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10 Takeaways from Barclays’ Green Frontiers Conference

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Barclays’ first green finance conference, held at London’s Royal Geographical Society, brought together speakers from business, finance and government to explore how innovation and investment can tackle climate change.

The conference was an example of what Rhian-Mari Thomas, Chair of Barclays’ Green Banking Council, calls “our convening power, that can bring together different parties to address the topic of accelerating green finance”.

We highlight ten key insights from the conference:

VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Team CXWorks - Access to Employment

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Team CXWorks partnered with Tech Impact to develop a curriculum for a call centre training programme in Nevada to support unemployed young adults. The team volunteered 250+ hours to deliver vocational training, resulting in employment being secured. In Nevada, almost 10% of young adults aged 16-24 are unemployed. Tech Impact provides workforce development programmes to disadvantaged youths in Wilmington, DE and Las Vegas, NV. Working with Tech Impact, Barclays colleagues created a curriculum for call centre training to establish a hiring pipeline in Nevada.

VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: The Water Challenge Team

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The Water Challenge team produced one of the most widely read Barclays research reports of 2017, highlighting how the energy industry can help protect water resources. The report, The Water Challenge, Preserving a Global Resource, was published in partnership with Columbia University. The report analyses financial and technical solutions the energy industry can use to lower water-related costs and improve its fresh-water footprint, featuring case studies of companies improving outcomes as a result of these innovative solutions and partnerships. 

How Rise Companies Are Transforming Financial Services

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A year ago this month, Rise London moved to a bespoke new Shoreditch headquarters, becoming the largest fintech workspace in Europe. With the ink still fresh on transformative new deals with the bank, we talk with start-ups Cutover and Flux – two graduates of the Barclays Accelerator programme based at the east London hub.

When Rise London left its Whitechapel home for seven floors and 30,000 square feet of architect-designed workspace in London’s ‘silicon roundabout’ last year, Barclays’ Group CEO Jes Staley said: “Barclays is a technology company at its core now.”

How Barclays Employees Are Helping Disabled Children Find Their Voice

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Jan Kirwan, an Associate Director at Barclays Corporate Banking, volunteers for the Seashell Trust, a Manchester-based charity that helps children who are unable to communicate because of a severe disability. Jan tells us how she marshalled a team of 150, raised £100,000 – and got her whole office talking about citizenship and engagement.

Charitable Giving Changing As Younger Donors Give and Demand More From the Third Sector

Summary: 
  • New Barclays research reports younger givers are leading the charitable donation charge; 35 to 54 year-olds gave the most to charity in 2017 
  • Cash falls out of favour, with almost three-quarters of charities saying street donations are declining
  • Digital donation methods are rising in popularity; online was the most common method for over a quarter of people last year, but GDPR poses a threat 
  • Growing need for charities to show how donations will be spent; over a third (37%) of consumers say they don’t give because they’re unsure how charities use their money 
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  • New Barclays research reports younger givers are leading the charitable donation charge; 35 to 54 year-olds gave the most to charity in 2017 
  • Cash falls out of favour, with almost three-quarters of charities saying street donations are declining
  • Digital donation methods are rising in popularity; online was the most common method for over a quarter of people last year, but GDPR poses a threat 
  • Growing need for charities to show how donations will be spent; over a third (37%) of consumers say they don’t give because they’re unsure how charities use their money 
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