The ASA appoints new chair

The Rt Hon the Baroness Morgan of Cotes, Nicky Morgan has been appointed the new Chair of the Advertising Standards Authority. She will succeed our current Chair, The Lord Currie of Marylebone, David Currie on 1 November 2024.  The appointment by the Advertising Standards Boards of Finance (asbof and basbof), the bodies that fund the advertising regulatory system, follows consultation with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Ofcom and the Advertising Association.   Baroness Morgan, a non-practising solicitor is the former MP for Loughborough (2010 – 2019), and is now a member of the House…

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Novotel Announces Ocean Protection Partnership With WWF

Novotel, Accor’s founding brand, have announced the launch of an international partnership with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) that will see Novotel champion the protection and restoration of the ocean through science-based action and conservation projects. WWF is a global leader in building a sustainable future for people and the planet.  Under the three-year agreement, from 2024 to 2027, WWF France will provide technical expertise to Novotel, helping its 580 hotels worldwide to have a positive impact on the ocean, challenging and guiding the brand and its properties throughout…

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SSEN becomes the first utility to back new nature recovery platform with £250,000 for projects

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), the Distribution Network Operator for the north of Scotland and central southern England, has now become a founding partner and the first utility company to support the Projects for Nature platform, which connects the company with nature recovery projects in its licence areas. SSEN has announced the two projects that will benefit from almost £250,000 of funding. These are the regeneration of 24 hectares of woodland within the Northern Fields at Heal in Somerset, which is the Heal Rewilding charity’s first site, and the…

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Blueprint to advance transparency and accountability for labor impacts

How are organizations responding to their responsibilities to ensure decent working conditions and fully disclose their impacts on workers? This question is at the heart of a major review of all GRI labor-related Standards – with a consultation launched for the first phase of disclosures.   Seeking greater transparency on employment practices and working conditions, a suite of proposed changes address policies on employment relationships, pay and working hours, and how businesses handle significant changes for workers. A global public comment period, underway until 4 October 2024, seeks feedback on redrafted…

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Hexla and Levidian bring pioneering climate technology to Worthy Farm

Clean hydrogen developer, Hexla, and leading British climate tech firm Levidian have joined forces to bring Levidian’s pioneering LOOP technology to Worthy Farm in Somerset in a world first example of carbon negative hydrogen production from biomethane.   Home to the Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm currently produces power using an anaerobic digestion plant that turns tens of thousands of tonnes of cow slurry and waste silage into energy. The LOOP technology will allow the farm to capture the carbon from some of the biomethane produced as part of this process and…

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