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Company-charity partnerships grow as fears over Brexit wane - news

By Vikas Vij — Companies and non-governmental organisations traditionally play divergent roles in an economy. While the primary goal of companies is to maximize shareholder wealth, NGOs...

Board level volunteering is bringing CSR to life - news

By Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited and Managing Director, Russam GMS — CAF’s latest UK giving report found that people donated £9.7 billion to charities last year, with...

Half Of UK workers say ‘no need’ to sacrifice profits for higher ESG - news

By Roger Aitken —  Around half (47%) of UK workers believe that companies can achieve higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards “without sacrificing...

Corporate responsibility gains traction in Nigeria - news

By Vikas Vij — The concept of corporate social responsibility is now being embraced by a large number of organizations in Nigeria across different sectors. In the past, CSR was considered...

Lloyds hackathon challenge inspires collective citizen impact - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Our societies need thriving young people - children and young adults who want and are able to positively shape the world around them. They need opportunities to...

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

By Brian Collett — The global apparel industry is making changes to promote better practices.   A pact to improve garment factory working conditions worldwide has been signed...

M&S to tackle unemployment, skills shortage, and poverty around the UK - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to tackle unemployment, skills shortages and poverty in 10 areas around the UK, as part of a new community...

Getting good guidance  - news

Interview by Adam Woodhall — Ian Joseph has had an eclectic career. He moved from being a pastor to working with those experiencing homelessness and drug addiction, and then took an...

Vitae London: the watch brand with heart - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Will Adoasi, the entrepreneur behind the philanthropic watch brand Vitae London, is set to launch his Season IV, a unisex range of watches that is backed by Sir...

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

The National CSR Awards 2017, sponsored by Revive and now in their third year, were held at the impressive Lord’s Cricket Ground last night (18 May) and saw businesses of all sizes...

Sedentary lifestyle costs UK £1.2bn annually - news

By Sangeeta Waldron —  The British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that lack of exercise across the UK is costing the nation’s health system £1.2 billion a year.  ...

Responsible Business Week: showcasing companies that make a positive impact - news

By Amanda MacKenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community — Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a...

Smart Works guides UK women into the workplace - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Leading up to International Women’s Day, I spoke with Jane Shepherdson (JS), MBE, a leading figure in fashion retail, former CEO of Whistles and prior to that,...

Costa steps up recycling of used cups - news

By Brian Collett —  Costa, Britain’s largest coffee shop chain, has begun a scheme to recycle all its used takeaway cups. The company expects at least 30 million cups will be...

Businesses must support financial education in schools - news

By Vikas Vij — The World Economic Forum includes financial literacy as one of six core ‘foundational literacies’ essential for students to thrive in the 21st century economy....

Should the UK private sector align its strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? - news

By Rachel Whale, Founder and CEO, Koreo — The Women’s Marches which took place around the world on January 21st were a reminder of the power of international narratives for social...

“Partnership, Purpose and Productivity”—RSA panel outlines strategies for the changing workplace - news

By Andy Hix—To quote recent Nobel Prize Laureate Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changing, and more rapidly than ever. Technology is developing at break-neck speed and threatening to...

Microloan Foundation boosts trustee board with Step on Board programme - news

‘Step on Board’ is a board-level volunteering programme, run by Trustees Unlimited and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which is being embraced by a number of...

New call for sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

By Brian Collett — An international group of scientists, food manufacturers, nutritionists, NGOs and policymakers has urged all farmers to produce palm oil in an environmentally...

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

By Adam Woodhall — How are corporate sustainability professionals—and the organisations they work with—to lead through this post-Brexit period facing our society? How are they...

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

by Tom Idle — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched at the beginning of this year as a concrete set of 17 global ambitions, offers a quick guide to...

M&S wants us to get active for 30 minutes a day to help cut the risks of breast cancer - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), and high-street retailer M&S has launched a campaign  to help get customers active to prevent the disease....

UK food charities face real challenges in feeding the most vulnerable - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Neighbourly, the social network for social good reveals in its latest survey that 218 UK food charities face real challenges in helping to feed society’s most...

Many UK families find it tough to afford a standard of living - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The Prince’s Charity In Kind Direct, an organisation dedicated to redistributing donated goods to thousands of charities across the UK, is reporting a sharp...

Royal Mail doing business in a responsible way - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK postal service, the Royal Mail, is celebrating its 500th birthday of connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities, including...

Developing great behaviour change campaigns - news

by Adam Woodhall - Influencing behaviour positively and successfully is accepted both as fantastic opportunity to make a difference and as often very challenging. So it didn’t come as a...

UK food charities struggle to feed people in need - news

Neighbourly, the social network for social good, has published the results of a survey of charities and volunteer organisations across the UK which regularly distribute surplus food to those in...

M&S makes progress on customer-centric eco and ethical goals - news

by Vikas Vij — Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals...

Local is everything - news

Midcounties Co-operative’s social responsibility manager Mike Pickering explains how a focus on localism can lead to business success  Interview by Tom Idle — ...

Bag battles: plastic vs. paper - news

by Brian Collett — Plastic bags have become a widely discouraged vice because of the enduring toxins they carry and pass on to humans, but is the persuasive case for banning or reducing...

What a waste of business resource! - news

By Mike Tuffrey, co-founder, Corporate Citizenship — Corporations spend billions every year on causes and in communities around the world. But a shocking new survey shows they...

Is volunteering right for senior managers? - news

Corporate volunteering is on the rise. Tom Idle reports on the emergence of skills-based volunteering schemes for senior managers. Mahatma Gandhi once said “the best way to find...

Motivating models for 21st century employee engagement - news

By Adam Woodhall - Employee engagement is a buzzword that has been around for a long time, but what does it actually mean, and what are the benefits to organisations?  There are many...

Grocery chains innovate to reduce food waste - news

By Brian Collett - Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket group, has become the latest retailer to offer leftover food from its stores to charity. Its aim is that by the end of next year,...

Britain's biggest benevolent celebrities are . . . - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK’s The Sunday Times has announced that rock super-star Sir Elton John and best-selling author JK Rowling are Britain’s most benevolent...

Grocery companies switching to cage-free eggs - news

by Brian Collett Three large US grocery companies are to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Their decisions follow similar recent announcements from about 100 retailers, restaurants,...

M&S and Selfridges recognised for marine conservation efforts - news

Media group Boat International recently held the inaugural Ocean Awards, in partnership with leading marine charity, Blue Marine Foundation. The Ocean Awards were created to celebrate...

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

With 40% of its carbon impact found along the supply chain, GSK has found a novel way to engage and encourage its suppliers to cut energy, water and waste. Tom Idle speaks to the...

Culture clashes can limit partnership success - news

Communications agency Forster’s recent study of the charity sector reveals how corporate partnerships are being limited by cultural challenges and the over-emphasis on the bottom line,...

Intasave’s solar Songs are bang on tune for Kenya - news

A solar power system is being introduced by the global non-profit environmental organisation Intasave Energy to bring clean sustainable electricity to a Kenyan community. Initially the...

Korea’s largest steel maker expands community investment programme - news

POSCO, South Korea’s largest steel maker, has expanded its corporate social responsibility activities with its “For a Better World” vision, focusing on raising funds and...

Unicef report highlights importance of post-COP21 action for children - news

As COP21 draws to a close, international children's charity Unicef has called for ambitious action on climate change. “The future of today’s children, particularly the most...

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

How have the world’s corporates responded to the refugee crisis in Europe? And what role can business play anyway? Sangeeta Haindl reports One topic has dominated headlines this year...

Sodexo and WWF push for more sustainable school meals - news

Sodexo has teamed up with conservation charity WWF to develop and pilot a set of 10 sustainable meals. The project is part of Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell, WWF-UK’s...

Restaurants urged to serve more sustainable seafood - news

More than half Britain’s large restaurant chains are reported to be serving fish and seafood from overfished areas or to be hiding their origins. They are said to be offering species...

Charity Christmas cards prove not so heart-warming - news

Charities receive little more than 3% of the purchase price of some charity Christmas cards in the UK, two surveys have revealed. Harrods, London’s largest shop, gives 3.4% to Macmillan...

Conservation and fishery management project pays off - news

Fishermen in the UK ports of Lyme Bay on the Dorset and Devon border are making a better living from their fish by practising conservation, thanks to a new scheme launched by the charity, Blue...

National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016 - news

With only 58 days to go before entries open for next year’s National CSR Awards (NCSRA), its organisers have announced new and expanded categories. With the introduction of three...

Enter your company into BITC’s Responsible Business Awards 2016 - news

HRH The Prince of Wales’ charity, Business in the Community (BITC), is calling on British companies to showcase how they are taking practical action to address pressing issues, as the 2016...

Korea’s LG Chem generates energy for social projects - news

LG Chem, South Korea’s leading chemical and materials manufacturer, says it will develop new social responsibility activities in co-operation with local governments and social welfare...

Bank of England’s Carney challenges business over climate change risk - news

The world will suffer financial crises and falling living standards unless economically strong countries ensure that companies admit their present and future carbon emissions, the Bank of...

Developing a new mindset - news

At this year’s BITC Responsible Business Awards , Lloyds Banking Group won the building stronger communities award for its work increasing access to financial services for people with...

Responsibility agenda driving consortia-based alliances - news

Consortia-based partnerships between companies and NGOs are set to become more common, as organisations look for greater impact and reach, according to a report by C&E Advisory....

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu picked up the most prestigious award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards winning the title of overall Responsible...

NT commits £30m to updating energy intensive buildings - news

The National Trust, Europe’s biggest conservation charity, is investing £30m, in renewable energy to heat and power more of its historic places. The news follows the successful...

Surfers develop clean water initiative to combat sewage strewn beaches - news

With raw sewage polluting 40 British beaches following heavy downpours recently, the charity Surfers Against Sewage's launch of a new Cleaner Coastal Catchment initiative for two areas in...

Alakija to lead Oando Foundation - news

Oando Foundation, the independent charity launched by one of Africa’s leading indigenous energy providers Oando Plc in 2011, has appointed Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija as its new...

Pernod Ricard ramps up responsible drinking efforts - news

The 5,500 sales representatives of the wines and spirits multinational Pernod Ricard were enlisted last month for the company’s fifth Responsib’All Day aimed at promoting the...

BLOG: A new brand of high performance CSR? - news

Corporations, like individuals, are never truly altruistic – in a capitalist society, individual benefit is incentivised, writes Doug Flynn of global consultancy North Highland . It...

BITC award shortlisters putting responsibility at heart of business - news

A broad range of organisations, from well-known high street names to independent traders have been recognised as finalists across the 14 award categories of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards,...

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

Sixty three companies from the UK and abroad have reached the final stage of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible...

Gates charity challenged to divest fossil fuel stocks - news

Bill Gates, founder of one of the world’s biggest corporations, has been asked to lead the fight against climate change. Gates, who set up Microsoft in 1975, could set an example by...

British public urged to go plastic-free this June - news

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is challenging people to give up their convenience lifestyle and ditch pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and...

Drive trust through authenticity and values, says BITC - news

Fair and respectful treatment of employees is the most important sign of a responsible business in the eyes of the public, reports a Business in the Community (BITC) survey. Altogether 92%...

GSK and Burberry sign up to Living Wage accreditation - news

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline and British fashion house Burberry have signed up to the LIving Wage pledge, bringing the number of FTSE 100 companies who have applied for accreditation with the...

China to tighten NGO supervision - news

Human rights and labour rights groups are to face a new challenge, finds Keith Crane reporting last month’s forum, “The new normal in China Communications and CSR”,...

Costa to extend literacy skills pilot in UK - news

Whitbread-owned Costa is to extend its partnership with Save The Children and its Born to Read programme. The coffee chain hooked up with the children’s charity last year, operating...

Lenovo takes CSR strategy into new markets - news

Chinese technology giant Lenovo has teamed up with non-profit United Way to support a variety of education projects in France, Israel, Romania and the UK. Catherine Ladousse, director of...

Lobby groups in climate change spotlight - news

Investors need to ask questions of companies to ensure that their public positions on climate change aren’t being undercut by their membership of controversial European lobby groups, says...

Don't let it go! Iglo pushes frozen campaign to tackle food waste - news

Iglo Group, Europe’s largest frozen food company, has launched a coalition with leading waste reduction charity WRAP with the objective of reducing food waste across Europe. The...

RB and Save The Children partner to stop children dying of diarrhoea - news

Consumer goods giant RB (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) is partnering with international children's charity, Save The Children, in an effort to help eradicate child deaths from...

ShareAction praises BP for quitting US lobbying group - news

Responsible Investment charity ShareAction has applauded oil giant BP’s confirmation that it will not renew its membership of a controversial US-based lobbying group which promotes climate...

Government urged to take action to reduce marine litter - news

With beach litter on the rise, the UK’s leading marine charity has called for more Government action. According to the data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and...

Trust between big business and communities remains fragile - news

New research commissioned by one of the UK’s largest employers reveals a significant lack of public trust in business. Indeed, 80% of those polled could not name one large business which...

Barrier reef dumping ban doesn't go far enough, says WWF - news

Australia's proposed dumping ban must extend to the entire Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, says WWF. The Australian government's draft legislation to ban the dumping of dredge in...

Pearson partners to support education for Syrian refugees - news

The world’s biggest education company Pearson is partnering with Save The Children to tackle the educational needs of Syrian refugees. Millions of Syrian children have been deprived of...

Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action over pesticide harm claims - news

German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to sue Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that thiacloprid, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, harms bees....

Ford drives sustainable fashion with recycled couture collection - news

Car seat covers used in new Ford cars have received a glamorous new lease of life after being recycled for a unique fashion collection. Emerging designers from Europe and Asia transformed...

Jaguar Land Rover sees workforce volunteering rate jump 36% - news

Workforce volunteering has leapt 36% at automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover with more than 9,600 employees donating over 115,000 hours (or 14,400 working days) to support their local communities....

‘Forest 500’ rates top players in race against deforestation - news

FMCG giants Danone, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benkiser, Kao and Unilever are among the top players tackling the problem of deforestation, according to a new ranking from charity...

Lima discussions patch together compromise to pave way for Paris - news

Developed countries, which have caused most of the world’s pollution, should help to finance “vulnerable” developing nations to combat climate change, UN members agreed last...

And I would walk 500 miles… actually make that 39,397! - news

The Proclaimers don't know the half of it! When posed with the challenge – can you walk to Seoul, South Korea in 14 weeks? Over one hundred staff at Kia Motors UK head office...

Telecoms giant teams with Unicef to champion online safety - news

Millicom and Unicef have agreed to a three-year alliance to improve respect for children’s rights in the telecommunications sector. The telecoms giant and the international...

BITC Responsible Business Awards now open for entries - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on inspirational businesses across the UK and abroad to enter the 2015 Responsible Business Awards.  Now in its 18th year, the...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

Having been inspired by a former KPMG partner who lectured on corporate responsibility while doing his MBA, Mark Parker, CSR Programme Manager at Whitbread, tells Ethical Performance how he...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

Sustainability is undoubtedly a buzzword at the moment, writes Paul Raleigh. Whether business leader or consumer, we cannot escape from being told to consider the long-term implications of our...

Ireland to phase out ‘double Irish’ tax scheme - news

The “double Irish” scheme enabling multinationals such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to minimise their tax bills is to be phased out over four years.  The...

Low take-up of Ban the Box blamed on ‘exaggerated fear’ - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on more UK employers to remove the criminal record disclosure tick box from application forms – as part of its Ban the Box campaign,...

CR is increasingly defined by what a company does, not what it gives - news

Since the recession, businesses have been faced with an increasingly cynical public who are more concerned than ever about the ethics of the brands they choose to engage with. Working at...

Five new board trustees for Forum - news

Sustainability charity Forum for the Future has taken on five new board trustees. Among them is a former Big Six energy boss, a broadcast journalist, a chartered accountant, a noted engineer and...

Living wage protesters hit London Fashion Week opening - news

Protesters took action last week to mark the opening of London Fashion Week with the message “Don’t mention the garment workers”. Activists highlighted the event because,...

Rolls-Royce set to power up science teaching in UK - news

Power systems company Rolls-Royce has entered into a three-year partnership with UK education charity Teach First, to help provide inspirational science teaching to young people from...

Tesco partners with UK charities to tackle unhealthy habits - news

Supermarket giant Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation are to join forces early next year in a joint initiative to promote healthy living. The partnership aims to reduce...

New website to help build market for sustainable finance - news

National Ethical Investment Week has rebranded as Good Money Week in an effort to make the week more relevant to a mainstream audience.  As part of this strategy it has launched a new...

Time to stop shirking over too cheap t-shirts - news

Is it a chicken and egg situation this whole cheap t-shirt, cheap labour, ethical fashion debate? Do we as consumers have to turn around and say we don’t want to buy £3 T-shirts and...

Step up or step back: six essential lessons in cause marketing - news

Consumer scepticism and expectation of institutions is at an all-time high, and prominent brands are under more pressure than ever to do good… and prove it, writes Andrew Pederson....

Mark Carney appointed co-president of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that puts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of business....

EC to investigate tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat - news

The tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat are now to be formally investigated by the European Commission. All have been accused of avoidance, largely by switching to more favourable tax...

Carney takes on co-presidency of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that aims to put Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of...

ITV gets match fit for volunteering programme - news

ITV and sports charity Join In are partnering for the launch of a new campaign to encourage volunteering in local sport. It has set a target of generating interest in 100,000 new volunteers....

Impact investment comes of age - news

The proponents of impact investing believe that we are witnessing a seismic shift in investment behaviour. Miranda Ingram reports   It is hard to imagine what the past fifty...

Charity bosses urged to shun ‘workfare’ programme - news

The chief executives of the 200,000 registered charities in the UK have been urged not to take part in the government’s new ‘workfare’ programme. The new mandatory...

Astellas backs new women’s health programme in Kenya - news

The European arm of Japanese pharma giant Astellas is backing a new health programme in Kenya which aims to transform the lives of more than 1,200 women living with obstetric fistula. Action...

Christian Aid warns of lack of transparency in FTSE100 data - news

The secrecy surrounding thousands of subsidiaries created in tax havens by leading UK companies has created a black hole at the heart of the FTSE100, a new Christian Aid report has warned....

Promote those who volunteer most, think tank tells bosses - news

British business should award promotions or pay rises to employees who have done the most volunteering, according to a new Demos report. With BITC's Give and Gain Day coming up this...

Not so many rivers to cross - news

There is a saying in Russia that ‘good people do not suffer any losses when they are helping others’, writes Vera Kurochkina , UC RUSAL’s director of corporate communications....

Helping hands - news

An innovative charity has helped to create hundreds of jobs in Africa through virtual volunteer mentoring, helping to transform the lives of thousands through a simple phone call. Liz Jones...

M&S throws itself into the Big Beach Clean-Up - news

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched the Beach Clean Frisbee, a toy made from recycled plastic, including plastic collected by M&S customers and employees at last year’s Big...

Duxbury joins Groundwork - news

Graham Duxbury is the new national chief executive at Groundwork, replacing Sir Tony Hawkhead. Duxbury has worked for Groundwork for more than 15 years, most recently as its director of...

NCVO’s Wilding banks on new role - news

Karl Wilding, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) director of public policy, has been appointed as a non-executive director of Charity Bank. Wilding will continue his...

Food glorious food? - news

So how much has food security improved since Romanian horse meat was found in beef ready meals, prompting financial and reputational damage across the food industry? Miranda Ingram reports...

#FF for BITC’s responsible business Twitter campaign - news

Business in the Community (BITC), the charity which promotes responsible business, is asking employees across the UK to tweet why they are #Proudtoworkfor their organizations. The campaign...

Soccer project scores winner with robust football design - news

Tim Jahnigen has designed a football that never goes flat, even when punctured multiple times. Inspiration struck while he was watching news footage about traumatized refugee youth in Darfur...

BITC calls for business to incentivise responsible behaviour - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on chief executives to reward responsible behaviour in the same way that they incentivise staff to meet financial targets and generate...

Cannibals on a health kick eating only vegetarians - news

I really wish I could take credit for that headline but I can’t. It belongs to one of my favourite British poets, Roger McGough. The first line goes like this: “There are fascists...

Banks back effort to attract more state educated youth - news

A campaign to get more state educated young people into the banking sector has been launched. Education charity the Sutton Trust will work with four major banks to boost the number of young...

Impact investment helps companies attract higher calibre staff - news

Impact investment - sustainably supporting charities and social enterprises for the long term - can be used as key way to recruit and retain high quality staff says a new survey from...

London businesses urged to plug volunteering gaps - news

The City of London Corporation is urging businesses to ‘gift their skills’ as 2014 company-giving-gestures and are being asked to focus on particular charities. Homelessness...

BITC calls for ban on criminal-record tick box - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on UK employers to remove the default criminal-record disclosure tick box from job application forms – as part of its Ban the Box...

The challenge of transformational change - news

The start of a New Year generally means a rash of New Year resolutions. I have to admit that I’ve not made my own yet. I always get stuck between setting myself easily achievable (so...

Comic Relief in spotlight over investment ethics - news

A British charity has been accused of investing in arms, alcoholic drinks and tobacco companies, contrary to its published aims. Comic Relief, which raises much of its money through two...

Tax avoidance tops public poll of business concerns - news

On the day campaigners have filed a complaint with the OECD about Alliance Boots and alleged tax discrepancies, a new poll from the Institute of Business Ethics shows that worries about tax...

M&S branches out to keep 1m trees standing - news

British high street retail chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) has signed a partnership with UK-based rainforest protection charity Cool Earth to protect 5,000 acres of rainforest. Through...

Typhoon Haiyan crisis deepens in Philippines - news

UNICEF is urgently appealing for $34m to aid the more than four million children of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the archipelago four days ago. "With...

ICU Eyewear becomes corporate sponsor of the Seva Foundation - news

ICU Eyewear has become a corporate sponsor of the blindness and visual impairment charity the Seva Foundation. As part of its support the company will provide 600 pairs of eyeglasses and...

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

The term ‘sustainable’ in the fashion world is a little like the word ‘natural’ in the beauty biz. It seems to mean different things to different brands. Different...

Community engagement wins back capital's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

Risk management is a cornerstone of running a good, responsible business, writes BITC's Stephen Gee . Investors want to know the level of risk they are committing to and wider...

Alliance Boots maintains clean bill of health in face of tax accusations - news

Alliance Boots, parent group of the Boots pharmacies and shops prominent in UK high streets for generations, is now accused of using a legal loophole to dodge £1.1bn ($1.78bn, €1.3bn)...

BNY Mellon employees rise to challenge of World Food Day - news

From filling 6,000 backpacks with weekend food for children in the US, to cooking at a homeless shelter in Poland to holding a food collection in Brazil, BNY Mellon employees are engaging in...

M&S clicks with care home residents in new Plan A programme - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has joined forces with Abbeyfield, a charity helping older people, to create a new volunteering initiative called ‘A Cup of...

Alliance Boots comes under fire over corporate tax avoidance - news

Pharmacy giant Alliance Boots has been accused of using a legal loophole to avoid paying £1.1bn in tax in the UK.  In a new report trade union Unite and the charity War on Want...

Dragon Award winners help recover London's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

Partnering with NGOs boosts corporate reputation, finds C&E report - news

Businesses see the enhancing of brand, reputation and credibility as the most important reason for partnering with NGOs, reports the 2013 Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer. This benefit...

Fashion brands still failing on safety & wage fronts - news

Despite many high street brands having signed up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, there are still some notable exceptions. A new campaign by the Trades Union Congress in...

BITC’s Workwell benchmark opens up to all businesses - news

Business in the Community (BITC) is opening up its Workwell benchmark to all companies, regardless of size. The move follows a successful trial of the process with companies listed on the FTSE...

Bangladesh workers’ leader targets London Fashion Week - news

The leader of Bangladeshi garment workers, Amirul Haque Amin, is to address delegates at the TUC’s annual conference demanding a living wage for people making clothes for UK retailers....

Senior staff pay at leading charities comes under scrutiny - news

Pay guidelines will be issued to UK charities in the wake of revelations that some chief executives are receiving six-figure salaries. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations,...

inbrief - news

Wasting time..TNT Business Solutions, the outsourcing division of TNT Express Services UK & Ireland, has worked with one of the UK’s leading plastics recycling companies –...

Mobile industry to tackle Indonesia tin mining problems - news

Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG Electronics have all committed to urgent action to tackle the problem of tin mining in Indonesia following reports of the adverse effects it is having on...

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

Jaguar Land Rover has been crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year, taking over the mantle from British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer. The...

Fashion retailers disunited over approach to Bangladesh - news

As a group of 17 US retailers, including Wal-Mart and Gap, have agreed a five-year pact to improve conditions at clothing factories in Bangladesh, controversy still rages around the European...

Hayday wins CBE - news

Malcolm Hayday, founding chief executive of Charity Bank, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to charities and Social Enterprise.” Hayday,...

Jaguar Land Rover drives into top spot at BITC business awards - news

Jaguar Land Rover was crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year at a gala dinner in London earlier this week, taking over the mantle from British high...

Time to step up divestment in ‘man’s most evil creation’ - news

Not mincing his words, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu said in a 2012 International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) report: “Nuclear...

Hyatt Hotels check out community engagement - news

Global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently unveiled a new social pledge campaign called Commit To Thrive, which asked employees, guests, and local residents to take an online...

World’s largest hotel chains collaborate over carbon emissions - news

The hospitality industry has issued an update of its programme enabling hotels to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of stays and meetings consistently and transparently. The...

GSK & Save the Children launch Healthcare Innovation Award - news

In its first joint initiative since it announced its ambitious new partnership aiming to save the lives of 1 million children over the next five years, drugs giant GSK and international...

Food retailers wary over push for GM crops - news

The strongest call yet has gone to UK farmers to grow genetically modified crops but the response of food retailers reflects a continuing public wariness. One supermarket chain is so...

‘Sin stocks’ still main ESG focus for many investment funds - news

Only a minority of common investment funds (CIFs) consider issues outside of the traditional 'sin stocks' of tobacco, alcohol, gambling, military and pornography, according to the EIRIS...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

BITC benchmark shows companies reporting on engagement perform better - news

Leading British business charity, Business in the Community (BITC) has published the results of its first Workwell FTSE 100 benchmark, which scored the level of publicly available information...

GSK & Save the Children ramp up collaboration - news

Save the Children and pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are ramping up their collaborative efforts with an ambitious new partnership to save the lives of a million of the poorest children in...

Biofuels fuelling world hunger, says new ActionAid report - news

The crops used as biofuel for vehicles in G8 countries would feed half the world’s 870 million hungry people, ActionAid estimates in a new report. The anti-poverty charity says...

BT in bid to build online Africa - news

British telecoms giant BT is working with international charity SOS Children’s Villages on its latest CSR programme, Connecting Africa, which will connect 20 of the charity’s sites...

Chopard makes sustainability move - news

French jewellery house Chopard has joined Eco-Age creative director and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), Livia Firth, to launch ’The...

All in a good day's work - news

The positive effects of employee volunteering on the community sector have long been recognised but there is less understanding of the benefits that volunteering can bring to a business and...

UKSIF’s new CEO - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has appointed Simon Howard, a former group chief investment officer with over 20 years of experience in investment management, as...

Eden Project in Masters initiative - news

Anglia Ruskin University has launched a Masters course, MSc Sustainability: Working for Positive Change, in partnership with the Eden Project and Change Agents UK.  The new course is the...

Oxfam campaign targets chocolate industry - news

Oxfam Hong Kong is focusing on the chocolate industry as part of the charity’s global Behind the Brands campaign. It has targeted Nestlé, Mondelez and Mars for their failure to...

Ethical investment hub launches online - news

The first online marketplace for positive ethical investments has gone live at ethex.org.uk Individuals can now buy and sell investments in leading social businesses online through Ethex,...

Supermodel backs push to tackle energy poverty - news

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has teamed up with charity Practical Action to raise awareness of the impact of energy poverty.   According to Practical Action, in Sub Saharan Africa, two...

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‘Golden handcuffs’ deal for Novartis chairman dropped - news

Swiss drugs company Novartis has ditched a proposal to pay its outgoing chairman Daniel Vasella 72m francs ($77m, £50m, €59m) after widespread criticism. The payment, dropped by...

Allia launches social impact bond to public investment - news

The first social impact bond open to public investment has been introduced in the UK to help children aged between 11 and 16 to avoid going into care. The Future for Children Bond, offered...

G20 and OECD plan action to tackle multinational tax avoiders - news

International action to halt tax avoidance by multinationals has been promised by the finance ministers of the G20, the grouping of the world’s 20 leading economies. The G20 nations,...

EuroCharity teams with VRS to launch ESG report - news

EuroCharity has partnered with Valuation & Research Specialists (VRS) to launch an ESG Metrics Report service for its corporate members. The service will offer stakeholder briefings on...

Hunt for value in recession drives NGO partnerships - news

The recession has boosted partnership deals between corporates and NGOs, reports the annual survey from C&E, the UK consultancy specialising in business-society links. The links were...

Builders face court action over blacklisting claims - news

Blacklisted UK construction industry workers have launched a high court claim against the builder of the Olympic Stadium, Sir Robert McAlpine, for conspiring with other firms over three decades...

Disillusioned customers punish UK big five banks - news

Customers disillusioned with Britain’s bigger banks are switching to smaller alternatives believing they operate more responsibly.    The campaign group Move Your Money...

Excellence Recognised by BITC - news

Business in the Community (BITC), a charity that promotes responsible business practice, has been rewarding companies that have had a positive impact on the environment and society. The Awards for...

Adidas targeted by sweatshop protest - news

The NGO War on Want has begun a campaign on the eve of the London Olympics to persuade Adidas, one of the most prominent sportswear brands in athletics, to end sweatshop conditions at its Asian...

AdvisorShares launches sustainability fund - news

A leading US sponsor of actively managed exchange traded funds (EFTs) has launched an investment vehicle that, it believes, could help bring impact investment into the mainstream....

Knight joins BITC - news

Alan Knight joins Business in the Community (BITC) as its new environmental sustainability director. Joining the business-led charity next month, Knight will be responsible for BITC’s...

Burnand & Frost elected to UKSIF board - news

The UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) has elected Geoff Burnand and Adam Frost to its board. Burnand, chief investment officer at Charity Bank and Frost, head of governance at SRI fund manager...

UN publishes environmental engagement report - news

The United Nations has published a report outlining the key contribution employee engagement can make to achieving environmental targets. Making Environmental Employee Engagement Happen,...

After the storm: reining in the bankers - news

The 2008 crash hit trust in the banking sector, particularly in the US and UK. But can responsible business practices and increased regulation repair the damage? Mark Leftly reports The...

Growth in corporate-NGO alliances driven by cash and credibility - news

UK corporations intend to increase their investment in NGO partnerships during the next three years, despite the weak economic outlook. And the credibility of such collaborations, from...

Good tax planning set to become a CSR target - news

Tax avoidance is ‘as big an issue as sweatshops’, and could become the main target for CSR activity, a global charity has said. The international poverty NGO ActionAid has...

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Trewin Restorick has been appointed to the advisory panel of the ‘eco-gift’ company Green Rewards. Restorick, chief executive of the Global Action Plan environmental charity, will be...

ETI stands by Asda over ‘poverty wages’ allegations - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has ruled out suspending Asda’s as one of its members, despite allegations of poverty wages in the UK retailer’s supply chain.   Asda has...

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Inge Huijbrechts has been appointed as Rezidor’s new responsible business director. Hujibrechts, who succeeds Sarah Rooney, will have the job of implementing and improving the hotel...

Firms produce poor data on workplace strategies - news

Business in the Community has come up with a set of ‘draft metrics’ to help UK businesses improve reporting on employee wellbeing and engagement. The metrics have been produced...

Merck donates its vaccine - news

A pharmaceuticals company and a humanitarian charity are to vaccinate almost a tenth of the population of Honduras. The programme, for 675,000 people, will be delivered jointly by the...

Labelling of fish products is ‘confusing’ - news

Fish labelling in UK supermarkets is failing to help consumers to make sustainable choices, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said, while introducing its own online seafood advice guide....

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The ‘fiduciary straitjacket’ imposed on UK pension funds must be removed to promote sustainable investment, reports a pension research charity. FairPensions has proposed an...

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Native trees will be planted on land owned by the Defence Estates under a partnership between the UK government and the Woodland Trust charity. A 160-hectare woodland in Cumbria will be used for...

Pulp and paper group sets sustainability goals - news

The controversial Indonesia-based paper business, APP, has pledged to certify all its pulpwood as sustainable by 2020 and has stated the milestones it aims to achieve along the way....

Dow makes new energy bid - news

Dow Chemical Company is to invest $100million (£62m, €72m) in projects to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The US-based chemicals giant will distribute the money...

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Anglo American has signed a partnership with a charity that aims to build economic capacity in African nations by helping local firms manufacture disaster relief materials. Advance Aid, which...

Firm makes forest pledges - news

The world’s second largest palm oil plantation company has announced a forest conservation policy aimed at ensuring it has a ‘no deforestation footprint’. Golden...

‘Omni-label’ for food is pie in the sky – for now - news

There is no point trying to develop a single eco label for food products at the moment because scientific knowledge is not up to it, the Food Ethics Council has concluded. The council, a...

Dow to make nature a business matter - news

Dow Chemical has entered a five-year partnership with a conservation charity to help it to place environmental protection at the heart of its business strategy and reduce its ecological...

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Peter Johnson has become managing director of the office of sustainability at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Johnson, a registered professional forester, moves from PricewaterhouseCoopers,...

Firms not helping staff to engage - news

Nearly two-thirds of UK businesses have admitted they do not provide good support for their employees to volunteer. Research by YouGov, on behalf of the volunteering charity v, has found...

Too many asset managers fall short on disclosure - news

A 'gulf' in behaviour on voting and engagement disclosure has been identified between the best and worst performers among UK asset managers. An annual report on the matter by the...

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Thomson Reuters is to provide $1.2million of funding for up to 15 law libraries in Africa over the next few years. The business information provider will work on the project with the Books For...

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Astellas Pharma has announced its first global volunteering programme for staff as part of a new five-year CSR plan. The Japan-based multinational pharmaceuticals company will focus volunteering on...

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Guidance to help UK charity trustees to adopt responsible investment strategies has been produced by the Eiris Foundation and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group. The guide, Socially...

Action Aid hits Asda in the pocket - news

A charity has taken the unusual step of placing messages in Asda clothing detailing the supermarket chain’s track record on factory workers’ pay. Asda, the UK-based retailer owned by...

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Guidance to help UK charity trustees to adopt responsible investment strategies has been produced by the Eiris Foundation and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group. The guide, Socially responsible...

IFC urged to place human rights at heart of standards - news

One of the world's largest non-governmental organizations has said the review of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sustainability framework must incorporate human rights issues into its...

How corporate responsibility made it into a Malaysian power ballad - news

Struggling to embed corporate responsibility into your organization's daily life? Finding it difficult to engage employees on the ins and outs of corporate citizenship? Then how about a...

Wal-Mart extends female empowerment programme - news

Walmart has announced plans to expand its women’s development programme in the third world, extending a one-year partnership with the poverty charity Care and pledging a further $2million to its...

Money-making investments in altruism - news

The Altru Fund claims to be overturning the notion of a conflict between social and commercial returns by treating social enterprises like normal businesses. Mike Scott speaks to managing...

Home Retail decides to talk CSR to employees - news

Home Retail Group is to ‘refocus’ its corporate responsibility strategy on employees, and put more effort into communicating what it is doing. The UK-based corporation, which...

New type of firm aims for greater societal benefit - news

Legislation creating the conditions for benefit corporations, a new class of business required to benefit society as well as shareholders, has been passed in the US state of Maryland. In...

Merck sets up non-profit lab for vaccines - news

One of the world's largest pharmaceuticals companies has joined forces with a medical charity to set up a research and development project to manufacture vaccines for the third world....

Peruvian farmers get helping hand from Walmart - news

Walmart has launched a development initiative in Peru which it says will help more than 2000 small-scale farmers in the region. The programme, which will be run in partnership with the CARE...

GSK opens up its patents - news

The world’s second-largest pharmaceuticals company is to offer free global access to potential malaria cures. GlaxoSmithKline has placed thousands of drugs in the public domain that...

Businesses in vanguard of Haiti quake response - news

The business world has rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake there that has killed more than 100,000 people.      Dozens of firms have donated money and...

American firms respond to Haiti disaster - news

US business have rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake in the country that has killed tens of thousands of people.      A number of firms have donated money and...

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A ‘socially responsible’ call centre has opened in the UK. The Call Britannia centre in Croydon will employ 100 people who have been long-term unemployed and promises to provide a...

‘I was obstructed from doing my job properly’ - news

In the aftermath of a potentially groundbreaking legal decision on discrimination and climate change beliefs, EP talks to Tim Nicholson, the CSR head at the centre of the case Tim...

C of E: keeping faith in an ethical approach - news

The Church of England continues to punch above its weight in the responsible investment world – and is not just focussed on exclusion.  Mike Scott talks to Edward Mason about its...

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Starbucks UK has announced a five-year partnership with a youth charity to train young people and give them work experience. The partnership brings together the coffee retailer and the...

Indigenous rights ‘ignored’ - news

More investors should be addressing the business risks associated with indigenous peoples, an investment research consultancy has concluded. UK-based Ethical Investment Research Service...

Graduates take CSR to heart - news

UK graduate employees are showing increasing involvement in and support for their employers' CSR initiatives, despite a general lack of job satisfaction. A survey of 24,500 working graduates has...

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A project to establish health watchdogs near uranium mining sites has been started by the French mining group Areva. An agreement between the company, non-governmental organization Sherpa and...

Charities are adopting SRI - news

More than half of large British charities now have an ethical investment policy, according to a new survey. The study of 164 organizations indicated that 60 per cent of charities with...

Procter & Gamble cleans Pakistan water - news

People displaced by armed conflict in Pakistan are to receive more than 11 million litres of clean drinking water through a partnership between Procter & Gamble (P&G), the international...

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UK sustainability reporters are to be scrutinized on the way they disclose water management policies and programmes. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Acca) has signed a...

Sceptical charity softens its stance - news

Christian Aid, an anti-poverty charity with a track record of scepticism on corporate responsibility, has commissioned CSR research from a European rating agency. The charity, which...

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UK broadcaster Sky has introduced a mentoring scheme to advise businesses on climate change. One of its first ventures will be to provide expertise from its in-house environment team, backed by...

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Church and faith charity fund manager CCLA has bought £3.5million ($5.4m) worth of a new five-year bond issued by the International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm). IFFIm is a UK...

Kraft aims to reduce malnutrition rates - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

Garment firms need to improve - news

Some leading companies in Hong Kong’s garment industry have shown progress in reporting on their supply chain labour standards, but the performance of many is poor by international...

Kraft intervenes on malnutrition - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

Corporate giving may fall by one third in recession - news

UK companies’ donations to good causes are expected to fall by more than a third this year, reports a new poll. A survey of 450 business leaders, commissioned by The Social Investment...

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Gwen Ruta has been appointed to Henderson’s Global Investors’ Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. Ruta is the corporate partnerships vice-president at US charity...

ETI takes tough stance as Primark upsets members - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has gained its members’ backing to consider sanctions against the UK clothing retailer Primark over claims of poor labour standards among suppliers....

Novartis rewarded for earthquake efforts - news

The China Charity Award has gone to Novartis, one of the world’s largest pharmaceuticals companies, for its support of relief efforts after the earthquake in Sichuan province last May....

Chinese banks produce first CSR report - news

China’s financial institutions have all recorded dramatic achievements in capital adequacy rates, asset quality and risk management while expanding their operations, says the China Banking...

2009: a year to keep our collective resolve - news

The next 12 months are not likely to be easy for anyone. EP asked a selection of people in the CSR world for some new year’s resolutions in the troubled times ahead. Anthony Perret,...

How Scrooge’s partner cut through business humbug - news

Dickens’s Christmas classic shows the way to be a successful CSR change agent, says John Turner At this time of year I’d like to bring to your attention a forgotten champion...

Fund managers making progress on the SRI front - news

Leading UK fund managers have shown a marked improvement in their performance and disclosure on SRI issues during the past year. The latest FairPensions analysis of asset managers...

Call for new ethical label to cover third world - news

Companies should be offered a new way of labelling ‘ethical’ goods that benefit people in the developing world, a think tank has recommended. The London-based Overseas...

Ethical firms are treading on charities’ toes - news

Charities may soon have to compete with companies for the ethical high ground, a third sector fundraising specialist has said. Alan Clayton, a well-known figure in charity funding, told...

Healthcare company backs Indian dialysis - news

A dialysis clinic has been opened in India by Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, a non-profit organization set up by DaVita, a US provider of kidney care products and services....

New help for humanitarian efforts - news

A body has been formed to enable businesses to become directly involved in development and humanitarian operations in strife-torn emerging countries. Corporates for Crisis will encourage...

New ranking may be unpopular, but it's here to stay - news

Pharmaceutical companies are not happy, but a number of influential investors have expressed their support for the Access to Medicine Index. EP looks at a controversial new measure of...

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Ecological cleaning products company Ecover has begun a three-year partnership with international charity WaterAid. The Belgian company will give an undisclosed sum for projects in Ethiopia that...

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

Church investor eyes Chinese market - news

A leading Christian–based socially responsible investment house has signalled that it will begin engagement with Chinese companies on environmental, social and governance issues....

Foundation offers microfinance scholarships - news

Staff working on Asian microfinance projects will be able to apply for 200 scholarships being offered by the MasterCard Foundation, an independent charity in Toronto, Canada, set up by financial...

Telstra tackles internet bullying - news

A programme has been set up to reduce the bullying and harassment of children who use mobile phones and the internet in Australia. The Telstra Foundation, the charity arm of...

Business in the Community’s new CEO needs to be a change agent - news

The 25th anniversary of Business in the Community is a cause for celebration. It is also an appropriate milestone to review where the UK-based membership organization is heading, particularly at...

Charity links to business - news

Save the Children has created a managerial role to forge closer links with big business. The director of philanthropy and partnerships post, being filled by Caroline Underwood, will focus...

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

The social and environmental performance of companies that produce luxury brands has been highlighted in a new ranking that suggests none of them are doing particularly well. The league table has...

Bill paves way for banks to give to charity - news

A Bill has been introduced in the UK parliament that will make it easier for banks and building societies to hand over money in dormant accounts to finance community projects. The Dormant Bank...

Bangladesh gets CSR partnership forum - news

Businesses and civil society bodies have formed the Bangladesh Partnership Forum to promote awareness of the value of sustainable development partnerships in creating stability. The...

garment companies ‘ignorant of CSR’ - news

A study of the Australian garment industry, in which outworkers are used extensively, has shown that employers have been slow to observe mandatory and voluntary rules for protecting labour rights...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

Blackrock, part owned by Merrill Lynch, carries out indepth research into companies’ social, environmental and ethical performance for use across its investments. By Mike Scott Alex Popplewell...

supply chain watchdog is proposed - news

Supermarkets in Britain should be required to answer to an independent watchdog set up to protect workers in developing countries, a leading poverty charity has proposed. ActionAid makes the...

Sainsbury’s gives boost to Fairtrade supplies - news

The availability of ethically sourced products in British supermarkets further increased last month as Sainsbury’s announced that its own-brand range of tea will become Fairtrade-certified during...

FoE disappoints Sky by ending its campaign bid - news

Friends of the Earth has pulled out of a bid to become BSkyB’s charity partner after an internal dispute at the pressure group over whether the partnership would have been acceptable. FoE was one...

Northern Rock charity awaits its fate - news

Concerns have emerged about the future of one of the UK’s biggest corporate foundations after the severe liquidity problems experienced by its parent bank last month. The Northern Rock Foundation...

senior trio take over at IBLF in wake of founder’s death - news

Three senior managers are to jointly lead the International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) after the death of founder and chief executive Robert Davies. Adrian Hodges, Mike Patterson and Ros...

making foundations part of a CSR strategy - news

The advance of corporate social responsibility is causing some companies to review whether their corporate foundations need to change to reflect new priorities In the public mind, there is...

T-Mobile gives CSR a direct line into the board - news

The T-Mobile telecoms company is setting up a board-level corporate responsibility steering group to develop a more coherent strategy on responsible business. The group, which should be in...

charity to engage Indian firms on child labour - news

Save the Children Sweden is to hold talks with selected companies in India on management policy and CSR. The move follows publication of a new report by the charity, Corporate social...

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Currency trading company INTL has donated a small percentage of its trading income to charity. The firm set aside 0.005 per cent of its currency trades for a week, raising around £10,000...

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HSBC has created a five-year, $100million (£50m) partnership on climate change with The Climate Group, Earthwatch Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the environment network...

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

Some of the world’s largest economies have agreed that their government-backed export credit agencies should look at a wider range of social factors when considering whether to provide financial...

everyclick in client search - news

A search engine company that gives half its gross revenue to charity has begun a campaign to persuade large businesses to switch to its service as part of their CSR programmes....

British Gas sets up green-tinged offshoot - news

British Gas has set up a free-standing business to lead the company’s efforts to provide low-carbon products and services to customers. The business, British Gas New Energy, will show...

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Almost £200,000 ($385,000) has been set aside by the UK government for research into how to encourage private sector investment in social enterprise. Two organizations – the Charity Bank and...

Kellogg’s makes cereal packets a ‘social marketing’ tool - news

The Kellogg’s food company is to use the space on packets of its breakfast cereals as a ‘social marketing’ vehicle to promote healthy living in Britain. The company, whose brands include...

Banks get help to hand out unclaimed cash - news

UK financial institutions returning unclaimed assets to their customers are being offered a new service. In recent years the UK government has increased the pressure on financial institutions...

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Aviva Insurance group has appointed the UK-based consultancy Enable to run a further year of programmes with its Leadership Academy, in which employees become involved in social projects across...

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Companies are being urged to use a new internet search engine that donates half its advertising revenue to charity. MagicTaxi, set up by the British company Affinity Internet Marketing, is asking...

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The Vodafone Group Foundation has announced a $2million (£1.066m) five-year plan to fund the humanitarian NGO Telecoms Sans Frontieres so it can send rapid response teams with the latest telecoms...

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Socially responsible church and charity fund manager CCLA Investment Management has appointed Line Oquab to its London-based SRI team, taking its complement to three. Oquab, previously with...

advice lines would help in gift dilemmas, firms told - news

Companies developing socially responsible policies on the acceptance of gifts and hospitality should provide an advice line for employees who have dilemmas, the Institute of Business Ethics...

insurance company scoops top ethical award - news

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has taken the top spot in Ethical Investor’s 2006 Australian Sustainability Awards for its climate change policies. The organizers said that possibly no...

BT and Cisco help Indian farmers - news

A telephone-based service offering agricultural and veterinary information to farmers in India has been set up by BT, Cisco and the OneWorld charity as part of the United Nations’ Millennium...

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HSBC's Global Education Trust has announced a £1million ($1.9m) partnership with the UK's Department for Education and Skills to provide a year's private tuition for children in care. The...

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A licensed music download service that donates 25 per cent of its revenue to charity has been set up in the UK. Ethicaldownloads is run by Sam Cowen, an entrepreneur.

recruitment company uses its skills to help refugees - news

Manpower is to use its internal training and education services to support schooling in refugee sites. The US-based employment services company announced at the end of October that it will...

Malaysian prime minister speaks out on CSR - news

Public listed companies in Malaysia have made significant progress in corporate governance compliance, said Abdullah Badawi, the premier and finance minister, when he put forward his tentative...

Barclays offers fair wage package across the board - news

Barclays has extended a fair wage deal for cleaners of its 2000 UK branches. The bank has signed the deal with its three cleaning contractors - Aim Hygiene, Lancaster and Mitie Cleaning &...

Wal-Mart makes ground on its bold CSR pledges - news

Wal-Mart appears to be making early progress on its promise to embrace corporate responsibility, despite scepticism from investors and pressure groups. The huge and much-criticized US-based...

M&S is top dog for second time as awards grow in scope - news

Marks & Spencer has become the first company to win the top accolade for a second time in Business in the Community’s annual Awards for Excellence. The high street retailer won the prestigious...

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Sam Collin is to run a UK project to raise understanding of socially responsible investment in the charity sector. The initiative has been set up by Ethical Investment Research Services and the...

ITV asks viewers to help shape its ethics strategy - news

Media company ITV is planning to introduce corporate responsibility questions into its future audience surveys as part of its wider efforts to give social and environmental issues more airtime on...

Accenture reorganizes its worldwide pro bono work - news

International management consultancy Accenture is to expand its pro bono activities. The company’s business units in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK will be among the first to adopt a...

businesses line up to take part in new European Alliance - news

About 40 companies have already expressed interest in participating in the new European Alliance for CSR, a loose network of businesses being assembled by the European Commission, but it has...

six firms back new drive on volunteering - news

Half a dozen companies have become founding partners in a UK government initiative aimed at creating a million new community volunteers aged between 16 and 25. ITV, KPMG, MTV, Sky, Tesco and...

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The Specsavers optical services chain has been shortlisted in the CSR category of this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards. Specsavers is named for its cause-related...

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Home improvement retailer Kingfisher and financial services provider Friends Provident have entered into separate formal partnerships with Forum for the Future. The sustainable development...

meeting the challenge of winning a lifetime’s loyalty from customers - news

Reading Tesco’s latest corporate responsibility review, it is hard to imagine how anyone could have a bad word to say about the company. The UK’s biggest retailer is the best performer in its...

DHL delivers skills to voluntary sector - news

Logistics company DHL has started a community initiative in the UK that allows its employees to share their expertise and skills with partner charities. The Skills in Motion programme is going...

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Baxter, the US-based pharmaceutical company, is to donate more than 280,000 doses of meningitis vaccine to Kashmir earthquake victims at risk of contracting the disease this spring. The company has...

O2 generates feedback - news

Thousands of people have provided feedback on mobile phone company O2’s latest corporate responsibility report after it offered to donate £10 ($17.68) to charity for each response it got. O2...

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BT has launched a game that introduces corporate responsibility dilemmas to business school students, company employees and charity workers. The Better Business Game requires players to take on...

business aid sought for disaster response idea - news

Corporate backing of £30million ($52m) is being sought for a United Nations-supported initiative to build economic capacity in Africa by helping African firms manufacture tents, blankets and...

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Corporate donations of surplus products to charity rose by 50 per cent in the UK last year. In Kind Direct, a charity that channels companies’ surplus products to good causes, saw the value of...

Companies dig deep for disaster relief - news

Large gifts from corporates and foundations have helped the international aid charity Mercy Corps to expand its disaster relief work in Pakistan and Guatemala. For operations in Pakistan,...

Chinese project gets Holcim award - news

The first prize of $100,000 (£56,000) in the Asia Pacific Holcim awards competition for sustainable construction has gone to a design project for the regeneration of a clan settlement at...

CSR charter for Hong Kong - news

Businesses in Hong Kong now have their own CSR charter. The Community Business Leadership Team, a Hong Kong charity comprising senior executives from 23 companies, drew up the charter to...

Google and eBay join dotcom philanthropists - news

Google is to pay more attention to its social responsibilities in the wake of its public flotation. The internet search engine company announced last month that it would give at least...

Indian government minister backs CSR - news

CSR activities in India must amount to more than writing cheques, donating to charity and having a good public relations image, Prem Chand Gupta, Indian company affairs minister, told a recent...

Rusal makes play to become leader in Russia - news

Russia may at last have its first big corporate player in the corporate social responsibility field. Moscow-based Rusal, which produces a tenth of the world’s aluminium, has created the senior...

Sky offers cash for feedback - news

Broadcasting company Sky is seeking to improve feedback on its latest Corporate Responsibility Review by making a donation to charity for each person that leaves a comment on its website....

corporate giving is tale of ups and downs - news

Corporate donations to charity by UK listed companies have shown their first rise for three years. However, although they have risen in absolute terms, they have fallen as a proportion of profit....

Cisco offers know-how to indigenous groups - news

Cisco, the information technology group, has joined the founding partners of Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships to help the indigenous communities of Cape York, Queensland, Australia. In...

Royal Mail nurtures big revamp of CSR regime - news

Royal Mail Group is restructuring its social responsibility programme as the UK government considers the future of the state-owned postal service. The revised strategy has five themes:...

third sector should take leaf from business book - news

Companies have a lot to teach charities about social responsibility, argues Jon Duschinsky A while back, I was a reluctant participant at a conference given by the head of corporate social...

Tsunami thanks, by Robert Morton - news

On behalf of Redeem, the mobile phone and printer cartridge recycling company, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given their support to our recent Tsunami Recycling...

institutional investor interest in SRI at bottom rests on ethics, not risk - news

Financial markets may be faltering, but ethical or socially responsible investment continues to gain ground. The number of UK ethical investors in pooled funds now stands at a record 475,000....

charities to reveal SRI policy - news

Large charities in England and Wales will now have to state their policy on socially responsible investment when they file their annual reports. A regulation brought into effect last month...

Abbey takes new lead on disfigurement - news

Abbey National is helping companies improve employment opportunities and customer service for people with severe disfigurements to their face, hands or body. The UK’s second-largest mortgage...

companies still slow to act, former Australian minister says - news

Progress in corporate sustainability made by Australian businesses, non-governmental organizations and the media has won praise from Ros Kelly, the former federal environment minister. However,...

'Helping victims of the Tsunami' by Robert Morton - news

No doubt your readers have been watching the tsunami news reports, stunned at the devastation following the massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra. A phenomenal amount of support has been...

inbrief - news

Tim Mason , director of Tesco, is to spearhead a new Business in the Community initiative on cause-related marketing to increase corporate giving to charities . It will draw on best practice by UK...

companies respond to tsunami disaster - news

Unprecedented levels of corporate giving in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami may have left less in the coffers for other corporate donations to charity this year. Robert Davies, chief...

taskforce piles pressure on banks - news

Pressure on banks and building societies to expand access to bank accounts for poorer people has increased, after the UK government’s decision to form a Financial Inclusion Taskforce. The task...

inbrief - news

Seven companies have formed an alliance to offer better access to the internet in the UK. The seven – AOL, BT, Cisco Systems, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and T-Mobile – have joined forces with the...

DHL link to Burma snares Comic Relief - news

One of the UK’s most popular charities has become embroiled in a row over its renewed partnership with the global courier company DHL, which operates in Burma (Myanmar). Comic Relief, which was...

child labour initiative shows signs of strain - news

Strains have emerged in an alliance of companies and non-governmental organizations attempting to tackle child labour in India’s cotton seed industry. The main NGO in the Child Labour Eradication...

NGOs to get their own reporting standards - news

Work has begun on a set of social reporting standards for civil society organizations. The Access project, based at the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability, aims to have the standards...

forget the CSR theory – just give to charity - news

We should drop the business case for CSR and get back to corporate philanthropy that is based on doing the ‘right thing’, argues Philip Collins Responsible companies will make more...

CCLA gets tough on arms firms - news

Britain’s largest manager of charitable funds has tightened its criteria for investment in defence companies. CCLA Investment Management says its Charities...

firm drops charity on ethical grounds - news

A company that helps charities to raise money has terminated its street fund-raising contract with the UK-based Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) after learning...

Wellcome opts for engagement - news

The UK’s largest charity by asset size has appointed Insight Investment to provide a shareholder engagement service on corporate responsibility and governance issues...

Chinese business leaders see merit in CSR - news

Nearly nine in every ten Chinese business leaders value corporate social responsibility, reports The Corporate Reputation Watch (China) survey. The survey, by the...

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Holcim spent about CHF44million, ($35.2m, £19.36m) on CSR last year. The figure, which includes personnel costs, is given in the global Swiss cement group’s latest...

£1million? No thanks, our ‘morals’ come first - news

Corporate fundraisers working for charities might want your money, but some of their colleagues are likely to be far more choosy, warns Ian MacQuillin You’d think that...

seed business to use child labour monitors - news

Multinational agribusiness Syngenta is close to signing a deal with the US-based Fair Labor Association that will lead to child labour checks on its cotton seed suppliers...

Amnesty social report could lead way for NGOs - news

Amnesty International UK is to become one of the few non-governmental organizations to produce a social report. The move, which could put pressure on some of...

Nestlé welcomed into SRI investment fold - news

Nestlé has been admitted to a list of stocks approved as socially responsible by an investment research firm based in Sweden. Analysts at GES Investment Services decided...

time to be transparent with journalists too - news

Companies with the best CSR programmes don’t need to bombard journalists with PR, says Alison Maitland of the Financial Times The media are often...

NGO finds CSR is not just for companies - news

Corporate social responsibility looks set to reach into the internal workings of the world’s biggest environmental group. In a move that is likely to set a...

inbrief - news

Canada’s TD Bank says in its second CSR report that it gave 1.3 per cent of its pre-tax profits to charity last year. The bank, which employs 51,000 people...

business urged to profit from helping the poor - news

An influential business group has given its backing to the growing trend of pro-poor business, under which companies enter new markets among the world’s poor for...

big push on dormant cash - news

UK financial institutions are being given the chance to redirect cash lying in dormant bank accounts to projects tackling social and financial exclusion. The...

inbrief - news

The UK public appears to overestimate dramatically the proportion of charities’ income that comes from companies. A survey of 1000 adults has found that on...

Allen & Overy picks its causes - news

The law firm Allen & Overy Hong Kong is to focus its community work on a tighter range of causes. The firm, which employs 240 people in the Chinese territory,...

charities take SRI on board as regulation looms - news

The proportion of UK charities claiming to consider ethical issues when investing money has risen from roughly a half to almost two-thirds in just a year. A study...

Cohen warns on conflict between growth and values - news

One of the leading pioneers of socially responsible business has warned other entrepreneurs not to imperil their companies’ values in the search for rapid growth....

new business group hints at support for regulation - news

An international group of business leaders is to consider backing the case for more regulation of companies on human rights issues. Until now, most business organizations...

inbrief - news

Barclays Bank is to help provide local sports facilities as part of its UK community investment programme. The £10million-a-year ($17m) Spaces for Sports scheme will...

Ben & Jerry’s lets charity mind the shop - news

Unilever subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s has taken on a UK charity as a franchisee for one of its ice cream shops. The Furniture Resource Centre Group, in Liverpool, which...

firms ‘no longer cash cows’ - news

Voluntary sector fundraisers have been advised to stop asking companies for money and cause-related marketing tie-ins and instead to enter into long-term partnerships....

telecoms sector given extra advice on GRI requirements - news

Telecoms companies now have their own supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines. The supplement, which companies are expected to...

SRI disclosure regulations begin to gather momentum - news

Regulators in Belgium, the UK and Australia are requiring institutional investors to make greater disclosure of information on their socially responsible investment policies....

inbrief - news

The Church of England significantly increased its engagement activity with companies in the last financial year. Acting through its Socially Responsible Investment...

inbrief - news

Microsoft and Cable & Wireless are supporting a project to increase internet use among elderly people in the UK. The Age Concern charity’s Silver Surfer initiative...

inbrief - news

Triodos Bank has launched a bond issue for Mencap. Golden Lane Housing, an offshoot of the UK learning disabilities charity, is to build adapted housing with the £4million...

don’t give up on giving – charities need the money - news

Companies should follow the public’s example and not look too closely at what motivates their philanthropy, says Ian MacQuillin Bad, bad naughty big business. How dare...

Christian Aid to investigate Littlewoods suppliers - news

A major UK charity is to investigate factories that supply Littlewoods as a direct result of the retail group’s decision to disband its ethical trading team. Christian...

majority of UK charities have no SRI policy - news

The UK’s biggest charities routinely risk investing in companies whose activities may conflict with the charities’ aims, a survey strongly suggests....

inbrief - news

A website that will give £40 ($63) to charity every time it arranges for someone to change their electricity supplier has been launched by a new UK company. Switchandgive.com...

corporate conduct in the aftermath of war - news

Intervention in Iraq has raised important issues of corporate responsibility, argues Gerry Hagelberg The US-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath will keep ethics wonks...

firms invited to find correct pitch - news

A UK charity has turned the tables on the corporate sector by inviting companies to pitch to become one of its partners, rather than the other way round. The National...

give more, say opinion formers - news

More than half of a sample of UK opinion leaders feel companies should contribute at least one per cent of their pre-tax profits to charity, according to a poll. Of...

inbrief - news

Companies that embark on ‘Charity of the Year’ partnerships with charities to raise money for good causes have been urged to make sure they give their partners...

WWF says BP is ‘resting on its laurels’ - news

A leading UK charity is to disinvest from BP over concerns about the oil company’s ethical performance in the past year. In a symbolic gesture, the UK arm of WWF will sell...

inbrief - news

Marks & Spencer has linked with a charity to launch a website on disabled access in public venues. The site, created by DisabledGo, will list cinemas, pubs, restaurants,...

tax relief change backfires - news

Corporate donations to UK charities have fallen by £78million ($123m) since the introduction of changes in the tax regime intended to boost charitable giving. Until...

inbrief - news

Triodos Bank has set up a new retail account that allows customers to donate a proportion of their interest to one of 20 charities. Interest rates on the Charity Saver accounts...

John Lewis establishes CSR strategy committee - news

Department store retailer John Lewis has created a corporate social responsibility committee. The nine-strong committee has been set up to guide the UK company’s CSR...

charities could be forced to disclose stance on SRI - news

Proposals to require charities to disclose whether they have a socially responsible investment policy have been unveiled by an influential policy unit set up by the UK prime...

9/11 boosts CSR awareness - news

Chief executives claim they are thinking more about corporate social responsibility but not many are devoting more money or resources to it, according to research in the US....

cash comes first, people say - news

The majority of people in the UK think charities should accept donations from any company regardless of ethical considerations, research from the Future Foundation suggests....

inbrief - news

Universities and health and funding organizations are being asked for their views on accepting academic grants from tobacco companies. Cancer Research UK, Britain’s...

tourism laggards anger UN - news

The United Nations Environment Programme has stepped in to urge tourism companies to improve their social and environmental performance, amid signs of growing frustration at...

inbrief - news

A new UK bank devoted to lending to charities will open its doors in September. The Charity Bank, set up by the Charities Aid Foundation, will take deposits from the...

‘myopic’ markets are hampering progress - news

Short-termism driven by the financial markets is proving one of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility, a corporate law expert has argued....

CIS is top UK social reporter - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has won the ‘best social report’ category in the new UK sustainability reporting awards. The awards, run jointly by the Institute of...

ICI decides to change tack on corporate giving strategy - news

The chemicals giant ICI has signalled a major change in its corporate giving strategy by agreeing to a long-term partnership with Sense, the UK charity for deaf and blind...

Iberia scoops Spanish prize - news

Iberia airlines has been honoured in Spain’s first corporate social responsibility awards. The company won one of the three categories in the awards for ‘best...

inbrief - news

A War on Want campaign is urging pension fund holders and trustees to lobby the companies they invest in over workers’ rights. The poverty and development charity...

inbrief - news

Tourism companies have been criticized for their lack of initiative on corporate social responsibility. A study from Tourism Concern, an industry body composed of...

M&S opens up its stores to homeless job seekers - news

One of the UK’s largest retailers is to use its stores and staff to help young homeless people improve their chances of finding a job. In a major programme, Marks...

inbrief - news

The Broker Bank , a web directory of UK organizations that can help businesses and charities form partnerships, has been set up by Business Community Connections, a...

corporate responsibility in an economic downturn - news

The downturn poses a challenge to proponents of corporate responsibility, which has prospered in the long boom. How will it fare in recessionary times? The standard...

BSkyB begins upgrade of community projects - news

BSkyB has refined its social responsibility strategy to align its support for community initiatives more closely with the company’s core business objectives....

bank gives £10m to young people - news

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to provide the Prince’s Trust with around £10million ($14.5m) in what the young people’s charity has described as ‘one of the biggest ever...

Europe prepares big CSR drive - news

A huge drive to push corporate social responsibility into the mainstream in Europe will be unveiled this month with plans for a European Academy on CSR, ten national...

Vodafone makes headway on worldwide CSR policy - news

Vodafone is to launch a set of group-wide business principles next month and will develop a detailed corporate social responsibility policy in 2002. The telecoms...

Oxfam ‘walks the talk’ on supply chain ethics - news

Oxfam has sent its 1500 UK suppliers a self-assessment questionnaire in a bid to gauge the ethical performance of the companies from which it buys goods and services....

Indian firms warm to western ideas - news

Indian companies are building on their traditional enthusiasm for corporate giving by embracing western notions of corporate responsibility, according to a new study....

bank gives away 5% of profits - news

Northern Rock bank gave five per cent of its pre-tax profits to its charity arm last year, according to the bank’s second annual environmental statement. The Northern...

Transco sets up social unit - news

Gas pipeline operator Transco has formed a community affairs team. The four-strong team will be responsible for community initiatives undertaken by Transco and its...

tour operators ‘lag behind’ on CSR - news

Tourism companies have been urged to appoint ‘responsible tourism staff members’ to make sure the impact of their business on the developing world is as positive as possible....

business ethics course is aimed at UK schoolchildren - news

An educational charity has launched the first business ethics course for UK schoolchildren in an attempt to inculcate socially responsible attitudes into the next generation...

inbrief - news

Internet company AOL UK has teamed up with Fairbridge, a youth development charity, to train disadvantaged young Londoners in web design and IT skills. AOL UK community...

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Cheltenham & Gloucester has signed a partnership agreement with the Marine Conservation Society. It will provide an undisclosed sum to help the charity take on more staff...

FTSE4Good should reward best practice in all industry sectors - news

The launch of the FTSE4Good family of ethical indexes has symbolic as well as practical value. It shows that one of the world’s leading equity index managers thinks socially...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

call for lower tax on responsible firms - news

Socially responsible companies should be rewarded with lower tax rates, the umbrella group for England’s charity sector has said. The call from the National...

inbrief - news

Barclays is working with the Prince’s Trust charity to help young unemployed people in the UK who want to start up a business. The bank will offer unsecured loans of up to $7200...

WWF to target fund managers - news

World Wide Fund for Nature in the UK is to recruit a sustainable investment policy officer to help persuade City fund managers to adopt socially responsible investment...

parliament to get CSR group - news

A parliamentary committee on corporate social responsibility is to be launched in the UK after the next general election. The committee will hold hearings on CSR issues in...

advancing the business case for human rights - news

Chris Marsden confesses to being daunted by his latest role. The former head of BP's community affairs team is to take over this spring from Sir Geoffrey Chandler as chair of Amnesty...

making regeneration part of social responsibility - news

A new report, from a taskforce first announced by Gordon Brown, the chancellor, in February 2000, is likely to prompt businesses of all sizes and sectors to consider a review...

Procter & Gamble acts against national bias - news

Procter & Gamble has tried to tackle the problem of American bias in its sustainability reports by handing the control of their editorial content to offices outside the...

Kraft expands its social marketing role - news

The food company Kraft is to embark on the third phase of a social marketing programme for disadvantaged children in Hungary this month when it launches a partnership with a...

business gets more value from its corporate giving - news

Corporate giving is growing significantly in the UK, but companies are putting more of their money into specific community projects rather than giving it straight to charity....

inbrief - news

Two-thirds of UK senior company executives make time for charity work, according to research by Deloitte & Touche. The survey for the Charities Aid Foundation drew...

Sigma project takes off - news

An ambitious project to devise national sustainability standards for business begins in earnest this month. The Sigma project – Sigma stands for Sustainability: Integrated...

Jaguar presents debut community report - news

Jaguar has become one of the first car companies to issue a community relations report. The document shows that Jaguar invested 2.3 per cent, or €804,000 (£490,000)...

inbrief - news

Former Friends of the Earth director Jonathon Porritt has been appointed chair of the UK government's Sustainable Development Commission, which will promote sustainable...

engineering firms get to grips with CSR agenda - news

UK engineering companies have designed a blueprint intended to make their businesses more socially responsible over the next five years. The new document, called...

inbrief - news

Hundreds of old Royal Mail delivery bicycles are to be sent to Africa to improve mobility in rural areas. Royal Mail says up to 4500 bicycles could be donated to African...

small firms operate informal ethics codes - news

Many small firms are informally committed to socially responsible business practices even if they have no formal policies on the matter, a study has concluded....

Sainsbury’s steps up role as food donor - news

Sainsbury’s is claiming to have become the first UK supermarket to appoint a community resources manager to co-ordinate policy on food donation. The company has appointed Martin...

inbrief - news

Ben & Jerry's, the US ice cream company, will retain a socially responsible ethos following its takeover by Unilever. Ben & Jerry's directors Ben Cohen and Jerry...

auditors to focus on gender - news

Companies monitoring their supply chains for labour standards must use auditors who are the same gender and race as the workers they are talking to, a forthcoming study will...

inbrief - news

Shared Vision Consulting has changed its name to Shared Vision Social Responsibility. Executive director Hilary Sutcliffe said the change had been made 'to better reflect our...

business help sought on sustainability standard - news

Leading UK companies will shortly be invited to help devise a national sustainability standard that could be copied around the world. The Sigma project – Sigma stands for...

move to boost corporate volunteering - news

A major new initiative has been launched to encourage more UK companies to involve employees in community projects. The Cares InCorporated programme, imported from the US by Business...

fair trade leader reports another good year for its suppliers - news

Traidcraft, the UK’s biggest fair trade company, has reported its seventh successive year of growth in purchases from suppliers. The Gateshead-based business, which sells food,...

bank looks at mental health - news

The Co-operative Bank is to begin a series of meetings with its stakeholders to develop new policies on mental health in the workplace. Working groups of mental health service users,...

building brands through cause related marketing - news

Cause related marketing offers mutual benefits to both the charity and the company involved, argues Kathryn Cunningham Cause related marketing (CRM) represents the...

new whistleblowers law puts reputation at stake - news

The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which comes into force on 2 July, will put the corporate reputation of companies on the line as never before. Many businesses now realise they have...

inbrief - news

A 'nicer ISA' which allows investors to donate money to a nominated charity has been launched by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. Participants can choose to donate a percentage...

inbrief - news

The £72 million Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund is to produce a set of ethical guidelines for companies it works with in the UK. The notes will be sent out 'shortly' to...

what to do with all those old computers? - news

Most of the unwanted computers that end up in landfill sites could be recycled into the community, says David Boyle The ethical impact of business has long been measured in the...

more pressure on church funds - news

The Church Commissioners are to be urged to take a more proactive line on ethical investment. A soon-to-be-published report from the Christian Ethical Investment Group will tell...

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AMAR Int'l Charitable Foundation in the United States - directory

AMAR U.S. is a registered 501(c)3, affiliated with the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, a British charity working since 1991 to deliver health and education services on a sustained and...

Three Hands Ltd - directory

At Three Hands we believe in creating business value and social value hand in hand.  We work with business to develop their people, partnership and products in ways that benefit society....

Institute of Business Ethics - directory

The IBE was established in 1986 by business people to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. We raise public awareness of the importance of doing...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report with New Strategic Framework - reports

In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP...

Calor Publishes 2016 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) has today published its 2016 Sustainability Review.

The Rezidor Hotel Group sustainability report shows forward thinking in Responsible Business - reports

Green leader and hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Yorkshire Building Society’s First CR Report Does UK Financial Services Proud - reports

Yorkshire Building Society Group has outlined how it is making a lasting and positive impact on society in the first annual review of its corporate responsibility performance.

Calor Publishes 2015 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) – has today published its 2015 Sustainability Review.

Virgin Media announces world’s first along with sustainability performance progress - reports

Virgin Media has announced the first year results of its ‘Five in Five’ sustainability goals – the company’s pledge to do more good with digital while growing the...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2015-16 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail is the designated provider of the Universal Service in the UK, connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities – including those in the most remote...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2015 Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Stories of Change-Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Stories of Change - Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report Stories change us, stories are changing our world, read how stories are changing Mirvac and then create your own story....

Stockland releases 2015 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its FY15 Annual Review and online Sustainability Reporting.  It’s been another big year for sustainability at Stockland, with a refreshed...

Royal Mail plc publishes its 2014-15 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail is the designated provider of the Universal Service in the UK, connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities – including those in the most remote...

RB announces progress towards environmental and social goals in 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

RB’s 2014 Sustainability Report, “A global force in health & hygiene”, published today, highlights the key achievements of its betterbusiness strategy. 

Lloyds Banking Group - Helping Britain Prosper - reports

Click here to access the 2014 Responsible Business Review and 2014/2015 Helping Britain Prosper Plan Update.

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2013-14 - reports

Royal Mail makes a major contribution to the UK’s social and economic infrastructure. As the designated provider of the Universal Service, it plays a vital role in connecting millions of...

Network Rail releases 2013/14 Sustainability Update - reports

Investment in Britain’s railway is at a level not seen since Victorian times.

Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, publishes first consolidated report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

Sberbank has issued a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for 2013. In contrast to the previous reports, this is the bank's first consolidated report.

Friends Life publishes its 2013 CR Report 'Aligning practice and purpose' - reports

Friends Life is a company with just a three-year history, but a 200 year heritage. Its purpose is to protect customers and their loved ones should they fall ill or die and to make their money...

Calor publishes 2013 Progress Report - reports

Calor has today published its online 2013 Sustainability Progress Report.

Smiles for the Future Bel Group publishes second CSR report - reports

“Our CSR program is specific to us: firstly, because it addresses the issues that directly affect our growth strategy and, secondly, because it draws on our nature as a global operator in...

Mondi's Sustainable Development Reporting 2013 - reports

Building on last year’s suite of reports, Mondi has continued to develop and evolve its holistic approach to reporting, with three separate but interrelated components...

Full 2013 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published - reports

Nestlé has published its full 2013 report. “Nestlé in Society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” has been prepared according to GRI’s...

Network Rail publish 2013 Sustainability Update - reports

Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations.

M.A.G's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012/13 - reports

One year after announcing carbon neutral ground operations at East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports and with the acquisition of London Stansted Airport now complete, M.A.G has outlined its key...

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report, 'Leading the Energy Change'.

National CSR Awards - calendar

Sponsored by leading businesses such as Natwest and Carillion and supported by national charities and local community organisations. Foreign Secretart Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP will open the...

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 6th Sustainability Report - reports

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 6th Sustainability Report. Harriet Green, Group Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We’re developing a strategy to create profitable growth...

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint - reports

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint.

The Innovative, Win-Win Corporate Charity Partnerships Conference - calendar

Is Your Partnership Win-Win & Is It Demonstrably Delivering Returns & Making An Impact? Innovation Beyond Charity Of The Year! Deliver long-lasting, mutual benefits with...

Sustainability Forum 2013 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

BT publishes its annual Better Future report - reports

BTs Better Future 2012 report highlights progress made, and challenges, in its goal to be a responsible and sustainable business leader.

Sberbank of Russia publishes its Annual Report for 2011 - reports

OJSC Sberbank of Russia has issued its Annual Report for 2011, which combines the bank’s financial results with those from its Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Click here to access...

Climate Change: Effective Communication - calendar

‘ I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change. ’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘ Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you! ’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

Climate Change: Effective Communication (London) - calendar

‘I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change.’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you!’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

Climate Change - Engaging Diverse Communities - calendar

See website for details: www.capacity.org.uk or www.talkaction.org To book a place email: odiri@capacity.org.uk or call 0203 117 0102 The course will help you to: Gain a wider...

Kingfisher publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2010/11 - reports

Kingfisher has published its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report. The video introduction from the Group Chief Executive, Ian Cheshire, outlines the company's new sustainability vision...

Prudential release their 2010 CR Report - reports

Prudential plc announced today the publication online of its new, magazine-style Corporate Responsibility Report 2010. With articles featuring interviews with employees from across the business,...

Does your company really care? - reports

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest CR report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest corporate responsibility report. It is the new Group's first CR report, setting out how it is delivering on its obligations to its key stakeholders,...

Vodafone publishes its 09/10 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group plc has published its 2009/10 Sustainability Report online

Kingfisher publishes its CR Report, Future Homes - reports

Kingfisher has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, Future Homes, for the financial year ending 30 January 2010

A Climate for Change? NCVO Breakfast Seminar - calendar

Find out from leading figures from business and voluntary organisations how effective business/charity partnerships can address the key issues and develop successful practical approaches to...

Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement - calendar

What works and what doesn’t work when companies engage with stakeholders on sustainability? Find out this September 14-15 in NYC at Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement . This event offers...

Puma issues its fifth sustainability report - reports

Multinational sports clothing company Puma has taken the unusual step of issuing its fifth sustainability report in online format only – to reduce its environmental impact.

Clear profit 08 - calendar

Clear Profit's 3rd annual conference is a unique chance to form ideas together with leaders in investor and business responsibility. A carefully-designed programme, drawing on six years of...

ITV publishes latest corporate responsibility report - reports

ITV has published its latest corporate responsibility report

Holcim's Sustainability Report 2004/2005 - reports

Swiss global cement producer Holcim Ltd has published its sustainability report for 2004/2005. The Group is well on track to achieving its sustainability targets and has set further targets in...

CAF Community Investment Debate Forum - calendar

Mirror mirror on the wall – is community investment simply about image? Stakeholders are demanding more accountability and transparency from companies in the area of corporate responsibility...

Lafarge's latest Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge, the building materials giant, has outlined its progress on social and environmental issues in its latest Sustainability Report.

Camelot releases sixth Social Report - reports

Responsible gaming efforts are a key focus of the newly-released Social Report from Camelot, the UK National Lottery operator.

‘Action Research’ method trains business leaders to make impact - bestpractice

The challenges facing us – population growth, migration, globalisation, shifting centres of economic power, increasing inequality of life and the deterioration of the environment –...

Kellogg partners for progress  - bestpractice

Kellogg works with local charities and NGO’s to run breakfast programmes for children in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Denmark and Sweden. Tom Idle reports.  ...

Using the power of communications for social impact  - bestpractice

Dentsu Aegis directs its employees’ skills toward community-based charities. Adam Woodhall reports . . .   “Over the past five years, the agency has helped more than 2,500...

Using the power of communications for social impact  - bestpractice

D entsu Aegis directs its employees’ skills toward community-based charities. Adam Woodhall reports . . .     On an average day in the Western world, people see between...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Arrow “guides innovation forward” by helping children become the innovators of the future - bestpractice

Arrow takes on the challenge of bringing technology to people with no electricity. Miranda Ingram reports…   Every so often a concept comes along that is so simple and so...

Giving back the Aimia way to create real social value - bestpractice

A Data Philanthropy model pairs analytics experts with specific charities to drive greater social impact through new knowledge and insights. Tom Idle reports…   In 2014,...

Royal Mail delivers the post—and many community services, too - bestpractice

The company’s CR and community investment policies are geared towards maximizing its position as a national company with a local presence in every community.  Miranda Ingram...

Giving back the Aimia way to create real social value - bestpractice

A Data Philanthropy model pairs analytics experts with specific charities to drive greater social impact through new knowledge and insights. Tom Idle reports…     In...

Making the right partnership connections - bestpractice

It’s very much a case of chips with everything at ARM, the British semiconductor IP company. It patents and licenses chip technology to manufacturing giants that end up powering everything...

Matching CSR programmes with business goals - bestpractice

Headquartered in the U.S., Booz Allen Hamilton provides strategy and technology consulting services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits employing more than...

Raising the bar for community impact - bestpractice

Founded in 1976 by royal decree and 70% government owned, Riyadh based SABIC is already one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers with over 40,000 employees working in 50...

How to create board-level volunteering opportunities - bestpractice

There is a lot of wall painting and tree planting going on in employer supported volunteering. This is good for team building, for immediate (and visual!) impact. It is not so good if a lasting...

Getting streetwise about corporate responsibility - bestpractice

In Fahrenehit 451 author Ray Bradbury says the difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching: “The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been...

Making the right connections - bestpractice

Last summer National Grid was named Responsible Business of the Year by business led charity Business in the Community (BITC). Taking over the mantle from Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid was...

An announcement from O2 - reports

Mobile phone company O2 is donating £10 ($17.70 equivalent) to charity for each person that provides it with feedback on its latest Corporate Responsibility Report 2005.

Ensuring the environment doesn’t go up in smoke - bestpractice

How do you persuade your suppliers in 20 countries to respect their environment and live in peace with their neighbours? A business tool known as the Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity...

An announcement from O2 - reports

The mobile services company O2 is donating GBP10 to charity for each person that provides it with feedback on its latest Corporate Responsibility report.

Taking a look on the BRIGHT side - bestpractice

If you are a giant food retailer, say, or clothing manufacturer, the route towards greater corporate responsibility – and mutually beneficial responsibility – is pretty clear: look...

Getting up a thirst for evolving partnerships - bestpractice

Like all water companies operating throughout the UK, Yorkshire Water knows the value of water. They supply around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water every day to the Yorkshire region, and...

Getting up a thirst for evolving partnerships - bestpractice

Like all water companies operating throughout the UK, Yorkshire Water knows the value of water. They supply around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water every day to the Yorkshire region, and...

Acquiring a taste for shared value - bestpractice

Maggi bouillon cubes are big in West and Central Africa. Huge. Drive around and you can see cafes decorated with Maggi packaging and painted in the Maggi colours. The Maggi ‘cooking...

Charity Communications: the national conference exploring the relationship between charities and media - calendar

PR guru Max Clifford and BBC Newsnight’s Martha Kearney will be among the speakers at the first national conference for charity communications professionals. This event is for everyone from...

Just five minutes - bestpractice

In keeping with almost everyone during a recession, UK charities are cautious about the future. According to a National Council for Voluntary Organisations survey published in September, a third...

Credit where it’s due - bestpractice

The economic growth of developing nations, and the associated improvement in the lives of their populations, is supported through financial inclusion in as much as it is held back by a lack of...

ready for a crisis - bestpractice

Brew a coffee. Log-on to the internet. Check your emails. Millions of employees go through the same routine every morning. But for Sue Ricketts, the process has an edge. She can never be quite sure...

bearing fruit - bestpractice

Diners at the Bluewater retail park in Dartford, UK, could be forgiven for executing a double take as they eat. Beside the food court sits an unusual vending machine. Instead of dispensing bottled...

fuelling change - bestpractice

More than three billion people, or almost half the world’s population, cook in their homes using traditional fires and stoves that use fuels such as wood, dung and crop waste. They spend much of...

promoting moderations - bestpractice

An Irishman walks into a bar. It may sound like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the beginning of a television advertisement about responsible drinking by beverage company Diageo Great...

framing the future - bestpractice

At the most extreme, critics of national lotteries see them as just another form of gambling that erodes ethical values and encourages irresponsible behaviour. Perhaps as a consequence, lottery...

delivering skills - bestpractice

Text books will tell you that the middle of a merger is not the best time to launch any major new initiatives. Allison Murray begs to differ. When Deutsche Post announced plans to bring all its UK...

thinking outside the box - bestpractice

As a packaging company, Tetra Pak UK is subject to consumer and regulatory pressure on its environmental record. It has therefore put in place measures to reduce its overall impact on the...

getting online - bestpractice

BT is working with a variety of charitable organizations in the UK to increase access to, and knowledge of, online services. The telecoms provider is focusing its efforts to narrow the digital...

Reckitt Benckiser and Save the Children - videos

This video talks about the partnership between Reckitt Benckiser and the charity Save the Children in 2012 and beyond.

bridging the boredom gap - bestpractice

Nestlé UK is supporting programmes for teenagers that aim to tackle after-school restlessness that can lead to anti-social behaviour and even crime. At the same...

tackling gambling risks - bestpractice

Camelot has taken steps to reduce the likelihood of its products leading to problem gambling among vulnerable customers. In partnership with others, the company...

MAKING THE WEB SAFER - bestpractice

Cable & Wireless has worked with a non-governmental organization to improve internet safety for the last six years. The partnership has provided a way for the...

SETTING UP A CODE OF CONDUCT - bestpractice

The Severn Trent Group has developed a clear set of principles to guide the conduct of its business. The environmental services group has also put in place management...

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY - bestpractice

LE Group has set up an employee community involvement programme known as Helping Hands. This is benefiting the communities within which the company...

EMPOWERING STAFF - bestpractice

A medical insurance company based in central England has helped its business by paying close attention to the needs, welfare and development of its employees. This has...

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Whitbread is reinvigorating its community investment programme to achieve more impact for its partners and greater business benefit. The Whitbread Care programme...

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE - bestpractice

AOL UK has formed an alliance with a charity that provides housing and residential care for disabled people. By supplying free computers, web access and training, it has...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Transco has applied fresh thinking to long-standing concerns for health and safety with an initiative that has dramatically reduced accidents in the workplace, saved...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Diageo's work with the Tomorrow’s People charity to help unemployed people find jobs – and to support them once they have found one – is a...

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