Responsible business news round-up 1-5 August 2016

Summary of key responsible business stories from the UK national press for the week commencing 1 August 2016.

(£) = Paywalled article

Diversity and equality

 
The proportion of women in the higher-rate tax bracket has not changed in five years CityAM
Men retiring this year can expect incomes that are a third greater than women CityAM
What does your gender pay gap say about your business? CityAM

 

Economy

 
Home ownership in England at lowest level in 30 years as housing crisis grows Guardian

 

Education

 
Parents pick schools 'based on social class', depriving children of good education Daily Telegraph
Open University to train apprentices The Times (£)
Outstanding schools take too few poor pupils, study says BBC

 

Employment

 
Job vacancies up 8% as shortage of skills takes its toll The Times (£)

 

Enterprise

 
Small business M&A unaffected by Brexit fears CityAM

 

Environment

 
Renewables coast past coal to provide a quarter of UK electricity generation edie
City-level climate disclosure increases by 70% in wake of Paris talks edie
Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us' edie

 

Governance and ethics

 
Revealed: The High Street firms that used benefits claimants for free labour Independent
Byron immigration raids: right to work checks need to consider discrimination risks Personnel Today
British anti-slavery data bank gets sluggish response from business News.Trust
Saatchi & Saatchi boss resigns amid sexism row Guardian

 

Policy

 
UK government delays Hinkley decision edie
Theresa May pledges £33m boost for fight against slavery in Britain  Guardian
National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies edie
Italy tackles food waste with law encouraging firms to donate food Guardian

 

Responsible business

 
Businesses must embrace the 'radical paradigm' of sustainability edie
Johnson & Johnson aims to remedy global trends with new 2020 targets edie
Carrier bag data reveals varying approaches to CSR among Britain's supermarkets edie

 

Society

 
It’s simple – we need to build more houses Daily Telegraph
Number of workers going on strike lowest for 120 years Guardian

 

Workplace

 
Brexit: Public-sector employees more concerned about the future Personnel Today
HR must continue to push mental health awareness HR Magazine