Digital tools can protect consumers from inflation. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric Sager, Chief Operating Officer, Plaid Inflation is rising in the US after many years, making it harder for millions of Americans to afford consumer items. The expansion of fintech has made it easier for consumers to access […]

Here’s why putting a price on safe water will ensure universal access to it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Catarina de Albuquerque, CEO, Sanitation and Water for All Worldwide today, there are still 2 billion people without safely managed drinking water and 3.6 billion without a safely managed toilet. Those who can afford to, should pay a […]

How to create a transparent digital economy and rebuild consumer trust

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lorenzo Miláns del Bosch, Partner, Communications, Media and Technology, Oliver Wyman (MMC) The digital economy in the US is expanding four times faster than the overall economy. Yet consumers remain concerned about the way data is collected and […]

Thinking like global citizens can usher in a fairer world. Here are 6 ways to start

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bhushan Sethi, Joint Global Leader, People and Organisation, PwC US & Lady Mariéme Jamme, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iamtheCODE • Fostering a sense of common humanity is essential to reversing current inequalities and polarized communities. • The […]

Consumers are getting more complex. Brands need to keep up to survive

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alicia Friend, Senior Communications Analyst, dentsu The pandemic has shifted consumer habits and values in ways that present longer-term implications. A new report by dentsu highlights four consumer trends that brands need to heed for their survival. First: […]

The global eco-wakening: how consumers are driving sustainability

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cristianne Close, Global Markets Practice Leader, WWF International • New research shows support for sustainable business is growing in both developed and developing economies. • Many consumers believe brands bear as much responsibility for positive change as governments. […]

How technology can help unbanked access e-commerce

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirill Evstratov, Chief Executive Officer, Unlimint The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the global trend away from cash towards digital payments. Worldwide, 1.7 billion adults do not have access to a bank account – placing them at a disadvantage […]

Reimagining the future of the tax system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Barton, Global Vice Chair – Tax, EY Tax authorities are fast becoming the data centres of government, with all the associated risks and responsibilities. They can use enhanced digital capabilities to improve the taxpayer’s experience and increase […]

Social enterprises can change entire industries. This is how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bas van Abel, Founder & Board Member, Fairphone & Wineke Haagsma, Director Corporate Sustainability, PwC & Stefan Panhuijsen, Director Social Enterprise NL, Board member Euclid Social enterprises have the potential to change entire industries. An example from the […]

The world’s poorest people are owed $5.7 trillion, says Oxfam

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Chema Vera, Interim Executive Director, Oxfam International • Last year, OECD members only gave 0.3% of their GNI to aid – less than the 0.7% promised. • 0.7% would help the world’s poorest countries meet the SDGs for […]

COVID-19 amplifies inequality. Fight back with long-term thinking

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martina Björkman Nyqvist, Assistant Professor, Stockholm School of Economics & Michael Halling, Associate Professor of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics; Research Fellow, Swedish House of Finance & Maya Rebermark, Misum Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Stockholm School of Economics […]

Aluminium can help to build the circular economy. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Greg Barker of Battle, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, En+ Group & Anthony Robert Hobley, Executive Director, Mission Possible Platform, World Economic Forum A circular economy approach could reduce emissions from the production of key materials […]

This entrepreneur is helping farmers get food to consumers during lockdown

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content As COVID-19 lockdown measures affect food distribution in the Philippines, one woman has found a way to get food from farms to consumers. Social entrepreneur Cherrie Atilano has enabled farmers to sell […]

Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, Everledger Let me share my vision of 2030. By then, we are living in a global circular economy that has become ‘intentionally transparent’. This open mindset has released a surge in trust throughout the […]

Why the answer to a more sustainable future could lie within the platform economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gillian Tans, Chairwoman, Booking.com There is growing public urgency on issues such as climate change and calls for more sustainable solutions to secure a more positive future. Whilst legislators are mired in considerations of political practicality, sometimes unable to […]

Why responsible consumption is everyone’s business

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bibi la Luz Gonzalez, Founder, Eat Better Wa’ik Your closet. Your desk. Your drawers. Your private spaces never to be seen by guests or colleagues. These are the areas where we accumulate stuff. And they are where each one […]

How one change to shipping goods could change the way we live

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Starsky Robotics Between 191 BC and 1915, it became 10,000 times more efficient to move a ton of grain from Egypt to Rome. But the last 20 miles, from the seaport to […]

Will the EU be condemned by the International Criminal Court for violating migrants’ human rights?

It was two days ago when a group of lawyers sued the EU for the deaths of Libyan migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean. The case is being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which will have to rule whether or not EU nations violated human rights and are responsible for thousands of […]

This is what a Green New Deal for Europe could look like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Overhearing teenagers passionately discuss the climate crisis, while working for the British government, was a game-changer for one of the key architects of the Green New Deal for Europe. Pawel Wargan quit […]

EU elections 2019: Rise of nationalist trends and populism in Europe challenges the EU edifice

The European elections are going to be held in just two weeks’ time and far-right propaganda is gaining momentum creating concerns to everyone regarding the future of the EU, which is at stake. Populism and nationalism have dramatically risen in the EU during the last years menacing democratic institutions within a number of European member […]

The middle-class dream is moving beyond millennial reach

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Do you feel like your cost of living is rising? If so, you’re not alone. Years of low income growth and increasing prices have made the “squeezed middle” a reality for […]

Logo Mania: A call to action to our crisis of connection

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by one of our readers, Dr. Paul L. Hokemeyer, an internationally renowned clinical and consulting psychotherapist. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writers’ views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue.  At this year’s Fashion Week in Paris, the runways and sidewalks were littered not with luxurious materials, […]

EU elections: Can EU citizens’ awareness eradicate fake news more efficiently than Facebook, Twitter and Google?

Last Thursday, the European Commission published the reports of Facebook, Google and Twitter regarding the progress made in January in their voluntary pledges to tackle disinformation. Disinformation is a major challenge globally and for Europe and all stakeholders have to be actively involved in order to address citizens’ exposure to it. However, the US tech […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity: Why consumer products must be looked at urgently”, by BEUC’s Deputy Director General

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Ms. Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General of BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer.   According to estimates there will be 75 billion connected devices globally in 2025. More and more traditional consumer products that can connect […]

Siemens-Alstom merger: Can Germany and France lobby to circumvent EC’s rejection, against EU consumers’ interests?

The European Commission (EC), after months of investigation and discussions, came to the independent conclusion to refuse the merger of the rail companies Siemens and Alstom despite the improvements provided by the two firms together with the continuous pressure by the French and German governments. Nevertheless, France and Germany still believe that the EU has wrongly […]

Does the sharing economy truly know how to share?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Morales Olalla, MSc by Research in International Political Economy & Enrique Crespo, MSc in Public Policy and Administration, London School of Economics As we embark on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, experts from multiple areas of work agree the […]

Siemens-Alstom merger: Will the EC succumb to Franco-German pressures for the sake of May’s EU Elections?

It was yesterday when executives of Siemens and Alstom met with EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in one of their last attempts to convince her to give the green light for their merge. The European Commission (EC) is now left to decide till February 18 whether or not to approve the merger of the rail operations […]

How to survive and thrive in our age of uncertainty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group & Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalization and Development; Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change, University of Oxford We are living through an era of intense turbulence, disillusionment and […]

The German automotive industry under the Trump spell

Last week, the White House invited, or better summoned, the leaders of the German automotive industry to Washington D.C., in order to confer on the ‘problem’ of the missive imports of German cars in the US. The American President Donald Trump, in his belligerent line aggressively reshaping the American foreign trade policy with China and […]

These are the next big products in consumer technology

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Gadgets come and gadgets go. While some live up to the hype, many just fade away and are forgotten. Technology moves on at such a rapid pace that it’s sometimes hard to determine […]

Measuring consumer confidence isn’t useful anymore. Here’s what we should do instead

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jon Alexander, Co-founder, New Citizenship Project & Amy J.C. Cuddy, Social Psychologist and Author, Harvard University The Consumer Confidence Index is a child of its time. Established in 1967 by US business association The Conference Board, it was […]

More than one billion people do not have access to electricity. What will it take to get them connected?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter LyonsCommunity Lead, Technology, Media, and Digital Industries, World Economic Forum & Frank RayalPartner, Xona Partners The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 centres around achieving access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy for all by 2030. […]

Two days left until General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), lots of newsletter opt-outs but does the EU citizen really know?

Just two days left now before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fully implemented changing the way companies manage the data of EU citizens globally. A regulation which is much stricter that the current ones is meant to give greater protection rights to individuals from the Old Continent showing that the EU is a […]