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Aldi destroys 250-year-old tree – Ecology Building Society comment

At 1.42 pm yesterday, supermarket chain Aldi felled a 250-year-old common lime tree to make way for their new store in Silsden, next to Ecology Building Society’s offices.

Our staff, members and supporters across the UK fought to save the tree for 25 days, gaining extensive media and social media coverage, but Aldi refused to engage with us and would not discuss alternative designs or ways to reduce the impact of removing the tree. The tree, standing 30 metres tall, was subject to a Tree Preservation Order, but this had been overruled during the planning permission process.

Community Sector Banking - Newsletter July 2014

Community Sector Banking

Greetings from Down-under: Read the July edition of the newsletter "in the loop" of our australian member Community Sector Banking, issued at the occasion of their 12th anniversary!


Québec 2014 - International Summit of Cooperatives

International Summit of Cooperatives

The International Summit of Cooperatives is a biennial gathering where leaders of cooperative and mutualist enterprises get together to discuss their concerns about the current and future business challenges they all share. This year it takes place in Quebec City/ Canada from 6th to 9th of october.

The Summit is also an unequalled opportunity to forge valuable strategic alliances, stay abreast of major international development trends and gain a solid understanding of the global cooperative movement and the business opportunities it offers.

4th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum in Dubai

Global Islamic Microfinance Forum

Al Huda-CIBE, which is a well known name in the Islamic Microfinance sector, focuses on Development, Trainings, Awareness, advisory and publications on Islamic Microfinance in order to promote Islamic Microfinance worldwide. Al Huda organises the “4th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum” which is scheduled on November 01-02, 2014 at Dubai – U.A.E.

40 years of the GLS Bank - looking back in a special edition of their newsletter

Andreas Neukirch and Thomas Jorberg, GLS Bank

As one of the oldest ethical banks in the world, the GLS Bank celebrated it's 40iest anniversary with a multitude of events. In a special edition of their newsletter (only in german language) our founding member looks back on these summer days.

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Summer School 2014 - The place of the Citizen in Banking

Summerschool Lyon 2014

The International Summer School 2014, which was co-hosted by the Institute for Social Banking and La Société financière de la Nef took place in Lyon. 

In the first week of July 2014 some 65 people from around the globe gathered in an unusually damp Lyon for the 7th International Social Banking Summer School. The wet weather and the football did not divert us from our path of the place of the Citizen in Banking. From its monastic roots we saw how banking moved away from its social purpose and the needs of citizens, only to be reclaimed by concerned citizens over the past 50 years.

Le Portail de la Microfinace au Sénégal - Lettre d'information N° 29 - Août 2014

Education programme in Senegal

Another issue of the newsletter of the senegalese microfinance portal has been published (in french).

Read more here

Study visit to Mexico

Study visit to Mexico

The Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank are organising a similar learning event in Mexico from 5 to 8 November 2014 with the local logistical support of the Asociación Mexicana de Uniones de Crédito del Sector Social (AMUCSS). The topic is "Agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers".  AMUCSS is well known to INAISE members as they coorganised our AGM in Oaxaca 2013.

Certificate in Socially Responsible Finance programme - inscription still possible

Institute for Social Banking

Participants from Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Panama have already signed up for the next Certificate in Socially Responsible Finance programme starting in September 2014.
Who's the next? A last minute application is still possible!

Read more here and find details about the course here.

Or save the date for next years course:

Module 1: Money and Society 07.-11.09.2015 and

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