RBS to increase lending to sustainable energy sector following £1.1bn securitisation of loans to UK sustainable energy market

RBS has executed a £1.1bn securitisation deal with Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS), which will allow the bank to recycle capital and increase lending to the sustainable or renewable energy sectors. Speaking at a visit to Lightsource BP, one of the sustainable energy businesses supported by NatWest, RBS Chief Executive, Alison Rose said: “As the largest supporter of British businesses – and the biggest lender to the renewable energy sector in the UK – we have an important role to play in supporting Britain’s transition to a low or…

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Adidas takes top spot for sustainable cotton, too many global companies still score zero

Adidas has surged ahead to become a global leader in sourcing sustainable cotton. From 6th place in the last ranking, they now source 100% of their cotton from sustainable sources and lead the Cotton Ranking 2020 with the most established brand for sustainable cotton, IKEA in second, and H&M Group taking 3rd place. Overall the Cotton Ranking 2020 reveals significant progress by big brands toward more sustainable cotton. But also that the divide is growing between companies that take their responsibilities seriously and the many laggard companies that do not.…

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Chapel & York is offering emergency assistance to connect charities with their donors to access urgentlyneeded funds

The financial uncertainty and widespread fear brought on by the COVID-19 crisis is dramatically impacting charities around the world. Without immediate access to the vital funds they rely upon from international donors, their work—and even their organisation itself—is at risk. Chapel & York are launching an ‘Emergency Affiliate Membership’ to accelerate the process through which charitable organisations can receive urgent funding. Offered through our foundations in the UK, US, Netherlands, Singapore and Hong Kong, charities can apply for an emergency membership, free of any membership or evaluation fees, allowing them…

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Young Women’s Trust launch emergency fund for young women

A fund to help economically vulnerable young women hardest hit by the impact of the coronavirus crisis has been launched today by the Young Women’s Trust. The Young Women’s Emergency Fund will provide relief payments to help young women aged 18-30 who are facing financial crisis. Young women struggling to afford essentials such as food, utilities and rent for themselves and their families will receive £150 each.  Young Women’s Trust has donated £85,000 of its own money to the fund and is seeking to raise a further £50,000 to help hundreds of the most vulnerable women in England and Wales.  The charity, which evolved from the YWCA England and Wales and was formed more than 150 years ago, has…

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NHS Covid-19 appeal reaches over £15million in first 5 days

The NHS charities National COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL launched on Monday 23 March by NHS Charities Together reached over £15million within its first 5 days.  The appeal supports hospital staff and volunteers at the frontline caring for Covid-19 patients.  Thank you to XTX Markets for launched the appeal with an amazing £10million donation. ‘XTX Markets commented: “COVID-19 has put the NHS under immense pressure and ‘NHS Charities Together’, as the umbrella organisation for all NHS charities and specifically their Covid-19 campaign, are playing a crucial role in getting funds to where…

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