We must move from egocentric to ecocentric leadership to safeguard our planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shruthi Vijayakumar, Global Shaper, Auckland Hub & Robyn Seetal, Global Shaper, Calgary Hub, Egocentric leadership is at the root of our environmental crisis. We must change the way we understand and relate to the natural world. To do […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

These innovations could keep us cool without warming the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Radhika Lalit, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute The global demand for air conditioning is growing fast. Most air-conditioning units are highly inefficient and use environmentally damaging refrigerants. The Global Cooling Prize was launched in 2018 to drive innovation in […]

Mergers: Commission approves Synthomer’s acquisition of Omnova, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Omnova by Synthomer, both manufacturers of specialty chemicals. The approval is conditional on the divestment of a remedy package. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Specialty […]

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 […]

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 […]

Civil society can make sure no one is left stranded by the skills gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Worman, Vice-President, Alliances and Programme Development, TechSoup & Hector Mujica, Regional manager, Google.org & Melissa Huerta, Senior program officer, Mozilla Foundation Closing the skills gap in areas such as Latin America will require cross-sector effort. Community-based organizations […]

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 […]

3 steps to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the digital age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lochbihler, Global Director, Public Affairs, Booking.com Europe’s economic advantages include cultural diversity, an educated workforce and public services to support a stable and prosperous business environment. The Digital Single Market (DSM) can help traditional industry sectors take […]

Business can be profitable AND drive progress on societal priorities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brian T. Moynihan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America Companies can create business models to advance sustainable development. The private sector can help address the world’s biggest problems. Accounting firms developing metrics to measure performance. “Society […]

How to talk to people about mental health – and support one another

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Fatima Azzahra El Azzouzi, Global Shaper, Casablanca Hub, It’s time to act on, not just talk about, mental health. Global Shapers trains volunteer youth to help each other out with mental health issues. Empathy is the best therapy. […]

The power of partnership: joining forces to fight financial crime

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content Financial crime is a complex and ever-evolving issue. 49% of global organisations victim of fraud or economic crime. Regulators, law enforcement and industry working together. We are living in a period of […]

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of EU Passenger Rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today released the results of a Eurobarometer survey on passenger rights in the European Union (EU). According to the survey, 43% of EU citizens who have travelled by air, long-distance rail, coach, ship or ferry in the previous 12 months (‘travellers’) […]

Forget retail therapy – this is the age of the conscious consumer

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philipp Rickenbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Bank Julius Baer Today’s younger generations are taking an ethical approach to shopping. Conscious consumption is having widespread and positive effects. Ethical consumers will next turn to their investment portfolios. Published in 2000, […]

A reality check on inclusive innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hikmet Ersek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western Union There are still billions of people globally with little or no access to a “digital only” world. Understanding local market realities can help bridge that digital divide. Financial innovators […]

Can agroforestry save India’s rivers and the farms that depend on them?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: JV Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation The very origins of Indian civilization can be found on the banks of rivers such as the Sindhu, the Sutlej, and the long-lost Saraswati. In southern India, human societies flourished near the Krishna, […]

How cocoa farming can help stop deforestation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerard A. Manley, CEO, Olam Cocoa • Increasing demand for agricultural land putting pressure on forests. • High proportion of cocoa smallholdings means doubly acute pressure. • Digital farming tools can help identify farmable forest areas. The world’s […]

Mobility in 2020: a female perspective

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Frieda Bellmann, Strategic designer, White Octopus & Lieke Ypma, Innovation strategist, White Octopus & Diana Polack, City designer, City of Berlin Mobility is not gender neutral, and may have a male bias Women have different needs and behaviours […]

From Policy to Reality: Discrepancies in Universal Health Care Systems across the EU

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Giovanni Cuce’, a first-year medical student at the University of Catania, Italy. He us affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

Here’s how to rebut the climate doom-mongers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International Despite increasingly doom-laden projections, the global economy now realizes it must contribute towards a sustainable future Many technological and industrial solutions to our problems already exist With ambition and will, we can […]

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission published today the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to […]

Negotiations on new EU collective redress rules to begin

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Legal Affairs Committee confirmed on Thursday Parliament’s negotiating position on a new bill introducing EU-wide rules on collective redress. This means that MEPs can soon start negotiating the final shape that the legislation will take with Council, which has also approved its general […]

Visa Facilitation and Readmission: the European Union and Belarus sign agreements

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and Belarus signed a visa facilitation agreement and a readmission agreement. The agreements represent an important step in EU-Belarus relations and pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between the EU and its Eastern Partnership […]

Personalized healthcare and better population health? Here’s how digital can help achieve that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi Technology is bringing us closer to personalized healthcare and optimized population health. But how we apply emerging technologies and digital innovation in healthcare needs to be strategic. Every aspect of healthcare, from […]

Why nature is the most important stakeholder of the coming decade

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tariq Al-Olaimy, Co-founder, Public-Planet Partnerships Shareholder capitalism has been built on the destruction of the natural world We must place the natural world at the centre of any new model It’s time to move towards a rights-based stakeholder […]

The benefits of a cashless society

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mehul Desai, Group Chief Technology Officer, Finablr The first recognisable coins were produced in China more than 3,000 years ago. If you visit China today, however, there’s a strong chance you’ll see people paying for things using facial […]

Here’s how retailers can encourage more sustainable behaviour

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shireen El Khatib, Chief Executive Officer, Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Retailers have a unique opportunity to encourage positive behavioural change The key is to make it easier for consumers to make better choices The prize can be […]

A win-win strategy for private equity deals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Novak, Partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLP ⦁ Dealmaking is not a zero-sum game. ⦁ Sellers should select a buyer based on their view of the new owner’s ability to increase the value of the business. ⦁ […]

Banks and businesses must step up and work together to fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank & Rosanna Hall, Director, Global Events, Standard Chartered Bank Standard Chartered aims to track and reduce the climate impact of the activities it finances By openly sharing its methodology, […]

Here’s how to help India’s rural population go digital

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ramesh Iyer, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Finance Improved access to credit and new income streams are driving consumption in rural India. Digital technologies, such as AI and blockchain, are being used to offer products in rural […]