specializes in reporting, assurance, climate change,...

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Laura Brooks has joined the UK-based think tank AccountAbility as standards partner responsible for licensing of standards such as AA1000 and producing related guidance. Brooks moves from...

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Myriam Galopin has joined the UK consultancy Corporate Citzenship as a consultant advising on sustainability strategy and community projects. Galopin was previously with the Body Shop, where she...

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Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. Dudok van Heel, who worked as a strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little,...

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Emma Hunt has moved to the SRI adviser Towers Watson as a senior investment consultant from Mercer, where she was head of responsible investment.

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Britain has launched its first prosecution of a company executive for alleged corruption overseas. The move, which follows global pressure on the UK government to tighten up on corruption by...

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Tesco is to spend £100million ($154m, €113m) with green technology companies during the next year. The UK retail chain, which announced the decision when it opened its first...

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Burton’s Foods, the UK’s second largest biscuit company, is to certify all its palm oil as sustainably sourced. Burton’s will test all its products, including Jammie Dodgers,...

Arts support hit by recession - news

Levels of UK business funding of the arts have fallen back by nearly a tenth this year, after record giving in 2008. Research by Arts & Business, which monitors corporate funding of the...

Sainsbury’s jumps into quarterly reporting mode - news

Sainsbury’s has begun to produce a quarterly corporate responsibility report alongside its financial trading updates. The UK supermarket chain says the unusual step is intended...

Mixed reception for ombudsman - news

A decision to create a UK ombudsman to protect supermarket suppliers from the power of large retailers has been praised by CSR proponents but criticized by the industry. The government has...

Deaths increase despite setting of ‘zero’ targets - news

Fatalities among employees of UK-based mining companies have risen sharply during the past five years. A Financial Times study shows that with the exception of Anglo-American, which still...

Inquiry backs calls for business and human rights body - news

A parliamentary inquiry has called for the setting up of a  permanent UK commission for business and human rights. The year-long inquiry into business and human rights, carried out by...

Lords call for nano action - news

The emerging nanotechnology industry has been advised to create databases on nanomaterials to improve its transparency record.   A House of Lords science and technology committee in the...

Eateries sit at the CSR table - news

A Sustainable Restaurant Association is to be set up in the UK this month to promote and audit CSR in the sector. The association will be a nationwide, membership-based body open to all...

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Data is now being collected for the 2010 CR Salary Survey, which looks at salaries and role functions in the corporate responsibility sector. The online survey, run by EP in conjunction with...

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UK shoe company Clarks is to use new sustainability reporting software to develop this year’s annual report. The company has been working with Benchmark Software, which specializes in...

Fair treatment regime ‘not properly policed’ - news

The UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has been attacked for failing to properly audit the behaviour of banks towards their customers. Since 2006 the FSA has been responsible for...

Vast majority of UK firms fall short on carbon aims - news

Just one in five British brands are meeting the government’s carbon reduction targets. New research covering 600 of the UK’s largest brands shows that only 121 are reducing...

Tesco fulfils waste target ahead of time - news

Tesco has hit its target of eliminating all use of landfill a year ahead of schedule. The retail multinational has diverted all its yearly 531,000 tons of waste to other disposal means,...

The secret behind Plan A: hard work and branding - news

Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer, talks to EP about the successes – and tribulations – associated with the retail chain’s ambitious CSR...

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The UK Environment Agency is terminating business with European Credit Management, the bond manager of its pension fund, after poor financial performance and its failure to sign up to the UN...

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GoodCorporation has become an accredited validator for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes government and corporate transparency on oil, gas and mining...

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Public relations group Edelman has appointed Anne Augustine to head its new UK-based sustainability department, which will provide sustainability advice. The practice will also include Jules...

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Julian Parrott, a partner in the UK investment consultancy EthicalFutures, has been named as the new chair of the Ethical Investment Association, a body of UK financial advisers dedicated to the...

Neil Kearney: CSR-focused union leader who sought consensus - news

Neil Kearney, a key figure behind the Ethical Trading Initiative and the SA8000 workplace standard, has died aged 59 of a heart attack. Kearney, who was general secretary of the...

Jaffa Cakes get sustainability makeover - news

United Biscuits, the UK manufacturer of brands such as McVitie’s, Jaffa Cakes and Penguin, has pledged to procure two-thirds of its palm oil from certified sustainable sources by the...

‘Deluge’ of CSR chatter fills up annual reports - news

Too much CSR information is cluttering up corporate annual reports, says the body that oversees reporting in the UK. The Accounting Standards Board has become dismayed at the increasing...

Missions told to keep an eye on business - news

The UK government has issued a Business and Human Rights Toolkit for its overseas missions. The 21-page document, published last month, contains guidance for UK embassies and other...

UK aims for lead role in OECD guideline reforms - news

The UK government has opened a consultation on possible changes to the OECD’s guidelines for multinational enterprises. In a process lasting until 25 January, the Business Innovation...

Interest in ethical shopping falls as recession bites - news

Support for ethical consumerism has declined in the UK since the start of the recession, according to new market research conducted by Ipsos MORI.   The figures show interest in ethical...

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...

‘I was obstructed from doing my job properly’ - news

In the aftermath of a potentially groundbreaking legal decision on discrimination and climate change beliefs, EP talks to Tim Nicholson, the CSR head at the centre of the case Tim...

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The Church of England is re-examining its £2.5million ($4.1m, €2.8m) investment in the metals and mining company Vedanta after the Archbishop of Canterbury’s intervention. Rowan...

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A ‘socially responsible’ call centre has opened in the UK. The Call Britannia centre in Croydon will employ 100 people who have been long-term unemployed and promises to provide a...

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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...

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Peter de Graaf has joined the CSR consultancy Acona as a senior partner. De Graaf specializes in the environment and socially responsible investing.

Transparency improvements continue among UK-based companies - news

Centrica, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever are among Britain’s most responsible companies on climate change, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This...

Businesses agree to report on their forest footprints - news

A number of large British companies have committed to reporting on their ‘forest footprints’ as part of a programme by the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Project. Businesses...

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed environmental affairs manager for J. Sainsbury following Alison Austin’s departure. Cunningham joins from ITV, where he was head of corporate...

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A Centre for Law and Ethics backed by multinationals has been established at a UK university to enable ‘enhanced collaboration between academics, practising lawyers and industry’....

C of E: keeping faith in an ethical approach - news

The Church of England continues to punch above its weight in the responsible investment world – and is not just focussed on exclusion.  Mike Scott talks to Edward Mason about its...

Are companies taking their eyes off the prize? - news

There are more awards in the CSR field than ever before, yet there’s a sense that interest in them is waning. EP examines whether their heyday is coming to an end Buy a bag of...

Supermarket takes the biscuit on palm oil - news

J. Sainsbury is to use certified sustainable palm oil in its two best-selling biscuit ranges – digestives and rich tea. The British supermarket chain, which sells 300 million such...

CSR head’s tribunal win sparks debate on ‘beliefs’ - news

A corporate responsibility practitioner has aroused attention in Britain after a ruling that he was unfairly sacked because of his evangelical stance on sustainability. Tim Nicholson,...

New framework helps firms tackle bribery - news

A bribery and corruption framework has been drawn up by UK-based GoodCorporation to help organizations avoid corrupt practices. The framework can be used by companies in conjunction with an...

Energy firms beat social tariff goals - news

Britain’s big six energy suppliers spent £157million on social programmes in 2008-09, a 175 per cent increase on 2007-08, according to a report by energy industry regulator Ofgem....

Sustainable mail service attracts plenty of takers - news

More than 60 organizations have qualified to use a new ‘Sustainable Mail’ service provided by the UK’s Royal Mail. To use the bulk mail service, customers must prove they...

Boots picks up with Bitc after leaving the ETI fold - news

Alliance Boots has turned to Business in the Community for advice on ethical supply chain management after its recent decision to leave the Ethical Trading Initiative. The UK-based high...

Train firm would be mutual-owned - news

Plans to create a ‘socially responsible’ train operator have been unveiled in Britain. Go Co-operative is seeking £250,000 from socially minded investors for initial work...

Britain’s CRC regime: beginning of a new era - news

UK business will have to deal with the requirements of a new Carbon Reduction Commitment from next April. EP takes a quick look at how it is likely to work What is it? The Carbon...

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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...

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Case studies have been released on six organizations that have used a sustainability reporting framework set up at the behest of the Prince of Wales. The studies show how Aviva, BT, EDF, HSBC,...

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Starbucks UK has announced a five-year partnership with a youth charity to train young people and give them work experience. The partnership brings together the coffee retailer and the...

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A ‘reporting clinic’ that provides feedback on companies’ sustainability reports is to be offered as part of a new venture between UK-based consultancy Context and the...

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Former Corporate Responsibility Coalition head Deborah Doane has moved from WWF-UK, where she was head of sustainable consumption, to become director of the World Development Movement.

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Four new faces have been elected to the UK Social Investment Forum board. David Harris, FTSE’s responsible investment manager, Julian Parrot, of Ethical Futures, James Vaccaro, head of...

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Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) has appointed Patsy Richardson as head of membership and marketing. She joins from After The Rain Consulting, where she was a managing partner. 

Media group experiments with real-time assurance - news

A new form of ‘rolling assurance’ for online sustainability reporting is to be used by a leading UK media group. The Two Tomorrows consultancy has been signed up by Guardian...

Firm is put on ethics watch - news

British bridge-building company Mabey & Johnson is to be monitored by an independent auditor approved by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after admitting to paying bribes to win...

First objections are raised to rights commission idea - news

Signs of opposition to a proposed UK commission for business and human rights have emerged in new evidence given to the House of Commons joint committee on human rights. Figures including...

Funky titles catch on as reporters try to engage - news

Almost half of CSR reports no longer use the phrase ‘corporate responsibility’ in their title, new research has revealed. A study by communications consultancy Radley Yeldar...

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Ethical investment funds in the UK have seen their first outflows since sales records began in 1992, says the UK Investment Management Association. Ethical funds recorded a net outflow of...

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A theatre company that helped businesses with CSR training has gone into administration, blaming falling revenues during the financial crisis. CragRats, which has worked on CSR training...

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A new partnership between SEI, a global provider of fiduciary management services, and asset managers F&C will offer an engagement service to UK pension funds. SEI will start the operation,...

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UK football clubs have been ranked according to their boards’ social performance. A new ‘stewardship scorecard’, drawn up by the think tank Tomorrow’s Company, rates...

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Ed Blamey has joined the UK-based communications agency Origin as associate sustainability director. He had previously spent four years at Interface Flor, where he was European sustainability...

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Adam Seitchik, former chief investment officer of US SRI firm Trillium Asset Management, has been appointed managing director of the London-based institutional asset management firm Auriel....

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Will Day is to take over from Jonathon Porritt as chair of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Day has worked with various NGOs, including Care International, Save the...

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Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Gill James as head of sustainability and operations. James, who has been at the bank for 15 years, mainly as an economist, replaces Debbie Whitaker.

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James Anderson has been appointed head of strategic and sustainability services at UK-based engineering consultancy Amec. He joins Amec from Montgomery Watson, where he was strategic advisory...

Wragge’s first report: was our verdict too harsh? - news

A critical review of Wragge & Co’s first CSR report appeared in EP this May. This month Tom Peyton of Enact Consulting gives an alternative view I have long championed the...

Centrica uses web chat to create more dialogue - news

The British energy company Centrica has taken the unusual step of holding a live ‘web chat’ to discuss issues in its latest corporate responsibility report. Centrica invited...

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Societe General has been named as the leading brokerage for sustainability research in the annual Extel survey. Oddo Securities was ranked first for corporate governance research and UBS in the...

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Pharmacy and consumer goods retailer Boots has left the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an alliance of companies, NGOs and trade unions that works on improving ethical supply chain management....

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Shannon Houde has joined the communications consultancy Corporate Culture as corporate responsibility director. She formerly worked at Deloitte as senior manager for corporate responsibility and...

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Sarah Roberts is the new executive director at the Ethical Tea Partnership. Roberts formerly led corporate responsibility projects at Arup, the National Centre for Business and Sustainability...

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Ebba Schmidt has been appointed as responsible investment manager at the UK Pension Protection Fund, which pays compensation to members of pension schemes that become insolvent. Schmidt was...

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Frank Blighe, an ethical investment pioneer, has died after a short illness, aged 51. Blighe spent some time in consultancy and at TSB before working for Friends Provident on its socially...

OECD guidelines ‘must get tougher back-up’ - news

Governments should get tougher with companies that breach the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, a UK inquiry has been told. Parliamentarians at the first two sessions of the...

New-look CSR Academy emerges from shadows - news

Britain’s once-defunct CSR Academy has stuttered back to life to provide a small number of training courses for this summer and autumn. The former UK government CSR flagship –...

Night at movies prompts action at Pret A Manger - news

A film has convinced the British sandwich chain Pret A Manger to switch to a more sustainable variety of tuna – even at the risk of reduced sales. Julian Metcalf, the company’s...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

Seven elite CSR performers have been put into a new category by Business in the Community in its latest annual corporate responsibility index. The eighth CR Index has a Platinum Plus band for...

Big M&S push on CSR becomes ‘cost positive’ - news

Marks & Spencer’s five-year social and environmental programme has paid for itself after two years and is now making money for the company. The UK-based high street retailer...

Orange usurps BT in rankings - news

BT has lost its position of pre-eminence on CSR in the telecoms sector, according to a new analysis.   UK-based research consultancy Verdantix claims Orange is now the sustainability...

Pension funds still out of touch on SRI issues - news

A watchdog has warned that UK pension funds’ risk management and accountability performance shows dangerous gaps, and has raised questions about the fund management industry’s...

UK to draw up new code on control of security firms - news

The UK government is to come up with a code of conduct on business use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) which it hopes could be applied internationally. Foreign secretary...

New commission would punish errant companies - news

Proposals for the creation of a powerful UK commission on business and human rights have been announced by an alliance of prominent non-governmental organizations. The Corporate...

Government puts pressure on big business to pay up - news

Listed businesses in the UK are to be urged by the government to endorse a new code on the responsible payment of invoices. Thirty companies have already signed up to the UK...

Private equity gets SRI help - news

British private equity firms have set up an advisory board to help them develop responsible investment strategies. The 11-person board, created last month by the British Private Equity and...

Three important lessons from the MPs’ expenses scandal - news

At first glance, the furore in Britain over the expenses claims of members of parliament has little to do with corporate responsibility. But there are lessons to be learned for companies...

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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...

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UK broadcaster Sky has introduced a mentoring scheme to advise businesses on climate change. One of its first ventures will be to provide expertise from its in-house environment team, backed by...

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A website that helps ‘social businesses’ to find investors online has been created by Catalyst, a UK-based advisory and investment management consultancy. Catalyst defines a social...

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The UK government has produced its first corporate responsibility report in four years. The 37-page document, with a foreword by the CSR minister Ian Pearson, details the government’s...

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A certification standard for ‘sustainable events’ has been launched by the British standards organization, BSI Management Systems. BS 8901 is aimed at the estimated 150 companies,...

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Barclays has received the Institute of Travel & Meetings’ Bronze Icarus award for implementing carbon dioxide reduction processes across its travel and meetings.

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Anthony Perret has become programme manager at the Sustainable Rail Programme, established by Britain’s rail industry to develop projects on greenhouse gas emission reductions, sustainable...

More diligence needed - news

Corporate responsibility reports by law firms are still uncommon, so a debut from a UK-based legal company has caught the eye. Oliver Balch reviews its contents Lawyer and US president...

London police take up CSR - news

London’s Metropolitan Police, the largest police service in the UK, is to appoint a CSR manager for the first time. The service, which employs more than 50,000 frontline officers and...

Corporate giving may fall by one third in recession - news

UK companies’ donations to good causes are expected to fall by more than a third this year, reports a new poll. A survey of 450 business leaders, commissioned by The Social Investment...

Under-fire Primark starts to put its house in order - news

The cut-price clothing retailer Primark has responded to continuing bad publicity about conditions in its supply chain by creating the post of ethical trading director. At the same time the...

Britain unveils bribery bill - news

British companies could be prosecuted under proposed  new legislation for failing to stop employees becoming involved in bribery. The draft Bribery Bill, newly announced by the Justice...

Core is back in town – and ready for a new challenge - news

The Corporate Responsibility Coalition has returned to focus on a new campaign for a UK government commission on business and human rights. EP talks to its coordinator When the CSR world...

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Two British retailers specializing in eco-friendly, organic and fair trade products – ethicalsuperstore.com and Natural Collection – have merged. The new company predicts 2009-10...

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A new report by a UK consultancy has tried to map out the main CSR issues for media companies. Mapping the landscape: CSR issues for the media industry 2008 , has been undertaken by...

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A postgraduate CSR-related degree has been launched by Lancaster University Management School in the UK. The MA in Leadership for Sustainability will explore theories and practices relevant to...

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Achilles consultancy has renewed its financial backing for a CSR working group at Oxford University’s Said Business School in the UK. The working group’s output has included regular...

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Bureau Veritas consumer products services has appointed Brian Whitters as director of supply chain solutions. Whitters was previously managing director at ethical trading firm Auchinglen...

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Nick Martell-Bundock has joined tea producers Twinings as international ethical supply chain manager, leaving Whitbread, where he was previously head of food procurement.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has appointed Mark Schofield to lead its global sustainability and climate change tax network. Schofield has been a tax partner with PwC in London since 2000.

Financiers slated over dictator accounts - news

Banks are facilitating corruption internationally by doing business with dictators and should work harder to reject relationships with individuals posing a corruption risk, says a report from...

MPs to look at business impact on human rights - news

A UK parliamentary committee has opened an inquiry into business and human rights. The 12-member joint committee on human rights will investigate various issues, including what the...

Cadbury moves into Fairtrade - news

Cadbury is to become the biggest confectionery brand with the Fairtrade certification mark. The company and the Fairtrade Foundation aim to achieve certification for Cadbury’s Dairy...

Business offered advice on art of ethical snooping - news

Guidance has been published on how companies can responsibly gather ‘competitive intelligence’ on rivals. The best practice advice, compiled by the Institute of Business Ethics...

First Direct beats the field to attain carbon standard - news

UK-based First Direct has become the first bank to receive the Carbon Trust Standard, a global carbon award requiring year-on-year emissions reductions. First Direct, an internet banking...

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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...

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London 2012, the organization planning Britain’s Olympic Games, has published the first edition of its sustainability guidelines for corporate and public events. The guidelines have been...

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Francesco Mereu has been appointed a director of Toyota Great Britain, where he will be responsible for, among other things, corporate social responsibility, purchasing and corporate planning....

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The London Pensions Fund Authority has appointed Aled Jones as environmental, social and governance investment manager. Jones joins from the Pension Protection Fund, where he was responsible...

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Will Oulton has replaced Penny Shepherd as the UK representative on the Eurosif board. Oulton is managing director of CRG Advisory Services and will serve in a personal capacity.

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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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Edward Mason has become secretary of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group. Mason at present heads the Independent Diplomat’s London office.

Stress levels increase as CSR professionals fight their corner - news

CSR practitioners are feeling more stressed than they did three years ago. A survey of individual members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) found the proportion who...

University outlines living wage benefits - news

A university college that has introduced a ‘living wage’ for cleaners has published a document outlining the business benefits the decision has brought. Queen Mary, University...

Co-op to spend £70m on ethics drive in the slump - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group has set aside £70million ($100m) for the next financial year to advertise and promote its ethical credentials during the recession. The British...

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...

‘Choice editing’ is better than changing behaviour - news

High street retailers should offer less choice so that consumers are forced to buy goods that are more socially and environmentally responsible, a leading sustainability expert has said....

Female CSR practitioners earn less than the men - news

Suggestions of a gender divide in the corporate responsibility profession appear to have been confirmed by the second annual CSR salary survey, published last month.   The 2008/9 study,...

Law firms plump for synchronised carbon reporting - news

Eighteen law firms and the Law Society of England and Wales have simultaneously published reports revealing their individual carbon footprints. The firms and the society have published...

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T-Mobile is to bring together its UK employee volunteers with groups of young people to explore ways in which mobile phones can tackle social and environmental problems. The project, called The...

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McDonald’s UK has appointed the communications agency Futerra to focus on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. Futerra’s specific task will be to engage with the...

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Laura Spence is to head the relaunched Centre for Research into Sustainability, based at London University’s Royal Holloway College. The centre, established in 2004, was previously headed...

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Ian Buckland has moved to Flag, the CSR communications agency, as associate director. He leaves a position as principal sustainability adviser at the consultancy Sd3, which recently merged with...

A picture of happiness: CSR practitioners in their place of work - news

People working in corporate responsibility appear to be ‘overwhelmingly happy’ with their lot, according to the latest annual CSR salary survey. The study, to be released at the...

CSR staff feel content and secure in their jobs - news

At the beginning of last year EP announced the findings from its first ever CSR salary survey , carried out jointly with recruitment agency Acre Resources and the consultancy Acona. This...

UK hits Aon with bribery fine - news

The UK broking arm of Aon, the US insurance broker, was fined £5.25million ($7.5m) for bribery last month, providing further evidence that the British authorities are adopting a stronger...

Credit card firms accept ‘fairness’ charter - news

Credit card companies and the UK government have agreed ‘fair principles’ on interest rates and charges.   The cost of card borrowing in Britain has risen during the past...

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

Two arms of the British state that together spend more than £50billion ($73bn) a year – the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service – have begun to adopt...

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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...

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Companies have a social responsibility to pay more attention to workforce skills gaps, the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility has said. A new report by the...

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British gaming firms are to be forced to contribute funding for gambling helplines and treatment centres. A statutory levy will be imposed on companies from 1 April with the aim of raising more...

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UK consultancy Growth International has set up a research project in partnership with the Tomorrow’s Company think tank and the Institute of Chartered Accountants to identify the impact...

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Two Tomorrows has been unveiled as the name for the CSR consultancy formed by the merger of Csrnetwork and Sd3 ( EP 10, issue 7, p6 ). The group holding company, Two Tomorrows Group, will be...

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Gideon Middleton has been appointed interim corporate responsibility manager for the home improvement retail group Kingfisher. Middleton joins Kingfisher from Wincanton, the UK supply chain...

Marshalls gives all its products carbon labels - news

A building materials company has become the first business to adopt a new carbon labelling scheme for all products. Marshalls, which employs 3000 staff at 67 sites in Britain, has used the...

New code tells firms how to treat migrant workers - news

British companies have been offered a voluntary code of practice on employing migrant workers. The eight-page document comes from Business in the Community, which wants all employers of migrant...

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This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat – the seventh – will take place on 14-15 July at Bore Place in Kent, UK. The event is restricted to corporate responsibility...

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Chris Gribben has left his position as director of the UK-based Ashridge Centre for Business and Society, where he has worked for ten years, to become an independent researcher and consultant....

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Julia Kilbourne joins the London-based Ethical Trading Initiative next month as project manager. She moves from the Ethical Tea Partnership, also in London, where she was operations manager.

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Green Alliance has appointed Thomas Lingard to its new post of deputy director. Lingard joins the sustainable development think-tank on a two-year secondment from Unilever, where he specialised...

Alistair Townley: loveable pioneer who spread the green gospel - news

As many readers will already know, Alistair Townley, co-founder and publisher of Ethical Performance , died on 30 October of a heart attack, aged 51. He leaves behind his partner, Jane, and...

Carbon standard unveiled - news

A government-backed standard has been created to show businesses how to consistently measure the carbon footprint of their products. PAS 2050, drawn up by BSI British Standards, the Carbon...

Could latest merger be sign of things to come? - news

Two prominent corporate responsibility consultancies – Csrnetwork and Sd3 – are to merge on 1 January amid suggestions that a period of consolidation in the consultancy market could...

Hold the front page: T-Mobile tells all - news

A mobile phone company has taken the unusual step of producing an in-store newsletter on corporate responsibility aimed specifically at its customers. T-Mobile UK has placed the publication...

Balfour Beatty makes strides on accident rates - news

The engineering and construction multinational Balfour Beatty reduced its accident frequency rate by 16 per cent last year. The latest corporate responsibility report of the...

Study links CR Index firms to better share returns - news

Companies that regularly take part in the UK’s annual Corporate Responsibility Index appear to show a better return for their shareholders than those that do not, according to new...

Fund managers making progress on the SRI front - news

Leading UK fund managers have shown a marked improvement in their performance and disclosure on SRI issues during the past year. The latest FairPensions analysis of asset managers...

How Scrooge’s partner cut through business humbug - news

Dickens’s Christmas classic shows the way to be a successful CSR change agent, says John Turner At this time of year I’d like to bring to your attention a forgotten champion...

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A body has been created in the UK to provide sustainability advice and research to private and public organizations. The Association for Sustainable Change has been established by former...

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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...

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McDonald’s, once a regular target for animal welfare campaigners, has received an award from the UK’s Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The RSPCA has given...

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The Co-operative Group is to involve consumers in a consultation to help determine its community spending. The group, which put £10million ($15m) into UK community activities last year, is...

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Richard Foulerton has joined Allianz Insurance UK as corporate social responsibility manager, working on the development of Alianz’s CSR agenda and strategy. He was previously in the...

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Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, has announced the appointment of two senior investment research analysts – Amanda Young and Laura Aarnio. Young joins...

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Lois Williams has joined the broadcaster Sky as a corporate responsibility advisor from the UK property company Capital & Regional, where she was responsible business manager.

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Pamela Zielinski has become head of sustainability in the business services division of construction company Carillion. She moves from Ethitas CSR Solutions consultancy.

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John Turner, formally group head of corporate responsibility for British Nuclear Fuels, has set up Constructive Interactions, a consultancy that helps organizations build and maintain trust.

Brown’s reshuffle gives minister a joined-up brief - news

A former climate change minister has taken over the UK government’s corporate responsibility brief. Ian Pearson has been given the portfolio as part of prime minister Gordon...

Henderson risks criticism over tax move to Ireland - news

One of the UK’s leading asset management companies is changing its tax domicile from Britain to the Irish Republic to save money, even though it has warned other companies to take a more...

Pace of change ‘too slow’ on fashion sector wages - news

Most British fashion chains are making only ‘glacial’ progress on improving wages in their supply chains, according to a new analysis by a group of non-governmental organizations and...

Costa beats coffee target - news

Costa, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, announced last month that all coffee sold in its 785 British stores is now made from beans ‘sustainably grown’ on farms certified by...

The buying game - news

Traidcraft/Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Free at www.thebuyinggame.org This online game has been created to raise awareness of ethical supply chain issues by taking...

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A members’ club for individuals working in the field of sustainability has opened in London. Initial honorary members of The Hub Kings Cross include John Elkington, founder of...

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The Limelight Community consultancy has renamed itself Lumina. The London-based agency has nine consultants working in the areas of communications and project management

Mobile firms aim to limit children’s access to content - news

Six mobile phone operators may tighten a set of voluntary measures to protect young people from inappropriate online material. The companies – Orange, O2, T-Mobile, 3, Virgin Mobile...

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Helen Turner has joined RWE npower as a fundraising co-ordinator for its Health through Warmth scheme, set up to raise funds to provide vulnerable people with heating and insulation in their...

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Nick Bell has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an assistant director in its sustainability and climate change team. He was previously a senior manager at GoodCorporation.

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London-based film production company Film38 has formed a unit to create digital video content for companies in the corporate responsibility field. The new business, called entertaining:tv, will...

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UK property management company Prupim reduced carbon dioxide emissions from its shopping centres and managed offices by 14 per cent last year, meeting its self-imposed target four years ahead of...

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Coca-Cola Bottlers (Ulster) has won the 2008 Chartered Institute of Public Relations Corporate Responsibility Excellence Award for an anti-drink driving campaign in Northern Ireland last...

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The UK government has intensified its efforts on sustainable procurement by appointing a minister to oversee the process in all departments. Cabinet Office minister Tom Watson has been given the...

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Bill Eyres has joined the mobile phone company O2 as head of corporate responsibility after seven years at The Body Shop, where he was in the same role. He replaces Charlotte Wolff, who left to...

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A UK government advisory body has urged the Lord Chancellor to make it easier for class action lawsuits to be taken against businesses. The Civil Justice Council says encouraging more class...

UK moves on bribery as OECD pressure mounts - news

Signs are emerging that the UK government is beginning to adopt a tougher stance on the behaviour of British companies abroad, partly as a result of sustained pressure from the Organisation for...

Business resists pressure over its Zimbabwe links - news

Several large companies operating in Zimbabwe have declined to sign a voluntary agreement drawn up by the UK government on upholding human rights in the African country. Sixteen businesses...

Foreign Office ditches CSR unit as its interest wanes - news

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has shut down its section that has been dealing specifically with corporate responsibility. The move suggests the Foreign Office has...

CFS judged to have best impact on society - news

Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) has won the overall Impact on Society award in this year’s Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. The group, which includes...

Cross-sector coalition will target obesity - news

British companies for whom obesity is a corporate responsibility issue have come together to help the government promote healthier lifestyles. Food and beverage, retail, advertising, fitness...

Shell pulls advert as greenwash gripes rise - news

Shell has withdrawn a newspaper advertisement based around its sustainability credentials after the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) judged it misleading. The...

Energy firms under pressure to do more on fuel poverty - news

Fuel poverty has become a more pressing business responsibility issue for energy companies in the past month as a result of large gas price rises imposed on their domestic customers. With...

MPs and Lords prepare inquiry conclusions - news

A group of UK parliamentarians is expected to publish the conclusions of an inquiry into corporate responsibility by the end of the year. Before the summer recess members of the inquiry...

Foreign policy needs to support responsible business practice - news

Ethical investors maintain lists of countries flouting human rights in order to avoid putting money into companies with operations there. Democratic governments keep similar lists and, on...

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Cereal company Weetabix has produced its first corporate social responsibility policy. The 12-page public document, developed with the Carbon Trust, commits the UK-based business to reducing its...

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The Lancashire Business School at Central Lancashire University claims to have become the first British business school to offer sustainability programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate...

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FTSE Group, the equity index provider, has licensed the banking group BBVA to use the FTSE4Good Ibex index as the basis of an exchange-traded fund. The index, which began operating this year, is...

NHS gets CSR bug as trust creates a health service first - news

The corporate responsibility profession has gained a foothold within one of the world’s largest employers, the UK’s National Health Service. Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust,...

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Construction company HBG has strengthened its corporate social responsibility team with two appointments. Jesse Putzel has been recruited as climate change manager, while Kate Wilcox becomes...

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Sally Britton has left the consultancy TwentyFifty to start a new company, Sally Britton Consulting, providing corporate responsibility consultancy and training.

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

Suppliers of products and services for the 2012 Olympic Games in London will have to follow sustainable procurement guidelines. In autumn the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic...

BT sets pace as business gets serious about carbon - news

BT has set aggressive corporate greenhouse gas reduction targets by aiming to cut its total carbon emissions by 80 per cent within 12 years. The goal is a further sign that business is now...

Big firms fail to integrate their reports - news

Annual reports and sustainability reports do not cross-reference each other enough, says a new study by a London-based communications consultancy. Black Sun found that only 32 of the annual...

CSR's trail-blazer needs to get out of the thicket and back on track - news

The UK government has been instrumental in the development of corporate social responsibility over the last decade. Listed companies must now produce annual forward-looking business reviews that...

Travel patterns slow to change - news

Hardly any British business people reduced their travelling during 2007, even though many of their companies have clear policies on cutting business miles. Research by Barclaycard Business...

Bitc index gets more backers this year - news

The number of companies taking part in the UK's annual Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index rose this year, arresting the recent trend of falling participation rates....

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London-based recruitment consultancy Consegna has formed a corporate responsibility and sustainability division. The year-old business hires for management consultancies and technology and...

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Ramon Arratia has been appointed European sustainability director at carpet manufacturer InterfaceFlor, based in London. Arratia was previously senior corporate responsibility manager at...

SRI backers fail to change pensions Bill - news

The UK government has defeated a parliamentary move to introduce socially responsible investment principles into its future plans for national pensions. The shadow pensions minister...

Ministers seek holy grail of social return measure - news

The UK government is to develop a standard way of calculating social return on investment. The Cabinet Office has set up a £350,000 ($690,000) three-year project to produce a measure, and...

Higgs praised for vital role in Bitc’s early days - news

Business in the Community has paid tribute to Sir Derek Higgs, who has died aged 64, for the ‘pivotal’ role he played in establishing the organization. Sir Derek is better known...

‘Courageous’ BAE agrees root and branch reform - news

One of the world’s largest defence companies has been praised for having the ‘courage’ to adopt 23 recommendations from an independent committee on how to improve its ethical...

Co-op declares itself against anti-air freighting move - news

The Co-operative Group has opposed a proposal by the UK’s Soil Association to revise its standards in order to discourage the air freighting of organic food products from overseas....

Morrisons plays catch-up - news

UK supermarket chain Morrisons has started a campaign to communicate its corporate responsibility programme to customers. Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, has engaged...

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The financial services sector was involved in almost a quarter of ‘ethical lapses’ reported in the British media last year, says a new study by the Institute of Business Ethics. The...

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Newly-elected London mayor Boris Johnson has pledged to promote corporate responsibility. Johnson told a University of East London Business School conference: ‘We need to make it easier...

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In the May issue of EP we incorrectly stated that Kyoko Fukukawa, a researcher at Bradford University School of Management, was involved in a Japan Foundation survey of 107 Japanese companies...

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed head of group corporate responsibility and environment at ITV, the UK’s largest advertising funded broadcaster. He was previously group environment...

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Catherine Howarth is to become CEO of FairPensions, the campaign for responsible investment in the pensions industry, on 28 July. At present director of the West London Citizens campaign group,...

Directors earn £85,000+ - news

A head of corporate responsibility at a UK company can expect to earn more than £85,000 ($171,000) a year. The first ever CSR salary survey, conducted by Ethical Performance , the...

HBOS and Lloyds TSB lead the pack on business travel - news

HBOS and Lloyds TSB are the FTSE 100 banks that most effectively limit the carbon footprint of their business travel. The two fared best in an analysis of the seven FTSE 100 banks carried...

Royal Mail offers health training to staff - news

The UK’s largest postal company is to give its 180,000 employees access to health assessments and lifestyle coaching. In an effort to improve their wellbeing, Royal Mail Group...

Utilities firms squeeze suppliers to cut emissions - news

Six utilities companies are to submit their British suppliers to a scheme that monitors their progress on cutting carbon emissions. The companies – Anglian Water, EDF, National Grid,...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

A Conservative government in the UK would amend the combined code on corporate governance to require boards to ‘seriously consider their ethical standards’. The report of the...

Buyers need incentives to take an ethical view - news

Retail companies have been urged to train buyers on labour standards – and to link their pay to supply chain improvements. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) says the progress...

Ethics training catches on in a big way - news

The proportion of British companies training staff in business ethics has increased dramatically over the past three years. A new study shows 71 per cent of FTSE 350 businesses now provide...

Investors prompt Standard Life to shun airline stocks - news

Standard Life’s ethical funds have divested from airline stocks in a direct response to the views of retail investors. The Edinburgh-based investment house, which manages...

18 sign up to content rules - news

Media companies have agreed guidelines on how to categorize the suitability of internet, television and mobile phone content for children. The 18 signatories include AOL, the BBC, Google,...

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Nineteen British companies are being investigated over allegations of corruption abroad, the Serious Fraud Office has revealed. The companies under investigation include BAE Systems (defence),...

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Marks & Spencer has been judged the best UK supermarket on animal welfare practices. The animal rights group Compassion in World Farming gave M&S highest marks in an analysis of issues...

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Carbon offset companies have accepted a UK government code of best practice calling for schemes to be transparent and verified. Eight carbon offset businesses, including The CarbonNeutral...

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Lord Browne of Madingley, the former BP chief executive, has joined Sustainable Forestry Management, a group of companies that makes money by trading carbon dioxide emission credits and offsets.

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Penny Newman stepped down as chief executive of the Fairtrade hot drinks company Cafedirect last month. She will be replaced by Anne MacCaig, who has held senior positions with Dove, Persil and...

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A students’ CSR chat site has been started by Wayne Visser, senior associate of the Cambridge Programme for Industry. The unmoderated webspace is intended to allow students to share...

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Tate & Lyle announced last month that it will move its entire retail cane-sugar range to Fairtrade, marking the largest switch to the ethical labelling scheme by any major UK food or drink...

Consultants and women lose out on salaries - news

Corporate responsibility practitioners in the UK are likely to earn more money working for a company than for a consultancy, according to the first comprehensive survey of salaries in the field....

Bitc prepares for new era as Cleverdon steps aside - news

Julia Cleverdon, one of the UK’s most prominent figures in corporate social responsibility, stepped down this month from her post as head of Business in the Community. Cleverdon was...

Activist fund manager dies - news

Alastair Ross Goobey, a prominent British fund manager who consistently campaigned for greater corporate accountability, has died aged 62. Ross Goobey started his career at Kleinwort Benson...

Hedge funds react to critics by agreeing to standards - news

Fourteen large hedge funds have signed up to a set of standards requiring greater transparency and disclosure. The funds, including Brevan Howard, GLG Partners, Lansdowne Partners, Man...

Charity links to business - news

Save the Children has created a managerial role to forge closer links with big business. The director of philanthropy and partnerships post, being filled by Caroline Underwood, will focus...

Small firms look to trade bodies - news

Small firms are most likely to seek advice on corporate responsibility from trade associations, a poll suggests. Of 100 director-level decision makers in small and medium-sized enterprises,...

CSR factors largely ignored in salary sums - news

Fewer than ten per cent of the UK’s biggest companies use non-financial measures to determine senior executives’ performance pay, new research has found. A study by the Local...

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...

Suppliers pressed on wages - news

‘Living wage’ levels for 400 employees have been written into contracts issued to private sector companies by the Greater London Authority Group. The GLA, which includes the...

Business in the Community’s new CEO needs to be a change agent - news

The 25th anniversary of Business in the Community is a cause for celebration. It is also an appropriate milestone to review where the UK-based membership organization is heading, particularly at...

Salary survey paints picture of a profession - news

EP looks at facts and figures on salary levels that are drawn from the first detailed study of the remuneration of corporate responsibility practitioners Given that there’s now in...

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Do-it-yourself group B&Q has signed a three-year partnership agreement with WWF’s One Planet Living initiative, which commits the company, among other things, to strive for zero carbon...

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Brother has begun a campaign to encourage businesses to use office printers more efficiently. The printer manufacturer claims in an online guide that improved printing guidelines and practices...

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Co-operative supermarkets are to become the first UK retailer to convert their entire own-brand hot beverage range to Fairtrade. The chain switched its own-brand coffee in 2003, but now all...

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The UK’s corporate social responsibility minister, Stephen Timms, has left the post after only six months to become minister of state for employment and welfare reform at the Department...

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Neil Willings has joined the UK supply chain management consultancy Achilles as managing director of its newly established assessment services business. Willings moves from SGS Group, where he...

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Amnesty International UK has appointed its first transparency and accountability manager. Simone Pereira will be responsible for the pressure group’s in-house corporate responsibility...

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John Elkington and Gilbert Lenssen have been appointed visiting professors at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. Elkington is...

Two big UK consultancies emerge as one - news

Two of Britain’s biggest corporate responsibility consultancies have merged to create a new company called Corporate Citizenship. The new business has been formed by bringing together...

Sainsbury’s and BT use prince’s model - news

A supermarket chain and a telecoms company are to use a new social reporting framework devised by audit and accounting specialists brought together by the Prince of Wales. Sainsbury’s...

CSR Academy stirs again as Shillito takes leading role - news

Signs of new life at the CSR Academy have emerged with the appointment of a former corporate responsibility consultant to head the organization. Toby Shillito will lead the academy in its...

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British consultancy csrnetwork has teamed up with the media agency Naked Communications to offer companies a new advisory service on communicating their corporate policies and programmes....

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UK CSR minister Stephen Timms has asked his civil servants to consider how government departments can better advance corporate responsibility. Timms said: ‘Too often it can seem as if...

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Only three per cent of UK employees think businesses are ‘fully open and honest’ about their efforts to work in a sustainable manner and a third think companies exaggerate their...

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A new directory of UK ethical investment funds has been produced by the data provider Ethical Investment Research Services. The free publication has detailed information on nearly 100 funds,...

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Charlotte Wolff has been appointed to the new post of corporate responsibility manager at Arcelor Mittal. She will be part of a four-strong team, headed by vice president Remi Boyer, at the...

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Gareth Llewellyn has left the UK-based utility group National Grid, where he was global corporate responsibility director. He has not been directly replaced but Joseph Kwasnik has been appointed...

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Thomas Krick has left the AccountAbility think-tank, where he was a senior adviser, to work as a freelance consultant.

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