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Research carried out on other primates has shown that humans experience a powerful biological reaction for empathy. This means philanthropy should work best when our actions are directly linked to our natural compassionate energy, reports Tonya Hoffman

As family businesses shift their emphasis from building businesses to building philanthropic networks, Charles Raymond, managing director and philanthropic adviser for Citigroup’s Global Wealth Management Group tells Families in Business about the new trends

Increasingly, business families have become enslaved with the role of wealth preservation for future generations. Charles Lowenhaupt asks whether it may be more rewarding to focus on the human issues of wealth, recognising the benefits rather than the burdens it can bring

As businesses are being forced to respond to environmental and philanthropic issues Jonathan Wild, third generation chairman of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, tells how his Yorkshire family business grappled with the burden of corporate social responsibility

Suzy bibko is editor of Families in Business.

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