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ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

By Vikas Vij —The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to invest for the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against...

The good purpose guide – 9 ways to turn purpose into action within your business - news

By Charlotte West — Business is increasingly required to play a role in society which goes beyond maximising stakeholder profit. So it’s perhaps no surprise that 'purpose’...

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...

The Institute of Business Ethics reports on best business practices for the next 30 years - news

The Institute of Business Ethics is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a report that looks at how trust in business can be regained.    “The Institute of Business...

Business vs. The State: new roles for social action - news

by Tom idle — We live in politically fascinating times. A coup attempt in Turkey; recurrent terrorist attacks on the streets of Europe’s cities; forthcoming bitter presidential...

Chiswick Park’s “Enjoy-Work” offices and Minds @ Work program support wellbeing - news

by Adam Woodhall — Workplace wellbeing is rapidly moving up the agenda of business, government and civic society.  It is now seen as not only the right thing to do, but it also has a...

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...

UK, NY, and CA increase National Living and minimum wages in same week - news

One of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne's big ideas was to increase the National Living Wage (NLW) on 1 April 2016 and wasn’t an April Fools! Not to be confused with...

Lloyds Bank Publishes "Helping Britain Prosper" Plan - news

by Sangeeta Haindl When the U.K.’s Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his very controversial 2016 Budget  last month, he said, “We know that those who...

Barclays Helps UK Start-Ups Take Flight - news

Barclays has opened its third Eagle Labs space in Brighton after successful pilots in Bournemouth and Cambridge. The new Barclays Eagle Labs will provide access to resources including expert...

Breathing new life into the CSR debate? - news

Catch me on a bad day and I’m likely to be as critical as anyone of current formulations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ironic, then, that I was invited to champion the...

LSE’s ‘green’ bond segments launch sees City of Gothenburg’s issue first to list - news

The London Stock Exchange’s (‘LSE’) launch of a range of new segments on its fixed-income markets “dedicated” to the issuance of green bonds this July saw the City...

IBE issues guidance on new role for internal audit - news

A new Board Briefing, published by the Institute of Business Ethics, sets out the role of internal audit in advising boards on whether a company is living up to its ethical values. The...

Barclays reviews MTR coal mining investment stance - news

Following years of pressure and protests from campaigners, Barclays has released a policy position statement on Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining in which it states: “Provision of...

Barclays’ Jenkins takes chair at Business in the Community - news

In his first speech as chairman of Business in the Community, Barclays group chief executive Antony Jenkins, spoke about the need for a network of responsible businesses to come together to...

Banks face tougher scrutiny following record FCA fines - news

Banks are being scrutinised by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) following record fines imposed in three countries over foreign exchange rigging. On the announcement of the...

Record fines hit banking giants over forex failings - news

HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiss bank UBS and US banks JP Morgan Chase and Citibank have all been fined heavily by the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to control business practices in...

Barclays receives record fine for asset breach - news

Barclays Bank Plc has been fined £37,745,000 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to properly protect clients’ custody assets worth £16.5 billion. As a result...

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

Bonuses and champagne were lavished on staff at the UK bank Lloyds for selling complicated but risky interest rate swaps with small business loans, a whistleblower has claimed in sworn testimony...

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

Bonuses and champagne were lavished on staff at the UK bank Lloyds for selling complicated but risky interest rate swaps with small business loans, a whistleblower has claimed in sworn testimony...

Barclays receives record fine over client assets breach - news

Barclays Bank Plc has been fined £37,745,000 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to properly protect clients’ custody assets worth £16.5 billion. As a result...

SFO launches FOREX price rigging probe - news

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of price rigging in the £3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market. The inquiry will...

Protestors target Lloyds AGM over coal investments - news

Protestors are targeting the Lloyds Bank AGM in Edinburgh today, accusing it of destroying people’s lives and fuelling climate change by bankrolling the global coal industry....

Mental health needs to move up wellbeing agenda, says BITC - news

While the results from the second Business in the Community (BITC) Workwell FTSE100 benchmark showed the average company score on the up, the provision of mental health support continues to be a...

Barclays urged at AGM to ‘stop bankrolling’ dirty coal - news

With the World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a UK-based campaigning group focussed on global justice, having successfully campaigned last year to make Barclays pull out of food...

Time to pay the piper over bankers’ bonuses - news

I saw a postcard the other day that stated: “To make the rich work harder you pay them more, to make the poor work harder you pay them less.” It certainly struck a chord given the...

New round of bankers’ bonuses draws more anger - news

Banks have drawn more criticism with their new round of large salary and bonus announcements. Much of the anger results from Barclays’ revelation that the number of its staff on...

FDIC sues banks over alleged Libor manipulation - news

Barclays, HSBC, Citigroup and Royal Bank of Scotland are among 16 banks being sued by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations (FDIC) over allegations of rigging the London interbank offer...

Bank error over market fixing - news

Foreign exchange dealers have been suspended by the UK bank HSBC and the US Citigroup in the global probe into alleged currency market fixing. HSBC confirmed it had suspended two London...

Barclays under fire over executive pay - news

Heavy criticism of high bonuses from business and political figures has been directed again at the UK’s Barclays Bank – where chief executive Antony Jenkins has attempted to shine up...

Hunger games? - news

EU negotiators have agreed to introduce regulation to prevent speculation by banks and hedge funds driving up food prices and exacerbating the global hunger crisis. The new controls will...

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...

Credit Suisse eases pressure on working hours - news

The Credit Suisse multinational financial services group has told its junior bankers in the US, Canada and Latin America not to work on Saturdays, unless they are involved in a “live...

UK pension funds ‘speculate’ £1.5bn on food prices - news

A new report published by World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a London-based group, argues that tough regulation is “urgently needed” to limit speculation in the food and...

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

There is emerging evidence that in addition to straight philanthropy through donation or foundations, Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UNHWIs)are also financing social investment. Equally, there...

British Safety Council launches 2014 International Safety Awards - news

The British Safety Council has launched its 2014 International Safety Awards, which are designed to recognise an organisation’s commitment to good health and safety management during the...

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Winning ways... The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Europe and Project ICARUS have announced the winners of the first European Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards. The...

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...

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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 –...

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...

ISS UK supports LifeSkills - news

ISS UK has signed up to support LifeSkills, a major new programme launched by Barclays for business, schools and government to work together to remove the barriers young people face in moving...

Barclays in the dock again - news

Barclays, rescued in 2008 with £7bn mainly from Qatar and Abu Dhabi, has been accused of misleading its shareholders after it emerged that Sheikh Mansour, the Manchester City soccer club...

Barclays CEO breaks with bank’s scandal-hit past - news

Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins has told the bank’s staff that they must adopt five new core values – respect, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship – or leave...

Lloyds ups compensation monies by £1bn - news

UK-based Lloyds Banking Group has added £1bn (€1.2bn, $1.6bn) to the £4.27bn already set aside to cover compensation to customers mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). In...

Probe launched into UK natural gas prices - news

UK regulators have launched a probe into alleged attempts to manipulate the country’s natural gas markets after concerns were raised about unusual price activity in the ‘National...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

In the second CSR Breakfast roundtable, hosted by Ethical Performance and London-based consultancy Lumina, an invited group of senior finance industry CSR professionals discussed the ethical...

HSBC faces $1.5bn laundering fine - news

UK-headquartered bank HSBC expects to pay a fine of at least $1.5bn (£940m, €1.18bn) to the US authorities for breaches of money laundering rules. This follows a Senate report,...

Banks deny helping world’s super-rich spirit away $21tn - news

Eight international banks have either refused or failed to respond to a report which alleges they have helped the super-rich avoid tax and lead an exodus of valuable capital from developing...

Barclays, Standard Chartered challenged over Russian oil and gas complex pollution - news

Three British banks and the Shell oil company have come under attack from civil society groups for failing to address alleged environmental and human rights abuses by a giant integrated oil and...

Libor rate-riggers could face jail as investigations continue - news

Bankers found guilty in the Libor rate-rigging scandal could face jail terms after the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirmed that existing legislation gives them the power to bring...

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...

Barclays Bank is first to take hit over interest rate-rigging - news

Barclays Bank has been fined a record £287m ($451m, €356m) by UK and US regulators for trying to manipulate London and Euro inter-bank lending rates. The fine was the result of a...

Barclays and MSCI introduce indices to promote growth in ESG investment - news

Global ESG indices for fixed-income bonds are to be introduced by MSCI and Barclays. MSCI, the investment consultancy and index provider, and Barclays, which publishes market bond...

Remuneration packages spark shareholder revolts - news

Shareholders have finally challenged and changed company decisions after weeks of high-profile campaigning over pay deals and executive elections in the UK. Now further rebellions are...

Profit motives and the pursuit of happiness - news

When an entrepreneur has the inspiration to start a business, their first aspiration is not necessarily a financial one. Before the bit about developing a sustainable business model comes...

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...

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...

Stopping the investment flow to genocide - news

Investors Against Genocide emerged out of the Darfur crisis and now holds some of the world’s biggest financial institutions to account on their investments. Mike Scott talks to...

British Isles banks have too many CSR blind spots on human trafficking - news

British and Irish banks should consider a far broader range of CSR issues than the present focus on financial stability permits, says a report by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate...

Eminent corporations - news

Andrew Simms  & David Boyle. Constable & Robinson. Paperback. 372 pgs. £8.99 Subtitled ‘the rise and fall of the great British corporation’, this is an...

Investors form property alliance - news

A group of property investors has created a body to help them manage their real estate more sustainably. Founding members of the International Sustainability Alliance, formally established...

Equator backsliders will now face de-listing - news

Financial institutions that have adopted the voluntary Equator Principles on ethical project financing will now be de-listed if they fail to regularly report on how they are upholding them. New...

Shareholders 'must have right to curb fat cat pay' - news

European governments should move swiftly to introduce laws that require executive pay to be subject to binding shareholder votes, the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) has said....

Banking sector reputation hits rock bottom - news

The banking sector is suffering the worst reputation of all industries thanks to the financial crisis, jobs cuts and its stance on tax issues. Data from the ethical rating company Covalence...

Boycott sets sights on secondary, not primary, targets - news

A new boycott campaign on the extraction of oil sands is homing in on companies that are only indirectly related to the business. The Ethical Consumer Research Association is urging...

BLIHR leaves legacy of essential steps on rights - news

Fourteen multinationals have published a set of ‘essential steps’ that businesses must take to improve human rights. The companies, which include Areva, Coca-Cola, Ericsson,...

Car firms must face claims as Alien Tort cases proceed - news

Charges against three global car companies alleging human rights abuses in South Africa have been allowed to proceed. A New York judge has ruled that Daimler, Ford and General Motors should...

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Barclays has received the Institute of Travel & Meetings’ Bronze Icarus award for implementing carbon dioxide reduction processes across its travel and meetings.

Executive pay: a battle for hearts as well as minds - news

Mike Scott talks to Tom Powdrill of investor advisor PIRC, which wants an overhaul not just of the rules on executive remuneration but of the way that investors – especially trustees...

Government puts pressure on big business to pay up - news

Listed businesses in the UK are to be urged by the government to endorse a new code on the responsible payment of invoices. Thirty companies have already signed up to the UK...

Financiers slated over dictator accounts - news

Banks are facilitating corruption internationally by doing business with dictators and should work harder to reject relationships with individuals posing a corruption risk, says a report from...

CarbonNeutral moves into Singapore - news

CarbonNeutral, the international carbon offset and carbon management company, has opened a Singapore office. Its first local clients are the American Chamber of Commerce of Singapore and the...

Credit card firms accept ‘fairness’ charter - news

Credit card companies and the UK government have agreed ‘fair principles’ on interest rates and charges.   The cost of card borrowing in Britain has risen during the past...

Barclays and Nike place new focus on girl power - news

The multinational companies Barclays and Nike have separately committed themselves to projects aimed at boosting the self-esteem and prospects of girls in the developing world. Barclays has...

Barclays supports Indian slum dwellers - news

Adolescent Indian girls in a Mumbai slum and in three districts of rural Maharashtra will benefit from a partnership between Barclays Bank and Unicef to give mentoring and provide microfinance...

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The CarbonNeutral Company, which helps companies manage their carbon emissions, has taken over The GreenLife Organization, a privately held New York-based consultancy in the same field, for an...

Big event falls victim to global financial woes - news

One of the largest and most ambitious corporate responsibility events ever planned has had to be postponed because of the financial crisis, say its organizers. The international Business...

Business resists pressure over its Zimbabwe links - news

Several large companies operating in Zimbabwe have declined to sign a voluntary agreement drawn up by the UK government on upholding human rights in the African country. Sixteen businesses...

Travel patterns slow to change - news

Hardly any British business people reduced their travelling during 2007, even though many of their companies have clear policies on cutting business miles. Research by Barclaycard Business...

Spanish firms opt for LBG - news

Nine large Spanish companies are to adopt the London Benchmarking Group model when measuring the level of their community investments. The companies, which will assess their performance under the...

Societal benefits of sport are ‘too often overlooked’ - news

Too many businesses are failing to include sporting activities in their social responsibility programmes, according to the International Business Leaders’ Forum. The not-for-profit...

European banks lead pack on climate change - news

HSBC and ABN Amro are ahead of their peers in responding to climate change, according to a survey of 40 retail and investment banks. The five best performers were all based in Europe, with...

listening approach improves performance - news

Corporate community investment programmes are becoming more effective because companies are now listening to the people who are intended to benefit from them. The Charities Aid Foundation, which...

fund managers fail transparency test - news

Three-quarters of the largest UK fund managers fail to disclose publicly any SRI policies, even though many have them. A survey by the FairPensions group found that of the top 20 largest managers...

Barclay unveils new $150m global strategy - news

One of the world’s biggest banks has finalized its first global community investment strategy. Barclays, which operates in more than 50 countries and has more than 127,000 staff, is to invest...

venture fund delivers a social return - news

A venture capital company formed to support social projects has raised £75million ($150m) for its second community development venture fund. UK-based Bridges Ventures had hoped to reach £50m, but...

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Barclays has merged its public policy and corporate responsibility activities into a single team aimed at ‘driving Barclays’ business sustainability agenda aligned with public policy issues...

platinum performers must shine all the way through - news

You can’t overlook bad practices when identifying responsible companies, argues Rory Murphy As a professional with nearly 30 years’ experience of representing finance sector workers, including...

BT judged to have best societal impact - news

BT has won the prestigious Impact on Society award in the 2007 Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. It is only the second business to have received the award twice, after...

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ABN Amro has won this year’s Financial Times Sustainable Bank of the Year award. The Dutch bank’s Indian operation, ABN Amro India, was winner in the global emerging markets category. Now in...

Corporate Responsibility Index may change again - news

More changes are likely in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index after another drop in the number of companies taking part this year. A total of 123 UK-based...

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Nine investment banks have formed the Interbank Accessibility Group to 'develop best practice in the employment of disabled people'. They are Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Credit Suisse,...

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Kraft Foods has won a Clarion Award for the way it has publicized its partnership with the Rainforest Alliance and for introducing its Kenco Sustainable Development coffee brand in the UK. The...

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 &...

pioneering firms explore human rights framework - news

A dozen international companies, including Barclays, Gap, Novartis and Statoil, have committed themselves to develop a ‘common framework’ on business and human rights. The companies, all members...

‘Equator 2’ raises the bar - news

Financial institutions have welcomed an update of the Equator Principles, ethical guidelines for lending on large-scale project finance. However, they say the latest adjustments will lead to only...

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...

how CSR benchmark will move with the times - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index is being refreshed this summer in a bid to maintain its relevance and popularity. EP looks at how it will change for participants Five years is a long...

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Barclays has introduced a third Financial Inclusion Fund for community finance organizations in some of the UK’s most deprived areas. Credit unions and other not-for-profit financial services...

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UK-based consultancy TwentyFifty is to take on the management of the Business Leaders’ Initiative on Human Rights. The group, whose corporate members share ideas on developing their human rights...

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HBOS and HSBC have emerged as the two best-performing British high street banks in a review by Henderson Global Investors. Henderson studied the overall strategy, corporate governance, ethical...

Barclays works with minibankers to reach African poor - news

Barclays has begun working with traditional banking agents in Ghana as part of a new programme to loan small sums to poor people. The UK-based bank is working with local entrepreneurs, known...

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Barclays has promoted Alastair Camp to the post of corporate responsibility director, reporting to Stephen Whitehead, Barclays’ corporate affairs director. Camp was previously a managing director...

central CSR departments lose out at two big firms - news

Evidence that centralized CSR departments can be among the first casualties of corporate restructuring has emerged from drinks company Allied Domecq and hospitality group Whitbread. Allied...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has issued a revised draft of changes to its social and environmental policies after allegations that it has been trying to water them down. The...

human rights initiative gives itself three more years of life - news

Members of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, which was to wind up in spring 2006, have agreed to extend its work until 2009. The initiative was founded in May 2003 by ABB,...

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 More than half of staff who give time to communities through employee volunteering feel more productive at work. A survey by Community Service Volunteers of 1000 staff at 11 companies,...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

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Barclays has signed an agreement with africapractice, a London-based corporate citizenship consultancy specializing in pan-African issues, to look at how the bank can foster small and medium scale...

norms are kept alive as UN agrees compromise - news

Supporters of efforts to develop a set of ‘norms’ on acceptable behaviour by multinationals under the auspices of the United Nations were thrown a lifeline last month when the annual meeting of the...

SRI adopted by exchange traded funds - news

SRI is moving into the world of exchange traded funds. Two new such funds, which take the form of an investment company holding securities of companies in a selected market index, have been set...

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Barclays is to be the lead corporate donor to a new trust established by Nelson Mandela to fund the statesman’s good works in Africa. The bank, which has 7000 employees in Africa, has pledged...

CSR academy targets human resources staff - news

The UK’s new CSR academy is to run a series of social responsibility roadshows for human resources managers in large companies. The regional roadshows, which will offer ideas on how human...

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Barclays Bank will give 2000 tons of furniture to schools, charities and communities when it moves to a new global headquarters in London next year. Barclays has...

wacky report gets straight-lace additions - news

An eccentrically designed CSR report has been slightly modified this year in response to some stakeholders’ complaints that its style was not to their liking....

social reports begin to catch the public’s eye - news

People do take notice of company CSR and environmental reports, according to a new poll. A survey by international opinion research group GlobeScan suggests that,...

UN norms face uncertain fate - news

Further progress on United Nations draft norms setting out companies’ basic human rights responsibilities is to be delayed for at least a year. At its annual...

huge French fund applies SRI to €3bn of its assets - news

Socially responsible investment in Europe has received a major shot in the arm with news that the French state pension fund will take an SRI approach to about a fifth of...

M&S takes a lead on responsible relocation - news

Marks & Spencer is hoping its move to a new head office in the second half of 2004 could become a socially responsible model for other companies switching their...

UN norms facing stormy passage - news

There is growing business opposition to United Nations norms that set out the basic human rights responsibilities of companies operating in more than one country....

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...

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The environmental performance of UK high street banks is better overall than it was two years ago, an Eiris study suggests. Eight of 13 banks studied now have...

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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...

Equator Principles gather momentum - news

Mizuho has become the first Japanese bank to adopt the Equator Principles, a set of voluntary guidelines for assessing social and environmental risks when financing...

SA banks take bold step on black empowerment - news

South Africa’s banks and financial institutions have devised a groundbreaking empowerment charter that aims to pass control of at least a quarter of the sector to...

Carillion rewarded for its impact on society - news

Carillion has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK construction company won the award for its...

Carillion on awards short list - news

Carillion and National Grid Transco have been short-listed in the large company section of the UK’s annual Impact on Society Award, which acknowledges the commitment of...

banks agree new loan guidelines - news

Ten banks from leading financial centres have agreed voluntary guidelines for assessing social and environmental risks when financing development projects. The banks,...

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Barclays Bank has launched a CSR section on its website outlining its social and environmental performance, and for the first time has 12 pages on CSR in its annual...

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Business in the Community has produced six briefings for community affairs managers. The booklets, funded by Barclays Bank, cover topics such as how employees can develop...

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The investment arm of Barclays Bank is to pay recruitment agencies a 25 per cent bonus for finding women and ethnic minorities to fill its senior jobs. Barclays Capital,...

Unep finance initiatives will weed out ‘free-riders’ - news

The United Nations is to tighten membership requirements for its two finance industry sustainability initiatives in an attempt to discourage ‘free-riders’ who sign...

20 firms face legal action over apartheid - news

Twenty multinationals have been named in a lawsuit seeking reparations for their allegedrole in supporting apartheid in South Africa. The suit, filed by a South African...

common standards are needed for engagement to be effective - news

More companies are facing questions from investors about their social, environmental and ethical performance than ever before. Gone are the days when only a few companies,...

UK investors signal fresh era in activism - news

A body that represents virtually all UK institutional investors has said its members will adopt a more vigorous approach when voting at annual company meetings on resolutions...

IBLF engages on volunteers - news

A global campaign to promote employee volunteering has been launched by the International Business Leaders Forum. The ‘Engage’ campaign will encourage employee volunteering...

Centrica leads advisory group on disability - news

Ten companies and organizations have formed a ‘customer advisory group’ to improve the services that disabled people receive from UK businesses. The ten, led by...

UK banks give £90million - news

Four banks were among the UK’s top ten corporate community contributors last year. Statistics from the Directory of Social Change show that Lloyds TSB and Barclays...

financial firms ready to unveil ethical guidelines - news

More best practice guidance for the financial services sector is to be unveiled next month. The ‘Forge Two’ corporate social responsibility management and reporting...

agency rises out of Arese ashes - news

A new ratings agency has been formed to analyse the social and environmental performance of companies around the world. Vigeo, which will be based in Bagnolet, France, has...

HIV charities target firms - news

A coalition of five HIV charities has set up an initiative called Positive Futures that will aim to help London-based companies recruit and retain HIV-positive staff....

KPMG makes it onto shortlist - news

KPMG and ScottishPower have been shortlisted for the 2002 Impact on Society Award to be announced this month. The award, run by Business in the Community and now in its...

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Organizations offering loans and other financial services to small businesses and community projects in poor parts of the UK now have their own trade association. The...

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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...

Barclays extends basic banking - news

More than 100,000 people in the UK now use a basic banking account set up by Barclays to help tackle financial exclusion. The bank says the numbers show its Barclays Cash...

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Researchers working for Digital Europe, the two-year pan-European study of ebusiness and sustainable development, have announced that their final report will be...

bank backs credit unions - news

Barclays Bank is spending an initial £700,000 ($998,000) to improve the financial stability and growth prospects of UK credit unions. The bank is sponsoring the Association...

European first for Birmingham - news

Birmingham has become the first European city to have its own business charter for social responsibility. The UK city’s ‘Better Together’ charter commits signatory companies...

financial firms forge ahead - news

A consortium of five banks and insurance companies is to look at drawing up best practice guidelines on social responsibility for UK financial institutions....

big player ready to join SRI game - news

Barclays Global Investors is investigating a move into socially responsible investment. BGI, based in the US and one of the world’s biggest fund managers, is...

Barclays talks to stakeholders - news

Barclays Bank has commissioned a market research company to ask its stakeholders what they think it should do to tackle poverty in the UK. The high street bank has...

bank puts obsolete branches to good use - news

Moves to reduce the social impact of bank branch closures have begun at Barclays with three deals to sell or lease old premises to community groups at below market prices....

main pension funds give the nod to SRI principles - news

Most of the UK’s largest pension funds now appear to have made some kind of commitment to socially responsible investment (SRI), according to a new survey. A Friends...

universal bank idea gets £180m corporate backing - news

Eleven high street banks in the UK have now agreed to pay $257million (£180m) over five years to support plans for a ‘Universal Bank’ providing basic banking services for the...

investors pile on the pressure - news

Pressure on businesses to improve their environmental and social performance increased last month as the Association of British Insurers said it would adopt guidelines on...

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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...

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Guidelines on environmental management and reporting for the financial services sector have been published by the UK's Department of Trade and Industry. The guidelines...

banks ready to tackle exclusion - news

Two more UK banks are expected to support plans for a 'universal bank' that would help tackle social exclusion. Alliance & Leicester and Bank of Scotland are holding...

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...

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....

CSR minister who backs the power of the market - news

The UK is the first European country to have appointed a minister for corporate social responsibility. Ethical Performance talked to Kim Howells about his early thoughts on the role of...

Barclays unveils first social review - news

Barclays has become the latest UK high street bank to produce a social report. The 30-page document, billed by Barclays as ‘the first comprehensive review of our approach...

why it pays to look on the bright side of life - news

Investment analysts need to start taking more account of how the environmental performance of a listed company can have a positive impact on its financial performance, argues Phil Case...

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...

BiC draws up some fresher principles - news

Business in the Community (BiC) has updated its Principles of Corporate Community Investment. The BiC principles were launched in 1997 but have been reworked in conjunction with...

ethical policies are thin on the ground - news

Less than one in 10 of the UK’s largest companies have an ethical policy, according to new research. A survey of 98 of the FTSE 100 companies has shown that only eight have...

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For over a decade, we have provided responsible business consultancy services to leading companies across the world (most recently including Barclays, Coca Cola, E.ON, Fiat, GSK, Innocent,...

Barclays shares first year results of Shared Growth Ambition - reports

Today, Barclays published its annual Citizenship performance in the  Barclays PLC Annual Report 2016 . 

The 10th Annual CR Reporting and Sustainability Communications Event adds new ESG Symposium track - reports

In a new addition for the 2016 event 200+ sustainability professionals will meet with top ESG investors such as Schroders & Standard Life with one purpose: To close the gap between...

Barclays concludes four year Citizenship Plan - reports

Barclays has published its annual Citizenship performance in the Barclays PLC Annual Report 2015. Fully integrated with Barclays’ Balanced Scorecard, the Citizenship Plan included 11...

Barclays on track to achieve Citizenship commitments - reports

Barclays has today published its annual Citizenship performance in the Barclays PLC Annual Report 2014. The Report shows that Barclays is a stronger business with better prospects than at any...

Barclays publishes its Citizenship Report 2013 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report and Annual Report. In addition to our regulatory and corporate governance reporting requirements, both provide much information about...

Barclays publishes its Citizenship Report 2012 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report 2012. It is available online and as a download for the Apple iPad at http://www.barclays.com/citizenshipreport  The Report marks the 13th year...

Barclays Citizenship Report 2011 - reports

Barclays today published its Citizenship Report 2011.

Barclays publishes Citizenship Report 2010 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report 2010. The Report has been independently assured by Ernst & Young and meets the requirements of a Type 2 assurance engagement as defined by...

2.9 trillion euro needed to deliver low carbon economy in Europe say Barclays & Accenture - reports

The banking sector will be pivotal to Europe's low carbon transition, and will finance and intermediate the vast majority of the 2.9 trillion euro capital required to implement low carbon...

Barclays PLC publishes 2009 Responsible Banking Review - reports

Barclays has published its 2009 Responsible Banking Review. The Review looks in detail at how Barclays has managed key issues during 2009 - and sets out how it will measure performance in the...

Investing in the future: facing real challenges and making a true impact - calendar

With inspirational speakers from Barclays, Anglo American, BT, KPMG, Tata, Premier Rugby, RWE npower, and YouGov, this conference is a must attend event for professionals in Corporate...

Barclays has released its 2008 Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Barclays has released its 2008 Corporate Sustainability Report which is focused on sustainability performance, with reporting centred around five strategic themes.

The Third Annual Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 - calendar

Think you've heard it all before and couldn't possibly gain anything from another conference? Well here's just four of the things that makes the Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 different -and...

Designing Your Corporate Responsibility Strategy For the New Companies Act - calendar

The UK Minister for Corporate Responsibility, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Peter Kenyon, Chief Executive of Chelsea Football Club and Lord Dick Newby share a platform with some of the most senior...

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Barclays plc today publishes its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility report, available online and in pdf form

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

Barclays has given an account of its efforts to improve its consumer and corporate lending practices in its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2004, available from today in print and online.

Barclays launches its eighth CR Report - reports

Barclays has launched its eighth CR Report entitled Corporate Responsibility Report 2006 (Sustainable Banking)

Barclays partners with Unreasonable Group to support entrepreneurs  - bestpractice

The bank’s joint programme is part of its Shared Growth Ambition strategy to improve lives while providing returns to shareholders. Tom Idle reports…    As...

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...

Building a case for better child protection - bestpractice

Bangladesh has a child population of 65m and more than a million are homeless. Very young street children can be placed in jails without protection or representation. Children can encounter...

Business and human rights: an introduction to good practice - calendar

Businesses are expected to conduct their operations with responsibility and accountability to wider society. A human rights framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach to identifying...

In the driving seat of change - bestpractice

Christian Leitz, Head of CR at Swiss bank UBS, convenes the Thun Group, an informal body of banking institutions, that first got together in 2011 to examine what the then just-published UN...

Banking on change for the better - bestpractice

In an ideal world, companies change in anticipation of the future, rather than having change forced upon them by events. However, the events following the financial crisis raised profound...

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...

Business and human rights - calendar

Businesses are expected to conduct operations with responsibility and accountability to wider society. A human rights framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach to identifying and...

The Barclays Corporate Sustainability Review 2007 - reports

Barclays has released its eighth Corporate Sustainability Review online and is focusing on sustainability performance, rather than corporate responsibility as in previous years.

helping credit unions - bestpractice

Barclays knows it cannot single-handedly tackle the problems of financial exclusion, so over the past three years it has been supporting an initiative that aims to...

WORKING WITH CREDIT UNIONS - bestpractice

Barclays Bank is helping credit unions in the UK to improve their growth prospects in advance of regulation that will make it easier for the financially...

FINANCIAL EXCLUSION - bestpractice

Barclays Bank is supporting the creation of a microcredit scheme accessed through a bank account for people on low incomes in northern England. Salford Money Line...

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