Employment relations expert ACAS has published its new Code of Practice and guidance on the right to request flexible working (we previously mentioned draft versions). News release http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4861 or find the downloads at http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1616.
A new standard to allow social enterprises of all sizes to better measure and demonstrate their social impact and so help them in their discussions with partners, investors, and public sector funders has been published by the European Commission.
The property arm of Mencap marked a new point in the world of impact bonds by listing a tradable ‘retail charity bond’ on the London Stock Exchange. Civil Society Media reports that a number of other large charities are believed to be in negotiation with Retail Charity Bonds to follow that lead, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/17723/.
Co-operatives UK, the Wales Co-operative Centre and Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales have jointly produced a strategy report ‘Social Co-operatives, a Democratic Co-production Agenda for Care Services in the UK’. Drawing on lessons from international experience, such as social co-operatives in every town in Italy, it proposes co-operative delivery of social care.