The $100 Trillion Global Economy in One Chart

The $100 Trillion Global Economy in One Chart

09/08/2022

Visualizing the $100 Trillion Global Economy in One Chart Surpassing the $100 trillion mark is a new milestone for global economic output. We’ve covered this topic in the past when the world’s GDP was $88 trillion (2020) and then $94 trillion (2021), and now according to the latest projections, the IMF expects the global economy […]

How Greenwashing Affects the Bottom Line

How Greenwashing Affects the Bottom Line

04/08/2022

Consumers today face a barrage of green-friendly messaging from companies hoping to profit from increased concern over environmental issues. Unfortunately, many of these environmental promises don’t pan out. Research carried out in Europe found that 42% of green claims were exaggerated, false, or deceptive, which points to greenwashing on an industrial scale. This is dangerous […]

Ranked: The 20 Countries With the Fastest Declining Populations

Ranked: The 20 Countries With the Fastest Declining Populations

03/08/2022

Visualizing Population Decline by Country Since the mid-1900s, the global population has followed a steep upwards trajectory. While much of this growth has been concentrated in China and India, researchers expect the next wave of growth to occur in Africa. As of 2019, for example, the average woman in Niger is having over six children […]

Interest Rate Hikes vs. Inflation Rate, by Country

Interest Rate Hikes vs. Inflation Rate, by Country

20/07/2022

Interest Rate Hikes vs. Inflation Rate, by Country Imagine today’s high inflation like a car speeding down a hill. In order to slow it down, you need to hit the brakes. In this case, the “brakes” are interest rate hikes intended to slow spending. However, some central banks are hitting the brakes faster than others. […]

Visualizing the Coming Shift in Global Economic Power (2006-2036p)

28/06/2022

Visualizing the Shift in Global Economic Power As the post-pandemic recovery chugs along, the global economy is set to see major changes in the coming decades. Most significantly, China is forecast to pass the United States to become the largest economy globally. The world’s economic center has long been drifting from Europe and North America […]

Mapping the Migration of the World’s Millionaires

Mapping the Migration of the World’s Millionaires

21/06/2022

Mapping the Migration of the World’s Millionaires Throughout 2022, a projected 88,000 millionaires will move to a new country, according to the latest Henley Global Citizens Report. Which countries are these millionaires moving to, and where in the world are they coming from? This graphic maps the migration of high net worth individuals (HNWIs)—people with […]

Which Countries Trust Their Government, and Which Ones Don’t?

Which Countries Trust Their Government, and Which Ones Don’t?

07/06/2022

Which Countries Trust Their Government, and Which Ones Don’t? In many countries around the world, vast portions of the population do not trust their own government. Lack of faith in government and politics is nothing new, but in times of uncertainty, that lack of trust can coalesce into movements that challenge the authority of ruling […]

Mapped: The State of Global Democracy in 2022

Mapped: The State of Global Democracy in 2022

25/05/2022

Mapped: The State of Democracy Around the World The world’s (almost) eight billion people live under a wide variety of political and cultural circumstances. In broad terms, those circumstances can be measured and presented on a sliding scale between “free” and “not free”—the subtext being that democracy lies on one end, and authoritarianism on the […]

How sustainability could change the food system

How sustainability could change the food system

13/05/2022

It’s not simple to reform a system that more than 500 million farmers, workers, and employees around the world depend on, and that plays a critical role in people’s health. Yet pressure from stakeholders has never been stronger: consumers are demanding sustainable products and services, investors are shifting to sustainable investments, regulators are implementing new […]

How Do Big Tech Giants Make Their Billions?

How Do Big Tech Giants Make Their Billions?

04/05/2022

The Returns of Top Cryptocurrencies in 2021 2021 saw the crypto markets boom and mature, with different sectors flourishing and largely outperforming the market leader, bitcoin. While bitcoin only managed to return 59.8% last year, the crypto sector’s total market cap grew by 187.5%, with many of the top coins offering four and even five-digit […]

The Rise of Functional Food: What Investors Need to Know

The Rise of Functional Food: What Investors Need to Know

20/04/2022

Investors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) expect to dramatically increase their sustainable assets. In fact, sustainable assets are projected to grow from 21% of total assets in 2020 to 47% of total assets in 2025. In this graphic we outline the top five ESG challenges that European investors face amid this shift. […]

Visualizing the EU’s Energy Dependency

Visualizing the EU’s Energy Dependency

05/04/2022

Visualizing the EU’s Energy Dependency   In response to Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. and EU have imposed heavy sanctions aimed at crippling the Russian economy. However, these bold actions also come with some potentially messy complications: Russia is not only one of the world’s largest exporters of energy products, but it is […]

Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022

Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022

29/03/2022

Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022 What really makes people happy? While countless academic researchers have tried to get to the bottom of this, the truth is, it’s a complicated question to answer. Happiness levels depend on a number of factors, including one’s financial security, perceptions of social support, feelings of personal freedom, and much […]

Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine

Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine

11/03/2022

Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine The modern state of Ukraine was formed nearly 30 years ago after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, the country has often made headlines due to political instability and the looming threat of a Russian invasion. In the map graphic above, we examine Ukraine from […]

Visualizing Ukraine’s Top Trading Partners and Products

Visualizing Ukraine’s Top Trading Partners and Products

07/03/2022

International trade was equal to 65% of Ukraine’s GDP in 2020, totaling to $102.9 billion of goods exchanged with countries around the world. In 2014, Russia’s annexation of Crimea contributed to a 30% year-over-year drop in Ukraine’s 2015 trade value ($75.6B). Now, Ukraine’s international trade has been irreversibly disrupted since Russia’s full-scale invasion on February […]

Visualizing Countries Grouped by Their Largest Trading Partner (1960-2020)

Visualizing Countries Grouped by Their Largest Trading Partner (1960-2020)

25/02/2022

Amidst supply chain issues and inflated shipping costs, global trade continued to grow last year, reaching an estimated $28 trillion in 2021—a 23% increase compared to the year prior. Which countries are the central nodes of the global trade network? While China is currently the world’s largest trading partner, this hasn’t always been the case. […]

Does Your Company Need a Chief ESG Officer?

Does Your Company Need a Chief ESG Officer?

24/02/2022

There’s a new title in the C-suite: chief ESG officer. While top executives with “ESG” in their title are new and not yet widespread, this role is an opportunity that companies may consider as they face increasing pressure to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues; companies like C.H. Robinson, Royal Caribbean, and Verizon have […]

The Cybersecurity Risks of an Escalating Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Cybersecurity Risks of an Escalating Russia-Ukraine Conflict

23/02/2022

As warnings of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine proliferate, news networks and social media have featured clips of Russian armed forces training, exercising, and preparing to fight. Less visible are Russia’s formidable cyber forces that would be preparing to unleash a new wave of cyber-attacks on Ukrainian and western energy, finance, and communications infrastructure. Whether an […]

The rise of the inclusive consumer

The rise of the inclusive consumer

22/02/2022

Large consumer and retail players from Nordstrom to Yelp are moving quickly to serve this group of influential customers. Indeed, while inclusive consumers tend to be younger, female, and more racially diverse, they include men and women across ethnic backgrounds, income levels, and age groups. Given this diverse and ubiquitous representation, the inclusive consumer holds […]

How did COP26 help business move towards a net-zero economy?

How did COP26 help business move towards a net-zero economy?

17/02/2022

I thought I might kick off by sharing a few reflections on how far COP26 helped us move towards a net-zero economy, and what some of the implications to business are. These remarks are really formed by four different sets of insights. In the year running up to COP, we helped create the fact base […]

Make Black Friday a More Exciting Online Experience

Make Black Friday a More Exciting Online Experience

26/11/2021

Even before Covid, the balance of Black Friday consumption was slowly tipping toward e-commerce. But 2020 was the year of extreme tilt, with nearly twice as many consumers opting to stay home and buy online instead of going out to stores (100 million versus 58.7 million). The good news is that as a digital event, […]

The rapid growth in global wealth

The rapid growth in global wealth

24/11/2021

We have borrowed a page from the corporate world—namely, the balance sheet—to take stock of the underlying health and resilience of the global economy as it begins to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. This view from the balance sheet complements more typical approaches based on GDP, capital investment levels, and other measures of economic flows […]

Mapped: Distribution of Global GDP by Region

Mapped: Distribution of Global GDP by Region

11/11/2021

Gross domestic product (GDP) measures the value of goods and services that an economy produces in a given year, but in a global context, it is typically shown using country-level data. As a result, we don’t often get to see the nuances of the global economy, such as how much specific regions and metro areas […]

Net-Zero Emissions: The Steps Companies and Investors Can Consider

Net-Zero Emissions: The Steps Companies and Investors Can Consider

09/11/2021

To help prevent the worst effects of climate change, a growing number of companies are pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. In fact, the percentage of companies declaring a net-zero target nearly doubled from 2019 to 2020. With urgency building, how can companies and investors approach net-zero emissions? The above infographic from MSCI highlights […]

7 ESG Essentials Investors Need to Know

7 ESG Essentials Investors Need to Know

21/10/2021

From consumers to policy makers, many economic actors are backing sustainability—and creating a powerful portfolio opportunity for investors. The use of environmental, social, and governance factors (altogether known as ESG) is increasingly informing investment decisions. But although ESG investing has grown in prominence in a few short years, there’s a disconnect: To properly capitalize on […]

Governments fall as the EU battles corruption

Governments fall as the EU battles corruption

14/10/2021

FOR THOSE worried about the health of European democracy, the departures were all the more welcome for being so unexpected. After a decade in which populist governments have undermined the rule of law and moulded the state to their advantage across central and eastern Europe, two leaders accused of manipulating the political system lost power […]

The World’s 100 Most Valuable Brands in 2021

The World’s 100 Most Valuable Brands in 2021

12/10/2021

The World’s Top 100 Most Valuable Brands in 2021 In 2020, the global economy experienced one of the worst declines since the Great Depression. Yet, while the ripple effects of COVID-19 have thrown many businesses into disarray, some companies have not only managed to stay afloat amidst the chaos—they’ve thrived. Using data from Kantar BrandZ, […]

Mapped: The World’s Fastest Growing eCommerce Markets

Mapped: The World’s Fastest Growing eCommerce Markets

07/10/2021

Bringing the World Into Focus: A Guide to MSCI Indexes Economic development around the world has led investors to consider broadening their investment exposures. But with nearly 30,000 equity securities available globally, the universe is far too large for an investor to filter by themselves. In this sponsored infographic from MSCI, we explain their index […]

The 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in the Next Decade

The 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in the Next Decade

05/10/2021

The employment landscape is constantly shifting. While agricultural jobs played a big role in the 19th century, a large portion of U.S. jobs today are in administration, sales, or transportation. So how can job seekers identify the fastest growing jobs of the future? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects there will be 11.9 […]

Should You Localize Your Product for the Chinese Market?

Should You Localize Your Product for the Chinese Market?

29/09/2021

As China’s consumer base grows larger and more enticing to international brands, many global companies have begun investing heavily in localizing their products to meet the needs of the Chinese market. KFCs in China sell soy milk, fried dough sticks, and congee; Volkswagen launched a whole series of new models designed specifically for China; Starbucks […]

This Simple Chart Reveals the Distribution Of Global Wealth

This Simple Chart Reveals the Distribution Of Global Wealth

28/09/2021

The pandemic resulted in global wealth taking a significant dip in the first part of 2020. By the end of March, global household wealth had already declined by around 4.4%. Interestingly, after much monetary and fiscal stimulus from governments around the world, global household wealth was more than able to recover, finishing up the year […]

The Top 100 Companies of the World: The U.S. vs Everyone Else

The Top 100 Companies of the World: The U.S. vs Everyone Else

05/08/2021

Ranked: the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2021 This year has been rife with pandemic-induced changes that have shifted corporate priorities—and yet, innovation has remained a top concern among corporations worldwide. Using data from the annual ranking done by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) using a poll of 1,600 global innovation professionals, this graphic ranks […]

Getting real about hybrid work

Getting real about hybrid work

03/08/2021

Once in a generation (if that), we have the opportunity to reimagine how we work. In the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution moved many in Europe and the United States from fields to factories. In the 1940s, World War II brought women into the workforce (if not the C-suite) at unprecedented rates. In the 1990s, the […]

Ranked: The Most Innovative Companies in 2021

Ranked: The Most Innovative Companies in 2021

30/07/2021

This year has been rife with pandemic-induced changes that have shifted corporate priorities—and yet, innovation has remained a top concern among corporations worldwide. Using data from the annual ranking done by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) using a poll of 1,600 global innovation professionals, this graphic ranks the top 50 most innovative companies in 2021. We’ll […]

The trailblazing consumers in Asia propelling growth

08/07/2021

Asia is already the world’s consumption growth engine and is likely to reinforce that position over the next decade. Disregarding Asia’s consumer markets would mean missing half the global consumption story. Asia’s consumer markets are not only a story of scale, but also one of diversity and shifting preferences and behavior caused by powerful demographic, […]

A Map of the Online World in Incredible Detail

09/06/2021

The internet is intangible, and because you can’t see it, it can be hard to comprehend its sheer vastness. As well, it’s difficult to gauge the relative size of different web properties. However, this map of the internet by Halcyon Maps offers a unique solution to these problems. Inspired by the look and design of […]

From survival to renewal: Transforming the consumer-goods industry

08/06/2021

Prolonged lockdowns because of COVID-19 outbreaks have acted as an accelerant for a number of trends, such as the dramatic shift to e-commerce and evolving consumer behaviors and preferences. Another big visible trend is the increased scrutiny from multiple stakeholders on sustainability issues that affect product strategy, sourcing and supply chain, and access to capital. […]

Mapped: The Greenest Countries in the World

01/06/2021

  From widening wealth disparity to the environmental ramifications of economic development—the growing focus on global sustainability is a clear sign of the times. Research reveals that when a sustainable ethos is applied to policy and business, it typically bodes well for economies and people alike. By providing benchmarks for those decisions, indexes like Yale’s […]

Ransomware Attacks Are Spiking. Is Your Company Prepared?

27/05/2021

With the migration to remote work over the last year, cyberattacks have increased exponentially. We saw more attacks of every kind, but the headline for 2020 was ransom attacks, which were up 150% over the previous year. The amount paid by victims of these attacks increased more than 300% in 2020. Already 2021 has seen […]

Mapped: The Top 10 Billionaire Cities

20/05/2021

  Mapped: The Top 10 Billionaire Cities in 2020 In 2020, the world gained 493 new billionaires—that’s one every 17 hours. For the last seven years, New York City has been home to more billionaires than any other city in the world. However, last year marked a monumental shift in the status quo. Beijing has […]

Fact Check: The Truth Behind Five ESG Myths

14/05/2021

Fact Check: The Truth Behind 5 ESG Myths In 2021, investors continue to embrace environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments at record levels. In the first quarter of 2021, global ESG fund inflows outpaced the last four consecutive quarters, reaching $2 trillion. But while ESG gains rapid momentum, the CFA Institute shows that 33% of […]

Fact Check: The Truth Behind Five ESG Myths

14/05/2021

Fact Check: The Truth Behind 5 ESG Myths In 2021, investors continue to embrace environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments at record levels. In the first quarter of 2021, global ESG fund inflows outpaced the last four consecutive quarters, reaching $2 trillion. But while ESG gains rapid momentum, the CFA Institute shows that 33% of […]

Mapped: The 25 Poorest Countries in the World

28/04/2021

Mapped: The 25 Poorest Countries in the World Having looked at the richest countries in the world, which nations are at the bottom of the list in terms of GDP per capita, in nominal terms? This map looks at the world’s 25 poorest countries by this metric. Country  GDP per capita (USD) 🇧🇮 Burundi $263.67 […]

Mapped: The 25 Richest Countries in the World

27/04/2021

  The Briefing The richest country in the world is Luxembourg with a GDP per capita of over $109,000 The world’s 25 richest countries are located across North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania Mapped: The 25 Richest Countries in the World Which are the richest countries in the world, by nominal GDP per capita? This […]

How Much Does Big Tech Make Every Minute?

23/04/2021

  The Briefing The FAATMAN stocks have a collective market cap of $8.3 trillion On average, these Big Tech companies generate a whopping $416,768 of revenue each minute Big Tech Just Keeps Getting Bigger It’s becoming increasingly difficult to wrap your head around just how massive some big tech stocks are getting, especially since they […]

Which Asian Economies Have the Most Sustainable Trade Policies?

22/04/2021

Which Asian Economies Have the Most Sustainable Trade Policies? To say that Asia has benefited from international trade is an understatement. By opening its economies to the rest of the world, the region has become a leading exporter in many of today’s most important industries. Trade has also improved Asia’s quality of life, lifting over […]

The Ballooning Valuations In Private Equity Deals

20/04/2021

The Briefing Private equity (PE) deal valuations by EV/EBITDA are increasingly rich and are hitting higher double-digit figures 2021 is expected to be another home run year for PE, with 20% of buyouts estimated to be priced above 20x EV/EBITDA The Ballooning Valuations In Private Equity Deals Private equity is getting increasingly expensive. As a […]

The World’s Top 10 Hedge Fund Managers by Earnings

16/04/2021

The Briefing The top 10 hedge fund managers take home an average of $1.3 billion a year in earnings The hedge fund industry manages over $3 trillion in assets Hedge funds often have a two-and-twenty fee structure, charging 2% on all assets under management (AUM), and 20% on profits The Top 10 Hedge Fund Managers […]

Visualizing Earth’s Global Ice Loss Between 1994-2017

14/04/2021

The Briefing Due to global warming, 28 trillion tonnes of ice have melted in just over two decades Over half (58%) of this global ice loss occurred in the Northern Hemisphere Visualizing Earth’s Global Ice Loss Between 1994-2017 Nearly 70% of the Earth’s freshwater is locked up in glaciers and ice caps, ground ice, and […]

Visualizing Countries by Share of Earth’s Surface

12/03/2021

Visualizing Countries by Share of Earth’s Surface There are over 510 million square kilometers of area on the surface of Earth, but less than 30% of this is covered by land. The rest is water, in the form of vast oceans. Today’s visualization uses data primarily from the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) to rank […]

Ranked: The Most Valuable Nation Brands in 2020

10/03/2021

Can you remember a year more life-changing than 2020? Over a million lives were lost in the pandemic, oil prices turned negative, and protests swept the streets. At the same time, 10 years of technology advancements seemed to happen in mere months—and now vaccinations are rolling out at a record speed. Below, we round up […]

Visualizing the Most Populous Countries in the World

25/02/2021

  Visualizing the Most Populous Countries in the World   India’s population is projected to surpass China’s as soon as 2022.   While this is consequential on a global economic level, it also leaves other population trends overlooked. For instance, Nigeria is projected to have more people than the U.S., the world’s third-largest country by […]

Global Stars: The Most Innovative Countries, Ranked by Income Group

23/02/2021

The Most Innovative Countries, Ranked by Income Group Innovation can be instrumental to the success of economies, at macro and micro scales. While investment provides powerful fuel for innovation—the relationship isn’t always straightforward. The 2020 ranking from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reveals just that. The above map breaks down the most innovative countries […]

The World’s Most Searched Consumer Brands

18/02/2021

  Strong brands create an emotional link with consumers, and tech brands are no exception. In fact, Google, Amazon, Netflix, and even eBay rank as some of the most searched consumer brands worldwide. It’s hard to imagine life without these household names, but how do brand preferences shift and change across internet searches worldwide? This […]

The path forward for sustainable retail

18/02/2021

Retail is undergoing an unprecedented transition. The internet has led to new sales channels and new opportunities to reach out to customers, and globalization has opened markets and introduced new competitors. Then COVID-19 happened, rocking the industry to its core, as stores around the world closed and consumers had no choice but to order online. […]

The CEO agenda for companies in advanced industries

16/02/2021

  CEOs and corporate leaders are awash with uncertainty due to the persistent transmission of COVID-19, shifting regional dynamics, fluctuating customer demand, and transformational technology disruptions. For industrial companies—those within advanced electronics, aerospace and defense, and automotive and assembly—the decisions made today about their strategy, products and services portfolio, and sustainable performance transformations could have […]

Reimagining the Balanced Scorecard for the ESG Era

09/02/2021

In August 2019, the U.S. Business Roundtable, the leading gathering for Fortune 500 CEOs, stated that “each of our stakeholders is essential. We commit to deliver value to all of them, for the future success of our companies, our communities and our country.” This re-orientation acknowledges widespread concerns that companies who focus only on their […]

How the Gender Balance of Investment Teams Shapes the Risks They Take

19/01/2021

Women are more risk averse than men on average — at least that’s what research and received wisdom seem to suggest. Women take fewer risks when picking stocks, investing in venture capital, and making acquisitions, for example. There are various explanations for these differences in appetite for risk. The most common one holds  that in […]

The next normal arrives: Trends that will define 2021—and beyond

14/01/2021

Businesses have spent much of the past nine months scrambling to adapt to extraordinary circumstances. While the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet won, with a vaccine in sight, there is at least a faint light at the end of the tunnel—along with the hope that another train isn’t heading our way. 2021 […]

How Did Business’s Role in Society Change in 2020?

12/01/2021

The year 2020 was incredibly rough, but with one big bright spot at the end. A once-in-a-century global pandemic — an unfathomable tragedy — devastated lives and economies. But in a miraculous display of scientific prowess, Pfizer, Moderna, and other pharmaceutical companies produced what appeared to be highly effective Covid-19 vaccines by December. After a year of […]

What Will the U.S.-China Relationship Look Like in the Biden Era?

11/01/2021

The sight of Hangzhou’s railway station packed to the rafters during China’s Golden Week holidays in early October was a powerful symbol of the country’s swift recovery from Covid-19. With mobility restrictions long lifted, more than 600 million Chinese crisscrossed the country to visit family and friends — providing an important boost to domestic consumption […]

With vaccines on the horizon, here’s how business leaders can plan ahead |

10/12/2020

Still, many questions remain and in all my years of scenario planning, I’ve never seen uncertainty like that which has arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders are in need of guidance as to how to plan for the months ahead. Salesforce has been tracking the many uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 since March and developed a range […]

Poor diets making children shorter, according to new study

08/12/2020

“Our findings should motivate policies that increase the availability and reduce the cost of nutritious foods, as this will help children grow taller without gaining excessive weight for their height,” said Dr Andrea Rodriguez Martinez, the study’s lead author. “Household poverty and food insecurity rates have increased. Essential nutrition services and supply chains have been […]

Consumers with food allergies: A growing market remains underserved | McKinsey

04/12/2020

Around the world, half a billion people, including close to 85 million in the United States, avoid allergens when shopping for food and beverages. The number of American children who experience food allergies has been growing about four times faster than the population has for at least 20 years. They aren’t alone: evidence suggests that […]

In a Pandemic, We Buy What We Know

01/12/2020

llustration by Rocio Egio  Back in May, Unilever’s CEO predicted that consumers would eat healthier during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the CEO of McDonald’s remains confident they’ll return to Big Macs and other familiar favorites. Certainly, both can’t be right. Or can they? Organic and healthy food sales are in fact surging — but so […]

The case for stakeholder capitalism

25/11/2020

None of this could have been done without economic growth. And that is what free-market-oriented economies, in their many different varieties, have delivered better than the alternatives. Think of West Germany versus East Germany; South Korea versus North Korea; or Costa Rica versus Cuba. And yet, there is palpable anger and distrust with the idea […]

This is what the co-founder of LinkedIn says about the future of work

22/10/2020

“One of the things we’ve discovered in our work with the World Economic Forum is the importance of remote learning. Delivering skills at a distance is absolutely essential in a time when so much is changing,” he said in an interview with the Forum. “And frankly, coming together to learn new things is more difficult.” […]

The Post-Pandemic Rules of Talent Management

14/10/2020

Stewart Cohen/Getty Images Over the past decades, rapid digital transformation has enabled organizations to completely reimagine the way they work and manage talent. From reliable video conferencing platforms, to digital collaboration software, to ubiquitous cloud-based connectivity, and a data-centric approach to strategic decision-making powered by the synergy between artificial and human intelligence, an imaginary worker […]

Is Your Executive Compensation Plan Undermining Your Mission?

09/10/2020

Cactus Creative Studio/Stocksy New technologies have been disrupting business for decades, especially since the internet became widespread in the late 1990s. But a new wave of innovation, centered on artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and the internet of things, is now intensifying the pace and magnitude of disruption. AI-powered advances by themselves, according to a […]

What Will the Retail Experience of the Future Look Like?

14/09/2020

RICARDO ARDUENGO/Getty Images The world’s retailers face a host of challenges. Even before the pandemic, many brick-and-mortar retailers were struggling. Now, as we emerge from the liminal space of nationwide lockdowns into new psychological and social territory, shoppers will be anxious about whether visiting stores will increase their exposure to the virus. Adding to the […]

Consumer companies in the “next normal”

11/09/2020

Roiled by the COVID-19 pandemic, many consumer organizations are wondering how they can survive and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Even after the pandemic subsides, we face an unpredictable future that demands more flexibility than ever before. But while the COVID-19 crisis is unique to modern history, a look at prior global disruptions […]

Back to school: Lessons for effective remote and hybrid learning

02/09/2020

In much of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s back-to-school season. But this year’s preparations are fraught with added anxiety as educators, public-health officials, and parents try to balance the need to reduce the spread of the coronavirus with the desire to get students into more productive learning environments. The first priority of every school system must […]

3 Behavioral Trends That Will Reshape Our Post-Covid World

27/08/2020

Colin Hawkins/Getty Images Typically, consumers’ supermarket shopping habits are stable and slow to change. When people do dramatically change their behavior around buying food and beverages, it’s usually driven by a major life event such as having a baby, moving to a new town, or changing jobs. The Covid-19 crisis is, of course, changing everyone’s life […]

Reskilling workers for industry 4.0

26/08/2020

Technological progress is enabling machines to complete many of the tasks that once required human beings. That new automation revolution will have a major effect on employment in the coming years. Nearly every job will change, many quite profoundly, and the overwhelming majority of today’s employees will need to develop new skills. Preparing for the […]

These countries top the sustainability rankings

04/07/2020

Climate change poses an urgent threat demanding decisive action. Communities around the world are already experiencing increased climate impacts, from droughts to floods to rising seas. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report continues to rank these environmental threats at the top of the list. To limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C and […]

How business leaders can plan for the next normal

30/06/2020

Dealing with the coronavirus crisis and its aftermath could be the imperative of our times. Indeed, we have argued that it augurs the “imminent restructuring of the global economic order.” As Ian Davis, one of our previous managing partners, wrote in 2009 in the midst of the global financial crisis: “For some organizations, near-term survival is […]

Confronting Racism at Work: A Reading List

29/06/2020

Lyubov Ivanova/Getty Images Companies must confront racism at a systemic level — addressing everything from the structural and social mechanics of their own organizations to the role they play in the economy at large. We know that diversity programs have historically failed, but there are proven ways to improve hiring programs, interrupt bias at the […]

What Will Happen to Your Business in Hong Kong?

26/06/2020

Didier Marti/Getty Images More than 9,000 foreign firms operate in Hong Kong, among them 1,300 from the United States. So when the Chinese legislature recently passed a new security law intended to prevent “secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference” in Hong Kong, many CEOs and top executives began wondering about the business implications. The U.S. State Department added to […]

A VC’s Guide to Investing in Black Founders

24/06/2020

Illustration by Aaron Marin In the midst of a pandemic, I don’t think we ever expected to see one of the most energized social justice movements in the past few decades. Emboldened by the movement, many are engaging in more frank discussions about the role race plays when it comes to funding opportunities for early-stage […]

Coronavirus and the future of international cooperation | World Economic Forum

23/06/2020

In a matter of months, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world almost beyond recognition. And yet the international cooperation that is so essential to confront a shared threat has been nowhere to be found. This should not be a surprise: our failure to respond effectively to the COVID-19 crisis reflects deeply entrenched – and […]