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Case Studies in CSR: Freeths Partners with BITC's Right to Read

Freeths & BITC's Right to Read

Literacy is critical to understanding and succeeding in today's world. A report from the National Literacy Trust shows that low literacy is associated with poverty and that individuals with low literacy are "more likely to be in routine work, receive working age benefits, live in disadvantaged housing conditions and more deprived areas and experience homelessness".

Business in the Community (BITC's) Right to Read programme aims to raise literacy standards by increasing the number of trained volunteers providing reading support for children ages seven through eleven. Since January 2015, Freeths, a national law firm, has worked to increase this number. More than 70 of its staff members have volunteered for the programme, helping over 250 children.

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5 Issues Regarding Data Protection and Regulation Compliance in the Cloud

Cloud Computing Data Security

Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the norm for businesses because of its ability to streamline data protection and sharing both within and outside of the organisation.

A May 2015 study conducted by 451 Research showed that 74 percent of respondents cited the cloud as their primary deployment method for workloads over the next two years.

With such a large number of businesses moving to the cloud, it is critical for IT professionals to be aware of regulations regarding this method of data storage and transfer.

In their report, Data Privacy in the Cloud, 451 Research addresses five issues that IT workers should keep a close eye on as the technological world moves forward:

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Case Studies in CSR: London Introduced New Line of Zero-Emission Double-Decker Buses

Transport of London & CSR

Few objects are more emblematic of London than the double-decker bus. No London tourist brochure would be complete without a picture of one these beauties. And it would be rare to find a cinematic montage of the city without a shot of a bright red double-decker bus zooming through the streets. The symbolic nature of the double-decker bus makes it all the more exciting that London's transport network last year introduced a new line of eco-friendly double-decker buses.

In March 2015, Transport for London (TfL) announced that it would add five all-electric, zero-emission double-decker buses to its transport system. The buses use lithium iron phosphate batteries, which enable them to travel for more than 24 hours and approximately 300 kilometres without stopping to recharge. Each bus includes air conditioning and can hold 81 passengers (54 seated, 27 standing). The buses and their batteries were designed by BYD, the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer. BYD will also help install the London bus charging stations and help train drivers.

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CIO UK Summit, 2 March 2017

CIO UK Summit 2017

If you are looking for an opportunity to gather with other IT professionals and learn from the best, consider attending the CIO UK Summit. To be held 2 March 2017, this convention will bring together IT leaders to open dialogue and discussion about how to advance your company. The event will be held in London, UK; the venue has yet to be determined.

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CSR Spotlight: Premiership Rugby Launches "Move Like a Pro"

Premiership Rugby Move Like a Pro

Premiership Rugby has a history of giving back to the community with their Movember drive last year raising over £41,000 for men's health. Now, the organisation has launched a new programme, Move Like a Pro, that gives rugby fans the opportunity to participate in a free 12-week physical activity course online or at their local Premiership Rugby club session with trained staff members.

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Giva Salutes: WaterAid UK

WaterAid UK

Here at Giva, we search for organisations that work to make the world a better place, and we are pleased to salute them here!

WaterAid is an international organisation that works to better the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people throughout the world by providing them with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

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The CHRB Will Compare Human Rights Performances of Global Businesses

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB)

Businesses around the world are beginning to integrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) models into their own workplaces. From grocery stores like Sainsbury's, whose Active Kids programme inspires kids to eat healthy foods and exercise, to professional services firms like PwC, which promotes transparency in NGOs and private companies, all kinds of businesses are making efforts to become more socially responsible. But are all of these efforts created equal?

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), scheduled to be released in November 2016, is the first official attempt to rank large global businesses by their human rights performances. This benchmark is a major step toward helping both the general public and businesses better understand international CSR efforts.

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Brexit and the GDPR

Brexit, GDPR & Data Protection

Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a cloud of questions has risen inquiring about issues ranging from the economy to culture. Since new laws and regulations have been passed for the European Union (EU), many are left confused as to what rules apply to them and which ones do not. An important regulation that cannot be forgotten is the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

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Heineken Joins Neighbourly CSR Social Platform

Neighbourly & Heineken

The Heineken Company, the world's most international brewer, recently joined companies such as Starbucks and M&S in becoming one of the latest major brands to begin using Neighbourly.com, a certified B corporation, which connects businesses with local community causes, projects, and charities. The social platform is a tool businesses can use to find causes they care about, manage their contributions, and measure the value of their participation. Since the platform's launch in 2014, businesses involved have pledged almost £2.2m to 481 different causes.

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5 UK Charities Working to Protect Wildlife

Environmental Conservation & Wildlife Protection

With more than 165,000 registered UK charities from which to choose, people interested in getting involved with one could easily feel overwhelmed. In addition to thousands of different organisations, there exist hundreds of diverse social causes as well. If you are interested in volunteering with animals or plants, or would like to help preserve their natural habitats through donations or a corporate partnership, this article may be able to assist you in the charity selection process.

The following are descriptions of five unique charities serving to protect the diverse flora and fauna of the United Kingdom:

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