EU survey confirms citizens’ call for EU to have more powers to tackle pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the grip of the second wave of coronavirus, two thirds of EU citizens call for more EU competence and an EU budget with sufficient means to tackle the crisis. The European Parliament released today the full results of its third survey this year […]

How upskilling could help cities rebuild after Coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rory Heilakka, Principal, Oliver Wyman Cities, impacted by COVID-19, will need to retrain workers who have lost jobs in the pandemic or risk losing residents. Targeted programs and partnerships can steer workers toward fields where employers are hiring. […]

Why small farms are key to the future of food – and how we can support them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Small-scale farmers and rural populations are disproportionately among the poor and hungry. But they are also the best hope for increasing land productivity and crop diversity to feed […]

5 ways the WTO can make investment easier and boost sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Matthew Stephenson, Policy and Community Lead, International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum The WTO is negotiating an international framework to facilitate investment for development. This effort was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. […]

As we switch to cleaner energy, there are three dangers we must not overlook

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Demand for electricity could surpass demand for oil by 2040. One-fifth of the world’s energy consumption is met by electricity. The switch to renewable energy calls for greater focus on electricity security. […]

Countries are piling on record amounts of debt amid COVID-19. Here’s what that means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum Public debt levels and deficits have hit records during the pandemic. Many experts argue it’s a sound means to fund the recovery. Such borrowing has been further enabled and […]

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 […]

Robots and chatbots can help alleviate the mental health epidemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence COVID-19 has piled multiple additional pressures on to people’s mental health. • AI is already providing assistance in the mental health domain. • Having mental health technology in place is beneficial for […]

Here’s why the business of sustainability has come of age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexis Crow, Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC & Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) There is a unique opportunity for businesses to lead the way when it comes to sustainable investments. But it needs the support of […]

Here’s how sustainable aviation fuel can take off in Europe

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kevin Soubly Project Lead, Clean Skies for Tomorrow, World Economic Forum LLC & Lloyd Pinnel Aviation Lead, Energy Transitions Commission 15 major companies from across the European aviation sector have codeveloped policy recommendations for delivery to the European […]

At least half of people who have a job fear they’ll lose it in the next 12 months

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gayle Markovitz Editor, World Economic Forum New survey shows more than half of working adults fear for their jobs. But two thirds of workers are optimistic about retraining on the current job. Employment concerns and perceived opportunities to […]

System value can power the energy transition in emerging markets

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Valentin de Miguel, Senior Managing Director for Strategy & Consulting Lead for Growth Markets, Accenture Countries are starting from different baselines and in different conditions on their energy transition journeys. The World Economic Forum’s System Value framework can […]

Why COVID-19 is a litmus test for corporate attitudes to sustainability

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maxim Remchukov, Director, Sustainable Development, Sibur & Denis Rozhok, Head of Treasury, Sibur ESG is growing in importance for businesses and stakeholders everywhere. The pandemic is helping increase awareness that companies must focus on long-term sustainability over short-term […]

Why the future of food must be blue as well as green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Beatrice Crona, Associate professor, deputy science director, Stockholm Resilience Centre & Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, Woods Institute; Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University Blue foods tend to be ignored in discussions about how […]

World Food Day: How soon will we be eating lab-grown meat?

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 16 October is World Food Day. The global population is growing and demand for some meat products is expected to rise as much as 88% by 2050, while global hunger is also […]

Businesses have a role to play in building vaccine trust. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Edelman, President, Edelman & Julie Louise Gerberding, Executive Vice President & Chief Patient Officer, MSD Vaccine hesitancy poses a major threat to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Building and sustaining public trust and confidence in immunization systems […]

Chart of the Day: This is how the $88 trillion global economy is spread around the world

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 Before COVID-19, the global economy stood at $88 trillion. But the pandemic has seen growth forecasts revised downwards and economies go into recession. In 2019, the United States had the biggest slice […]

Auctions are changing, thanks to 2020’s Nobel economics prize winners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Johnson, Professor, MIT Sloan Improvements to auction theory and auction formats by economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, have secured the pair the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economics. The new auction formats benefit sellers, buyers and taxpayers, […]

How can we maximise the benefits of a system value approach?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristen Panerali, Head of Electricity Industry, World Economic Forum & Stephanie Jamison, Senior Managing Director, Accenture Global Utilities Leader The path to an integrated zero-carbon energy system needs to take into account not only cost, but also system value. […]

Black babies more likely to survive when cared for by Black doctors, suggests new study

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content Black babies in the United States appear to be more likely to survive when their doctor is of the same ethnicity, a study says. Researchers looked at records of 1.8 million babies […]

Social justice, inclusion and sustainable development need a ‘Great Reset’. Here are 3 key steps we can take

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Sangokoya, Head, Civil Society Communities and Social Justice Initiatives, World Economic Forum The magnitude and intersectionality of inequality was a key theme throughout The Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020. Widespread environmental crises and global Black Lives Matters […]

How to put people at the heart of your company’s COVID-19 response

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence Not enough workers feel their employers have prioritized human needs during the pandemic. • The reduction in commute time has been balanced out by an increase in hours worked. • Technology could […]

How man and machine can work together in the age of AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jens Martin Skibsted, Partner, Manyone A/S In reskilling employees for the AI age, we can choose to try to be better than robots or to complement them. We should be aiming for a middle-ground, getting the best from […]

How debt for climate swaps could spur a green recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Anna Ainio, Policy Officer, European Commission To “build back better”, we must make sure economic recovery plans also foster resilience to climate change. Debt-for-climate swaps could offer countries debt relief in exchange for a specific commitment to […]

Why the downturn is good news for subscription companies

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amy Konary, Chair, Subscribed Institute & John Pineda, Partner and Director, BCG The current downturn will accelerate the existing shift towards subscription-based business models. Companies thinking of making this move today face a critical choice: invest in building […]

Deepfake democracy: Here’s how modern elections could be decided by fake news

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexander Puutio, PhD Researcher at the University of Turku, Founding Curator of the New York III Global Shapers Hub & David Timis, Scholar at College of Europe, Outgoing Curator at Brussels Global Shapers Hub The emerging threat of […]

Why improving women’s lives is the key to healthy ageing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bjorn Andersson, Asia-Pacific Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund • COVID-19 has disproportionately affected older people – both directly and indirectly. • The Asia-Pacific region is currently grappling with the effect of population ageing. • Focusing on women’s […]

Swiss vote approves nationwide paternity leave

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aylin Elci, Communications Officer, World Economic Forum Geneva Swiss voters recently approved paternity leave. New dads will receive 10 days of paid leave starting January 1, 2021. Paternity leave is offered by fewer countries than maternity leave and […]

3 ways to improve diversity and inclusion in your organization

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Temple, Chief Communications Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise When an issue arises, a meaningful response begins with listening. Diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives must be ongoing and institutionalized. Establishing key performance indicators and holding ourselves accountable to them […]

Here’s how we need to change global supply chains after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Schell, Chief Commercial Officer, HP The COVID-19 pandemic plunged nearly every industry into crisis with goods production and supply chains particularly disrupted; A collaborative response from public and private sectors and the use of innovative technologies to […]

How banks can help companies restructure for growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Spellacy, Senior Managing Director, Global Capital Markets Lead, Accenture & Alan McIntyre, Senior Managing Director, Global Banking Lead, Accenture & Derek Baraldi, Head of the Banking Industry, World Economic Forum The banking industry has to walk the […]

How to build a better world for heart health after COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jean-Luc Eiselé, CEO, World Heart Federation COVID-19 has impacted people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) severely and caused long-term heart damage in otherwise healthy people. Data from 141 countries shows declines from 25 to 40% in patients admitted to […]

3 ways blockchain can accelerate sustainable development

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sumedha Deshmukh, Platform Curator, Blockchain and Digital Currency, World Economic Forum There are a number of opportunities for blockchain technology to re-cast conventional approaches to sustainable development – and accelerate progress if deployed responsibly. There are 3 areas […]