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UN Global Compact Bulletin (April 2019)

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look at this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look at this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

What Could Your NGO Accomplish With Free Support From Skilled Business Professionals?

Taproot Foundation’s pro bono services now available in the U.K. and India!
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If you work at a charity or NGO, you probably find yourself putting off projects and plans due to shortages in budget or expertise. With the support of volunteers donating their professional marketing, technology, strategy, HR, and finance skills for free, you can make those plans happen.

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.

Unreported World: Embarrassed Fraud Victims Sweep a Third of Scams Under the Carpet

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  • A third of Britons have now been a victim of fraud but the average person would only report it if they lost £112 or more
  • Embarrassment is one of the most common reasons for people not reporting the crime 
  • £893.34 is now the average amount lost to fraudsters, per scam 
  • To reduce the stigma surrounding fraud and to encourage people to speak out, Barclays is launching the Embarrassing Fraud Clinic and a brand new online fraud intervention service

Imminent Game Changer for Inefficient UK Properties

by Andrew Baker, Head of Sustainability Consultancy EMEA at CBRE
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From April 2018, it will be illegal to let out certain energy inefficient buildings in the UK. Under what has commonly been termed the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, or MEES, landlords will not be able to let out properties with an Environmental Performance Certificate (EPC) rated F or G. Government estimates have shown this could affect as high as 23% of the commercial real estate market, affecting as much as £165 billion of real estate.

Barclays LifeSkills Gave Me the Confidence I Needed

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A year ago, the award-winning rapper Tinie Tempah teamed up with LifeSkills created with Barclays to launch the ‘work experience of a lifetime’ competition, giving ambitious young people a step onto the career ladder. We talk to one of the winners, Liam Rabone, about how the competition gave him direction and confidence – and helped him find full-time work.

Offshore Wind Projects Total 50 Percent Drop in Subsidy Costs - CSR Minute

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The rap on renewable energy from its critics has been the high cost. A new technology such as offshore wind power has required an enormous initial investment in R&D, new turbines, and new methods of electricity storage and distribution. It has also needed equally large subsidies from governments to encourage that investment. But the economic argument has turned a corner after this week’s auction by the UK government for contracts to provide electricity from offshore wind farms.

Amgen Foundation Expands The Amgen Biotech Experience, Bringing Total Program Reach To 900,000 High School Students By 2020

Recent research shows students gain confidence, interest in science and biotechnology after participating in program
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August 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Amgen Foundation today announced it will expand the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) to reach nearly 900,000 high school students by 2020. For nearly 30 years, ABE has empowered high school science teachers to implement real-world biotechnology labs in their classrooms to help their students better understand science and how it influences their daily lives.

Having the Right Technology in Place is a Critical Obligation for Barclays

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The bank’s Group Chief Executive, Jes Staley, looked at the vital relationship between banking and technology in a speech at the Barclays Digital Conference 2016.

In many ways, Barclays is a technology company with a balance sheet and regulators. Roughly 30% of the GDP of the United Kingdom goes through our payments system every day. So having the right technology in place is a critical obligation that Barclays has towards the United Kingdom. Our back office system has to function if the nation’s economy is to function.

Barclays Hackathon Diary: 36 Hours, 1,045 Developers … and a Whole Lot of Pizza

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Hackathon Diary

Gorging on a mountain of pizzas, hula hooping and competing over renditions of Gangnam Style... not what you’d typically expect from a competition in the banking sector. Nevertheless, these were a few of the highlights from Barclays’ recent hackathon.

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