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Environmental Leader | First of Its Kind Loan: Barclays’ Borrower Pays Less if Sustainability Targets are Met

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by Jennifer Hermes

In a first in the US, a company has entered into a syndicated sustainability-linked revolving loan. CMS Energy and its subsidiary, Consumers Energy, have entered into $1.4 billion revolving credit facilities from Barclays, the sole Sustainability Structuring Agent on the loan. This means that CMS can reduce its interest rate on the new credit by meeting targets related to environmental responsibility, CMS says. 

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. 

Barclays and Columbia University Students Address Global Water Stresses

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Graduate students in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs program joined Barclays this spring in a commitment to help address stresses on the world’s freshwater supplies through a Capstone workshop. This was the fifth consecutive year Barclays hosted its work-study program with Columbia University students.

Barclays Encore! Programme Reboots Careers

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After spending more than twenty years as a Senior Portfolio Manager on Wall Street, Maria Spinelli decided to take a break. She found herself reenergized after her professional sabbatical and desired to return to the workforce, but contemplated whether to pursue a new career path or leverage her asset management expertise. 

First of Its Kind Loan: Barclays’ Borrower Pays Less if Sustainability Targets Are Met

by Jennifer Hermes
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In a first in the US, a company has entered into a syndicated sustainability-linked revolving loan. CMS Energy and its subsidiary, Consumers Energy, have entered into $1.4 billion revolving credit facilities from Barclays, the sole Sustainability Structuring Agent on the loan. This means that CMS can reduce its interest rate on the new credit by meeting targets related to environmental responsibility, CMS says. Sustainability-linked loans are products that allow issuers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, according to Barclays.

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.

The Woman Driving Sustainable Finance at Barclays

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“Someone said to me a little while ago that once you start immersing yourself and engaging yourself with climate change issues, it’s almost impossible to go back to anything else. You would have to wake up every morning and think: I’m using all my skills and abilities to help support a ‘six degree world’. So, I can’t go back. This is me for the next twenty years.”

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

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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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  • 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 

VIDEO | How Barclays Is Giving Young People Skills to Rebound and Rise

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The Rebound Program, supported by Barclays, helps to combat issues related to youth un- and underemployment, financial literacy, and professional development. Since 2014, Barclays has supported nonprofit organisation Good Shepherd Services to help tackle challenges faced by many of New York City families.

Barclays Dare to Be: Enhancing Employment Skills in Singapore

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Emma Guy and Anubhav Mehrotra helped create the Dare To Be programme in Singapore. The eight-week programme, delivered by Barclays in partnership with non-profit organisations, supports young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their work skills and job prospects. The co-founders tell us about the satisfaction they get from widening students’ horizons.

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