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Tuesday 20th of April 2010

News Tag: sustainable

April 12, 2010

Survey reveals rise in UK business confidence

by Kay Murchie
”Survey
A survey among UK companies has found that confidence has surged to a level not since the summer of 2006. BDO’s Business Trends index, which covered 11,000 companies from a range of industries, rose to 103.2 in March from 99.4 - the highest in almost four years. In addition, the output index grew to 102 in March from 99 - this reading ...



March 17, 2010

Ethical investments could increase 1000% this year

by David Masters
Ethical investments could increase 1000% this year
Sustainable and ethical investments are expected to increase their share in the ISA market by more than 1000% this year, according to research by The Co-operative. Ethical investments currently have a 1% share of the ISA market, but The Co-operative predicts that this could increase thirteen-fold later this year as savers use their increased ISA allowance for more eco-friendly investments. The Co-operative's ...



March 8, 2010

Sustainable banks pledge to serve the poor

by David Masters
Sustainable banks pledge to serve the poor
Eleven industry leading sustainable banks have pledged to deliver banking services to the world's poorest people. The banks made the promise at the second summit of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, earlier this month. "Fighting poverty will remain the first priority for the banking sector in the foreseeable future," said Fazle Hasan, GABV co-founder. This ...



November 17, 2009

Informed investors would invest ethically

by David Masters
Informed investors would invest ethically
Two-thirds of investors would choose to invest ethically if they were properly informed about ethical investment opportunities, research by The Co-operative Investments has discovered. Ethical investments currently equate to less than 2% of the overall UK market. However, when ethical investment opportunities are explained to investors, 65% express interest in putting money into an ethical fund. Ethical investment themes most persuasive to investors included the ...



November 10, 2009

Brits profess desire to invest ethically

by David Masters
More than two thirds of the British public consider their outlook on life to be either very or fairly green and ethical, new research has discovered. The YouGov poll, conducted on behalf of National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW), also found that nearly half (49%) of people with savings and investments would like to use their money to make a difference. However, despite the professed good intentions, only 8% ...



October 26, 2009

South Korean economy sees rapid turnaround

by Kay Murchie
”South
The Bank of Korea has announced that the South Korean economy expanded by 2.9% in the third quarter of 2009 - the fastest quarterly rate in more than seven years. Today’s figures have ended a run of three consecutive quarters of negative year-on-year growth. The news will fuel hopes that Asia’s fourth largest economy is seeing signs of a sustainable recovery as ...



September 14, 2009

European Commission: euro zone economy is at a “turning point”

by Kay Murchie
European Commission: euro zone economy is at a “turning point”
According to a forecast from the European Commission, the euro zone will return to positive growth by the end of 2009, lifting the 16 countries that use the euro out of recession. The commission is forecasting growth of 0.2% for the July to September period but warns that the recovery might not be sustainable in 2010 as Government ...



August 31, 2009

Chancellor still confident of sustainable recovery

by Kay Murchie
”Chancellor
The Chancellor Alistair Darling has reiterated that Britain will join other leading economies and emerge from recession within the next few months. In an article in the Guardian, Mr Darling wrote: "I am determined the recovery will be sustainable and lasting, that no one should be consigned to the scrapheap, like so many were in the recessions of the 80s and 90s." He ...