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FT launches food and sustainability report

The Financial Times will launch a special report on ‘Business & Food Sustainability’ to be published in all global editions of the FT on Wednesday 27th January 2010. The report will also be distributed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

As rising prices and growing food insecurity are quickly becoming the industry’s new realities, global food supply is entering an era that is defined by mixed risks and opportunities. Climate change threatens the stability of agricultural supplies, and the overall environmental impact of food production is gaining attention. While being mindful of their impact on natural resources, food companies are also under pressure to address issues such as health and obesity. This report looks at the major challenges corporate decision-makers face in the food industry as well as the many opportunities in developing a more robust global food supply with higher environmental standards. Read more >>

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The Banker recognises world’s best banks

Last night at The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards Banco Santander was recognised as Global Bank of the Year. The awards ceremony, held in central London, was attended by senior executives from banks representing 144 countries.

Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, said: “It is very important to recognise the achievements of the banking industry during challenging times. The Bank of the Year Awards recognises banks for serving customers and building good businesses, and the entries and winners this year have been of a very high calibre.” Read more >>

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FT leads the way in national readership survey

The Financial Times has gained 50,000 readers year on year in the UK for its weekday edition, the National Readership Survey reveals today.

This represents a 13 per cent rise and the largest increase of any UK newspaper. The total number of readers in the UK is now 449,000, the highest level since 2003. Read more >>

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Financial Times launches cross-platform commodities

Building on its position as the trusted source of financial news and analysis, the Financial Times today launches the definitive guide to commodities. In its most ambitious cross-platform editorial series yet, special reports will feature in the FT and FTfm, supplemented by editorial on FT.com, The Banker and FT Mandate.

Reflecting the fact that investors are starting to look at their investment options following months of turmoil, the series is supported by an impressive heavyweight roster of financial institutions, including Bank of America / Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Société Generale, BNP Paribas, Lyxor and Credit Suisse. Read more >>

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Credit Agricole selects the FT to launch first international ad campaign

The Financial Times has been selected as the exclusive pan-European print title by Crédit Agricole S.A. for the launch of its first international advertising campaign.

The campaign, created by ASAP (Aubert Storch Associes Partneraires), which aims to demonstrate the group’s credentials in serving the real economy and its commitment to responsible growth. It will initially run in print editions of the FT from 24th November to 15th December and again from 1st February to 1st March. Two adverts a week will run in the newspaper during this period while the campaign will also run online on ft.com and other selected sites. Read more >>

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FT launches non-executive directors club

Financial Times Recruitment Solutions has relaunched the site www.non-execs.com as the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club, in association with Grant Thornton.

As the role of the board is under more scrutiny than ever before and the value of good non-executives has never been more sharply realised, the Financial Times provides the only UK premier service for non-executives, bringing together leading recruitment companies, major executive institutions and industry thought-leaders. Read more >>

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Financial Times partners Room to Read for its Seasonal Appeal

The Financial Times has selected Room to Read, an organisation that helps millions of children gain access to education in developing countries, as its partner for its 2009-2010 seasonal appeal to readers.

The seasonal appeal, taking place from November to mid-January 2010, has raised over £2.3m in the past three years for organisations including Camfed and WaterAid. Chosen in a vote by 1600 Financial Times staff around the world, Room to Read aims to provide over 11,000 communities access to their first library by the end of 2010 and has a long-term goal of reaching 10 million children in the developing world by 2020. Read more >>

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FTChinese Annual Forum 2009

Following the success of last year’s inaugural gathering in Beijing, the FTChinese Annual Forum 2009, held jointly by FTChinese.com and the Municipal Government of Qingdao, will take place on 18 November at the Qingdao Shangri-La Hotel. This year’s keynote speaker is Professor Michael Spence, the Nobel Prize laureate in economics. Qingdao Mayor Mr. Xia Geng will also attend the forum.

2009 has been a long and difficult year as countries and corporations were hit by the global financial crisis. Over the past few months, figures seem to indicate the start of a recovery. China has been one of the first markets to emerge from the shadow of the crisis and is fast moving towards the future. This year’s FTChinese Annual Forum focuses on the theme ‘China:Economic Resilience in Turbulent Times’ and aims to provide delegates with new ideas on how to break through the development bottleneck in China. Read more >>

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Martin Lukes returns to Creovate™ the FT

On Thursday 5th November Martin Lukes, iconic leader, trendsetter, multiple award winner and former CEO of Atlanta-based a-b glöbâl, returns to the Financial Times with a new weekly print and online column.

Lukes, co-author of Martin Lukes: Who Moved my BlackBerry?, has spent the last two years in jail after being sentenced for insider trading in December 2007, and will correspond through his wife, Sherril, until his release which is expected in January 2010. Read more >>

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FT/Doremus poll shows senior execs still exercising caution

The Financial Times and Doremus, the global business communications agency, announce the 2009 results of the 6th annual “Decision Dynamics” survey, which recently polled 470 executives representing a mix of industries and company sizes in North America, Europe and Asia.

Between 40 to 50 percent of respondents said they expect improvement in local and industry conditions, as well as improvement in their own companies’ results. Read more >>

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