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April 1, 2008

America may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of countries that are looking to improve its environmental footprint, but one family company is determined to help the superpower buck the trend.

America may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of countries looking to improve their environmental footprint, but one family company is determined to help the superpower buck the trend.

SC Johnson has struck a five-year deal with Spartan Renewable Energy to power 46% of its second largest North American manufacturing plant in Bay City, Michigan. Giant windmills will provide approximately 31.5 million kilowatt hours and help keep 29,500 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere annually.

March 28, 2008

A shipping billionaire has made a large donation to the National Maritime Museum in London.

A shipping billionaire has made a large donation to the National Maritime Museum in London. Sammy Ofer (pictured far right), whose empire includes Israeli shipping giant ZIM and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, has pledged $40 million for a new wing in the museum.

Ofer served in the British Royal Navy before starting a shipping business with his brother, Juli. The business now operates a significant part of its fleet from London and Ofer's two sons, Eyal and Idan, manage different branches of the group. The family's wealth is estimated at $4 billion.

February 15, 2008

Four business-owning family members have been named in the top 20 American philanthropists in a new poll which provides an annual analysis of the largest charitable contributions.

Four business-owning family members have been named in the top 20 American philanthropists in a new poll which provides an annual analysis of the largest charitable contributions.

Barron Hilton, 80, chairman of the Hilton Hotel Corporation, came second in the list – The 2007 Slate 60 – with a $1.2 billion donation to his father’s trust, The Conrad N Hilton Foundation, which donates money to help the world’s most disadvantaged people. The contribution came from proceeds from the sale of Hilton Hotels Corporation and the pending sale of Harrah’s Entertainment.

September 1, 2007

Big-screen legend Paul Newman uses his salad dressing company to raise money for those less fortunate than himself. He talks to Families in Business about his business, his charity and his own brand of philanthropy

Marc Smith is acting editor of Families in Business.

Big-screen legend Paul Newman uses his salad dressing company to raise money for those less fortunate than himself. He talks to Families in Business about his business, his charity and his own brand of philanthropy

July 1, 2007

Socially responsible investing is a rapidly growing investment vehicle for business
around the world. Mike Scott takes a look at some of the largest and most successful
SRI funds, and explains how family businesses can get involved

Mike Scott is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Socially responsible investing is a rapidly growing investment vehicle for business around the world. Mike Scott takes a look at some of the largest and most successful SRI funds, and explains how family businesses can get involved

July 1, 2007

The Business of Changing the World
By Marc Benioff and Carlye Adler. Published by McGraw-Hill, 2006

Christine Harland is a director of Camden Writers.

The Business of Changing the World
By Marc Benioff and Carlye Adler. Published by McGraw-Hill, 2006

Jeff Swartz is third-generation CEO at Timberland, the family shoe manufacturing business. As a young man, he watched his father take a wad of cash out of his pocket and hand it to a factory worker. Later, Jeff asked his dad about the exchange.

July 1, 2007

Despite its recent high profile, many investors are still ignorant about socially responsible investing and how it can benefit their business. Families in Business talks to Lisa Woll, CEO of the Social Investment Forum, to set the record straight

Despite its recent high profile, many investors are still ignorant about socially responsible investing and how it can benefit their business. Families in Business talks to Lisa Woll, CEO of the Social Investment Forum, to set the record straight

Do you think there is an inherent synergy between family businesses, with their traditionally long-term outlook, and SRI?

July 1, 2007

Fair Trade has been a rapidly growing phenomenon over recent years and many businesses are keen invest in it. Paul Allen discovers the different aspects of ethical investing and asks whether Fair Trade businesses make for better investments

Paul Allen is the author of Your Ethical Business: How to plan, start and succeed in a company with a conscience.

Fair Trade has been a rapidly growing phenomenon over recent years and many businesses are keen invest in it. Paul Allen discovers the different aspects of ethical investing and asks whether Fair Trade businesses make for better investments

July 1, 2007

Many social investors today are torn between the need to help others and the desire to make a high return. Is it possible to do both? Shari Berenbach discovers that more and more investors are finding community investing to be the ideal middle ground

Shari Berenbach is executive director of Calvert Social Investment Foundation.

Many social investors today are torn between the need to help others and the desire to make a high return. Is it possible to do both? Shari Berenbach discovers that more and more investors are finding community investing to be the ideal middle ground

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