Charitable giving – a reputation dividend?

Charitable giving is increasing at all levels. Last year Coutts reported an explosion of high level giving since the financial crash. Only a fraction of these significant gifts come close to the frontpages. Even without making headlines, however, it is important to understand that philanthropy can be a valuable tool to improve a donor’s reputation.  …

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Fashion faux pas: How Weibo tripped up a leading luxury brand in France

On 25th April 2018, a Chinese customer who was queuing outside the Balenciaga concession in the famous Parisian retailer Le Printemps complained about people jumping the queue. Her son, who came to her defence, was allegedly violently struck to the ground by security guards. Shortly after, Chinese witnesses to the incident were asked to leave by  …

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KitKat or just another “four trapezoidal bars aligned on a rectangular base”?

Chocolates – a personal matter, where we all have our individual preferences. Whether it be Cadbury’s Dairy Milk or Snickers, Nestle’s KitKat has always been one of the nation’s favourites. However, a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), held that this lunchbox snack staple does not merit trademark protection. But why isn’t  …

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