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Campaigners Call on Kingfisher to Increase B&Q Wages

Board members at Kingfisher’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) tomorrow will be called upon to pay B&Q staff the Living Wage set out by the Living Wage Foundation. Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden, will attend the AGM on 15 June to ask the board to reassess and reverse...


Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Investor Coalition Backs First Ever Human Rights Benchmark

The first ever wide-scale benchmark on companies’ human rights policies, processes and practices has the support 80 investors. The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) announced today that the investors, with a combined $4.8 trillion in assets under management, have pledged support for the project. The investors included in this statement...


international rivers

Human Rights Concerns Raised Over Don Sahong Dam

Serious concerns about human rights have been raised over the Don Sahong Dam. The United Nations Special Procedures has detailed concerns over the controversial dam under construction on the Mekong River in Laos in a report. The Human Rights Council will consider these concerns this week at its 32nd...


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Deaf Adults to Receive More Support from Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss has stepped in to take over more services since another company went into administration in December last year. The national charity headquartered in London, who have taken on these services in Kent will be able to support more people than ever before now that care...


BVC

Big Venture Challenge Winners Announced

The winners of this year’s Big Venture Challenge have been revealed today. Big Venture Challenge (BVC) recognises those who are tackling the problems we face as a nation through social projects and schemes. Each winner will receive a year of business support, connections to help them grow, and access to...


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IFB2016 Hosts GREAT British Showcase of Innovation, Creativity and Design

The International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) starts today in Liverpool. The GREAT Britain Campaign’s showcase, which will include exhibits from UK innovation, creativity and design companies, is likely to be one of the big attractions of the festival. Attending the festival is free, but to get involved with...


foe

Friends of the Earth Support World Meat Free Day

Today is World Meat Free Day, a day to explore new plant-based foods and learn about the impact of meat on the environment and our health. World Meat Free Day is backed by Friends of the Earth, who are encouraging people to change their diet to include less meat....


Polly Courtice, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Polly Courtice Honoured for Sustainability Services

Polly Courtice, who founded the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, is set to be made a Dame. The news came as the Birthday Honours list was published on the Queen’s Official birthday over the weekend. Polly Courtice has been honoured for her services to sustainability leadership. Polly Courtice will...


Co-op bank

Co-op Bank Publish Values and Ethics Report

The Co-operative Bank has published an overview of the Bank’s commitment to its extended Ethical Policy. In its Values and Ethics Report, the Co-operative Bank demonstrates its product development, charitable giving, and ethical campaigning, which has supported economic and social development in the UK. The Co-operative Bank is the...


iema

Brit Voters Need EU Sustainability and Environment Information

There are two weeks remaining before Britain’s voters take to the polls to decide whether or not the UK will stay in the EU. IEMA have been conducting polls throughout the build up to gauge how much information is available to voters. In their final poll, 86% of participants...


Bristol City Council

Bristol Mayor Backs Low Carbon Heat Initiative

The Mayor of Bristol has approved funding for a major infrastructure project in the city. Plans to build a heat network across Bristol can now move into its next stage now that £5 million of capital funding has been assigned to the project. The new heat network scheme will...


vote

EU Referendum Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline to vote in the EU referendum was originally midnight on Tuesday 7 June, but it has been extended. The decision was made after an enormous number of people tried to access the site on Tuesday evening and the Cabinet Office’s Register to Vote website crashed, leaving around...


Greenpeace

Arctic Climate Change Could Have Knock-on Effect

Greenpeace has published research that finds climate change impacts in the Arctic could change the weather in the northern hemisphere. The study found that melting ice and sea level rise in the Arctic may alter weather patterns, causing for example, hotter, drier summers for some areas and wetter summers...


FTSE Russell

FTSE Russell Reviews FTSE4Good Index

FTSE Russell has made changes to its FTSE4Good Index Series after a semi-annual review. The global index provider has made its inclusion criteria tougher, but whilst 43 companies have been removed from the index, they have welcomed 77 new members. The majority of new companies are from the USA,...


Resolution Foundation

Report Finds Employment Inequalities After “Time Out” Penalty

Resolution Foundation, an independent think tank, has produced a report that highlights differences in employment prospects between disabled people and non-disabled people who have been unemployed for over a year. The publication finds that the odds of a disabled person returning to work after this period of time are reduced...