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Sports Direct set to face investor’s questions on zero hour contracts

At its annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, retailer Sports Direct will face questions over the use of zero hour contracts for part time staff. Such contracts have faced criticism over the last year because of the lack of security they offer workers. Zero hour contracts have been described...


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Save B&GT: 16 days to go – pledge £52 today

For 14p per day or £1 per week or £4.33 per month, we can make B&GT viable. If just 3% of our monthly readership pledged £52 we’d hit our target and be on our way to over funding. If everyone reading B&GT today alone pledged £52, we’d pass the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 10 September 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. WMO: greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984 Ed Davey promises bold action from the UK at UN climate summit...


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Scottish independence: sterling falls as investor confidence struck by Yes gains

The findings of a recent YouGov poll that confirmed the Yes campaign for an independent Scotland has edged ahead of its rival has spurred panic among businesses and consumers over financial uncertainty. The sterling has subsequently fallen to a 10-month low, down 1.1% at $1.6147 against the dollar and down...


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Good Money Week goes live with new website

The build up to Good Money Week, a national campaign encouraging everyone to make more responsible and ethical investments and financial decisions, has begun with the launch of its new website. Some tickets are now available for a range of events taking place across the country from October 19...


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Book review: The Shifts and the Shock – Martin Wolf (2014)

The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned – and Have Still to Learn – from the Financial Crisis by the Financial Time’s chief economics commentator Martin Wolf, asks what the 2008 financial crisis should have taught us about economies. The book considers the causes of the global financial...


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European Investment Bank issues €500m climate awareness bond

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has issued a €500 million (£397m) climate awareness bond that will reach maturity in 2026 and carries an annual coupon on 1.25%. Since 2007 EIB climate awareness bonds have raised €6.2 billion (£4.9bn), demonstrating the growing demand for ethical bonds. The 12 year bond...


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Radio Taxis Credit Union votes to merge with London Capital

Two London credit unions are to merge and create one of the largest such organisations in England, joining together some 11,000 members. Earlier this week, members of Radio Taxis Credit Union voted unanimously to merge with London Capital Credit Union, in a move that will create a new organization...


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Study links high ESG ratings to positive investment portfolio performance

Asset managers can create better-performing portfolios by excluding stocks with lower environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings, according to new research. The study by New Amsterdam Partners used the Thomson Reuters Corporate Responsibility Ratings, which screens the ESG ratings of almost 5,000 companies. Analysts compared randomly selected, equally weighted portfolios...


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Ban Ki-moon: world must act on climate change now

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern that the world is not acting fast enough to mitigate climate change, ahead of a UN climate summit set to be attended by world leaders this month. The secretary-general said that climate change has been one of his top priorities since...


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Green Port Hull wind turbine manufacturing plans approved by council

Plans to build a new wind turbine production and installation facility in Hull have received approval from Hull City Council’s Planning Committee. In March, Siemens and the Associated British Ports (ABP) announced a joint investment of £310 million in the project. The firms have said that the project will...


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Trillion Fund to host solar powered renewable energy investment party

Vivienne Westwood and Trillion Fund have invited prospective renewable energy investors to a unique solar powered party in London on Thursday, with ticket sales closing at midnight tonight. The unique OFFtheGRID event will offer guests the opportunity to invest in three crowdfunded renewable energy projects, alongside sustainably powered music,...


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New responsible investment tool launched by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has launched a new set of indices that will measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices at European companies. They become the latest of several tools launched in recent years to aid responsible investors, as the sector moves into the mainstream. The four indices will be part...


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HSBC could be exposed to ‘fine inflation’, warns Neil Woodford

Renowned fund manager Neil Woodford, who left Invesco Perpetual to start Woodford Investment Management earlier this year, has revealed he has sold all of his stock in HSBC due to the bank’s exposure to increasing fines for past wrongdoings. In recent years, banks have faced increasing fines from regulators...


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China to pursue national carbon market to cut record emissions

China, the world’s largest polluter, has confirmed plans to set regional caps and launch pilot programs that will establish trading rights linked to carbon emissions, to balance pollution with economic growth. Authorities have chosen seven cities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, to act as pilots for the...



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