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March 25, 2014

A US family business’s fight against the inclusion of emergency contraceptives in its healthcare insurance policies could set a precedent for family and non-family firms alike, according to a reproductive health policy expert, by implying a corporation has the same religious freedoms as an individual.

A US family business’s fight against the inclusion of emergency contraceptives in its healthcare insurance policies could set a precedent for family and non-family firms alike, according to a reproductive health policy expert, by implying a corporation has the same religious freedoms as an individual.

January 21, 2014

The world’s wealthiest individuals have a disproportionate influence on government policies and agenda, at the expense of some of the world’s poorest individuals, according to a new report issued ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum.

The world’s wealthiest individuals have a disproportionate influence on government policies and agenda, at the expense of some of the world’s poorest individuals, according to a new report issued ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum.

June 4, 2013

Over the years, social experiments have shown our willingness to help people in trouble diminishes dramatically when we are standing in a crowd.

Over the years, social experiments have shown our willingness to help people in trouble diminishes dramatically when we are standing in a crowd.

According to research, we help an injured person on nearly every occasion, when we are alone. But the arrival of four bystanders cuts our interventions to 30% of the time. As crowds get larger, response times diminish further.

May 29, 2013

French family business Bouygues is on a mission to protect the environment, and has joined forces with carmaker Renault to do so.

French family business Bouygues is on a mission to protect the environment, and has joined forces with carmaker Renault to do so.

On 27 May, Martin Bouygues, second-gen chairman and chief executive of Bouygues received the keys of a ZOE – Renault's first entirely electric mass-market car – from Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault.

May 14, 2013

A number of big family-controlled businesses have signed an agreement to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory that killed more than 1000 workers. 

A number of big family-controlled businesses have signed an agreement to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory that killed more than 1000 workers.

May 1, 2013

Primark, the British-based discount clothing chain, is offering compensation and emergency aid after a supplier’s factory in Bangladesh collapsed, claiming more than 400 lives.
 

Primark, the British-based discount clothing chain, is offering compensation and emergency aid after a supplier’s factory in Bangladesh collapsed, claiming more than 400 lives.

The Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, collapsed last week. The building's owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, has been arrested amid allegations of negligence and illegal construction.

March 11, 2013

Religious-based family firms were common in the west in the 19th century, and with 
the rise of the new economies faith is once again driving businesses.

If you stick around long enough, most things will come back into fashion. Until recently, the family-owned firm with a religious ethos would be regarded in fashionable western business schools as vaguely 19th century, conjuring images of earnest Quakers in sober attire, building model villages and fretting over the character of the working man.

March 7, 2013

Businesspeople are increasingly interested in psychology and the role of irrationality in decision-making – it opens up some troubling questions.

February 5, 2013

Family businesses shouldn’t think they are more ethical because of their adherence to stewardship and long-term planning.
 

Should businesses be ethical beyond what is required by the law of the land? Does ethics make good business sense? It’s probably true to say that neither of these weighty questions are top of the agenda as boardrooms sit down to sign off budgets for 2013, or otherwise. But now is the time they should be.

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