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Bill Gates to Lead Nelson Mandela Lecture

Bill Gates has been announced as the lead lecturer at the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. The business tycoon will address the theme “Living Together” at the lecture later this year. The event will be held at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi campus on 17 July, a day before...


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Communities Investment Tackles Tough Issues

Societies across the UK are benefitting from social investment. A new report has revealed that charities and social enterprises are using investment to address tough issues, like unemployment and homelessness, in their communities – and that investment is steadily rising. Big Society Capital have shown the amount of money available...


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Singapore Tops Smart City Rankings

Analytical services company Juniper Research has released the top ranking smart cities in the world for 2016. In first place was Singapore, second Barcelona, London was third, San Francisco came in fourth and Oslo fifth. The Smart City Rankings were decided after an extensive study of cities all around the...


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Boris Johnson Buried Damning Air Quality Report

Whilst Boris Johnson was Mayor of London he failed to publish an air quality report showing that over 400 primary schools in London were located in areas with illegal levels of pollution. The unpublished report highlighted the primary schools in the capital which were situated in areas that surpassed...


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CMA Proposals Could Transform Banking

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released its Provisional Decision on Remedies today. The publication sets out proposals to address a wide range of banking difficulties, including improving competition, getting a better deal for customers and protections for overdraft users. The report proposals should make the retail banking industry...


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Poor Countries Will Get Hotter Quicker

Poorer countries will be affected by climate change sooner than wealthier destinations. That’s according to research conducted by an international team, including the University of East Anglia (UEA). They found that the world’s poorest countries could experience soaring daily temperatures if climate change is not addressed. New findings published...


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EU Made Easy – Leaflet Sent to UK Voters

From today a European Union (EU) Referendum leaflet will be posted out to every household in the UK. The leaflet, from the Electoral Commission, has been written after a poll highlighted many people don’t know basic information about the EU. The Electoral Reform Society have welcomed the news. Results...


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Investment Leaders Group Reveal Sustainability Toolkit

Investment Leaders Group (ILG) have created two new tools for investors to tackle short-termism and the lack of transparency in the financial sector. ILG is a group of investors brought together by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and include ten pension funds, insurers and asset owners....


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Activists Shut Down German Coal Mine

Activists across Europe have come together to close an opencast coal mine in Germany. More than 2000 activists who are protesting about coal mining have entered Welzow-Süd in the Lusatia coal fields, shutting it down. Many are blocking coal trains and conveyor belts transporting coal to power plants. Hannah...


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Research Reveals Community Investment Risks

The growth of Corporate Community Investment (CCI) over the past few years is significant, but a research report reveals that not all is as it seems. Corporate Citizenship’s report published today highlights a surprisingly large gap between commercial ambitions and reality in terms of CCI. CCI has grown rapidly...


Climate Change

Paris Promises Must Be Met

CARE International are calling on governments to do everything in their power to help meet the targets of the Paris climate deal. The Paris Agreement is likely to come into effect earlier than first planned, but CARE warn climate change will cause worldwide chaos if a risk strategy is...


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Something Fishy is Going On in EU Restaurants

The European Commission should conduct a Europe-wide study into wrongly labelled fish in restaurants, say conservationists Oceana. They want the European Commission to combat fish fraud at its source by identifying the motives behind mislabelling and the scale of the problem. Oceana applauds the adoption of a resolution on...


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Social Enterprise Backed by Local SITR

A social enterprise based in Bristol has received a quarter of a million pounds worth of grant money. PAPER Arts help unemployed young people progress through art. The majority of the £250,000 investment came from Resonance Bristol Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) Fund. PAPER Arts, has received investment to...


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Debt Collection Survey Released

Echo Managed Services, a specialist outsourcer, has published findings that local authorities, along with energy companies, are most likely to use the worst practices in terms of debt collection. This conclusion comes from a survey of 1,500 households in Britain who were asked to detail their debt collection experiences....


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Tomorrow’s Company Present Business Boosting Report

Tomorrow’s Company, who work with businesses to help them become a force of good in the community, have released the findings from its year-long research project. Tomorrow’s Company looked into the advancements and future prospects of businesses in the UK, and found that the current situation is not working...