BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE INVITES INDUSTRY TRAILBLAZERS

BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE INVITES INDUSTRY TRAILBLAZERS
BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE INVITES INDUSTRY TRAILBLAZERSPlace your brand at the epicentre of African blockchain technology and AI by showcasing your brand through speaking, sponsoring and exhibiting opportunities at the Blockchain Africa Conference 2020. We attract 600+ key stakeholders and media across the African and global blockchain ecosystem, creating the ideal opportunity tocommunicate your brand, products and services.SPONSORBecome a sponsor and gain exposure for your product and services with investors, traders, business, technology providers, regulators, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and innovators.Become a SponsorEXHIBITExhibit and connect with potential customers and partners. Increase awareness of your company and attract new business.Become an ExhibitorSubmit your paper here for a speaking opportunity.Introducing a Keynote SpeakerWell known, derivatives trader and consultant, Tone Vayes is one of the Keynote Speakers.Tone has worked on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. His expertise is in economic trends, trading and risk analysis. Ever since getting involved in the cryptocurrency ecosystem in early 2013, he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology. Tone has been featured in several documentaries such as Magic Money and Bitcoin – Beyond the Bubble. Tone is now an independent content creator at ToneVays.com and on his YouTube Channel focused on sound economics and finance.Meet some of our amazing speakers!We are delighted to welcome our confirmed speakers who are recognised as thought leaders in the blockchain industry. Some of the speakers sharing their knowledge are:Jonathan GaleaManaging Director at Blockchain Advisory Pty Ltd and President of BitMaltaAkhona DamaneManager: Office of Digital Advantage (ODA) (On behalf of the Department of Science and Innovation)Malta has been trailblazing the regulatory efforts in the crypto space by launching the first comprehensive framework of its kind in the world. Mr Galea will provide an overview of this framework, the benefits thereof, and success stories of established companies.Mr Damane will discuss the initiatives and road map of the Office of Digital Advantage (ODA), which is the portfolio management unit for the implementation of the Department of Science and Innovation’s ICT Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap for 2013-2023.Carmelle CadetFounder and CEO of EMTECHMervyn GeorgeInnovation Strategy Lead for Africa at SAPAs the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement enters its implementation phase, it critical for central banks to engage and provide modern payment infrastructure. Improving the physical infrastructure and regulatory frameworks are core requirements for this agreement to unlock the said potential. Ms Cadet will talk about ‘Central Bank Digital Currencies for a Regional Payment System’Consumers today care more about the purpose and integrity of a brand than the products they deliver. Mr George will introduce global use cases that SAP is delivering within food, beverage and pharmaceuticals industries, as well as a brief glimpse of how blockchain is disrupting traditional business processes in the supply chain.Read more about our speakers here and their hot topics of discussion here.About Bitcoin EventsSince inception, Bitcoin Events have cut through the hype and challenged the critics to educate, upskill and drive long-term thinking on the strategic benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for businesses, governments, citizens and society. Have a look at the photos and videos of the past conferences.For more information on the Blockchain Africa Conference 2020 visit our website at www.blockchainafrica.co or email us at info@blockchainafrica.co.See You at the Blockchain Africa Conference 2020 in Johannesburg!<< REGISTER NOW for the Blockchain Africa Conference 2020 >>

Global Population Ageing- The 21st Century’s Formative Market Opportunity

Global Population Ageing: The 21st Century’s Formative Market Opportunity
Oliver Cann, Head of Media Content, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 22 869 1406, email oliver.cann@weforum.orgNew white paper from World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Ageing calls businesses to embrace ageing as a powerful market driverHow 21st Century Longevity Can Create Markets and Drive Economic Growth examines the market dynamics created by a 60+ age demographic, whose numbers will reach 2 billion by 2050Paper introduces age-friendly business principles to guide workplace and workforce alignment to current demographic realitiesRead the full white paper hereAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 26?October 2015 – An ageing global population is bringing to the fore dramatic economic opportunities, as well as powerful arguments for healthy and active ageing. A new white paper from the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing examines how this powerful market driver is shaping the 21st century. The paper also officially launches the council’s Guiding Principles for Age-Friendly Businesses, to help align workplaces and workforces with current age demographic realities.The paper, How 21st Century Longevity Can Create Markets and Drive Economic Growth describes how the so-called silver economy can be a driver of economic growth at national, regional and global levels, and offers tips for businesses hoping to create an age-friendly environment.“The World Economic Forum has been a leader in thinking about and shaping the powerful arguments for healthy and active ageing, and the role business can play in driving solutions to address this trend,” said Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Global Health and Healthcare Industries at the Forum. “This paper offers new perspectives in its positioning of ageing’s impact on business and markets, and will also help guide our engagement with NGOs, governments, global institutions, academics and think tanks across society on how to enable population ageing to be a positive contributor to social and economic life.”The white paper highlights a number of forward-thinking companies that are seizing the ageing opportunity. These include firms recognizing the market potential for products and services geared towards people over 60, and other companies that have observed that creating and maintaining a better work environment for older workers brings benefits to all employees. The case studies and business principles behind each are rooted in three dynamics:The demographic is newly formed. According to United Nations estimates, there will be 1 billion people aged 60 years or over by 2020, reaching 2 billion by mid-century. At the same point in time, and for the first time ever, there will be more people over 60 than under 15, according to the Global Coalition on Ageing.The group controls the purse strings. With better economic futures and a boom in employment opportunities, older people have become conspicuous consumers and active savers.The group creates new demands. Entirely new markets for products and services are opening up across all sectors.“The realities of living longer are built in for generations to come, so we must extend our thinking to the global corporate community, with a focus on how the continued engagement of this older demographic can yield economic growth,” said Derek Yach, Chairman of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing. “We applaud the companies that have already taken action, and we hope to further these efforts through our Guiding Principles for Age-Friendly Businesses as aspirational goals for all employers, big and small, globally.”Guiding Principles for Age-Friendly BusinessesAn Age-Neutral Workplace: Recognize the value of employees of all agesA Supportive Working Environment: Create a working culture that will provide access to and sustain employees regardless of ageAn Inclusive Culture: Accept and embrace employees across all agesLifelong Learning and Participation: Keep opportunities available and open for learning and mentoringFinancial Planning for Longer Working Lives: Inform all employees to gain more financial literacy to better serve their increasing needs over timeHealthy Ageing: Encourage and support an active and healthy lifestyleSupportive Caregiving: Support employees as they honour their caregiving responsibilitiesNotes to EditorsThe Host broadcaster for the Summit is Abu Dhabi Media.Download more information about this year’s Summit at http://wef.ch/gac15Watch sessions LIVE at http://wef.ch/liveView the best pictures from the Summit on Flickr at http://wef.ch/gac15pixFollow the Forum on Twitter at http://wef.ch/twitter, hashtag #gac15 and #WEFBecome a fan of the Forum on Facebook at http://wef.ch/facebookWatch sessions on demand on YouTube at http://wef.ch/youtubeRead insights from our guest bloggers on the Agenda at http://wef.ch/agendaSubscribe to our News Releases at http://wef.ch/newsShare this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)

Challenges and Opportunities Emerge as India Becomes Third-Largest Consumer Market by 2030

Challenges and Opportunities Emerge as India Becomes Third-Largest Consumer Market by 2030
Alem Tedeneke, Media Lead, Public Engagement, Tel.: +1 646 204 9191, Email: ated@weforum.org · Growth in income will transform India from a “bottom of the pyramid economy” to a middle class-led one, with consumer spending growing from $1.5 trillion today to nearly $6 trillion by 2030. · India is poised to become the third-largest consumer market behind only the US and China, which will present opportunities and challenges. · Critical societal challenges will need to be addressed, including skills development and employment of the future workforce, socio-economic inclusion of rural India, and creating a healthy and sustainable future for its citizens. · Read the full report here. New York, 8 January 2019 – In coming decades, consumption growth and the Fourth Industrial Revolution will create tremendous opportunities in the emerging Indian market. During 2018, extensive proprietary research was conducted on India, the world’s largest democracy, and among the world’s fastest growing economies. The World Economic Forum’s new report, Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Market – INDIA identifies key forces that will shape consumption in India and is a call to action for multistakeholder collaboration to build an inclusive future for the country. “As India continues its path as one of the world’s most dynamic consumption environments, private and public-sector leaders will have to take shared accountability to ensure such consumption is inclusive and responsible. I am confident that strategic foresight from this report will contribute to inspiring action and realizing a prosperous future for India with sustainable benefits for both business and society,” said Zara Ingilizian, Head of Consumer Industries and Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum. With an annual GDP growth rate of 7.5%, India is currently the world’s sixth-largest economy. By 2030, domestic private consumption, which accounts for 60% of the country’s GDP, is expected to develop into a $6 trillion growth opportunity. If realized, this would make India’s consumer market the third-largest in the world, behind the US and China. The future of consumption in India in 2030 is anchored in rising incomes and a broad-based pattern of growth and benefit sharing. It is anticipated that the growth of the middle class will lift nearly 25 million households out of poverty. In addition, India will have 700 million millennials and Gen Z consumers, who have grown up in a more open and confident country. By 2030, there will be opportunities to bypass Western growth trajectories, such as those presented by more than 1 billion internet users, many of whom will only use mobile platforms, driving the need for business model innovation. Finally, future consumption growth will come from the “many Indias” – the diverse, rich and densely populated cities and the thousands of geographically dispersed, developed rural towns. This positive vision for the future of India will only materialize if business and policy-makers pursue an inclusive approach to the country’s economic and, hence, consumption growth. “As India rapidly transforms into a true middle class economy, not only do we see this income group finally coming into its own, we also see the inclusivity and equitable growth agendas being served much better than ever before. It’s an exciting future for firms that wish to unlock the consumption opportunity in India,” as stated by Nikhil Prasad Ojha, Partner and Leader of the Strategy practice at Bain India. To unlock the potential of these opportunities and to ensure equitable growth, the report identified three critical societal challenges that need to be addressed: 1. Skills development and employment for the future workforce As nearly 10-12 million working-age people emerge in India over the next decade, the country faces a huge challenge in providing the workforce with the right skills and gainful employment to enable the income growth behind the envisioned consumption of the future. More than one-half of Indian workers will require reskilling by 2022 to meet the talent demands of the future. On average, they will each require an extra 100 days of learning. Industry, civil society, education institutions and policy-makers need to join efforts to close the current skills gap. 2. Socio-economic inclusion of rural India By 2030, 40% of Indians will be urban residents. There will, however, be more than 5,000 small urban towns and more than 50,000 developed rural towns with similar income profiles, where aspirations are fast converging with those of urban India. Nevertheless, physical connectivity, digital connectivity and financial inclusion income is constraining the spending and well-being of rural dwellers, and these “access-barriers” need to be addressed to ensure social and economic inclusion in India over the next decade. 3. Healthy and sustainable future New health concerns, such as obesity and non-communicable diseases, and urban centres grappling with high rates of congestion and air, water and waste pollution are undermining the well-being of India’s citizens. As an illustration of the magnitude of just one dimension of the air-water-waste-congestion challenge, nine of the world’s 10 most air-polluted cities are in India, including its capital, New Delhi. To sustain future growth, business and policy-makers must take the initiative on improving health and liveability for India’s citizens by providing them with access to affordable healthcare, promoting sustainable development, and seeking solutions to urban congestion. “India is at a tipping point, both in terms of economic growth and in the human development of its billion-plus citizens. As the country enters a new era of envisioned growth, collaborative efforts, especially public-private collaborations to address key challenges can unlock the full potential of a young, progressive and dynamic nation to establish India as a model for the world’s fast-growing consumer markets” said Mayuri Ghosh, Project Lead, Future of Consumption System Initiative, World Economic Forum. The report produced in collaboration with Bain & Company builds on in-depth consumer surveys conducted across 5,100 households in 30 cities and towns in India, and draws from more than 40 interviews with private and public-sector leaders. This report is part of a multi-year project “Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets”, which focuses on the evolution of consumption in emerging markets, such as China and India. The report provides foresight on drivers of growth and levers of inclusivity in such markets, and establishes priorities for private and public-sector stakeholders, with the ultimate objective of shaping consumption-led inclusive growth in emerging markets. 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Media Accreditation Opens for Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2017

Media Accreditation Opens for Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2017
Oliver Cann, Head of Media Content, Tel. +41 22 869 14 06: email: oliver.cann@weforum.org ???? · The Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2017 will take place from 11-12 November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates · The meeting will address the world’s key global challenges and the Fourth Industrial Revolution · Members of the media wishing to participate must apply at www.weforummedia.org · More information about the meeting is available here Geneva, Switzerland, 23 August 2017 – The World Economic Forum has opened media accreditation for the second Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2017, which will take place at the Madinat Jumeirah Convention Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 11-12 November. The meeting, hosted in partnership with the UAE government, will bring together over 700 of the world’s most relevant experts from the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils to generate ideas and solutions to prepare the world for the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Comprising 34 individual groups of experts from global business, academia, public figures and heads of international organizations, the councils will address a wide range of topics, from game-changing emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, to systemic challenges such as the future of the environment, economic growth and social inclusion, international security and trade. For media, the meeting provides a unique chance to meet with these thinkers and discuss the world’s pressing issues at length. If you would like to cover the meeting, please submit your accreditation request online at www.weforummedia.org. The deadline for media accreditation is Friday 13 October. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted and no accreditation will be considered on-site. All requests are subject to confirmation by the World Economic Forum. Notes to Editors Learn more about this meeting here View the best Forum Flickr photos at http://wef.ch/pix Watch live webcasts of sessions at http://wef.ch/live Become a fan of the Forum on Facebook at http://wef.ch/facebook Follow the Forum on Twitter at http://wef.ch/twitter and http://wef.ch/livetweet Read our blogs in English at http://wef.ch/agenda View upcoming Forum events at http://wef.ch/events Subscribe to Forum news releases at http://wef.ch/news

Cooperation Vital to Uphold as Pandemic Challenges Continue

Cooperation Vital to Uphold as Pandemic Challenges Continue
Public Engagement, World Economic Forum, public.affairs@weforum.org According to Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, “to resume growth we must look beyond returning to the status quo. We must collaborate to tap new markets an develop novel technologies” Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, said “Amid protectionist moves due to the pandemic, Japan will lead efforts in expanding free trade.” Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana warned that gains African countries have made to “create societies of opportunities for all our peoples are being seriously threatened” View the special addresses and learn more about the Davos Agenda Geneva, Switzerland, 29 January 2021 – Underlining the day’s theme, Advancing Global and Regional Cooperation, two prime ministers and more than a dozen other ministers tackled subjects ranging from resetting geopolitics to improving international trade. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, echoed many of the ideas and fears espoused by fellow world leaders over the course of The Davos Agenda week. He noted the renewed sense of global collaboration in the fact that, as a result of COVID-19, “we were forcefully reminded that our fates were intertwined and we had to work together.” This, he suggested, has led to a period in which confidence has been rebuilt. The task now is to ensure this continues, particularly in a geopolitical sphere where tensions between China and the US continue to reverberate. The prime minister noted that as the world transitions to a new phase, “hard decisions will have to be made”, adding that “to resume growth, we must look beyond returning to the status quo ante”. Like many leaders in the past week, Lee expressed his fears over climate change, which he described as “accelerating dangerously”. He did, however, suggest that “if countries act now and in concert, we can still hope to avert a catastrophe.” Looking ahead to May when the city state will host the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2021, Lee said he hoped that by hosting the meeting, Singapore could contribute to the continuing global discussion on these issues. With the incidence of COVID-19 increasing in Japan, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said: “I am standing in the frontline of the battle,” and pledged that “no one’s health is left behind.” He cautioned that lessons had to be taken from this experience to “prepare ourselves for future crises.” In this respect, Suga underlined Japan’s “unwavering commitment to free trade” and its commitment to a green recovery, seeking to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through mobilizing all policy measures and creating a digital agency. He reiterated that Japan would hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games later this year, calling for “continued support” in this endeavour. “Cooperation is proving the most efficient way to deal with the pandemic and its impact,” said Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Minister of Foreign Affairs European Union and Cooperation of Spain, echoing a widespread sentiment from the week, before adding: “We wouldn’t have been able to develop a vaccine in less than a year if it hadn’t been for international cooperation – by the way, public and private.” This sense of collaboration between the public and private sectors was noted by Fran?ois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada, who said “government can do big things, but the partnership between the public and private sector has helped us to do big things fast.” They were joined by H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia in this sentiment, who said the effects of the pandemic have shown that we can’t address global challenges unless we work together. Africa took centre-stage with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, warning that “the gains African countries have recorded in trying to create societies of opportunities for all our peoples are being seriously threatened” as a result of the pandemic. He said that those in “Africa should make every effort to generate for ourselves the additional funds we need to advance”. He went on to lay out a six-point plan for all African nations, including working to secure a return to macroeconomic stability and fiscal responsibility, using digital technology to enhance their socio-economic position and developing robust institutions. Institutions featured in a discussion on the international system, with reform of the World Trade Organization topping the agenda. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, said the organization still “plays a central part”, but warned that “it’s now or never for the WTO.” She argued that three things are required to address reform – namely tackling current societal challenges, restoring a level playing field and reviving multilateralism, which she described as “the enabling factor”. Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade of the United Kingdom, echoed these sentiments, saying: “It’s in everybody’s interest to see the system restored, including China’s,” but cautioned that it requires “full engagement of all those interested in restoring multilateralism”. In a week where news outlets reported that the European Union was threatening to block vaccine exports over fears of supply problems, “vaccine nationalism” was hotly debated. Taro Kono, Minister in charge of Administrative Reform and Regulatory Reform, Cabinet Office of Japan, admitted his concerns, saying: “It is understandable to put their own people first, but we are living on the same planet and supply chains are global.” He added: “If we disrupt supply chains in one way, it could lead to retaliation.” Retno L. P. Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia agreed, issuing her own plea: “Please stop the politicization of vaccine, please stop the vaccine nationalism. We must remind ourselves vaccines are a humanitarian issue, not a political one.” Meanwhile, Kang Kyung-Wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, took a different tack. After describing the COVAX facility as a “saving grace”, she suggested that it might offer a sustainable mechanism example for dealing with other crises. Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People, European Commission, clarified Europe’s position on vaccine exports, saying that the bloc was “fully committed to play its part” in ensuring vaccines’ availability throughout the world. He spoke of a “time-limited system to ensure clarity on products and exports in the EU” for vaccines that had been purchased in advance and stated clearly that “humanitarian needs and the COVAX facility, were fully exempted” from the measures. Several ministers spoke about the China-United States relationship, with most cautiously optimistic of a possible change of dynamic with the incoming Biden administration. Fu Ying, Vice-Chairperson, Foreign Affairs Committee, 13th National People’s Congress of China, described the bilateral relationship as one of “cooperation and competition” and suggested that how “China and the US define [their] relationship is important not just to both countries but to the world.” Ernesto Araújo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, warned of threats to democracy and of what he called “techno-totalitarianism” used to suppress and control populations. He called for “an international system that rewards democracy”.About The Davos Agenda The Davos Agenda has been a pioneering mobilization of global leaders aimed at rebuilding trust to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in 2021. A full week of global programming has just concluded and has been dedicated to helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year. 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World Economic Forum Launches Coalition to Tackle Racism in the Workplace

World Economic Forum Launches Coalition to Tackle Racism in the Workplace
The World Economic Forum has today launched a coalition of organizations committed to improving racial and ethnic justice in the workplace 48 organizations representing 13 industries, with more than 5.5 million employees worldwide and with headquarters in three continents have committed to building more equitable and just workplaces Companies must put racial and ethnic justice on their board’s agendas, take at least one firm action and set a long-term strategy to become an anti-racist organization Learn more here Geneva, Switzerland, 25 January 2021 — The World Economic Forum has today launched the Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative, which will see a coalition of organizations commit to building equitable and just workplaces for professionals with under-represented racial and ethnic identities. The Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative has been designed to operationalize and coordinate commitments to eradicate racism in the workplace and set new global standards for racial equity in business. It also provides a platform for businesses to collectively advocate for inclusive policy change. What action looks like Three steps are required to join the initiative: Racial and ethnic equity must be placed on the board’s agenda Companies must make at least one commitment towards racial and ethnic justice in their organizations Companies must put a long-term strategy in place towards becoming an anti-racist organization Examples of business commitments towards racial and ethnic justice range from allocating financial and human resources to racial justice work, setting representation goals for all seniority levels, and establishing mentorship programmes for racially and ethnically diverse employees. One of the initiative’s starting points will be Black inclusion and addressing anti-Blackness. A broad-brush approach to racism fails to grasp its effects on different under-represented groups. Anti-Black racism is historically one of the most pervasive forms of racism. As such, a targeted and specific approach to tackle it in the workplace is required. As the initiative evolves, it will seek to increase the visibility of racially and ethnically diverse leaders throughout industries, and expand its focus to include additional racial and ethnic groups. “With just 1% of Fortune 500 companies led by Black chief executives, the need to tackle racial under-representation in business is urgent and obvious. To design racially and ethnically just workplaces, companies must confront racism at a systemic level, addressing not just the structural and social mechanics of their own organizations, but also the role they play in their communities and the economy at large. The Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative provides an effective platform for businesses to take individual and collective action towards racially and ethnically just workplaces,” said Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director at the World Economic Forum. The initiative originates from the World Economic Forum’s New Economy and Society Platform, which is focused on building prosperous, inclusive and just economies and societies. In addition to its work on economic growth, revival and transformation, work, wages and job creation, and education, skills and learning, the Platform takes an integrated and holistic approach to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, and aims to tackle exclusion, bias and discrimination related to race, gender, ability, sexual orientation and all other forms of human diversity. It produces data, standards and insights, such as the Global Gender Gap Report and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 4.0 Toolkit, and drives or supports action initiatives, such as the Community of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers, The Valuable 500 – Closing the Disability Inclusion Gap, Hardwiring Gender Parity in the Future of Work, Closing the Gender Gap Country Accelerators, Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality and the Global Future Council on Equity and Social Justice. Founding members The founding members of the initiative are: A.P. M?ller-Maersk, AlixPartners, AstraZeneca, Bank of America, BlackRock, Bloomberg, Boston Consulting Group, Bridgewater Associates, Centene, Cisco Systems, Cognizant, Dentsu International, Deutsche Bank, EY, Facebook, Google, H&M Group, Henry Schein, HP, Infosys, Ingka Group (IKEA), Jacobs Engineering Group, Jefferson Health, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Kearney, LinkedIn, ManpowerGroup, Mastercard, Mayo Clinic, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Nestlé, PayPal, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Salesforce, SAP, Standard Chartered Bank, Tata Consultancy Services, The Coca-Cola Company, Depository Trust and Clearing (DTCC), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Uber Technologies, Unilever, UPS and Willis Towers Watson. “This initiative is an important step in helping accountable business leaders do more to change the foundational systems that interfere with achieving equity. Kaiser Permanente is taking bold actions within our organization to evolve and advance our equity, diversity and inclusion strategy, and we look forward to being part of this coalition, both to help its work and learn from others.” — Greg A. Adams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Permanente “At IKEA, we side with the many, and we believe that a better every day is also an equal every day. We are committed to create a fair and equal workplace for everyone, no matter their ethnicity, race or nationality. We see three main reasons: It is about fairness, it’s about reflecting the diversity of our customer base to meet the dreams and needs of our customers in better ways. And finally, it opens up more and new opportunities to attract and recruit the best talents. By working together with the Forum and other businesses we hope to accelerate the pace and scale of change to create more fair and just workplaces and society.” — Jesper Brodin, Chief Executive Officer, Ingka Group (IKEA) “The new global standards established by Partnering for Racial Justice in Business come at a time of heightened global focus on racial injustice, underscored by a pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black and Latino communities in the United States, along with other marginalized communities worldwide. We believe companies – critical enablers of wealth creation and professional mobility – must play a leading role in building a more equitable future for all. And as an organization that exists to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce, we are honoured to join this initiative.” — Rosanna Durruthy, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, LinkedIn “At P&G, we aspire to create a company and a world where equality and inclusion are achievable for all people. For us, this starts with ensuring equitable and inclusive workplaces, and drives the actions we take with our brands and business partners and throughout communities around the world. The Forum’s Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative will help foster cross-sector collaboration towards this aspiration and enable P&G and many companies to accelerate progress faster than any of us could do alone, and we’re proud to lend our support.” — Shelly McNamara, Chief Equality and Inclusion Officer, Procter & Gamble “In order to have an economy that works for everyone, we all have an obligation to address the inequalities that have existed for too long; that includes systemic racism. At Mastercard, we believe that our success comes by ensuring decency, well-being and inclusion are part of everything we do. Bringing together groups like this creates the potential for greater impact, accelerating our ability to learn from one another and deliver action at scale.” — Michael Miebach, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard “As a global organization that runs with purpose, we will only have done our jobs if we create opportunities for every employee to flourish and for social justice to prevail. We must understand the role we play, the things we can do better, and the actions we can take to ensure equality for all. Let our work together be a shining example of the change we are advocating.” — Judith Williams, Head of People Sustainability and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, SAP The Davos Agenda The COVID-19 pandemic continues to widen inequalities, with disproportionate repercussions for disadvantaged groups and minorities. What policies, practices and partnerships are needed to embed equity and inclusion into our economic systems? The Davos Agenda is a pioneering mobilization of global leaders aimed at rebuilding trust to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in 2021. It features a full week (25-29 January) of global programming dedicated to helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the effects of the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year. Heads of state, chief executives, civil society leaders and the global media will actively participate in almost 100 sessions covering five themes. Media can register here. Note to editors Learn more about the project here Read more quotes from founding members hereHow to follow and watch sessions at The Davos Agenda The Davos Agenda Registration for Media Learn about the Forum’s impact Check out Forum videos | photosFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | TikTok | Weibo | Podcasts Read the Forum Agenda (also in French | Spanish | Mandarin | Japanese) Subscribe to News releases and Podcasts Explore the Forum’s Strategic Intelligence Platform and Transformation Maps The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (www.weforum.org).

Majority Optimistic About Tech in 2021, But Health, Jobs and Environment Top Personal Risk List

Majority Optimistic About Tech in 2021, But Health, Jobs and Environment Top Personal Risk List
Amanda Russo, Public Engagement, arus@weforum.org, +41 79 392 6898 A 28-country World Economic Forum/Ipsos survey found a majority of adults think accessing digital tools, training or technology will improve in the year ahead But, most view deteriorating mental and physical health, loss of income or employment, and more frequent weather-related natural disasters as the biggest personal risks Now more than ever, public and private institutions must come together, rebuild trust and address the changes needed following the COVID-19 pandemic The Davos Agenda will bring together G7 and G20 heads of state, chief executives and leaders from civil society to discuss how to catalyze impact on a global level in a crucial year ahead View more details about the survey and its findings Geneva, Switzerland, 22 January 2021 — A new World Economic Forum/Ipsos survey found most adults are optimistic about accessing technology, digital tools and training in the next 12 months, but have serious concerns about the state of the climate, job market and global health. These findings ahead of the Davos Agenda week highlight the importance of leaders across the public and private sectors coming together to address the changes needed in a crucial year ahead. According to the survey, the percentage of those expecting the availability of digital tools and technology to improve in 2021 exceeds the percentage of those who think it will get worse across geographies. This is most of all the case in Saudi Arabia (by 57 points), Peru (55 points), and India (48 points). Italy is the only country where, while the proportion of optimists is greater than that of pessimists by 3 points, the difference is not statistically significant. Significantly larger proportions of people expect opportunities for training and education to improve in 2021 than to get worse in 12 countries — most of all in Saudi Arabia (by 45 points), Peru (44 points), Mexico (36 points), and China (36 points). Click to enlarge Image: IPSOS/World Economic Forum However, there are global concerns with deteriorating health, loss of income or employment, and more frequent weather-related natural disasters – each perceived as a real threat by three out of five adults across the world. Pessimists outnumber optimists on the other five issues measured: The pace of climate change (by 20 points); Employment opportunities (by 15 points); General health conditions (by 5 points); Inequality (by 4 points), and Relations between one’s country and other countries (by 2 points). Expected Change in 2021 Image: IPSOS/World Economic Forum The pandemic has accelerated systemic changes that were apparent before its inception. The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear as critical crossroads in 2021. The Davos Agenda will help leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year.In regards to the Davos Agenda, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum said: “In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to reset priorities and the urgency to reform systems have been growing stronger around the world. Rebuilding trust and increasing global cooperation are crucial to fostering innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery. This unique meeting will be an opportunity for leaders to outline their vision and address the most important issues of our time, such as the need to accelerate job creation and to protect the environment.” Methodology These are the results of a 28-country survey conducted by Ipsos on its Global Advisor online platform. Ipsos interviewed a total of 23,004 adults aged 18-74 in United States, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey, 21-74 in Singapore, and 16-74 in 22 other countries between Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and Friday January 8, 2021. Where results do not sum to 100 or the ‘difference’ appears to be +/-1 more/less than the actual, this may be due to rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don’t knows or not stated responses About Ipsos Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). 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