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International Tourism Partnership: the hotels that are shaping the future of tourism

There are thousands of them in every corner of the world and they are visited by hundreds of millions of people each year. Alex Blackburne speaks with Stephen Farrant, director of Business in the Community’s International Tourism Partnership, about making hotels agents of sustainable change. After the 1992 United...


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21st century leadership: from business as usual to business as a force for good

Michael Solomon explains why ‘business as usual’ is a self-perpetuating, systemic failure, how business can become a force for good in the world, and the conditions and tools required to transition from one to the other. Business is not evil per se. But it sure as hell acts like...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 2 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Sustainable investment: what are you investing for? Fair Pay Campaign: paying the living wage is ‘good business sense’ Intelligence Squared: Water, Food,...


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Intelligence Squared: Water, Food, Energy, Climate – Smart Solutions for 2050

All things are connected. This sentiment, which goes right to the heart of sustainability, was the central theme at a recent Intelligence Squared event. Water, Food, Energy, Climate: Smart Solutions for 2050 took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. Supported by oil giant Shell (I...


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Fair Pay Campaign: paying the living wage is ‘good business sense’

Paying employees a decent wage is the right way forward for responsible business, according to Guy Stallard, head of facilities at tax auditing firm KPMG. Stallard writes that paying the living wage is not only the right thing to do, but a move that will also benefit businesses. His...


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Sustainable investment: what are you investing for?

Whether it’s for growth, income or your children’s long-term prosperity, there are a range of investment styles for you to consider. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014. Deciding what you’re investing for is crucial in making your investments align properly with your...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 1 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. UKSIF’s Simon Howard on investing the right way Shock, horror! Energy companies have ‘let is down’ Video: Impacts Adaption and Vulnerability –...


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Investment term of the day: effective yield

The effective yield is a calculation for bonds that assumes you reinvest the coupon once you have received payments. Effective yield takes into account the power of compounding on investment returns, whilst nominal yield does not. For example a fixed-income investment that pays 3% interest each month has a...


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Video: Impacts Adaptation and Vulnerability – the IPCC’s latest report

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability is the latest report from the hundreds of experts at the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The second of three studies in the organisation’s 2013/14 review follows on from its September report into the physical science of climate change. This outlined...


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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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UKSIF’s Simon Howard on investing the right way

Simon Howard, chief executive of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), talks to Blue & Green Tomorrow about the key investment risks – and opportunities – presented by sustainability challenges. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014. What is UKSIF and...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 31 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Ecotourism flourishes when local people are engaged with sustainability Every hour should be Earth Hour Ecology says record figures prove ‘commercial viability‘...


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ISA deadline closes in: have you made the most of your tax-free allowance?

The deadline for using up your 2013/14 tax-free allowance is midnight on April 5. Savers could miss out if they fail to use the tax-free incentive, although some have argued people could lose out to inflation because interest rates are low. ISAs, or individual savings accounts, allow individuals to...


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Every hour should be Earth Hour

At 8.30pm on Saturday March 29, for one hour, the WWF is co-ordinating a global lights switch-off to reiterate the importance of saving energy. Earth Hour, as it’s called, began in 2007 in Sydney. Some 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses took part, which, by 2013, had grown to 154...


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35 years after Three Mile Island, is nuclear now safe?

Thirty-five years ago today, the US was preparing to clean up, 24 hours after one of the worst commercial nuclear accidents of all time at Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania. The accident – largely caused by human errors – was rated as an ‘accident with wider...


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