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Record year for ethical banking 02.01.13

After an annus horribilis for Britain’s high street banks, alternative and challenger banks look set to reap the rewards. Ethical bank Triodos Bank reports a 260% increase in new customers in 2012 against the same period in 2011. And following the recent round of cuts in savings rates at high street banks Triodos Bank’s rates are now even more competitive - as a result it expects this strong growth to continue into 2013.

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Help Cloud Fund BOOKCHIN ON BOOKCHIN Documentary 06.07.12

BOOKCHIN ON BOOKCHIN is an independent feature-length documentary about the life and times of American political thinker Murray Bookchin, who made history as the founder of the social ecology movement.

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New review of evidence about onshore wind power to dispel myths for MPs 13.06.12

Onshore wind power clearly has a role in supplying the UK’s future electricity needs despite a number of myths about its costs and reliability, according to a new report by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Leading US Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science 31.05.12

Half of Reviewed Companies Misrepresented Climate Science Despite Publicly Expressing Concerns. Many of US’s leading companies have taken contradictory actions when it comes to climate change science while pumping a tremendous amount of resources into influencing the discussion, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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On track for Rio+20? How are global companies responding to sustainability? 22.05.12

UK and continental European companies are outstripping their US and Asian counterparts, according to a EIRIS’ latest report. The German sportswear manufacturer Puma is named a global leader in EIRIS’ Sustainability Ratings report with British drugs company GlaxoSmithKline and the Dutch electronics company Philips also scoring highly.

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Sustainable Investment organisations launch global trends report 04.04.12

Sustainable investment membership organisations in major markets have agreed to join forces to create a trailblazing report on the global scope of sustainable and responsible investment. For more than a decade, these regional bodies have produced research reports, generally on a biennial schedule, on the trends in sustainable and responsible investing within their own markets. The release of this harmonized global “Trends” report, the first ever, is scheduled for December 2012.

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Ethical Banks: Forging a new sustainable path for finance 04.04.12

A new study Commissioned by the Global Alliance for Banking on Values shows that sustainable values-based banks, which base their decisions first and foremost on the needs of people and the environment, are outperforming traditional mainstream banks in many areas, including financial indicators such as return on assets, growth in loans and deposits, and capital strength, making a compelling case for values-based banking.

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Stop Dodo launches a new Green Social Forum 30.03.12

StopDodo, the world’s leading green sector job’s site has launched a new social forum to bring the Green Economy’s key actors together. Have your say and find a new work opportunity at the same time.

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New Green Deal calls for £70bn Green Quantitative Easing to Stabilise Flagging UK Economy 09.02.12

Economist Professor Richard Werner, who proposed the term “quantitative easing” in Japan in the 1990s, and Caroline Lucas MP, of the Green New Deal Group, are calling for a £70 billion programme of “Green Quantitative Easing” in order to create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and set the country on course for a transition to a genuinely green economy.

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Government loses appeal over ’unlawful’ solar cuts 26.01.12

The Court of Appeal today (Wednesday 25 January 2012) unanimously rejected Government attempts to overturn last month’s High Court ruling that its plans to rush through sudden cuts to solar tariff payments are illegal.

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Triodos launches competitive online easy access savings account paying 2% 14.02.11

Triodos Bank, the bank that brings together people who believe in a better world with the organisations making it a reality, today launched the Online Saver Plus easy access account paying a competitive 2%.*

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Differences revealed in consumer views between PLCs and co-operatives 03.02.11

Figures published in a new report from Co-operatives UK have revealed stark differences between public perceptions of PLCs and co-operative businesses. Co-operatives are four times more likely to be described as ‘fair’ and ‘honest’ compared to PLCs. Conversely, PLCs are seven times more likely to be described as ‘greedy’ by consumers.

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From Greed is Good to Green is Good 10.11.10

New research, released as part of National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) 2010, reveals that increasing numbers of people want to use their cash to create a sustainable future. Savers and investors are adopting a new attitude of individual responsibility in the wake of banking and environmental crises, combined with huge Government spending cuts. Figures from YouGov show that more than half (54%) of all GB adults with investments want to make money and make a difference, doing their bit to ensure a resilient future.

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Ethical Investment on the rise 10.11.10

The Investment Management Association’s (IMA) quarterly statistics issued today, the fourth day of National Ethical Investment Week, show a 25% year on year increase compared to the 3rd Quarter of 2010. Net retail sales of Ethical funds totalled £74 million in the last quarter, above the average of £64 million for the past four quarters.

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Ecotricity launches EcoBonds for a Green Britain 09.11.10

Ecotricity Group Limited (“Ecotricity” or the “Company”), the UK’s largest independent green energy company, has announces that it is offering investors the opportunity to participate in ‘EcoBonds’. Proceeds from the EcoBonds will be invested into expanding the Company’s green energy generation capacity here in the UK, building new windmills, sunmills and renewable gas sources.

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Time to introduce kitemarking for ethical funds 08.11.10

Barchester Green Investment Limited, the leading ethical and environmental financial adviser, will be urging the introduction of kitemarking for ethical funds at their open seminar discussion on November 10th, during National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) following the recent press reports of some ethical and environmental funds pulling out of BP in the wake of the Deepwater disaster.

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When Two Worlds Collide- help fund the film 07.11.10

Yachaywasi Films, from Lima, Peru are looking for micro support for their latest film ’When Two Worlds Collide’. The film itself is a contemporary apocalyptic story of a man, of a people, and of the fate of one of our planet’s most valuable natural resources, the Amazonian Rainforest. Contributions start at a mere $5.

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Ethical Investments Given Dragon Den’s style treatment 06.11.10

Just as the value of the market for ethical investments in the UK is expected to be confirmed as surpassing £10bn for the first time, a Dragons’ Den style event taking place next week will highlight ethical issues and the wide range of ethical choices the consumer can now consider.

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Shared Interest: Ethical Investment that understands fair trade 04.10.10

Shared Interest is a twenty year old investment organisation solely dedicated to investing in Fair Trade organisations. With just over £33 million invested in projects in 36 countries Shared Interest is the lender dedicated 100% to fair trade. Their deep understanding of the unique financial requirements of the fair trade business model means that they have been able to support over 450 Fairtrdae producers and buyers throughout the world.

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Cost of Wind power will fall, especially if local supply chain is created 30.09.10

The UK faces significant challenges in meeting its renewable energy targets for 2020. Offshore wind is widely expected to make a major contribution. However, rising costs have been associated with its deployment. A report from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) released this week explains why costs have risen significantly since the mid 2000s – and suggests ways in which these costs may be reduced in future.

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Greens adopt radical shake-up of banks at conference 12.09.10

The Green Party has adopted policies to restructure Britain’s banking system "to restore financial stability and regain control" over the economy.

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Fossil fuel subsidies 12 times larger than support for renewable energy 04.08.10

New research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveals that despite many platitudes and pledges, governments of the world are spending substantially more on subsidizing dirty forms of energy than on renewables and biofuels. In fact, support for cleaner sources is dwarfed by the help the oil, coal, and other fossil fuel sectors receive.

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Triodos Bank sees record increase in lending of £34 million for the first six months of 2010 30.07.10

Triodos Bank, the global leader in ethical and sustainable banking, today announced growth to its UK lending of 14 per cent during the first half of 2010. Loans to customers including the Glastonbury festival’s Michael Eavis have enabled the bank to increase its total UK lending to £282m, a £34m net increase on the end of 2009.

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BP - Was this inevitable? 30.07.10

BP look to have finally managed to stop America’s worst oil spill in history. One wonders if it was an unfortunate accident or the result of a culture change in the company. The ethical funds have in the past loved this company, but lately that support has drained faster than the oil from their pipes, writes Investing Ethically founder Alan Kirkham.

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The Carbon Carousel: VAT Tax Fraud 30.07.10

VAT tax fraud – dubbed by the mainstream media as ’carousel fraud’ or ’missing-trader fraud’ – has been troubling the carbon trading industry for a few years, reports Corporate Watch.

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2000-2010 A History of Oil Disasters 30.07.10

A new report catalogs a decade of serious oil spills, fires, leaks and loss of life over the last decade that National Wildlife Federation(USA) says underscores petroleum company malfeasance. The report, “Assault on America: A Decade of Petroleum Company Disaster, Pollution, and Profit,” shows that it is not just BP but the entire industry that has put profit before lives, local communities and the environment.

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Green Campaign Builds for RBS’s Capital To Be Used Productively 28.07.10

Campaigners have called for the Royal Bank of Scotland to be transformed into a Green Investment Bank to kick start a wave of investment in green technologies, writes Socialist Economic Bulletin’s Michael Burke.

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New report argues RBS should be turned into Green Investment Bank 27.07.10

New research released today finds that transforming the Royal Bank of Scotland into the Green Investment Bank would kick start the green energy revolution. The research, by former Pricewaterhouse Coopers consultant, James Leaton, finds that it would bring 50, 000 new green jobs a year, increase efficiency, reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and improve international competitiveness - whilst not increasing the budget deficit. Source: Platform

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Sureblades rises from Vestas ashes 26.07.10

One year after workers occupied the Vestas wind turbines factory on the Isle of Wight in protest at the company’s decision to cease production a new organisation, Sureblades, set up by former Vestas employees, has risen from the ashes and is due to begin production of blades within two months just yards from the closed factory.

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Britannia oils the waves 23.06.10

When Barack Obama referred to a major UK-based criminal organisation by its former name, British Petroleum, a storm of outrage followed in the UK’s corporate press and in the statements of Britain’s Liberal and Conservative politicians, writes 21st Century Socialism’s Noah Tucker.

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93% of CEO’s say that sustainability is the key to future success 22.06.10

In spite of the recent economic downturn, an overwhelming majority of corporate CEOs – 93 percent – say that sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies. Furthermore, CEOs believe that, within a decade, a tipping point could be reached that fully meshes sustainability with core business – its capabilities, processes and systems, and throughout global supply chains and subsidiaries.

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Work Foundation-A 2020 Low Carbon Economy 22.06.10

New research from The Work Foundation shows that confusion over regulation and a proliferation of agencies and bureaucracy is putting the creation of jobs in the low carbon economy at risk. The low carbon economy has been identified as a potential area for economic growth and job creation.

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Co-operatives- formula for 166 years of success 21.06.10

Co-operation is back in vogue. The principles developed by the Rochdale Pioneers in the UK over 166 years ago, are now the foundation for a global economy supporting half of the world’s population, a co-operative sector in the UK to which one in five of us belong and the government’s new coalition leadership.

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5 Point Guide to Greenwashing Adverts 04.06.10

With the rise in public interest in ethical investment a wide number of Banks have tried to re-position themselves, and their investment strategy, as somehow green and ’caring’. Your EthicalMoney, an EIRIS initiative, have done a 5 point guide to the more obvious greenwashing that advertising agencies have dreamed up to try and dress a goat as a lamb.

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UK ethical investment hits record high of £9.5 billion 03.06.10

Figures released today by EIRIS, the London based non-profit sustainable investment specialists, show that the amount of money invested in Britain’s green and ethical retail funds (i.e. those funds open to the general public) reached £9.5 billion*.

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Green Gone Wrong: Why most environmental solutions are based on lies 01.06.10

Faced with the unprecendented threat of climate change, the contemporary world has turned to a solution that is all too prosaic—consumerism. The answer, we are told, is to “go green,” to buy organic food or even a new “clean” car. In a follow-up to her bestselling and acclaimed book Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, Heather Rogers travels from Paraguay to Indonesia, via the Hudson Valley, Detroit and London, to explore the rapid expansion of environmental production and consumption, writes Derek Wall

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Riverside Market Garden looking for £10,000 from ethical investors 01.06.10

Riverside Market Garden is a new ethical model for sustainable local food production. This new 10 acre market garden is being created close to Cardiff to make more fresh food available to the local community. To develop the project the project is looking for start up funds of £10,000. Initial investment starts from as low as £50.

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London to host £1m Community Hydro Investment Event 26.05.10

Just before World Environment Day on 5th June individuals, businesses and social investors have a unique opportunity to support climate change solutions and save for the future. The launch of a £1m community hydro share offer is a chance to invest in hydro-electric power plants that will create clean energy for local communities and help reduce CO2 emissions.

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Charity workers want pensions to be more engaged with Ethical Investments 21.05.10

The Pensions Trust, the leading multi-employer occupational pension fund in the UK for the Third Sector, reveals that nearly three quarters (72%) of charity workers believe investment in companies that operate responsibly is one of the most important pension attributes.

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Alstom enters solar market by investing in BrightSource Energy 21.05.10

Alstom, a global leader in equipment and services for power generation, said today that it will complement its strong portfolio in renewables through a partnership with BrightSource Energy Inc to enter the high-growth solar energy market. Alstom today announces it is investing up to $55 million in BrightSource Energy Inc., with an equity stake that positions Alstom as one of the main shareholders in the company.

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Community hydro share opportunity for ethical investors 27.04.10

The launch of two new community hydro share offers – for a total of £1M - gives individuals who are committed to ethical investments and want a fair return on their money the chance to support climate change solutions and save for the future.

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Co-operatives Fortnight:19 June to 3 July 18.02.10

Co-operatives Fortnight will be an amazing opportunity for worker co-operatives to get involved in the wider movement and promote themselves as an ethical alternative (particularly relevant in the present economic situation). This is ripped straight from our press release but, its good stuff

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Economic Growth isn’t the answer for developed economies 09.02.10

As economists and politicians anticipate the publication of official figures for UK economic growth and the World Economic Forum pack is bags and leaves Davos, new research from independent think-tank nef, warns that we should be wary of celebrating rising GDP in their latest report ’Growth Isn’t Possible: Why rich nations need a new economic direction’.

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90% of fund managers say ethical investments have performed well through the financial crisis 12.10.09

Based on a survey of the global readership of WealthBriefing and featuring comment and analysis from a panel of prominent RI experts, Responsible Investment and Wealth Management: Opportunities for the future published by EIRIS in association with wealth management newswire WealthBriefing explodes the performance myth that responsible investments under-perform. It identifies a growing awareness of environmental, social and governance issues amongst High Net Worth (HNW) individuals and finds that the financial crisis has had a positive effect on the view that wealth managers take towards RI.

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The Real Green Retail Group welcomes M&S £200 million plan and green marketing campaign 21.07.09

M&S has launched a national advertising campaign pushing its £200m ethical plan and chiding rivals for retreating from commitment to green issues. The Real Green Retail Group applauds M&S’s commitment to green retailing, reveals what the economic downtown has meant to them, and their hopes for the future.

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Fair Pensions reviews top 30 UK schemes responsible investment policies 07.05.09

Many pensions schemes now throw around words like responsible, ethical, sustainable. But in reality how do they live up to the trendy sales spin? FairPensions, who have been campaigning for real responsibility in pensions funds reviews the top 30 in the UK. Top prize goes unsurprisingly to the Universities Superannuation Scheme and the wooden spoon to Lloyds TSB Group Pension Scheme.

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Only 40% of FTSE 350 companies assess risk of Climate Change 30.04.09

According to a new report by Acclimatise, sponsored by IBM , only 38% of the two thirds of FTSE 350 companies who reported their climate change activity to the Carbon Disclosure Project, declared they conducted any financial or quantified analysis into the impact of climate change risks to their investors.

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Grants available for E Rejuvenation 30.04.09

The Leadership Rejuvenation programme is for those in leadership positions and those who want to develop their leadership potential. The programme helps leaders enhance their vision, clarity and optimism whilst maintaining good health & work/life balance. These are essential skills in demanding times - and not easy to maintain when under strong pressure.

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Who pays for Green: Economics of sustainable buildings 10.03.09

World leading commercial real estate advisor CB Richard Ellis argue in their new report, ‘Who pays for Green: The economics of Sustainable Buildings’ that the higher costs of green buildings can be outweighed by the ongoing savings in costs.

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State of Green Business 2009 report now out 26.02.09

Green Biz have published their second State of Green Business annual review. Joel Makower, Executive Editor, Greener World Media, runs through their findings.

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SRI fund sales hit 1 billion euro mark in December 2008 26.02.09

Sales of European SRI funds brushed the €1bn mark in December last year reports Responsible Investor, ith European Green Funds now valued at 12.8 billion euro.

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UK banks have 1,207 subsidiary companies in tax havens claims TUC 06.02.09

The TUC is calling on the Government to make the banks in which it has shares or who are receiving assistance from the Bank of England fully reveal their tax haven activities

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Co-op’s ethical policy says no to £1 Billion of business 03.02.09

The Co-operative Bank today (2nd February 2009) unveiled a radical new Ethical Policy. The value of business turned away since launching its ethical stance in 1992 has now passed the £1 billion mark; however, over the same period, the Bank’s total commercial lending has grown from £571 million in 1992 to £4.4 billion in 2008, an average of 14% per annum.

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Ethical Consumerism Report 2007 28.11.08

Household expenditure on ethical goods and services has almost doubled in the past five years according to the eighth Co-operative Bank Ethical Consumerism Report published 30th November 2007.

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53% of householders willing to pay more for green homes 27.08.08

New research from the Energy Saving Trust reveals that energy efficient homes could be a vital driver to keeping the property market moving, with ’carbon appeal’ set to replace ’kerb appeal’ when it comes to swaying buyers. The study reveals that half of UK homeowners believe homes with greener features are easier to sell in the current market and 53% of all householders say they would be willing to pay extra for them.

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Fairtrade and ethical investment - a perfect partnership 07.03.08

As Fairtrade Fortnight draws to an end, James Caldwell from Fairinvestments.co.uk looks at the link between the ethics of Fairtrade and ethical investments.

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Ethical ISA interest now at 85% says Co-op Bank research 28.02.08

As ISA season approaches research from the Co-operative Insurance. indicates that ethical investment has hit the mainstream with the number of consumers willing to invest ethically increasing by 18 per cent in the past year to 85%.

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Allianz Global Investors launch Global EcoTrends in UK 15.02.08

Allianz Global Investors has announced plans to launch a Global EcoTrends UK OEIC3, after the success of their Global EcoTrends franchise of funds across the world.

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Climate Change Investment- all the rage in 2008 08.02.08

How green are ethical funds, how ethical are green funds? A surprising report from Holden & Partners, ‘A Guide to Climate Change Investment’ shows how many ethical funds are under investing in environmental companies- and may be missing a key growth sector.

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Friends of the Earth launches Co-op Visa card 08.02.08

Friends of the Earth today launches its affinity credit card with The Co-operative Bank, offering a new and easy way to support the UK’s leading environmental charity and campaigning organisation.

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Standard Life’s Ethical Investors drop airlines after 2007 survey 06.02.08

Leading investment house, Standard Life Investments has announced that the Standard Life ethical funds will no longer invest in airline stocks following a survey of its ethical investors.

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Cumulus Climate Change Fund the 3rd CC fund launched this year 05.02.08

Hot on the heels of Virgin Money and Cowen Asset Management, the London-based investment management team at Cumulus, on the PCE Investors Limited platform, have launched the latest Climate Change fund.

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EIRIS Ethical Funds Directory 2008 launched 04.02.08

Global Sustainable Investment specialists EIRIS have launched a new Ethical Funds Directory to help consumers and financial advisers find a green or ethical fund which matches their ethical interests and concerns.

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1st National Ethical Investment Week gets website support 31.01.08

Participating in the UK’s first National Ethical Investment Week was made easier today with the launch of a new website and suite of support tools to help raise awareness and understanding of green and ethical investments.

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Virgin Money Climate Change Fund launched 31.01.08

Climate Change Funds are sprouting up across the range of financial institutions. While being fundamentally different from classic ethical investments funds they seek to invest in companies involved with mitigation of or adaptation to global climate change.

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Cowen Climate Change Fund launched in UK 30.01.08

Cowen Asset Management, the subsidiary of the US-listed investment bank, has launched the Cowen Climate Change Fund, targeted at pension funds and multi managers. The fund is benchmarked against the HSBC Global Climate Change Index .

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Barclays backs Catalyst Social Venture Capital Fund with £5 million 17.01.08

Barclays has today (17 January) announced that it will invest £5 million into a pioneering £25+ million social investment fund managed by Catalyst Fund Management & Research.

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Halifax launches 2 green competitive mortgage deals 10.01.08

Halifax, the UK’s largest mortgage lender, has announced the launch of two new products exclusively available to customers buying their home from selected homebuilders. The products feature some of Halifax’s most competitive rates.

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Adili.com 1st ethical fashion company to launch on AIM 04.12.07

One of the leading ethical fashion sites, adili.com, has announced that it is floating on AIM to raise money to drive their development. Adili.com’s Chief Executive Adam Smith talks to naturalchoices about this audacious move.

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Last day to invest in Fenland Green Power Co-operative 2MW wind turbine 30.11.07

The Fenland Green Power Co-operative announced yesterday that it has met its first milestone target, having secured the funds to proceed with the purchase of an operational 2MW wind turbine. It is not too late to get in on the investment if you act now.30th Nov

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Ethical market worth £32.3bn in 2006 30.11.07

The Co-op Bank’s ethical consumerism report for 2006 show the sector has grown from 29.3 billion in 2005 to £32.3bn in 2006. Household spending on ethical goods and services is now £664, up from just £366 in 2002 an 81% increase in five years.

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National Ethical Investment Week 2008 launched by UKSIF 27.11.07

The first ever ‘National Ethical Investment Week’ will take place in 2008, organised by the UK Social Investment Forum. It will run from 18-24 May 2008 (Sunday to Saturday) and will encourage everyone to consider green and ethical options for their investments.

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UK mining companies complicit in abuse of poor 21.11.07

British mining corporations supported by the UK government, such as Vedanta Resources, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, are complicit in human rights abuse while making huge profits in developing countries.

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Green Computing - The Internet Meets The Oil Crisis 15.11.07

A report published this week by CarbonFree, explains how the recent rise in oil and gas prices, combined with the explosion in the use of information technology in both the home and workplace, has focused attention on the energy required to process and store the megabytes of data we create and access each day.

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Ethical Investment tops £5.8 billion in the UK 14.11.07

Ethical investment funds have shown a remarkable surge in 2007 according to the Investment Management Association. A recent report from the United Nations shows that responsible investment does not reduce returns.

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ibuyeco green car insurance offsets 25,000 tonnes of CO2 since June 07.11.07

Since its launch on World Environment Day in June, ibuyeco customers have now offset over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 as part of their car insurance policies. While carbon off setting is no replacement for cutting down car use it remains a useful tool to off set unavoidable carbon emissions.

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‘Think’ the UK’s 1st ethical credit card from the Co-op Bank 01.11.07

The ’think’ card from The Co-operative Bank offers the growing band of ethical consumers, who shop with their conscience on their sleeve, a lower rate of interest for designated ethical purchases and a package of other benefits, whilst at the same time also helping to save the rainforest

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FTSE 100- it’s all green wash says opinion formers poll 26.10.07

FTSE 100 companies are going green to protect their reputation and under pressure from consumers, rather than concern for the environment, according to a UK-wide survey of opinion formers by Chatsworth Communications.

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98% of FTSE-All Share companies paying lip service to environmental in 2006 23.10.07

The ‘Environmental Disclosures Report 2007 marks slow progress in terms of meaningful environmental reporting by the listed companies. In the words of the Environment Agency reporting lacks ‘rigour, depth and quantification’.

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FTSE ET50- a new clean technology index 09.10.07

“There’s money in muck” goes the old Yorkshire expression. Well nowadays there is even more money in sorting muck out. The FTSE group have teamed up with Impax Asset Management to launch an index in clean technology companies.

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Providers not catering for ethical investors 05.10.07

A recent survey conducted by Trustnet in conjunction with Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRiS) has shown that although ethical investment is growing in popularity the investment industry is failing private investors and advisers.

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F&C launches £40m ethical bond 28.09.07

An ethical bond managing initial assets in excess of £40 million will be launched next month(October) by F&C, the asset management company that runs the Stewardship range of funds, the largest ethical funds in the UK

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Investment in clean technology already passed $1.1 billion in 2007 26.09.07

Global venture capital investments in clean technology companies surged to US$1.1 billion in the first six months of 2007 alone, according to mid-year research by Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureOne.

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New European Equity Ethical Fund launched by Standard Life Investments 24.09.07

Leading fund manager, Standard Life Investments today announced the launch of its European Equity Ethical Fund which will be available to investors from Monday 24 th September .

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The Co-Operative Bank Creates US$50m Fund for World’s Poor 13.09.07

The Co-operative Bank has created a special US$50m (GBP25m) fund in order to support the development of small businesses in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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Ethical Investments 4.6% ahead of average over last 12 months 30.08.07

The latest survey by Moneyfacts.co.uk reveals that ethical investors are being rewarded for following their conscience, with ethical fund returns surging ahead of mainstream traditional funds.

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6% discount on Animal Friends life insurance for non-meat eaters 16.08.07

Not eating meat has been known to have major health benefits but now it also has financial benefits as well. It pays not to eat meat says Elaine Fairfax managing director of Animal Friends Insurance Services, as they launch the first life insurance targeting Britain’s non-meat eaters.

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32% annual growth for ethical investment 13.08.07

Ethical investment funds have never been popular according to the latest results from the Investment Management Association, the total invested ethically passed £5 billion in January and now stands at £5.6 billion.

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Your Ethical Business by Paul Allen 08.08.07

How to plan, start and succeed in a company with a conscience. Paul Allen’s book, in association with P3 Capital and NGO Media is the perfect starting place for ethically motivated entrepreneurs.

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What is the carbon cost of your investments? 27.07.07

A groundbreaking report from Trucost shows the carbon foot print of the UK leading investment funds. While the three lowest carbon emitting funds are ethical funds, investing ethically is no guarantee of a low carbon foot print.

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Cracks in ‘Green’ consumer conscience when it comes to tax 27.07.07

Figures out from Unbiased.co.uk claim half of UK consumers not prepared to pay more tax to combat green issues. One in five air travelers are happy to pay ‘green tax’ on ‘carbon-miles’ air travel, while one in 20 don’t care about green issues at all.

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Co-operative Bank turns away over £700m of loans since launch of ethical policy 17.07.07

In the 15 years since the Co-operative Bank launched its famous Ethical Policy, figures released today show it has declined loans totalling more than £700m for ethical and ecological reasons.

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HSBC launches international survey of public attitudes towards climate change 16.07.07

New Research Shows Developing Countries Most Concerned About Need to Combat Climate Change. HSBC’s first international survey of public attitudes towards climate change highlights a surprising spectrum of opinions across the world. Climate change may be a global issue, but reactions to it vary strongly.

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Not so Wholesome activity at Whole Foods Market 16.07.07

John Mackey, Whole Foods Market’s CEO has always been a colourful figure, combining organic vegan showmanship with being a hugely successful union bashing capitalist. Now it emerges he has been contributing under a pseudonym to Yahoo Finance forums boosting his own company and slagging the competition.

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Breathe a little easier with Barclaycard 09.07.07

Barclay’s Bank has launched the Breathe credit card, with a promise to donate 50% of the cards profits to carbon emission reduction projects round the world. The card will also offer enhanced discounts on green options from British Gas, to Natural Collection.

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The rise and roots of ethical consumption in the United Kingdom 09.07.07

Peter Shield, editor of naturalchoices looks at the roots of ethical consumerism in the United Kingdom. From the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844, to the growth of consumer power in the 1970s.

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Who are today’s ethical consumers? 03.07.07

Peter Shield, editor of Natural Choices, looks at the latest research on ethical consumption, and how ethical consumers profiles have changed in the last six years. Which sectors will continue to grow and what are the blocking points?

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Schroders launch Climate Change Fund 12.06.07

Schroders Global Climate Change Fund, the first UK fund to specialise in companies involved with mitigation of or adaptation to global climate change, coincides with a report arguing that UK fund managers ignore climate change.

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Ethical Fund’s great results – are they sustainable? 07.06.07

Demand for ethical investment funds were up 80% in the first four months of 2007 on the same period last year according to Fidelity’s FundsNetwork. Investors are moving into the ethical investment sector as it out performs the markets looking for profits not principals.

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Climate Change- the investment upside 07.06.07

“Global Change and the Financial markets”, a paper from Aegon Asset Management, is a fascinating look at which industrial sectors stand to benefit from the global battle to reduce emissions and dealing with the impact of climate change.

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Ethical Fund managers are today’s true revolutionaries 31.05.07

Hugh Cuthbert, Fund Manager of SVM’s All Europe SRI Funds talks to Naturalchoices about how engaged ethical fund managers are the new revolutionaries, out there battling with companies about the issues that ethical investors care deeply about.

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Frost & Sullivan launch a Green Energy Report 23.05.07

Frost and Sullivan, a leading market analysis company providing companies with in depth reports on the future trend in the global economy, claim that the green energy sector is the fastest growing part of the European economy.

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Ecology Building Society opens the 10,000th saving account 18.05.07

The Ecology Building Society, a unique mutual building society providing a range of straight forward green mortgages and ethical savings accounts, celebrates its 10,000 account after 26 years of providing funding for green housing projects.

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Blue Rocket-Green Rocket slowing down the spin 11.05.07

“Authenticity’s time has come” argues Kim Stoddart, MD of Blue Rocket, an ethical media relations company that has just launched a community interest company Green Rocket.

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Co-operative Insurance makes ethical finance child’s play 14.03.07

Welcoming the Government’s increased commitment to including finance in school curriculum Co-Operative Insurance, the UK’s first ethical Child Trust provider, suggests ideas some fun ideas for teaching kids at home.

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Friends Provident Stewardship funds pass £3 billion mark 01.03.07

Friends Provident, the first provider of ethical investment fund in the the United Kingdom and now the largest ethical funds provider, has announced that at the end of 2006 it had £3 billion under ethical fund management.

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CIS Sustainable Leaders Trust- Out Foxing the Market 13.02.07

The Co-operative Insurance (CIS) Sustainable Leaders Trust, a green and ethical fund managed by Mike Fox, is in premier position for the twelve months up to the end of January 2007 in the UK All Companies unit trust sector.

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Investors challenge companies on Climate Change 02.02.07

How powerful are investors in getting companies to tell the truth about carbon emissions? Well when those asking the questions represent $41 trillion in investments on the whole they tend to get listened to. The Carbon Disclosure Project has just started its 5th Global survey.

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Book Review- Smarter Investing by Tim Hale 13.01.07

“Smarter Investing- simple decisions for better results “ by Tim Hale is the clearest, best written introduction to intelligent investing published in 2006. Hale reiterates the simple truth that the individual investor cannot beat the market over the medium term, nor should they try.

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