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UKSIF backs Sustainable September

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) is backing Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month long celebration of sustainability, Sustainable September, by becoming a partner of the debate. Sustainable September aims to bring together thought leaders from a variety of organisations and industries to discuss sustainability and the challenges...


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Zurich backs responsible investment and doubles green bond commitment

Insurance firm Zurich has committed to investing up to $1 billion (£580m) more to green bonds, doubling its previous commitment. The move highlights the growing importance of the green bond market. Green bonds pay investors back over a defined period of time, with regular interest payments, in the same...


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Social impact: on the angel investment agenda

Mike Mompi of ClearlySo writes how social impact investment might just be making its way into the mainstream. In early July, I was fortunate enough to attend the UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA) Angel Investment Awards. Every year, it is an exceptional event and well-attended by some of the most...


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TED talks: Is ‘responsible investor’ an oxymoron? – Andrew Canter

Investors need to start engaging with their money and thinking about how it is being deployed, says Andrew Canter in this week’s featured TED talk. Canter is director and chief investment officer of Futuregrowth Asset Management, based in South Africa. Speaking at the independently-organised TEDxTableMountain, he issues a rallying...


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Samsung accused of using child labour in its supply chain

Samsung is facing allegations that one of its suppliers based in China has been using child labour in order to meet demand. The accusations have led to an online petition calling for the electronics manufacturer to assess its supply chain and ensure it complies with human rights. The accusations...


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Church of England finally cuts ties with payday lender Wonga

The Church Commissioners for England continue to move towards ethical investment as they officially announce that their indirect investment in controversial payday lender Wonga has been removed. The Church of England (CoE) saw mounting criticism in July last year as it was revealed the church had invested parts of...


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Investment sustainability analysis being used to assess countries

Investment groups are responding to the increasing awareness of sustainability opportunities and risks by not only assessing businesses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors but also countries. The sustainability of a country can have a huge impact on the businesses operating in the region. For example, water-intensive industries...


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Michael Caine and George Michael join Gary Barlow in Liberty tax avoidance scandal

Sir Michael Caine, George Michael, four members of the Arctic Monkeys and Gary Barlow have all now been accused of avoiding taxes through an investment scheme called Liberty. More than 1,600 people have allegedly tried to shelter a total of £1.2 billion through one of the biggest tax avoidance...


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Archbishop joins F&C at event to mark 30 years of ethical investment

The archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said how ethical investment “changes the future”, at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the UK’s first ethical fund range. Speaking at his official residence, London’s Lambeth Palace, he paid tribute to F&C Asset Management’s Stewardship funds – which launched in...


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Britain revealed to have sold sarin gas ingredients to Syria

Chemicals and components that were used to manufacture sarin, a deadly nerve agent, in Syria were sold by Britain, a leaked Foreign Office document obtained by the BBC’s Newsnight has revealed. The documents focus on British companies selling supplies during the 1980s and the government has argued that over...


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National Grid: UK can meet climate and renewable energy targets with the right policies

The UK can meet its decarbonisation targets and successfully go green if the government delivers strong policies, according to a cautious report from the National Grid that acknowledges the uncertainty over our energy future. The report presents four scenarios, each providing very different visions of the UK’s future, but...


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Sustainable fisheries ‘good investment opportunity’, says Prince Charles’ charity

The transition to a more sustainable management of global fisheries offers a significant financial return, while also delivering environmental and social benefits, a joint report by the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has suggested. The report, compiled by ocean and...


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UK government forced to pay £132m in compensation to solar industry

A ruling by the High Court this week has favoured claims by the solar industry that policy changes towards renewable energies and incentives were in fact, illegal – costing the industry in both profits and investor confidence. Government cuts to the feed-in-tariff (FIT) incentive has been a major blow...


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Prince Charles: sustainability issues have a ‘profound impact on the bottom line’

Prince Charles has spoken out about the impact of environmental risks to businesses, in a speech at the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) 73rd annual conference. The event, which welcomed more than 2,000 international guests, is taking place at the ExCel Centre in London, where it began on Sunday....


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UK’s flood defence ‘not adequate’ to face climate change, says government advisor

The UK’s flood resilience is being limited by an inadequate budget and lack of regulation, exposing the country to potentially devastating loss caused by flooding as the effects of climate change intensify, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned. The committee found that without adequate investment to increase...


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