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Companies turning to social media to communicate sustainability

Global companies are increasingly turning to social media to communicate their sustainability initiatives to the public, according to a report from Sustainly. The trend comes as consumers are taking more factors into account when making purchasing decisions. The report looked at how 475 global companies communicate their sustainable actions...


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Vote for Policies launches ahead of General Election

Vote for Policies, an online service that allows people to see which party their views most align with, has launched its 2015 edition ahead of the General Election in May. The site aims to engage with five million voters before polls are cast. Vote for Policies presents users with...


Numbers And Finance

Osborne faces calls to close ‘Mayfair’ tax loophole

Chancellor George Osborne is facing increasing pressure to close the ‘Mayfair’ tax loophole, after a report found that private equity bosses are using it to cut their tax bills. The group behind the report has called the loophole “government-sponsored tax avoidance”. The report, from campaign group 38 Degrees, suggests...


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EU Capital Markets Union to include focus on long-term investment and trust

The European Commission has set out the priorities of the Capital Market Union, including a focus on the long-term and rebuilding trust in a Green Paper. However, a campaign group has said the proposals are “underdeveloped” in these areas.  European commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen explained that the Capital Markets...


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Report urges tech firms to embrace circular economy

As technology devices are increasingly becoming more carbon intensive, a new report is urging technology firms to embrace a circular economy business model and extend the life of mobile devices. The report – A circular economy for smart devices – comes from Green Alliance. The paper suggests that by...


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Climate change among greatest threats to human civilisation

Extreme climate change has been listed as one of the global challenges that pose the greatest threat to human civilisation in a new report. The paper aims to inspire collaborative action from global leaders. The report, published by the Global Challenges Foundation, looks at current and emerging risks, as...


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University of Cambridge calls on businesses to tackle natural resource challenges

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is calling businesses on to tackle natural resource challenges, from increasing energy and water consumption to environmental degradation, in a report that points out the benefits of responsible business. The report – Doing Business with Nature –targets international companies that...


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Report: UK faces rising water bills without efficiency measures

Without water efficiency measures, recently announced reductions to water bills will be cancelled out because of the challenge of dealing with long term water shortage, according to a report from think tank Green Alliance. The report – Cutting the cost of water: the case for improving water efficiency in...


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Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser come out top in deforestation rankings

Only a small minority of ‘powerbrokers’ that control the global supply chains that drive over half of tropical deforestation are equipped to tackle bold zero deforestation commitments, according the Forest 500 rankings. Among these are UK based Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and HSBC. The Global Canopy Programme, which developed the...


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London named second most sustainable city in world

London has been named the second most sustainable city in the world, beaten only by Germany’s Frankfurt, in an index that explores social, environmental and economic sustainability challenges and solutions. The Sustainable Cities Index, from Arcadis, examined 50 cities from 31 countries and ranked each one across three pillars...


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HSBC Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes

HSBC, the second largest bank in the world, has been accused of helping wealthy clients to conceal assets and avoid paying taxes. The bank has admitted that its Swiss private bank may have held accounts for tax-dodgers. The admittance follows several media outlets, including the Guardian and French newspaper...


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Survey: businesses look to embed sustainability in 2015

Over the next year almost half of businesses and organisations have made it a top priority to embed sustainability throughout operations, according to a survey. Additionally 25% of respondents labelled sustainability as a key driver. The survey, conducted by Ethical Corporation, primarily compromised of global brands but also included...


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Durham University commits to ethically sourced electronics

Durham University has committed to only purchasing ethically sourced electronics, taking a stand on the issue of labour rights within the industry after becoming an affiliate to Electronics Watch. Electronics Watch is an independent monitoring organisation that encourages responsible purchasing in Europe in order to improve working conditions of...


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Branson and Polman among business leaders calling for tough emission targets

Business leaders, including Richard Branson and Paul Polman, of Virgin and Unilever respectively, have called for tough emission targets to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The B Team, which is made up of international business leaders, wants to see a net-zero emissions target for 2050. In a letter...


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Public support for renewables remains high

A government public poll has revealed that despite the government supporting the fracking industry, Brits still prefer renewables, with over three-quarters supporting clean energy generation. In the 12th survey of its kind questioning UK adults, some 76% support the use of renewables to generate electricity, fuel and heat in...




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