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December 19, 2020

Marriott International scores its ESG performance, Henkel opens its ideas factory, Kering rebounds with e-commerce and growth in North America and China.

Marriott International scores its ESG performance

Family-controlled Marriott International, Inc, the largest lodging company in the world, says it has achieved its goal of spending $500 million with women-owned businesses one year ahead of schedule and spent nearly a billion dollars with diverse- and women-owned businesses.

The goal was among the highlights in its 2020 Serve 360 Report released this month on its diversity, volunteerism and other environmental, social and governance activities.

December 12, 2020

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion, Bombardier private jet sales soar in the coronavirus age, Walmart offers to give Covid-19 vaccinations.

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion

German media family business Bertelsmann has acquired publishing house Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion from the US Redstone-family-owned media company ViacomCBS.

Bertelsmann, the international media, services and education company, said it was further expanding its global content businesses in the US, its second-largest market, with the deal for the publisher of Hillary Clinton, John Irving, Stephen King and Bob Woodward.

December 6, 2020

Second UK lockdown cost Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales, Red Bull energises Yoovidhya family of inventor with $257 million payout, Lord Bamford gives JCB staff an extra holiday to mark 75th anniversary.

Second lockdown costs Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales

The Weston family-controlled food and retail giant Associated British Foods estimates it lost £430 million ($579 million) in sales while its high street fashion retailer Primark was closed during the latest coronavirus lockdown.

October 23, 2020

Forrest mining family office Tattarang diversifies into apparel brand RM Williams, Ferragamo family denies minority stake sale claim, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior power LVMH rebound.

Forrest mining family diversifies into apparel brand RM Williams

Andrew Forrest, the Australian mining magnate and family office principal, says he is “incredibly proud and humbled” to return a former family business to Australian ownership in a $135 million acquisition indirectly from the French family-owned luxury giant LVMH.

October 16, 2020

Next-gen Euisun Chung takes the wheel of Hyundai after 20 years, apparel brand Uniqlo predicts recovery to pre-pandemic profits within a year, ‘Pasta king’ Guido Barilla says next five years critical to fix global food systems.

Next-gen Euisun Chung takes the wheel of Hyundai after 20 years

South Korean billionaire Euisun Chung has succeeded his father Mong-Koo Chung as chairman of Hyundai Motor Group to drive the world's fifth largest automaker into a future of autonomous driving, renewable fuels and flying cars.

October 9, 2020

James Dyson says entrepreneurialism and wealth creation will help Covid-19 economic recovery, Ferrero family takes the biscuit at Fox’s as acquisition spree continues, Henkel charts modest fourth quarter recovery without lockdowns.

James Dyson says entrepreneurialism and wealth creation will help Covid-19 economic recovery

Family business founder Sir James Dyson says entrepreneurialism and wealth creation should be encouraged to recover the economy from Covid-19 as he announced his Dyson Institute will be permitted to award its own degrees for the first time.

September 25, 2020

Agnelli family’s Exor deals risk with GEDI but reward with Fiat Chrysler; e-commerce, Chinese and comfort sales cushion L’Oreal against the coronavirus, heiress Verena Bahlsen leads her family business to innovation and social responsibility.

Agnelli family’s Exor deals risk with GEDI but reward with Fiat Chrysler

The completion of the Agnelli family’s €104.2 million ($121 million) buy back of control of GEDI from the De Benedetti family came at a fortuitous time as Italy’s largest editorial group suffers in the first half of the year of the coronavirus.

May 13, 2020

Australia’s family-owned Coopers Brewery is demonstrating its resilience against the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to manufacture and distribute its products while supporting supply chains and the hospitality sector, and protecting its workforce and philanthropic grants.

Australia’s family-owned Coopers Brewery is demonstrating its resilience against the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to manufacture and distribute its products while supporting supply chains and the hospitality sector, and protecting its workforce and philanthropic grants.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the sixth-generation family business has grappled with major changes in how it operates, in tandem with difficulties among commercial partners and fluctuating customer demand in an uncertain market.

May 7, 2020

ArcelorMittal upbeat about steel recovery despite $1.1 billion coronavirus loss, Escarrer family has Melia Hotels audited for Covid-19 health and safety, H&M clothing sales plummet 57% in two months as lockdowns bite.

ArcelorMittal upbeat about steel recovery despite $1.1 billion coronavirus loss

Family-owned steel giant ArcelorMittal has suspended its dividend after a net $1.1 billion loss in the first coronavirus-stricken quarter of 2020, but its family principal says steel demand is beginning to rally as lockdowns ease.

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