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Ethical fund sales continue to rise

Ethical fund sales continue to rise

Sales of ethical funds are at the highest level since the start of the credit crunch, according to new figures published this week. Statistics from the Investment Management Association (IMA) show total ethical investments of £98 million for the second quarter of 2010, an increased of £106 million compared to the -£8 million recorded for […]

August 12, 2010 More
Kiwi parliament votes down ethical investment bill

Kiwi parliament votes down ethical investment bill

New Zealand’s government has been criticised for voting down a bill that would have seen state money invested ethically. New Zealand MP’s voted 63 votes to 58 against the Ethical Investment Bill, which would have required Crown Financial Institutes to invest their money ethically. Robert Howell, chief executive of New Zealand’s Council for Socially Responsible […]

August 6, 2010 More
Social enterprise creates jobs for autistic people

Social enterprise creates jobs for autistic people

A new social enterprise to help people with autism find jobs has launched in Scotland. Specialisterne Scotland is set to recruit a dozen trainees with autism over the next six months. Those chosen for the programme will undertake four months training before being given jobs as software testers for major Scottish companies. These are jobs […]

August 5, 2010 More
Green entrepreneur to buy Forest Green FC

Green entrepreneur to buy Forest Green FC

Eco-tycoon Dale Vince is poised to take over cash-strapped football club Forest Green, according to media speculation. Vince, 48, built his £85 million empire on wind power, making him Britain’s wealthiest green entrepreneur. He is understood to have met up with Forest Green’s executives, including chairman David Drew, operations director Colin Peake and manager Dave […]

August 4, 2010 More
Government cuts £11m social enterprise funding

Government cuts £11m social enterprise funding

Despite the government’s rhetoric on big society, it has announced £11 million of spending cuts to the department responsible for social enterprise. The Office for Civil Society has had its 2010/11 budget cut to £136.9 million, down from £147.9 million. Nick Hurd, minister for civil society, said: “Every area of government is looking at reducing […]

July 30, 2010 More
Anti-poverty banker to star in The Simpsons

Anti-poverty banker to star in The Simpsons

The Bangladeshi anti-poverty banker Muhammad Yunus is to feature in an episode of hit TV cartoon The Simpsons. Yunus, whose pioneering work on micro-finance earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, will appear in the TV show as a cartoon version of himself. The episode will focus on his micro-credit work in Bangladesh, which […]

July 27, 2010 More
Is Islamic finance the solution to India’s poverty?

Is Islamic finance the solution to India’s poverty?

A former Supreme Court judge has launched a campaign to introduce Islamic banking and finance to India. Justice Krishna Iyer said Islamic finance has the potential to offer sustainable growth while reducing inequality. “Islamic finance has proven successful in poverty alleviation and promoting sustainable growth in many countries,” he said. “It is very relevant in […]

July 26, 2010 More
Social enterprises avoid capital injections

Social enterprises avoid capital injections

A £3m fund designed to help social enterprises expand has closed after making only one investment in two years. Triodos, the bank operating the fund, said most social enterprises are not yet ready for large capital injections. “The recession is having an impact,” said Charles Middleton, Triodos UK managing direction. “But our experience was mainly […]

BlueOrchard plans to expand microfinance

BlueOrchard plans to expand microfinance

BlueOrchard, the world’s biggest private sector investor in microfinance loans, has raised $195 million for a fund to help microfinance institutions (MFIs) expand and modernise. The private equity fund will buy minority stakes in MFIs to pay for their expansion and modernisation. BlueOrchard claims many MFIs need capital injections to improve their corporate governance and […]

July 22, 2010 More
Big money investors want to go green

Big money investors want to go green

Over 90% of institutional investors want green investments in their portfolio, according to a new study. Research commissioned by the New Energy World Network (NEWN) found more than nine in ten private equity, pension, insurance and venture capital funds would like to have some exposure to renewable energy, clean technology, and sustainability-related investments. Two thirds […]

SKS Microfinance announces IPO

SKS Microfinance announces IPO

India’s first microfinance institution (MFI) to issue public shares has announced its initial public offering (IPO) will open on 28 July. SKS Microfinance will announce the issue price on 26 July and is considering offering a discount to retail investors. The company plans raise Rs. 1,500cr ($320 million) from the IPO with the shares sold […]

July 20, 2010 More
Triodos and Charity Bank on track for record lending

Triodos and Charity Bank on track for record lending

Mid-year figures from Charity Bank and Triodos Bank show both lenders are on track for a record year of lending. During the first six months of this year, Charity bank agreed £20.9 million of new loans. This is compared to a total of £22.9 million for the whole of 2009. Figures from Triodos show new […]

Online donations boost Gift Aid, claims Virgin Money

Online donations boost Gift Aid, claims Virgin Money

Charities should encourage their supporters to donate online, Virgin Money Giving claimed this week, as online donations have the greatest Gift Aid take up. The government adds 28% to donations made with Gift Aid, so a donation of £1 becomes £1.28. Research in 2009 found donors who give online are more likely to fill in […]

July 9, 2010 More
Shareholder eco-activism takes root in Australia

Shareholder eco-activism takes root in Australia

Australian Ethical Investments has announced plans to invest in ethically dubious energy firms with the aim of changing their business practices through shareholder activism. The Climate Advocacy Fund (CAF), launched today, will invest in big polluters with the aim of using shareholder influence to encourage firms to green themselves up. Companies will urged to rethink […]

July 8, 2010 More
Co-operative and Ecclesiastical sponsor ethical investment week

Co-operative and Ecclesiastical sponsor ethical investment week

The Co-operative Financial Services and Ecclesiastical Investment Management were named yesterday as sponsors of the third annual National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW). NEIW 2010, on 7-13 November, is a series of events and other activities across the UK to raise awareness of green and ethical investment options. UKSIF, the sustainable investment association behind NEIW, said […]

July 6, 2010 More
Big Society ISA could boost social enterprise

Big Society ISA could boost social enterprise

Savers could use their ISA funds to invest in social enterprise under the government’s plans for a Big Society Bank. Money invested in the Big Society ISAs would be used to build new schools, to rehabilitate criminals, and for other socially useful projects. The ISAs would provide a way for social enterprises to raise capital. […]

June 23, 2010 More
Banks get off lightly in emergency budget

Banks get off lightly in emergency budget

George Osborne’s emergency budget “takes from the poor to give to the rich” according to campaigners for a fairer tax system. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has failed to hold banks responsible for the financial carnage they caused in the credit crunch and the subsequent recession, the Robin Hood Tax campaign said. ”The Chancellor called […]

Ethical funds to shun BP

Ethical funds to shun BP

The small number of ethical funds with investments in BP are considering pulling out of the beleaguered oil supplier – two months after the biggest oil spill in history began on BP’s watch. BP is a ‘light green’ company, meaning ethical investors buy shares in the firm to encourage it, as shareholders, to behave in […]

June 22, 2010 More
Co-operative pays record £50m dividend

Co-operative pays record £50m dividend

The Co-operative Group has announced a record dividend payment of £50 million after posting its highest ever profit in 2009. The five million members of the Co-operative Group will share in the £50.4 million payout, with an average payment of £9.88 per member. This is a 30% increase on last year’s dividend payment of £38.8 […]

June 17, 2010 More
China ranked bottom for ethical investment

China ranked bottom for ethical investment

Ethical investors looking to put money into emerging market economies should avoid China, Egypt and Vietnam, the Ethical Investment Research Service (Eiris) has claimed. Research by the group found these three countries to be the worst performers in terms of Environmental, Social, and Governance indicators. The three best-performing emerging market countries were South Korea, Brazil, […]

June 16, 2010 More