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Triodos teams up with natural insect repellent firm for EIS investment offer

The sustainable bank Triodos has partnered with natural insect repellent manufacturer Incognito for an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offer that could deliver healthy returns, offer tax breaks and do social good. UK-based Incognito develops plant-based repellents that researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say are...


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Fashion Revolution Day to promote supply chain issues on Rana Plaza anniversary

Leading fashion designers, celebrities and entrepreneurs will join together for Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, in order to highlight serious issues in fashion brands’ supply chains and commemorate last year’s deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh. Supporters of the initiative include fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, journalist Lucy Siegle, ethical fashion...


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Which? and Labour call for banking current account competition inquiry

The Labour party has given its backing to calls from the consumer group Which? for a full investigation into competition in the current account market. Earlier this month, figures revealed that over 600,000 UK customers changed providers in the six months since the launch of the new Current Account...


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Food bank usage up by a ‘shocking’ 51% – now serving almost 1m Britons

The Trussell Trust has revealed it gave out nearly a million food parcels in 2013, up from 347,000 the year before, with most food bank users blaming the government’s welfare reforms for letting them down. The charity said that the 51% increase in people turning to food banks for...


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Games for Change: ‘social impact gaming’ celebrated at New York festival

The Games for Change Festival, New York City’s largest gaming event, gets underway next week, celebrating the innovation and development of ‘social impact’ gaming. Founded in 2004 and now in its 11th year, Games for Change hopes to “facilitate the creation of social impact games“, as well as promote,...


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Civil Service has ‘real and visible’ diversity issues

The Civil Service has “real and visible” diversity issues, according to an analysis that finds women and ethnic minorities are under-represented in higher paid roles. The diversity of civil servants has been brought into the spotlight in recent weeks after Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher promised to...


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‘Super-rich’ Africans boosting philanthropic giving across continent

The emergence of ‘super-rich’ Africans has been met with the development of western-style philanthropy, a new report has found. The study, from the African Grantmakers Network (AGN), said that urbanisation across the continent and a corrosion of traditional norms and values were part of the reason that wealthy Africans...


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600,000 people switch current accounts using new service

Over 600,000 UK current account customers have changed providers in the first six months of the new Current Account Switch Service, according to new statistics. The Payments Council, which oversees the service, says that 609,300 customers switched between October 1 and March 31 – a 14% year-on-year increase.  The...


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Social bank Unity Trust announces ‘positive’ 8% growth for 2013

Unity Trust, a specialist bank for civil society, social enterprises, councils and trade unions, has reported an 8% growth in total assets and a considerable increase in profits in its full-year financial results for 2013. The bank’s assets grew to £717.5m last year, while pre-tax profits increased from £400,000...


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Food inspection changes might put infected meat on UK tables

Meat inspectors have warned that changes wanted by the European Commission might cause sick animals to enter the food chain. Inspectors that have to ensure that meat consumed in the UK is suitable for consumption have claimed that changes in legislation, asked by the European Union and backed by...


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Politicians and celebrities call for circus ban for wild animals

A number of public figures have joined Animal Defenders International (ADI) in asking the government to hurry up in banning wild animals from performing in circuses in the UK. Signatories of the letter include MPs Jim Dowd, Caroline Lucas and John McDonnell, sustainable investor Ben Goldsmith and celebrities such...


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New guidelines say modern slavery is ‘severe but solvable’

Sedex, the membership organisation for transparent supply chains, has released the findings from a new study that looked into the risks and solutions behind forced labour and human trafficking – also referred to as ‘modern slavery’. Partnering with NGO Verité, the organisation said that many workers – especially immigrants...


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Social enterprises given investment and mentor opportunity

Early stage social enterprises have the opportunity to receive part of a £500,000 investment to take their venture to the next level and increase the social impact they are having. In partnership with Barclays, Big Issue Invest – the social investment arm of the Big Issue magazine – has...


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Labour announces devolved cities spending plan

The Labour party has pledged that if it wins the next general election, it will provide a funding boost to councils and give cities more autonomy, in a bid to close the gap between London and the rest of the country. In a speech in Birmingham on Tuesday, party...


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Brain region linked with gambling addiction identified by scientists

Scientists from the University of Cambridge believe they have identified the region of the brain that leads to problem gambling. The research could change the way gambling addicts are treated. The study found that brain damage affecting the insula – an area of the brain with a key role...


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