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In the World: The Mentor Helping Girls Reach Their Potential

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Rachel Scandling, Strategy and Optimisation Lead, left a career in the Royal Navy to join Barclays two years ago. She tells us about volunteering as a mentor to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds – and why she’s passionate about helping people achieve “incredible transformations”.

I joined Barclays two years ago, after a career in the Royal Navy, and I now work as a Strategy and Optimisation Lead for the bank. My role is to make all processes across the business more organised and efficient.

Barclays | Venture Debt: A Platform for Growth

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Some 50 fintech entrepreneurs gathered for breakfast at the Shoreditch headquarters of Rise, Europe’s largest fintech workspace, to hear how the bank’s funding platforms can help their companies make the move from start-up to tech star.

In the World: Supporting Survivors of the Japanese Earthquake

by Keita Era
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Keita Era, an Analyst based in Tokyo, tells us about his volunteer work with those badly affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 – and the fulfilment he gets from supporting them back into meaningful jobs.

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Keita Era, an Analyst based in Tokyo, tells us about his volunteer work with those badly affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 – and the fulfilment he gets from supporting them back into meaningful jobs.

LifeSkills Extends Business in the Community Partnership

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LifeSkills created with Barclays has signed new partnerships with Business in the Community (BITC) in Scotland and Northern Ireland, helping the employability programme to reach those young people who need it most. We talk to one school in South Wales – where a partnership with BITC Cymru has been running since 2015 – about the difference the initiative has made.

Cyfarthfa High School is a mixed secondary school of 1,200 pupils in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales that used to be based partly in Cyfarthfa Castle, built by a wealthy Victorian family at the height of the iron industry.

Backing Britain with ‘Crucial Boost’ to Agriculture

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In the year since the UK’s referendum on EU membership, Barclays has prioritised helping UK customers and clients through this period of uncertainty, but also one of potential opportunity.

Every sector is having to cope with the uncertainty around Brexit and how it will affect their business. Farming has felt that uncertainty particularly acutely, with concerns about commodity prices and poor weather impacting output, adding further pressures to the industry.

GRI, IIRC, Barclays and SustainIt on the Future of Reporting

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Over the past 12-18 months the reporting landscape has evolved with new regulations, guidance and future opportunities to impact business as a whole.

At Ethical Corporation’s 11th Annual Sustainability Reporting Summit the GRI, IIRC, Barclays and SustainIt discussed the future trends of reporting, from moving towards integrated reporting, the latest technological trends to transparency and disclosure strategies.

The Female Founders Inspiring the Next Generation

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The Barclays Eagle Lab in London’s Notting Hill was abuzz with entrepreneurial energy when a ‘speed-networking’ event, hosted by The Female Founders Forum, paired some of the UK’s top businesswomen with would-be entrepreneurs.

Barclays ‘Reserves’ Opportunities for Graduates through Innovative Entry Programme

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  • Barclays encourages university graduates to pursue a civilian career while being able to continue military service with the Army Reserves
  • Students who have passed their University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) Army Officer Selection board can fast track straight to the final interview round at Barclays
  • Successful applicants to also benefit from Barclays’ bespoke Reservist policy which includes additional annual leave
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  • Barclays encourages university graduates to pursue a civilian career while being able to continue military service with the Army Reserves
  • Students who have passed their University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) Army Officer Selection board can fast track straight to the final interview round at Barclays
  • Successful applicants to also benefit from Barclays’ bespoke Reservist policy which includes additional annual leave

Unreasonable Impact | Innovation: Sexy, But Not Always Right

by Ken Banks
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For much of the past 25 years, I’ve dedicated my time to figuring out how mobile technology might help support positive social and environmental change in the developing world. During that time, I created FrontlineSMS, an open source software for grassroots organizations to distribute and collect information via text messages, and it was built from the ground up to reach global scale.

Unreasonable Impact | Modern Energy Could Mean the Difference Between Peace and Unrest

by Jigar Shah
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When we think about the things we take for granted, one of the most common is access to basic energy. Turning on a lamp so you can teach your children how to read, watching the evening news, or working into the night on your computer are all basic acts that most of us don’t even consider to be a privilege. Over 500 million people have a mobile phone without a place to charge it at home – a basic convenience needed to conduct commerce.

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