News In Brief 28 November 2016

FINANCIAL TIMES Among the plethora of information contained in UK Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement – his first and last as it will henceforth not be made – came the news that from April 2017 the amount of investment social enterprises aged up to seven years old can raise through Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) … Read more

News In Brief 21 November 2016

WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION The WMO this week said that “it is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels.” It added: “Long-term climate change indicators are also … Read more

Profile: Aquapak

The world is drowning in plastic – and that’s not a metaphor. At least eight million tonnes of plastic floats into our oceans every year, most of it plastic packaging – food wrappers, plastic bags, empty water bottles and the rest. No-one can know for sure, but the best available estimates say there’s more than … Read more

Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Dr Brigitte Mohn Social Stock Exchange shareholder & Co-Founder of Bertelsmann Stiftung “The Social Stock Exchange is a key pillar and the central impact platform for the development of the ‘social enterprise’ across Europe.” Social engagement is in the genes of companies as we are all part of a living democracy. Companies are no longer … Read more

Profile: Ethical Property Company

We all know that getting a socially-minded start-up off the ground faces many challenges – not the least of which is finding the right accommodation, in the right place, and at a price that’s affordable. And getting a social enterprise going can be especially difficult, if your landlord lacks sympathy and shows little support for … Read more

News In Brief 14 November 2016

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Société Générale signed a framework guarantee agreement for €150 million to support shipbuilding projects promoting sustainable transport and environmental protection. This agreement was made possible by the EU guarantee under the Investment Plan for Europe and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). This is the first time … Read more

Profile: Point4

There’s something thrilling about stumbling across a company which does something so obvious, yet so brilliant, that makes you say, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ The Social Stock Exchange member Point 4 – a private company – is a perfect example. First let’s look at the facts underlying the raison d’etre of Point 4. … Read more

News In Brief 7 November 2016

FINANCIAL TIMES As the agreement signed in December last year in Paris came into force, 10 of the world’s biggest oil producing companies jointly pledged to spend $1 billion over the next 10 years to help fight climate change. Separately, the World Coal Association called on Greg Clark, the UK government’s business secretary, to resurrect … Read more