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Companies targeted over gender balance

One of Britain’s biggest share owners has stepped up the pressure on UK boardrooms when it comes to pay, diversity and sustainability. Legal and General Investment Management – which manages nearly £1 trillion worth of assets – voted against 215 UK pay deals in 2017, a 40% increase over the …

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Why is economic growth so poor?

Is it Brexit? Snow? The often slightly miserable nature of the first quarter growth figures, affected as they can be by the general economic lull post-Christmas? A mixture of all or none of the above? Untangling why the UK’s economic growth has slumped so dramatically in the first three months …

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The veggie burger that bleeds when you cut it

The meat industry is a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and deforestation, and a huge consumer of water. But can lab-grown veggie alternatives wean us off our addiction to red meat? Silicon Valley tech companies are betting on it. Evan McCormack, 19, is staring at a big juicy burger …

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How can businesses tackle sexual harassment?

“I’ve just moved house, do you want to come over and test my mattress?” Charlotte reads from a list of #MeToo moments – the times in her career where she has experienced some kind of unwanted sexual attention. As a solicitor working in property, this text message from one of …

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Is Paytm’s founder India’s happiest boss?

India’s youngest billionaire broke all the rules in 2010 when he started the digital payment company, Paytm. Fast forward to today, and Vijay Shekhar Sharma, 39, is the owner and chief executive of India’s second-most valuable internet firm. Paytm, which is backed by Alibaba, is now worth some $10bn. So …

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JK Rowling wants happy ending for orphans

A mission to take children out of poorly-run orphanages could be something from a Harry Potter plot. But that is the goal of a charity founded by JK Rowling. The charity, Lumos, works with governments in countries like Moldova and Ukraine to reform their education and child protection systems. But …

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WTO warns over tit-for-tat trade wars

Global trade has seen its most rapid growth in six years, says the World Trade Organization’s annual analysis. But the positive news could be put at risk by tit-for-tat tariff wars that have broken out, according to the head of the WTO, Roberto Azevedo. Broader global tensions could also see …

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Carmakers fear rising trade barriers after Brexit

A storm is brewing as clouds gather over Bristol Port, with the rain set to fall on tens of thousands of vehicles parked in the port’s car compounds, ready for export by ship, or destined for UK dealerships. It is an apt backdrop for the UK automotive sector’s current predicament. …

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Volkswagen puts Herbert Diess in the driving seat

Volkswagen has replaced its chief executive with Herbert Diess, who takes on responsibility for the entire company after overseeing the VW brand. He takes over from Matthias Mueller, who was appointed in 2015 at the height of the diesel emissions scandal. Mr Diess has clashed with unions and is known …

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