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HSBC chairman criticises banking reform amid profits fall

The chairman of HSBC has criticised banking reforms, which aim to deter irresponsible behaviour within the sector, stating that there is a “growing danger of disproportionate risk aversion”. His comments come as the bank reports a 12% fall in first-half profits. HSBC’s first-half results report a pre-tax profit of...


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Wellcome Trust buys Co-op Group’s farm business for £249m

The Co-operative Group has confirmed the sale of its farms business for £249 million to the Wellcome Trust. Concerns have previously been raised about the ethics of a potential buyer, but the group has asserted that the trust has values that align closely with its own. It was first...


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Soros Fund Management divests from Israel-based SodaStream as Gaza conflict continues

The fund management firm of billionaire and philanthropist George Soros has divested from the Israeli-based SodaStream, as pressure mounts on investors to avoid companies at all involved in the occupation of Gaza. SodaStream, headquartered in the city of Lod, has been targeted by campaigners for its decision to base...


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Cochabamba Project asks investors to contribute to reversing environmental degradation

The Cochabamba Project, which supports Bolivian families to stop slash and burn farming of the Amazon, is asking investors to support their aim of reversing the environmental degradation of the area through a loan stock offer. The project has now established 1,400 hectares of commercial tree plantation on around...


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Everybody’s 10% is more influential than a few with 100%

If we all chip in to help sustainable and ethical investment move from the margins into the mainstream, the market will not only grow quicker, it will also gain credibility, writes Richard Essex. This article is an extract from Richard Essex’s 2014 book, Invest, Feel Good and Make a Difference,...


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Lloyds Bank predicts increased issuance of responsible bonds

Lloyds Bank has predicted that the issuance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds will continue to grow, after seeing huge demand for its own green bond. According to the Financial Times, Lloyds’ ESG bond raised over £250 million, but could have raised considerably more based on initial demand....


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Is it right to invest in an FFFF (Fossil Fuel Free Fund)?

With the arguments against investment in fossil fuel companies mounting, Clare Brook, founding partner at WHEB Listed Equities, asks if going fossil fuel free is simply the right thing to do. When the American environmentalist, Bill McKibben, published his article ‘Climate change’s terrifying new math’ in Rolling Stone magazine in 2012,...


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DNA sequencing project to receive £300m investment

The UK has announced its ambitions to become a world leader in the field of medical DNA research, with a series of investments worth £300 million. The combination of public and private investment will be spread across a number of initiatives as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project. The...


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Startup loans scheme reaches £100 million

Government-funded programme to help British entrepreneurs and startups has supported 20,000 loans so far, moving beyond £100 million and significantly helping previously unemployed people. Founded in 2012 by Lord Young and chaired by entrepreneur James Caan, the Start-Up Loans scheme aims to help those with creative and innovative ideas...


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Last chance for investors to receive 7.5% return on wind turbine investment

An early bird offer that gives investors the opportunity to see a 7.5% return on an investment in the wind industry is closing today. The crowdfunding campaign, launched via the platform Trillion Fund, is seeking to raise £1.25 million to install five standalone wind turbines at sites across the...


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Investors urged to divest from firms involved in Israeli occupation, as Gaza violence escalates

As the conflict in Gaza intensifies with no end in sight, campaigners are urging investors of all types to ditch their holdings in companies profiting from the Israeli occupation. The violence caused further international outrage on Wednesday, after artillery fire hit a UN-run school housing refugees, killing 16. The Palestinian...


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7% decline in Barclays annual profits due to failing investment arm

Barclays Bank has taken a slight hit in annual six-month pre-tax profits by 7%, as declines in the investment arm affect overall revenue. However, the bank has still announced pre-tax profits of £3.35 billion, but has been hit by an 18% decrease in income due to its investment side...


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Investment in wind and solar energy needed to avoid water crisis, study warns

The world will face a global water shortage by 2040, unless wind and solar energy is used to replace conventional methods of energy generation, a new study has warned. Most forms of power plants, such as nuclear or coal-fired facilities, use considerable quantities of water to produce electricity. Many...


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Western sanctions on Russia worry BP investors

The US and the EU have announced new economic sanctions against Russia, including measures that may impact on international oil companies. The decision was made as Western governments accuse Russia of supplying arms to separatist rebels in Ukraine and blame the government for complicity in the shooting down of...


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Wind investment opportunity offers better return than best savings rate

Investors could get a better return on their money through investing in a wind turbine project on crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund than placing their money in a fixed rate savings account. The E2 Energy investment opportunity is currently offering investors a chance to make a fixed 7.5% return a...



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