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Globalisation has revealed the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor of the world. But instead of pouring yet more aid into poverty-stricken areas, responsible investment, in particular the provision of financial services to poor entrepreneurs, has been found to be a more effective social and economic development tool – and a great way for family businesses to give back to society

Voluntary contributions to society – philanthropy – is one of the oldest ways an individual can communicate with others. Historically, the role of the state may have seen a gradual decline, but private initiative has now become more important than ever and family businesses should realise the significance of establishing their own philanthropic institutions

Family trusts, set up to take care of the welfare of family members, are often a source of confusion for beneficiaries. Education about the specific details of trusts is as important as legal structures and will ensure the long-term success of the family business

The ultimate challenge is to create the global ‘family business’ focused on improving the health of the global economic system. How can you contribute your business knowledge and finance to the welfare of those in need – and sustain profit?

Increasingly, family business members expect a far more specialist knowledge in asset management from their advisors and it is up to the potentional advisors to be able to supply relevant and informed advice, taking into account their client’s individual needs

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