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Salvation Army choose Fintech prepaid cards specialist B4B Payments in modern slavery response


Cashless advocates and prepaid payments company, B4B Payments is lending its technological weight to The Salvation Army in the vital work to support recovering victims of modern slavery, by working with the organisation on cashless payment technology.

The Fintech organisation, which is a fast-growing player in the prepaid card industry for over 14 years, is helping The Salvation Army to roll out its prepaid cards among victims of modern slavery for whom cash is an insecure method of payment. The rapid introduction of this new technology is one of many measures The Salvation Army and its partners have initiated with support from the Home Office to adapt the way support is provided to victims of modern slavery in its care. The use of prepaid cards enables The Salvation Army to minimise face to face contact during the coronavirus pandemic in delivering subsistence payments to which victims of modern slavery are entitled under the Government contract through which The Salvation Army provides vital support to help them begin their journey of recovery.

Modern slavery is a problem which is still surprisingly prevalent around the world. Since 2011, The Salvation Army has supported more than 10,000 victims of modern slavery. In 2019, 46% of potential victims who entered support were referred from London. It is estimated that one in two hundred people around the world is a slave, victims of all manner of exploitation hidden in plain sight in farms, factories and car washes and forced to work in the sex industry and even criminal activities such as drug smuggling.

Thanks to their amazing work in Britain and around the world, The Salvation Army is helping victims of modern slavery to begin new lives living independently when they are rescued from their captors, supporting the work undertaken through the Government contract with additional support programmes through our own charitable funds.

By partnering with B4B Payments, The Salvation Army is able to give the people it helps a prepaid Mastercard®. This means that staff can give the victim all the money that they are entitled to at once without fear that they will be targeted, and it works as a viable alternative to cash. Users are also able to make cashless payments online using this method, just like a traditional bank card, so they can more easily access Government services or pay for things from home if they have a disability or restricted by social distancing measures.

Major Kathy, Betteridge, Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery for The Salvation Army said “Even in these challenging times with coronavirus, The Salvation Army and our partners are doing all we can so that victims have the best care possible, to keep them safe and help them continue their recovery.

Bringing forward the roll out of prepaid cards has been one of the key adaptations we’ve successfully introduced in recent weeks to help survivors of slavery as they not only begin to live independently but also supporting them to do this within Government guidelines, to protect them from infection.

The Salvation Army’s Victim Care Fund has made a contribution of £20,000 from its charitable resources to make sure we could get the prepaid cards to the vulnerable people in our care as quickly as possible.

We recognise the extraordinary demands on our staff, volunteers and partners, and want to thank them all, along with suppliers like B4B Payments, for stepping up in their rapid response to a fast-moving situation which has been exceptional and deserves commendation.”

B4B Payments CEO Paul Swinton said: “It has been hugely rewarding to provide our services to The Salvation Army because they’re tackling some of the biggest social problems in the world today. Financial inclusion is an issue that cuts across so many different areas including Modern Slavery, domestic abuse, people trafficking and homelessness, and it is vital that we as a financial technology company do our bit to innovate and help the less fortunate.”

Stats on modern slavery and how The Salvation Army are supporting victims

Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. The Card is issued by Wirecard Card Solutions Ltd (“WDCS”) pursuant to license by Mastercard International Inc. WDCS is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to conduct electronic money service activities under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (Ref: 900051)

Press Contact:
Katrina Hutchings, Marketing Director B4B Payments
katrina.hutchings@b4bpayments.com

For media enquiries, please contact The Salvation Army’s PR & Communications office:
media@salvationarmy.org.uk / 020 3657 7555

B4B Payments  provides forward-thinking payment processing solutions, which enable any size organisation to manage expenses, simplify payroll, reimbursements, and offer employee rewards and incentives.

With over 1,000 customers and growing, B4B Payments, voted the Best Prepaid Product of the Year in 2019, operates throughout Europe and North America.

As a leader in Fintech and prepaid payment solutions for over 12 years, employing a global team, B4B Payments continues to offer innovative, flexible, and time-saving solutions that streamline and eliminate antiquated finance and accounting processes.

B4B Payments Europe is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, PIF (Prepaid International Forum), Innovate Finance, and the Mayor of London’s International Business Program.

Formerly known as Payment Card Solutions, B4B Payments also manages and operates the re-loadable scrapyard pay-out solution, www.bread4scrap.com.

About The Salvation Army’s modern slavery work:

The Salvation Army was awarded the government contract in 2011 to provide specialist support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales, including safe accommodation, counselling, medical care, translation services and legal counselling. Victims seeking help have been trafficked to or within England and Wales and are referred to the service through a dedicated referral line 0800 808 3733 available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information visit the website: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/modern-slavery

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church and registered charity which has been transforming lives for more than 150 years. Working in 131 countries worldwide, The Salvation Army offers friendship, practical help and support for people at all levels of need. In the UK and Republic of Ireland this work includes more than 750 community churches and social centres. Registered Charity Nos. 214779, 215174 and in Scotland SC009359, SC037691. For more information visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk

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Antimicrobial and antiviral nanocoatings market to grow in response to COVID-19 pandemic


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The Global Market for Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings 2020

When the current global crisis has abated, efforts must turn to future preventative measures. Nanocoatings can demonstrate up to 99.9998% effectiveness against bacteria, formaldehyde, mold and viruses and are up to 1000 times more efficient than previous technologies available on the market. They can work on multiple levels at the same time: antiviral, bacterial and fungal and self-cleaning.

Nanocoatings companies are already partnering with global manufacturers and cities to develop anti-viral facemasks, hazard suits and easily applied surface coatings.

Their use makes it possible to provide enhanced antiviral, antibacterial, mold-reducing and TVOC degrading processes, that are non-toxic and environmentally friendly, allowing for exceptional hygiene standards in all areas of work and life. As a result, it is possible create a healthier living and working environment and to offer holistic solutions to people with a diminished immune system. Nano-based surface coatings prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses via infected surfaces of so called high-traffic objects, such as door and window handles in public places, hospitals, public buildings, schools, elderly homes etc.

Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings are available in various material compositions, for healthcare and household surfaces, for indoor and outdoor applications, to protect against corrosion and mildew, as well as for water and air purification. Nanocoatings also reduce surface contamination, are self-cleaning, water-repellent and odour-inhibiting, reducing cleaning and maintenance.

Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings can be applied by spraying or dipping and adhere to various surfaces such as glass, metals and various alloys, copper and stainless steel, marble and stone slabs, ceramics and tiles, textiles and plastics.

Nanoparticles of different materials such as metal nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, metal oxide nanoparticles, and graphene-based materials have demonstrated enhanced anti-microbial and anti-viral activity. The use of inorganic nanomaterials when compared with organic anti-microbial agents is also desirable due to their stability, robustness, and long shelf life. At high temperatures/pressures organic antimicrobial materials are found to be less stable compared to inorganic antimicrobial agents. The various antimicrobial mechanisms of nanomaterials are mostly attributed to their high specific surface area-to-volume ratios, and their distinctive physico-chemical properties.

The Global Market for Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings 2020 provides a detailed analysis of measures that can be used to address and mitigate the current pandemic threat, now and in the medium-term.
Report contents include:

• Size in value for the Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings market, and growth rate during the forecast period, 2017-2030. Historical figures are also provided, from 2010.
• Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings market segments analysis.
• Size in value for the End-user industries for nanocoatings and growth during the forecast period.
• Market drivers, trends and challenges, by end user markets.
• Market outlook for 2020.
• In-depth market assessment of opportunities for nanocoatings, by type and markets.
• Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Nanocoatings applications.
• In-depth analysis of antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal surface treatments, coatings and films.
• In-depth analysis of antibacterial and antiviral treatment for antibacterial mask, filter, gloves, clothes and devices.
• Over 100 company profiles including products, technology base, target markets and contact details.

Further information and sample content at: https://www.futuremarketsinc.com/the-global-market-for-antimicrobial-antiviral-and-antifungal-nanocoatings-2020/

About us
Future Markets Inc., is an advanced technology consultancy with a focus on the development and commercialisation of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. We provide global business intelligence and strategic consulting across a wide range of technology sectors to industry, governments and investors worldwide, helping clients find new business opportunities in advanced and smart materials.

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Smart Africa Launches Africa Wide Coordinated Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic


Smart Africa, a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development , has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

Kigali,Rwanda., March 27, 2020 – Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa. This response is aimed at bringing together the 30 member states under the Smart Africa Alliance and the 40 private sector members of the Alliance to coordinate efforts to stem the pandemic in Africa.

In order to tackle this unprecedented crisis, by its magnitude and its impact on society, the Smart Africa Secretariat seeks to support digital health services projects that aim at improving and accelerating the African governments response to the challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The projects under the initiative are aimed at assisting African countries to:

  • Assess individual risk and guide decision making;
  • Assist African populations in finding nearby testing sites;
  • Provide reliable updates and alerts from public health authorities;
  • Report on community status;
  • Track and report transmissions.

Moreover, to ensure that the efforts are relevant to the African context, critical technological parameters are considered as below:

  • A solution available via web, application (iOS, Android, Windows), USSD, and other messaging platforms;
  • Data collection from diverse points such as individual smartphones or terminals at public facilities (e.g. testing terminals at border controls, testing terminals by medical authorities, etc.);
  • A reporting dashboard accessible to the admin with relevant data – specific rights depending on the status of the admin (e.g. public authorities, medical authorities) will be established;
  • Anonymized data (no personal information including name, ID, address recorded on the system) generated by use of the solution can be published in real-time through a database accessible with an API and map interface on a public website for public health authorities to monitor;
  • Reliably informative content available in local languages in various formats (written – vocal with Interactive Voice Recognition technology) – e.g. prevention practices, isolation practices, closest health facilities, additional one-on-on support, etc.;
  • Assessment and guidance compliance to the World Health Organization (“WHO”), national and local public health guidelines and include exposures, symptoms of illness, and underlying health status.

There are numerous international interventions to the coronavirus pandemic but so far very few that are relevant to the immediate African context. We are bringing a credible and coordinated technology based African response which must go beyond our 30 member countries to the entirety of the African continent. The aim is to save lives and we must all do our part,” said Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa.

The response will be initiated through a call for proposals which will involve numerous stakeholders across Africa. Once initiated the response by governments to the pandemic is expected to be coordinated, efficient and to save lives.

About Smart Africa

SMART Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

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Procurement Template Released in Response to Alarming Rate of GDPR Non-compliance


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Privacy & Cookies CEO addresses the limited awareness of the art of the possible, the need to embrace 3rd generation services and to help organisations hold vendors to account.

UK (LONDON) Privacy & Cookies (P&C) announces the launch of a Request for Proposal (RFP) template to assist organisations with the procurement of a Cookie Consent Management Platform (CMP) in response to the damning research that 89% of UK websites are non-compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in respect of cookies. The RFP template is free to download from the P&C website at www.rethinkingprivacy.com

Lawrence Shaw, P&C CEO, recently took part in a week-long ‘ask the expert’ Q&A session arranged for the clients of online effectiveness experts Bowen Craggs, which include some of the world’s leading global brands and 9 of the top 10 FTSE companies.

The Q&A session supported P&C’s own findings that 71% of organisations believe that they have the problem of cookie management in hand, and virtually all those interviewed were not aware of the capabilities and what to ask for when acquiring a CMP.

These conclusions were further amplified in a study by MIT, UCL and Aarhus University, which estimated that only 11.8% of the top 10,000 websites in the UK are currently compliant with GDPR, despite deploying one of the 5 leading CMP solutions (by market share) on their websites.

“As awareness grows and regulatory enforcement ramps up, organisations that value trust have to rethink privacy and focus on earning consent from their CMP service” says Shaw.

Organisations can make more informed purchasing decisions by understanding the art of the possible. Most websites have first or second generation CMPs deployed which are generally inadequate” continues Shaw, “Today’s third generation CMPs, utlilising the latest automation and machine intelligence technology, are key to earning consent and delivering GDPR compliance.”

More than 10 years of privacy experience and technology development of automated compliance software, in addition to managing one of the largest CMP global deployments, with thousands of websites across hundreds of countries, has enabled P&C to offer the RFP template.

Neelie Kroes, former Vice-President of the European Commission, commented “Whilst it’s not for me to endorse any particular tool or service, I applaud this overall development which is bringing some genuine innovation.”

Talking to our clients and partners, it became apparent that there was nothing readily available to help them evaluate CMP services and compare vendor offerings.” says Shaw, “That’s why we created the RFP template”. 

For further information please contact:

Rob Andrews
+44 (0) 7771 848294
randrews@rethinkingprivacy.com

About Privacy & Cookies | rethinking privacy.

We offer a proven, compliance-led Consent Management Platform (CMP) that is focused on gaining visitor trust and earning consent.

Key to our 3rd generation automation is efficiency, scalability and security – overseen by intelligent monitoring.

P&Cs clients include the world’s largest single deployment now in its 8th year, with thousands of websites across hundreds of countries.

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ClickBid offering free charity online auction licensing in response to Coronavirus


Generous Response to Upheaval in Fundraising Events

Norton Shores, MI — March 17, 2020 — ClickBid announced today the immediate availability of a free license to any new ClickBid customer conducting an online auction by April 30. The move is a direct response to the widespread postponement and cancelling of charity fundraising events due to the measures being implemented to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“As we embrace a temporary normal of social distancing, cancelled events and face new challenges, I wanted to reach out with help,” said Matthew Burnell, CEO of ClickBid. “I’ve been moved by the outpouring of support from small, medium and large businesses to help people with discounts and extended services. It’s appropriate to offer similar assistance to charities in need.”

Initial feedback to the program has been strong. Maura Buckley, founder of Incredible Occasions, an event planning company in New York City, was thrilled to be able to offer a solution to her customers who have seen their spring fundraising event plans collapse.
“This generous offer from ClickBid is going to have a major impact on the fundraising efforts of my clientele,” said Maura. “They call to cancel their event, and by the end of our conversation, their online auction is up and running.”

This free license offer was driven by the dynamic nature of today’s fundraising environment and demonstrates ClickBid’s commitment to support the efforts of charities and schools across the US and Canada. To take advantage of this offer, complete the signup form at https://cbo.io/signup and use sales code GOBID20. Or visit https://clickbidonline.com/online-auction-waived-license/ for more information.

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Founded in 2002, ClickBid provides mobile bidding software that helps charities strengthen donor relationships through exciting events and year-round giving opportunities. Our software is supported by a service team dedicated to intimately understanding our customers’ missions and partnering with them to ensure success.

For more information, press only:
Tom Huneke
248.514.4328
tom@clickbidonline.com
For more information on ClickBid:
www.cbo.io

For more information on Incredible Occasions:
Maura Buckley
917.855.4683
incredibleoccasions@gmail.com

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