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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

EU Ombudsman must continue push for more transparency in Council and Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Thursday, MEPs approved the annual report on the European Ombudsman’s investigations in 2018. The text (approved with 563 in favour, 3 against and 63 abstentions) commends the Ombudsman’s role in making the EU legislative process more transparent to the public in order to […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Four key challenges for cybersecurity leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Fortinet Cybersecurity must be built-in to every product and system. Achieving this will pose four challenges for business leaders. By overcoming them, we can create a truly […]

In rural Bangladesh, solar power is changing lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Off-grid solar home systems are improving living standards for people in rural areas of Bangladesh. Bangladesh has one of the world’s largest domestic solar energy programmes. Solar power is changing the lives […]

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. […]

5 ways the world is rallying around Australia as bushfires rage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Bushfires continue to rage across huge tracts of land in Australia. Firefighters from the United States and Canada have joined the rescue efforts, assisting thousands of local volunteers to combat the flames. […]

How Gen Z and Millennials can learn to love manufacturing jobs for real

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lawrence Whittle, CEO, Parsable Industrial companies face several challenges that make closing the talent gap more difficult than for other sectors. Yet, in the next 10 years, jobs in the industrial world may ironically be some of the […]

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 […]

How one traumatised child survived genocide and started a movement for mental health

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 Around 8,000 people were killed in Rwanda and the brutality left mental scars. Grace Gatera was diagnosed with PTSD as a young child. She now campaigns to improve access to mental heath […]

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, […]

Using CO2 as an industrial feedstock could change the world. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Volker Sick, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director Global CO2 Initiative, University of Michigan Using recovered CO2 as a feedstock can boost growth and lower emissions The market could be worth trillions of dollars Governments and business leaders can […]

EU to host international donors’ conference for Albania to help with reconstruction after earthquake

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “The EU is happy to announce that the donors’ conference for Albania will be on the 17 February. It’s a donors’ conference following the horrible earthquake in Albania. We want to help Albania in its reconstruction”, President von der Leyen said during the press […]

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 […]

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 […]

Questions directors need to ask in the age of stakeholder capitalism

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Milton Cheng, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie & Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo, Partner; Head, Corporate Governance, Baker McKenzie & Julia Hayhoe, Chief Strategy Officer; Member of the Global Executive Committee, Baker McKenzie Shareholder capitalism is making way for stakeholder […]

Businesses are thriving, societies are not. Time for urgent change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Orit Gadiesh, Chairman, Bain & Company Inc. & Andrew Schwedel, Co-Chair, Bain Futures Businesses must urgently change to support the societies they operate in. Climate change and economic unfairness are among 6 flashpoints for companies. Globalization has lifted […]