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More Or Less Thursday, 6 March, 2003, 14:01 GMT
Good Business
Hong Kong's Victoria harbour
How can responsible business practice be measured?

More or Less was broadcast on Tuesday, 11 March, 2003 at 1600 GMT on BBC Radio 4.

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The first index of corporate responsibility has been published in the UK.

But how do you assess how well a company behaves?

There is no single measurement for goodness.

There may not even be agreement on what constitutes good corporate behaviour, even if there is consensus that we would like more of it.

More or Less spoke to Patrick Mallon of Business in the Community; and Stephen Hind of the Ethical Investment Research Service, EIRIS.

Understanding science

Plus, the writer Joseph Schwartz argues that the language of maths took over science at the time of Galileo and we have been paying for it with unintelligibility ever since.

Is he right?

By invitation, Joseph makes the case on More or Less, and discusses his views with the mathematician Robert Hunt, of Cambridge University.

What's in a number?

And the billion dollar question.

How much is it?

A billion, that is.

A thousand million or a million million?

We seek out the official view, from Bill Richardson of the Maths Association, and hear from listener, Ruby Kent, from Cornwall why she thinks it matters

What do you think?

E-mail us with your views at
MoreorLess@bbc.co.uk

Also in the programme: University of Leeds philosopher Peter Simons argues that computers distract us from the questions that really count; and listener Paul Sims explains how he remembers his 25 identity numbers.

Producer: Michael Blastland
Editor: Nicola Meyrick

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