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UK must ‘solve the culture challenge’ to truly close gender pay gap

New research shows that the UK has made progress on narrowing the gender wage gap and increasing female labour, but still ranks 18th out of the 27 OECD countries. The latest study by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), called Women in Work Index, reveals that the UK has taken steps...


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Tesco criticised by Greenpeace over ‘unsustainable’ tuna

Greenpeace has condemned some tuna brands sold in Tesco supermarkets, arguing they are sourced in ways that can harm other wildlife. The campaign group has pointed out that cheap brands sold in Tesco stores, such as Oriental and Pacific (O&P), source their fish by using purse seine nets, which...


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Russian investment stock market slumps amid Ukraine crisis

Share prices fell as the Russian stock market opened its doors on Monday, according to local media. The slump comes amid escalating tensions around the Ukraine. The Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX) was down 5%, whilst the RTS index saw a fall of 4.8%, according to reports from Voice...


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Local councils in UK spend £3m supporting food banks

Local authorities across the UK are providing around £3m worth of support to local food banks, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. According to the investigation, around a third of all councils across the UK have said that they have provided financial support to food banks. Those not doing...


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Sustainable transport: Scottish campaigners call for ‘rail revolution’

Campaigners from Transform Scotland are calling for greener, faster and safer rail services across Scotland, to help “bring cities closer together”. Its new campaign was launched on Monday in response to a rail industry that is “not fit for purpose”, with rail journeys substantially longer than road journeys and...


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CBI: economy needs to be rebalanced to secure a ‘sustainable recovery’

The CBI’s budget submission calls for rebalancing the economy away from consumption to secure a sustainable recovery. However, the organisation’s proposals include freezing the Carbon Price Floor (CPF). The UK’s leading business group expects robust growth this year and next but warned that to ensure the recovery takes root...


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Environmental NGOs failing to address ‘blindingly obvious’ issues of population growth

Environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are “failing the population challenge”, according to research from environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt and the charity Population Matters. Porritt argues that population and environmental issues go hand in hand but that the majority of environmental NGOs are failing to recognise this and take the action...


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Los Angeles moves towards fracking ban after environmental concerns

The city council of Los Angeles has voted to start drafting rules that would ban the controversial process of fracking within its jurisdiction.  Following concerns raised by residents and campaigners, the council has taken the first steps on the way to a ban that would stand until city politicians...


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Badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset ‘inhumane and ineffective’

The controversial pilot badger culls carried out in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset last year were inhumane and ineffective, new analysis has found. According to reports from independent experts commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and obtained by the Guardian and the BBC, culls in...


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World wastes up to a third of produced food, says World Bank

As much as a third of all the food the world produces is never eaten, causing huge inefficiencies in economic, energy and natural resource use, according to a damning new report by the World Bank. The report, published earlier this week, found that between one-fourth and one-third of the nearly...


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Church of England seeks head of responsible investment

The Church of England has placed a job listing for the position of head of responsible investment. The posting follows strong criticisms around the church’s investments and a commitment to review its policies in regards to fossil fuels. Earlier this month the church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) urged...


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Mt Gox bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy

Mt Gox, one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan following reports that it lost almost half a billion dollars’ worth of the virtual coins due to hacking. The move has prompted questioning and anger from investors. The collapse of Mt Gox comes only...


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Italy looks for the next top sustainable investor

The Italian Sustainable Investment Forum (SIF) has launched the second edition of its sustainable investment award, celebrating institutions that excel in responsible finance. Last year the award was won by Intesa Sanpaolo’s pension fund, with entries for this years’ contest accepted until June 1. Candidates will be examined by...


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Ben & Jerry’s: Fairtrade is part of our mission

American ice-cream brand Ben & Jerry’s is supporting a campaign launched by the Fairtrade Foundation to make retailers pay more for bananas, as it believes businesses should think about their social impact. Speaking during the Fairtrade Fortnight in a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop in Leicester Square, global values-led...


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Pollutants may cause complications of obesity, study finds

Exposure to a certain type of man-made pollutant has been linked to the development of certain metabolic complications of obesity in humans by a pioneering new study. Obesity can cause insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes but some obese people, categorised as being “metabolically healthy but obese“, appear to...


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