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Samsung accused of using child labour in its supply chain

Samsung is facing allegations that one of its suppliers based in China has been using child labour in order to meet demand. The accusations have led to an online petition calling for the electronics manufacturer to assess its supply chain and ensure it complies with human rights. The accusations...


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New fund sees £300,000 to support clean energy projects in Cornwall communities

Innovative company energyshare announced the launch of energyfund Cornwall on Thursday, a £300,000 fund for Cornish renewable energy projects and ideas. Energyshare is a renewable energy community, with River Cottage as one of its founding partners. The aim is to help community renewable energy projects across the UK through...


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Michael Caine and George Michael join Gary Barlow in Liberty tax avoidance scandal

Sir Michael Caine, George Michael, four members of the Arctic Monkeys and Gary Barlow have all now been accused of avoiding taxes through an investment scheme called Liberty. More than 1,600 people have allegedly tried to shelter a total of £1.2 billion through one of the biggest tax avoidance...


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Archbishop joins F&C at event to mark 30 years of ethical investment

The archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said how ethical investment “changes the future”, at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the UK’s first ethical fund range. Speaking at his official residence, London’s Lambeth Palace, he paid tribute to F&C Asset Management’s Stewardship funds – which launched in...


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Support for social enterprises as Labour reveals plans for shakeup of public contracts

Some public service contracts could be reserved exclusively for social enterprises under plans from Labour, Chi Onwurrah, shadow cabinet office minister, has announced. Labour say they will “make social enterprises the new innovative frontline of the public sector”, with the hope of promoting socially driven organisations and limiting the grip...


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Britain revealed to have sold sarin gas ingredients to Syria

Chemicals and components that were used to manufacture sarin, a deadly nerve agent, in Syria were sold by Britain, a leaked Foreign Office document obtained by the BBC’s Newsnight has revealed. The documents focus on British companies selling supplies during the 1980s and the government has argued that over...


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Baseline for ‘normal’ weather needs to be updated due to climate change, says UN agency

The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) Commission for Climatology has said the current baselines for weather are out of date and must be updated more frequently due to the impacts of global warming. Currently, the official existing baseline is based on climate averages of 1961-1990 and is only updated once...


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Tour de France 2014: Lars Boom wins fifth stage while Nibali still retains yellow jersey

Finishing 19 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali, who finished in third, Lars Boom has won the fifth stage of the Tour de France, which began in Leeds on Saturday. Leeds City Council and the Carbon Trust are currently undertaking analysis that aims to make the event more sustainable. The...


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EU-US trade deal will ‘force farmers out of business’, say producers

The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) has added its voice to the growing concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with a protest planned by the group for Saturday. Negotiations on the proposed EU-US trade deal are taking place in Brussels next week and many campaign groups have spoken...


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British Gas to spearhead community energy push to put solar on 8,000 roofs

A new community solar partnership worth £60m has been announced between British Gas and a range of social enterprises, with the aim to deliver cleaner, cheaper energy to schools, councils and community buildings across the UK. In the first project of its kind, British Gas has teamed up with...


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Engage with China to build global political trust, says top climate diplomat

Projects that help rebuild trust in politics are “not worth embarking on” unless they include China, according to a leading climate change diplomat. John Ashton, who was the UK Foreign Office’s special representative on climate change from 2006-12, said the current economic, social and environmental challenges required strong political...


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University of Oxford college makes U-turn on vegan meals

Wadham College at the University of Oxford has reversed a decision to serve only vegan meals on campus for five nights a week – despite students voting through a motion in June. The aim of the move was to help tackle climate change. The college noted that high meat...


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Focusing on green homes could save the UK over £12bn, says report

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) released its election manifesto on Monday, claiming that investing in greener homes for the UK could save up to £12.1 billion annually. The manifesto, which uses the government’s own online calculator to make the predictions, says policymakers should focus on insulating buildings and helping...


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Payday loan complaints double in two years

The number of complaints made against payday lenders has more than doubled over the past two years, new figures have revealed, as a watchdog urges customers struggling with debt to seek help. The Financial Ombudsman Service has revealed that complaints it receives about the controversial short-tern, high cost loan...


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Modern slavery: cheap maids for sale in Singapore

Women from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar are being sold in shopping malls in Singapore, where people can take them home as cheap house cleaners, an investigation by Al Jazeera has found. Domestic workers are being displayed in the galleries and are advertised as if they are goods for...


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