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 […]

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 […]

Why “de-learning” is equally important as reskilling in conversations about the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn De-learning has been overlooked in the discussion about the future of work. Employees must learn to forget the job description and past ways of working Traditional, purely finance-focused leadership is out […]

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 […]

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 […]

Medical deserts in the European Union: the practicalities of universal health coverage

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Cristina Doran, a 6th year medical student from Bucharest, Romania. She is 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 IFMSA’s view […]

Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Citizen and Youth meetings should set the tone for EU reform, according to the resolution adopted on Wednesday. Following a debate with Dubravka Šuica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council, Parliament adopted a resolution […]

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 […]

Protecting the Treaties in the interest of all Europeans: the College takes solemn oath to serve the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “The words we have just said set the bar very high for each and every one of us. We are determined to meet this challenge. This Commission will comply with a code of conduct more demanding than ever”, the European Commission President Ursula von […]

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 […]

Is Universal Health Coverage really available for all in the European Union?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nweke Ozioma Ruth, a Nigerian medical student, a member of Standing Committee on Sexual reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Gender Based violence[SCORA]; an organization under Nigerian Medical Students Association which is aimed at providing awareness on issues concerning sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. She is affiliated […]

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’) […]

Europe can be at the heart of tech with purpose

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Wehmeier, Partner and Head of Research, Atomico • Venture-backed, purpose-driven companies represented 12% of all capital invested in Europe in 2019. • Talent and consumers are both demanding start-ups display social commitment. • Only 1 in 5 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to make sure tech doesn’t leave people behind

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman, Huawei Technologies Inspiring applications for tech include AI to detect eye problems in babies. Sophisticated technology is all around us – but it can leave people behind. 43% of people in the EU don’t […]

Rohingya crisis: EU strengthens humanitarian support with €10 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is releasing a further €10 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar. This comes on top of the €33 million funding already announced earlier this year and aims to ensure life-saving assistance to refugees, displaced […]

European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the von der Leyen Commission launches a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet. The Annual Sustainable Growth […]

Green deal for Europe: First reactions from MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs convened in a plenary session to discuss with Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans the roadmap to a climate-neutral continent. Following Parliament’s recent declaration of a climate emergency, Commission President von der Leyen unveiled the Commission’s plans to achieve climate neutrality in […]

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe’s interests in international trade

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission unveiled a proposal that will allow the European Union to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization (WTO). To further increase the focus on compliance and enforcement of the […]

EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: new actions of almost €150 million to tackle human smuggling, protect vulnerable people and stabilise communities in North Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union – via the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, North Africa Window – adopted four new migration-related actions totalling €147.7 million that will support Morocco in tackling human smuggling and irregular migration; improve the living conditions in Libyan communities and protect refugees […]

EU steps up economic partnership with Kenya to boost job creation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission announced two new programmes totalling €31 million to boost investment and create jobs in Kenya. In Nairobi, European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “We have a close and valued partnership with Kenya, driven by common objectives and aligned with the […]

Agreement on linking the emissions trading systems of the EU and Switzerland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As ministers gather at the COP25 in Madrid to discuss the rules for international carbon markets, the EU and Switzerland finalised the process that allows for the link of their emissions trading systems to enter into force. As of 2020 allowances from both systems […]

The 8 pieces of digital DNA we need to thrive in the AI age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Goleman, Co-Director, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey If you had a symptom of cancer, what kind of doctor would you look for? Would you look for a […]

The importance of Yellow September and suicide prevention in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Ridson Guilherme Parente de Aguiar and Francisco Emanoel Albuquerque de Souza Júnior, medical students at Christus University Center (UNICHRISTUS). They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

More than 80% of adolescents worldwide aren’t getting enough exercise

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 Globally, girls tend to be less physically active overall than boys. The United States has higher rates of physical activity among adolescents, thanks to school-based physical education and sports clubs. Many poorer […]

State aid: Commission concludes that recapitalisation of German NordLB is market conform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Germany’s plans to strengthen the capital position of state-owned Norddeutsche Landesbank – Girozentrale (NordLB) to be free of any State aid. The measures involve a direct investment of €2.8 billion as well as investments to carry out the necessary […]

Putting a price on carbon will help New York state achieve a clean energy future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Dewey, President and CEO, NYISO New York State, the 11th-largest economy in the world, recently enacted the US’ most aggressive climate change legislation. By 2040, according to the new law, the state must get all of its […]

Climate adaptation could make the world more peaceful

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Pearson, Graduate of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, CUSP As communities around the globe, especially those in poorer regions, are suffering increasingly from the negative impacts of climate change, the importance of climate adaptation is becoming […]

This tech company is aiming to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using drones

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 UK company Dendra plans to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using AI and drones. The drones can plant 120 seedpods per minute. The WWF estimates we’re losing 27 football fields […]