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Co-operative Group voted most ethical company of past 25 years by Ethical Consumer readers

The Co-operative Group has been named as Ethical Consumer magazine’s most ethical UK company, with readers voting for the firm despite its recent troubles. The Co-op came out on top of a readers’ survey marking the 25th birthday of Ethical Consumer magazine. Also among the top 10 are cosmetics...


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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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Science fiction could be influencing peoples view on climate change

A sub-genre of science fiction that explores the possible effects of climate change has been gaining popularity and could influence how people view climate change and its impacts. A New York Times debate explored the subject and asked six people to share their views on so called ‘cli-fi’ films...


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Sustainable forestry project supporting 900 families

After five years of earlier research and development, the Cochabamba Project has been supporting almost 900 families in Bolivia since 2009, providing them with sustainable land use alternatives to slash and burn farming in the Amazon. The project has established 1,400 hectares of commercial tree plantations on around 2,600...


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Integrated sustainability key to business resilience, according to new report

Long-term thinking and integration is key when it come sustainability and making business strategies more resilient, a report from consultants Corporate Citizenship argues. The report – Creating Resilient Strategies – addresses the current strategy debate and considers if strategies are sufficiently far-sighted and robust enough to cope with a...


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Conference set to explore human rights and businesses

A conference that will look at the practical implications and challenges of implementing the human rights guiding principles across business is set to take place in London on 10 November. The conference, which is organised by the Innovation Forum, aims to bring together key players to look at the...


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July eighth consecutive month of above average temperatures

July was the eighth month in a row where temperatures have been higher than average or the UK Last month was both sunnier and warmer than usual, according to the Met Office. Figures show that temperatures were 1.2C above the 1981-2010 average, making July 2014 among the top ten...


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Cochabamba Project: connecting investors with sustainable forestry

The Cochabamba Project was founded in 2009 as a community benefit society to raise long-term capital for the ArBolivia project, which helps families living in the Bolivian Amazon to develop sustainable alternatives to slash and burn farming. The project has launched a new loan stock offer in order to boost funds to develop new activities. In...


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McKinsey: company leaders rallying behind sustainability

Company leaders are increasingly seeing the value of incorporating sustainability into their businesses to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, according to a survey conducted by consultancy firm McKinsey. The results suggest that sustainability is becoming a more integral part of businesses. Some 43% said their companies are...


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MIT study links climate change, air pollution and decreasing food supplies

MIT research published in the journal Nature Climate Change warns that rising temperatures and air pollution will combine to have negative effect on crop yield, placing pressure on the food system. Several separate pieces of research of linked falling crop yields with climate change. Research from Stanford University suggests...


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Fashion social enterprises helping communities and the environment

With recent stories on labels found in clothing in the UK calling for help from forced labour and the Rana Plaza disaster, where more than 1,100 garment workers died in a factory collapse, consumers are thinking more about their fashion choices. Consumers are considering the transparency in the fashion...


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Climate and civil activists criticise proposed World Bank environmental and social framework

The World Bank released its draft social and environmental safeguards on Wednesday, following their leak last week. Environmental groups and activists have said the new framework weakens protections for disadvantaged groups and doesn’t address climate concerns. The proposals aim to improve upon the bank’s old environmental and social framework...


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Minister Norman Baker: Animal testing to be stopped in UK

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, who is in charge of regulating animal experiments in the UK, has announced the practice will be finally phased out, but warned that it would not happen quickly. A longstanding anti-vivisection campaigner, Baker has announced the government is moving in the right direction in...


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Opportunity to invest in Bolivian sustainable forestry project announced

The Cochabama Project, a Bolivian sustainable forestry initiative, has opened up a loan stock offer on Friday, giving investors an opportunity to support a sustainable forestry project.  The Cochabamba Project works in equal partnership with poor smallholders on the fringes of the Bolivian Amazon. It works to establish and...


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Low numbers of children in state-funded primary schools offered sustainable fish – study

Research from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has found only 14% of England’s 16,784 state-funded primaries provide a choice of sustainable seafood. The ‘end of year report’ also found the majority of children in the midlands and north of England had a choice, as opposed to the south. Data...


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