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UKSIF rebrands National Ethical Investment Week as Good Money Week

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has revealed that National Ethical Investment Week, the industry’s flagship event for the past seven years, is to be rebranded as Good Money Week for 2014. UKSIF explained that the change was a reflection of how sustainable investment and finance had...


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The latest IPCC report: it’s time to ramp up mitigation efforts

A recent review of climate science is further proof that we need to back those companies finding real solutions to global warming, says Ashden’s Anne Wheldon. On Sunday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of its latest review of global scientific research. This time it...


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Investing for the past or investing for the future?

Companies that provide solutions to the challenges of sustainability will see stronger, long-term growth those that don’t. That’s why they make such compelling investments, says Tim Dieppe. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014. We live in a rapidly and profoundly changing world,...


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Impact of urbanisation on built environment ‘staggering’, says report

Big business needs to “ramp-up” its board-level understanding of built environment issues, such as dealing with problems related to carbon targets, a new report has warned. The University College London-commissioned report – The Built Environment: Profit Warning – looks at how the world and businesses will need to adapt...


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Shock, horror! Energy companies have ‘let us down’

Energy companies have admitted they have let us down in a hard-hitting new report for a conference on Thursday in London called Energy, Politics and the Consumer. The admission has only been given in the lead up to to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation, but we did already...


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Active ownership: investing as ‘responsible stewards, not absentee landlords’

Alex Blackburne explores the long-term financial benefits of active ownership. There was a time when investors at both an institutional and retail level would be almost entirely disconnected from what their assets were doing. The norm was to invest, sit back and collect the (hopefully healthy) dividend each quarter....


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Budget 2014: Osborne freezes carbon price floor and boosts North Sea oil

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered a budget that environmental campaigners have called “dirty business as usual”, after the announcement of policies that will support fossil fuel companies and cut the price of carbon. In his budget speech, Osborne pledged that the government would invest in new sources of energy...


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Energy, pensions and banks: can we fix our broken markets for the long-term?

Exposing the secrets of Britain’s energy giants and forcing them to put things right is suddenly in vogue, it seems. Even Ofgem is at it. The regulator – described only recently as a “toothless tiger” by MPs – last week ordered the big six to hand back over £400m accumulated over...


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Quarter of financial services firms expect to pay bigger bonuses in 2014

A new study into the financial services industry has found that 28% of firms expect to pay higher bonuses in 2014. The study, which surveyed 100 chief financial officers (CFOs) and chief operational officers (COOs), found that 37% of firms reported an increase in resignations since the 2013 bonus...


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Fossil fuel divestment ‘builds capacity and resilience’, says Mary Robinson

Former Irish president Mary Robinson has said the fossil fuel divestment campaign is a “shining example” of what must be done in the fight against climate change. Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and a former UN high commissioner for human rights, also set up the Mary Robinson...


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Investment conundrum: solar panels or a pension?

Listen to Blue & Green director Mark Hoskin, a financial adviser at London-based Holden & Partners, speak to BBC WM about the benefits of investing in solar panels. The energy minister Greg Barker said on Tuesday that installing solar panels on your roof could well be a better long-term...


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MPs: energy firms showing ‘utter complacency’ over Christmas powercuts

MPs have accused the bosses of UK energy distribution firms of “utter complacency”, during a hearing investigating the companies’ responses to the stormy weather that led to widespread powercuts over the Christmas period. Around 750,000 properties were affected as the worst storms to hit the UK for decades left many...


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Cleantech venture investment at $6.8bn in 2013, led by energy efficiency

Global venture capital investment in clean technology (cleantech) totalled $6.8 billion (£4.1 billion) in 2013, with energy efficiency, transportation and solar the most profitable sectors, according to new data. While the figure represents a 15% decrease on 2012, when $7.9 billion (£4.8 billion) was invested, an average growth rate...


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British consumers lack control in most markets, poll suggests

More than half of consumers believe they have little or no control over what they buy in markets such as energy, transport and banking, according to a poll by the Social Economy Alliance (SEA). Half of the respondents said they felt they lacked power over the decisions they make...


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First State boosts responsible investment prowess with first stewardship principles

First State Investments has unveiled a set of global stewardship principles that it says help put its clients’ interest first and boost its responsible investment credentials. The fund house, which alongside its Australian sister company Colonial First State Global Asset Management manages £105.5 billion in assets, said the values will...


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