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Firms sign up to #10000BlackInterns scheme for workplace diversity

The NHS, the law firm Linklaters and the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers are among the large companies that have promised to cumulatively hire 10,000 black interns amid a push to improve the diversity of the UK’s professional industries. Businesses who sign up to the #10000BlackInterns programme will offer paid internships in sectors that have struggled to […]

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Stimulus package for UK’s poorest families vital, report says

An urgent “family stimulus” package alongside the chancellor’s new job support scheme is vital to prevent hundreds of thousands of parents and their children falling below the poverty line this winter, according to a new joint report from the IPPR thinktank and the TUC. The organisations have called for an overhaul of the UK’s social […]

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Veganuary movement to welcome 1 millionth participant

The global Veganuary movement will this week welcome its 1 millionth participant since the meat-free pledge was launched seven years ago, bolstered by a surge in consumers tucking into more plant-based foods during lockdown. The UK-based campaign, which has asked people to pledge to eat a vegan diet for the month of January since 2014, […]

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Investment industry urged to promote more black women

The investment industry is being urged to promote more black women and build anti-racist investment portfolios in order to tackle systemic discrimination in the sector. Less than 1% of investment managers are black. Black Women in Asset Management (BWAM) – a group of 300 industry professionals in England and Wales – has written to investment […]

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Japan will become carbon neutral by 2050, PM pledges

Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has said the country will become carbon neutral by 2050, heralding a bolder approach to tackling the climate emergency by the world’s third-biggest economy. “Responding to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth,” Suga said on Monday in his first policy address to parliament since taking office. […]

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‘We do not get a chance at happiness’: the Bangladeshi fishermen caught by debt

Kalam Sheikh’s life revolves around the few months when he goes in search of Bangladesh’s prized hilsa fish. When he gets a good catch, he can make enough money to live on for the rest of the year. He can pay off some of his debts and even improve his home. But this fragile annual […]

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Most UK bosses would back tougher employment laws to protect workers

Business leaders would support tougher employment laws and a higher minimum wage to protect workers from exploitation and poverty during the second wave of Covid-19, according to a report. The Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) said urgent legal reforms were needed in the jobs market to prevent extreme levels of financial insecurity, in-work poverty and […]