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Yes, We Have no Bananas

One of my favourite quotes comes from that wise writer Mark Twain. “Buy land – they’re not making it any more”, he said. I was reminded of that again this week with the news that a Chinese-led consortium is trying to buy 1% of Australia’s outback. You don’t have to be an expert in commodities … Read more

News in Brief 25 April 2016

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UK Social Enterprise UK has joined forces with the UK Government and Business in the Community to launch the ‘The Buy Social Corporate Challenge’, which aims to encourage big businesses to open up their supply chains to the UK’s 70,000 social enterprises. The founding partners are Interserve, Johnson & Johnson, PwC, RBS Group, … Read more

When Is Enough Not Enough?

For sheer chutzpah, you have to hand it to Bob Dudley, CEO of BP. In February this year the giant oil company revealed that in 2015 it suffered its biggest ever annual losses in 2015: $6.5 billion, even bigger than the overall $4.9 billion it reported in 2010 after its disastrous rig explosion in the … Read more

News In Brief 18 April 2016

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY If the US installed solar panels on all appropriate rooftops it would result in electricity generation totalling approximately GW (gigawatts) 1,118, or 39% of the power that Americans annually consume. That’s the conclusion of a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and is twice the estimate made in … Read more

Don Your Panama Tin Hats

Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama who oversaw a regime of drug trafficking, racketeering and money-laundering, and lives out the rest of his days (he’s 82) in jail, must be laughing – bitterly, one presumes – over his gruel. After a week of splashed international headlines there’s a degree of battle-weariness already setting … Read more

Milestone Group plc granted membership of the Social Stock Exchange

London, April 11th, 2016  – the Social Stock Exchange  (www.socialstockexchange.com) – the UK’s market for impact – has today announced that Milestone Group plc (www.milestonegroup.co.uk) has been approved as a member following the ratification of its impact report by the independent Admissions Panel. Milestone has developed a new business model in the media / technology … Read more

News In Brief 11 April 2016

WORLD BANK The World Bank published its Climate Change Action Plan, available here, which proposes the mobilisation of more than $40 billion in clean energy and climate-friendly investments by 2020, and the enactment of a variety of measures to help developing countries meet their international pledges to curb climate change. The plan aims to support … Read more

Authentic Co-operation

There was a David and Goliath moment in the past two weeks, one that spoke volumes about the shifting tectonic plates of finance in the UK. On 1 April the Co-operative Bank said it recorded an annual loss of £610 million in 2015 – more than double the losses of 2014; it wasn’t an April … Read more

News In Brief 4 April 2016

CIVILSOCIETY.CO.UK The Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) Retail Charity Bond has proved a remarkable success. Only launched on 22 March, it raised more than £20m and closed early at on 29 March, such was the appetite for it; it had been expected to close on 6 April 2016. The proceeds of the bond will be used … Read more

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A very special female brand of Brazilian organic Fairtrade coffee

What does an organic Fairtrade specialty coffee and social impact investing have to do with empowering some of the poorest women in the world? In rural Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest … Read more

Investment in smallholder farmers is key to reducing poverty AND feeding the world

According to United Nations estimates, the world population is expected to grow from around 7 billion currently to more than 9 billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the … Read more