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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday April 3 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. 21st century leadership: from business as usual to business as a force for good International Tourism Partnership: the hotels that are shaping...


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Schroders to take responsibility for Friends Life multi asset and equity portfolios

Friends Life has announced that Schroders will assume responsibility for £12.2 billion Friend Life’s multi asset and equity portfolios, replacing Friend Life’s current provider F&C Asset Management. The assets will be transferred to Schroders from the fourth quarter of this year. Mike Dobson, chief executive of Schroders, said the...


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Healthcare social enterprises in massive 121% growth in 2013

Social enterprises in the health and social care sector saw massive growth in 2013, according to a new report from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) SE100. It found that the sector grew by 121% last year, with a turnover of £852m – representing a significant investment opportunity. Some...


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Private investment in sustainable economy set to reach $10tn by 2020

By the end of the decade, private investment in the green and sustainable economy will almost double, reaching $10 trillion (£6 trillion), according to new research. The scale of investment by 2020 will reduce the costs of green technologies and drive innovation. The Green Transition Scoreboard (GTS) report from...


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Finalists unveiled for British Renewable Energy Awards 2014

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has announced the finalists for the 2014 British Renewable Energy Awards, which honours those that have developed, innovated and invested in the growing renewable sector. The awards cover 12 categories, excluding a judges’ award, which demonstrate the range of companies and individuals working within...


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Conservatives could curb wind farms in 2015 manifesto

The Conservative party could pledge to cut back on onshore wind farms in its next manifesto, a senior party source has told a national newspaper. The Telegraph reported that David Cameron was “of one mind” with some of the strongest opponents to onshore turbines. It added that he was...


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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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UK’s largest businesses prepare £200bn investment

Over the next two years, the UK’s biggest businesses are set to invest up to £200 billion, according to research. The Treasury has welcomed the findings and it is hoped it will shift the economic recovery away from consumer-led growth. A survey conducted by Deloitte questioned over 130 senior...


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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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Charity Bank eyes growth after £14.5m social investment from Big Society Capital

Social investment bank Big Society Capital has announced it will invest up to £14.5m of ordinary shares in the social purpose bank Charity Bank, helping the organisation expand its reach and achieve its long-term goals. The announcement represents Big Society Capital’s largest ever single investment. The investment will be...


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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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Five days left until the deadline for investing in 2013/14 ISAs

Savers have just five days left to use up this year’s ISA allowance and benefit from the tax incentives the product offers. Individuals have until midnight on April 5 to deposit up to £5,760 in a cash ISA – or £11,520 in a stocks and shares ISA. Those who...


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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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