Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust recognised as global leader in responsible investment

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has received international recognition for its commitment to responsible investment. The UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) – an internationally recognised proponent of ethical investment – has named JRCT as one of its 47 global leaders. JRCT is the only European foundation to have made the list. The accolade recognises excellence in responsible investment and organisations that excel in the selection, appointment and monitoring of external managers. JRCT – a grant-making trust with a long-standing interest in the ethics of investment – has been…

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Marks & Spencer Partners Infarm To Bring Urban Farming To Its London Stores

M&S Food is partnering with infarm – one of the world’s most advanced urban farming platforms – to deliver a range of fresh produce grown and harvested in a selection of M&S’ London stores. Customers will find a range of fresh herbs – including Italian, Greek and Bordeaux Basils, Mint, Curly Parsley and Mountain Coriander – growing at M&S’ newly re-opened Clapham Junction store in South West London, with infarm vertical farming units set to roll-out to a further six London stores by the end of the year.  Infarm’s ground…

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The first Software Heritage Acquisition Process launched

“Part of our Heritage, Pillar of our Present, Enabler of our Future” quoted the first sentence of Paris Call on Software Source Code as Heritage for Sustainable (UNESCO, 2019), demonstrating the necessity of preserving software source code. In this regard, the first-ever Software Heritage Acquisition Process was launched on 10 October 2019, in Pisa, Italy. As a part of the Pisa Internet Festival, UNESCO, the University of Pisa and Inria, hosted the official launching event of the Software Heritage Acquisition Process (SWHAP), a guideline for the preservation of legacy software…

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Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity

In a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint, Bristol Airport has switched to a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply. The announcement follows the recent publication of a carbon roadmap setting out how the Airport will become carbon neutral by 2025 for emissions within its direct control. The new three-year agreement with global renewable energy supplier, Ørsted, will see the Airport’s annual electricity use of 17 million kWh powered entirely by renewable sources. Electricity is the largest contributor to carbon emissions from on-site airport operations. In addition to the…

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UN Women HeForShe movement rallies students in Canada for gender equality

HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, is embarking on its third #GetFree University Tour and this year, with a focus on engaging students in Canada to take action for a gender equal world. This year’s tour is building on the success of the inaugural 2015 #GetFree Tour in the UK and France that reached over 140,000 students and the US-based 2018 #GetFree Tour that reached over 85,000 students. The tour is expected to reach over 100,000 student leaders and advocates. In Canada, the United Nations is partnering…

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