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TED talks: Which country does the most good for the world? – Simon Anholt

Which country does the most good? Policy adviser Simon Anholt reveals all in this week’s featured TED talk. His fascinating project, the Good Country Index, ranks countries not on their wealth or their happiness, but on how good they are. He says these are “countries that seem to contribute...


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Book review: Treasure Islands – Nicholas Shaxson (2012)

In Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens, Nicholas Shaxson, a former Financial Times and Economist correspondent, argues that tax havens play a central role in a number of crises, including economic stagnation, countries facing bankruptcy and recession. The book demonstrates why tax evasion is...


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Film review – Last Hours (2013)

Last Hours is a short 10-minute documentary released as part of a series that aims to explore the perils of climate change and solutions to avert climate disaster in the run up to UN climate change talks in Paris next year. The film notes that there have been five...


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Meet EcoPlanet Bamboo: the Apple computer of timber

US entrepreneur Troy Wiseman tells Alex Blackburne about his mission to make bamboo the natural world’s next disruptive technology – while making money, providing deforestation-free solutions and helping eradicate poverty.  How does a boy from the US deep south end up being a pioneer in the global sustainable forestry...


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Saving the rainforest, one Green Square at a time

Connecting consumers to sustainability issues is a challenge across all sectors and one that the Green Squares initiative is aiming to solve when it comes to the retail industry and deforestation. Across the world, deforestation is occurring at an alarming rate and increasing in pace. In 2012, the rate...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 4 July 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 business is simply ‘doing business in a better way’ Online tool highlights importance of non-financial information for investors Caribbean coral reefs...


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Sustainable business is simply ‘doing business in a better way’

As concerns around sustainability increase, from energy consumption to resource scarcity, businesses are realising that a more sustainable business model can add value and benefit the business in the long-term. Ruth Holroyd, owner and consultant of Oakleaf Business Solutions Ltd, which aims to support businesses in becoming more sustainable,...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 3 July 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. Big Potential fund will help charities and social enterprises diversify income Sustainability as a business benefit in the commercial property sector EU...


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Ethical retailer of the week: Meridian Foods

Meridian Foods produces seeds and nuts spreads, sauces and oils, which are vegetarian, free from trans-fats, additives or preservatives and mostly organic. The company, based in Corwen, Denbighshire, has been manufacturing organic and healthy food for almost 30 years. It has a line of products made out from nuts...


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Sustainability as a business benefit in the commercial property sector

SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s recent participation in an illuminating Mayfair Capital seminar reinforced ideas on how sustainability is a business benefit in the commercial property sector. The London seminar focused on UK real estate as an alternative and attractive asset for charity and pension trustees, with expert contributions from Lloyds Bank, Mercer,...


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Big Potential fund will help charities and social enterprises diversify income

The launch of the new Big Lottery Fund, the Big Potential, will help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) diversify their income streams, says Dan Hird, head of Triodos Bank corporate finance. On July 1, the Big Lottery Fund launched the Big Potential, a £10m fund designed to...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 2 July 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. Green and gullible: how tree investment schemes aren’t always what they seem Hitting a bullseye in investing for impact – and sometimes...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Katy’s Cottage, Brechin

At the heart of Glenprosen, one of the renowned ‘Glens of Angus’, lies the Balnaboth Estate, on the edge of the Caringorms National Park, Scotland, where six holiday cottages are located, available to book now through cottages4you. The cottages were once occupied by shepherds, gardeners and other staff of...


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The Church of England’s Wonga investment is a prequel for our own embarrassment

Giles Fraser, priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington in south London, delivered Tuesday morning’s Thought for the Day on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. He chose to tackle the Church of England’s recent review of its ethical investment strategy, and the below is a transcript of what he said. What...


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Hitting a bullseye in investing for impact – and sometimes aiming off-centre

Whether it’s climate change, renewable energy or water scarcity, we all have areas we want to invest in – but it’s not always possible to hit that sweet spot straight away. Suzanne Biegel writes about the investment bullseye, and why aiming slightly off-centre is not always such a bad thing....


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