Why Italy is doing much better than you think

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francesco Daveri, Professor of Macroeconomics and Director of Full-time MBA program, SDA Bocconi School of Management & Gianmario Verona, Rector, Bocconi University Investors can find good opportunities in Italy – despite its economic reputation. Political instability doesn’t translate […]

E-commerce is globalization’s shot at equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henadi Al-Saleh, Chairperson, Agility Small businesses have global potential thanks to e-commerce. SMEs active on the internet export more than traditional businesses. Heightened economic activity can especially benefit women. Globalization got a bad rap in part because, by […]

Dear Davos: time to declare an emergency opportunity for people and planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jamie C. Drummond, Co-Founder at ONE.org & Strategist, TheGlobalGoals.org, 2020 is an emergency year for our global sustainable goals. Corporations, countries and communities must pull together on a world-wide Marshall Plan for the planet. This letter will get […]

Why diversity needs your star power, as well as sponsors

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karen S. Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Inclusion Officer, Dow Women are still marginalised in the boardroom and in broader economic terms. • Lack of diversity harms the bottom line. • Opportunities for mentorship are common; sponsorship […]

5 shocking facts about inequality, according to Oxfam’s latest report

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 Oxfam’s Time To Care report looks at wealth inequality and how it’s partly driven by the burden placed on women to provide unpaid – and underpaid – care work. The charity proposes […]

Digital technology helped create the skills gap. Here’s how it can help close it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natan Linder, Chief Executive Officer, Tulip Interfaces Digital technology has exacerbated the manufacturing skills gap, but it can be a useful tool in closing it, too. Technology can help workers on the shop floor perform increasingly complex tasks. […]

EU humanitarian budget for 2020 to help people in over 80 countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget for 2020 worth €900 million. The EU is the leading global humanitarian aid donor and helps people in over 80 countries. From protracted conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, to severe food crises, […]

The company of the future must do well by doing good

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM The world has got richer, but one billion people still go to bed hungry. Helping society should be a core part of business, not an […]

Global leaders must take responsibility for cybersecurity. Here’s why – and how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie Sophie Müller, Programme and Engagement Lead, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum & Alois Zwinggi, Managing Director and Head, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum “Don’t find fault, find a remedy”, as the industrial pioneer Henry Ford […]

Africa will develop with oil and gas – whether the West likes it or not

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: NJ Ayuk, Global Shaper Boycotting oil and gas firms in Africa is a misguided course of action. Many are diversifying into renewables. Africa’s time to grow is here – and its natural resources are a part of that. […]

A short history of climate change and the UN Security Council

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karolina Eklöw, Global Shaper, Stockholm Hub Climate change has risen up the Security Council agenda in recent years. Countries’ stances on climate change often mirror other geopolitical aims. While consensus is building, climate change isn’t waiting around. As […]

The real cost of addiction

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Judith Grisel, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Bucknell University I was twenty-two. I’d been on the good end of a bad drug deal. In the wee hours of some morning late in 1985, behind a nameless restaurant in […]

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback […]

Drought in southern Africa: EU releases over €22 million in humanitarian aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is mobilising a humanitarian aid package of €22.8 million to help address emergency food needs and support vulnerable people in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The funding comes as large parts of southern Africa are currently in the grip of […]

Von der Leyen in Ireland: Our mutual solidarity is here to stay

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar in Dublin on 15 January. They discussed among others Brexit, the European Green Deal and the negotiations on the EU’s future budget. President von der Leyen thanked the Prime Minister […]

Human rights breaches in Nigeria and Burundi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the human rights and rule of law situation in Nigeria and Burundi. Nigeria Following the recent terrorist attacks in the country, the European Parliament strongly condemns the repeated violations of human rights and […]

Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU’s discussions with Poland and Hungary have not yet led these countries to realign with the EU’s founding values, Parliament warned on Thursday. In a resolution adopted with 446 votes to 178 and 41 abstentions, MEPs note that reports and statements by the […]

Venezuelan crisis: MEPs reaffirm their support for Juan Guaidó

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament condemns the recent attempted coup to prevent Juan Guaidó from being re-elected President of the Venezuelan National Assembly. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, the European Parliament strongly condemns the attempt by Nicolas Maduro’s regime to install pro-government candidate […]

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in […]

I accidentally went viral on TikTok. I learned we failed our youngest generation.

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anna Grajales, Global Shaper, Leon Hub It’s 7:05 AM. I’m waiting to board a flight, coffee in hand – but I’m filled with dread. I’ve never understood why people make a line before the flight allows passengers to […]

Climate resilience is make or break for businesses. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum & Lindsey Prowse, Specialist, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum Even with strong climate action, we cannot avoid all of the consequences of climate change. Companies must place a greater […]

How can emerging economies navigate the mobility transition?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra Group In a world characterised by rapid urbanization, inadequate infrastructure, congestion and deteriorating air quality, as well as economic inequality and an evolving rural landscape, an improved mobility ecosystem should be fundamentally accessible, […]

Here’s how to achieve growth in the Middle East and North Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim A thriving private sector is essential to drive sustainable economic growth. Economic integration will make MENAP a more competitive region. Selective deregulation, free movement of resources and common standards will […]

The future looks bright for solar energy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerard Reid, Founder and Partner, Alexa Capital Over the past decade, the cost of solar has fallen dramatically. New technologies promise to increase efficiency and lower costs further. Solar energy will soon be unbeatable compared to fossil fuels. […]

Our indispensable problem: the paradox of modern plastics

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, Dow Plastics have brought enormous benefits along with enormous challenges. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the issue of plastic waste. To tackle it will require a multi-pronged, circular economy-based response. Here’s an […]

Number of members in Parliament’s committees to change after Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the post-Brexit size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two subcommittees. Following the vote in Parliament’s plenary meeting on Wednesday, the European Parliament redefined the number of members sitting in its committees and subcommittees as shown below, to become effective […]

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary […]

DiscoverEU: 20,000 more young people will explore Europe in 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Around 20,000 18-year-olds are set to receive a travel pass under the fourth and latest round of DiscoverEU, which attracted some75,000applications from across Europe. These young Europeans, selected on the basis of established award criteria and specific Member State quotas, can travel between 1 […]

It’s time to build a responsible media supply chain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble The digital media revolution has been transformative – but it has a dark side. As millions more come online, these negative aspects will become magnified. All stakeholders must collaborate to […]

15 years of risk: from economic collapse to planetary devastation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emilio Granados Franco, Head of Global Risks and Geopolitical Agenda, World Economic Forum Risk perception has shifted from the economy to the climate. Greater knowledge and experience of climate change prompted the shift. Short-termism could create blind spots […]

Croatian Presidency priorities discussed in the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković presented the priorities of the Croatian presidency to the European Parliament and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Under the motto “A Strong Europe in a World of Challenges”, the Croatian presidency intends to provide pertinent answers to European citizens’ […]

The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Harman, Cities Economist, International Growth Centre & Ondine Berland, Masters Student and Research Assistant, Paris School of Economics Buying carbon is too cheap and easy. ‘Gateway tax’, focussing on air pollution, could be initial step. Outdoor air […]

A 3-step plan for carbon-neutral cars

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Lightfoot, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, LeasePlan While greener than traditional cars, EVs are not yet truly sustainable. More renewable energy on the grid will lower their environmental impact. Governments must incentivize EV ownership until it becomes the […]