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A fair share

‘The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits’ – an article written by Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman, published in The New York Times in 1970 – popularised like no other paper the idea that a company’s sole purpose is to make money for its shareholders. In the context of the first anxieties of global competition, the article’s success, critics now argue, came not from the validity of its assertions, but rather from the business world’s desperate desire to believe in such a concept. Thus, the mantra of shareholder value maximisation was born, catalysing one the biggest shifts in the goals of modern business management.

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Features

MENA’s Rail Revolution

MENA is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for rail projects, with plans to build 33,712km of mainline routes and 3,004km of metro, monorail and tramlines across the region. Helen Blyth examines how the Middle East and North Africa are using rail developments to leverage economic prosperity and combat the issues associated with a rapidly expanding urban population.

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GREEN BUILDINGS, SILVER LININGS

With buildings accounting for almost 40 per cent of the world’s primary energy consumption and a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions, Georgina Cutler explores the evolving methodologies of green building and the movement’s potential to contribute to a more sustainable future, as urbanisation and population levels continue to surge.

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Bringing Intelligence Home

Smart homes represent the new proving ground for the technological giants of today, and the systems that the technology introduces have swiftly evolved in the last five years from the niche domain of Silicon Valley start-ups, to the arena in which goliaths such as Apple, Amazon, Samsung and Google prepare to clash for domination today. Tony White surveys the solutions that the growing industry offers, together with the opportunities defining its viability to a growing user-base.

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Latest News

02/03/2015 / UK

UK party leaders urged to set end date for dirty coal

Leading environmental, development, and health organisations have warned Britain’s political leaders that coal pollution risks derailing the UK’s climate targets unless they agree on a clear deadline and concrete measures to phase out dirty coal by the early 2020s.

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