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 […]

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 […]

Beyond trust: Why we need a paradigm shift in data-sharing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nadav Zafrir, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Team8 The promise of the data economy is being jeopardized by mistrust and new regulation. Economic growth, scientific discovery and innovation are all at risk. Privacy-enhancing technologies could be the answer. […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s not enough to respond to crises. We need to take action before they happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Lowcock, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) The humanitarian system needs to adopt an anticipatory approach. This will involve greater use of insurance, Catastrophe Bonds, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]