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Companies with a diverse workforce tend to perform better than those that do not. This report explores how businesses and other groups are encouraging people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds to work in technology and the challenges that need to be overcome

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A new Financial Times series exploring the way technology is changing industry and society

Nomos stages staff workshops to debunk Germany’s far-right; Prue Leith’s plastic showstoppers; Colombia’s emeralds seek protected status; Tiffany’s chief executive on the brand’s evolution. Plus how hand modelling is changing to reflect a more inclusive world

A cloud looms over smart beta. Despite asset managers rushing to launch a large number of new strategic beta funds in recent years, investors are increasingly wary as questions grow about whether promised above-market returns are materialising

We look at how companies are preparing for Brexit when they cannot guess what the EU deal will be. We find most successful founders are at least middle-aged and that Belfast businesses are the most productive. We look at how to avoid some common legal dangers and explore the resurgence of co-operatives

Football clubs use data analytics to identify fresh talent, Indian companies fight for access to database of 1bn citizens, the analysts helping business tame the sea of data, and does worker-generated data lead to empowerment or exploitation?

In a half century since independence, Mauritius has become an advanced African economy. We look at how it manages to be India’s top foreign investor, its status as an offshore finance hub, the sugar crop’s role in ‘green’ energy and how tourism could usefully tap resources beyond the idyllic beaches

A trade-route between Syria and Jordan has finally reopened, Russian oil company Rosneft is investing in Iraqi Kurdistan and a regional struggle for influence in the Gulf of Aden goes beyond the control of port facilities

More companies are taking steps to make their workplaces more inclusive environments and transgender rights move up the business agenda as a ‘willingness to understand’ grows

Ambitious economics meet precarious politics; getting tech on track; green energy and the ‘sunshine tax’; business and the Catalonia crisis; Trump tariffs squeeze olives; start-ups begin to shine; robots go to school

Japan’s scientists are upgrading its Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector, turning to plastic for electric cars and enhancing eel farming with ‘marine snow’. The country has big ambitions in space and hopes to create 20 unicorns by 2023

In this edition: Ariane de Rothschild on banking, dynasties and the next generation; wealthy people trying to buy immortality; the ultra-rich moving assets amid UK political turmoil

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