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Apple is committed to serving “Americans”, even as Tim Cook’s company asserts that manufacturing the iPhone in the United States would not be a viable option. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Debate: Can corporate purpose be global?

New initiatives have allowed firms to enshrine their purpose in corporate bylaws, but gaps exist between local and international issues that can complicate the definition of a multinational's purpose.
In Mexico, more than half of workers in the industrial and non-agricultural services sectors do not have access to social security. Lunamarina / Shutterstock

Human rights: the indirect impact of multinationals in emerging countries

Multinational corporations are increasingly vigilant about respecting human rights, but the case of Mexico tells us that they can indirectly encourage violations by local businesses.
The Hong Kong protests have drawn massive and diverse crowds. AP Photo/Kin Cheung

How Hong Kong’s protests are affecting its economy

While the political and long-term consequences of the protests are still impossible to know, Hong Kong is already experiencing some short-term economic impacts.
Being assigned overseas is no longer a career choice for a single breadwinner, but involves compromises between couples or within families. Olena Yakobchuk/Shutterstock

The secrets to managing overseas postings for modern families? Start with the spouse

The rise of professional couples has added to the complexity of ensuring overseas assignments are a success for both employer and employee.
BlackRock Inc is relatively unknown outside financial circles, but it owns the largest share in the biggest 299 companies in the world. Edward Munoz/Reuters

Who owns the world? Tracing half the corporate giants’ shares to 30 owners

Today the world is dominated by 30 financial corporations that hold more than half the shareholdings of its corporate giants. And they follow the logic of finance capital – the logic of money.
The actual corporate tax rate in Australia is considerably lower than 30% due to the high utilisation of imputation credits by shareholders. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The government’s company tax cut win a triumph of politics over economics

The company tax cut may signal to the world that Australia wants to be competitive on corporate tax, but it won't make much of a difference to our largest businesses and multinationals.
Businesses are expanding into new markets, so employees increasingly have to move between different geographical locations. www.shutterstock.com

Tax laws are not keeping up with our globally mobile workforce: new research

New research finds there are significant risks and uncertainties in the complexities of national and international tax systems as applied to internationally mobile employees.
The United States and Australia should abandon the TPP and focus their efforts on trade deals that take a prudent approach to market access. Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Why Trump is right, and wrong, about killing off the TPP

The United States and other countries are right to reject the TPP, but President-elect Donald Trump's claims about it are misguided.

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