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Podcast | Culture and the Creative Economy

Episode 1: Riding the Korean Wave

Podcast | China's food future

Podcast | China's food future

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2020 - Workbook

International trade has helped to lift hundreds of millions of people around the world out of poverty, but the benefits do not come without risk. Right or wrong, labour disruption, environmental degradation, and worsening inequality are frequently associated with trade. However, proactive and responsible policy can harness the good elements of trade while mitigating the bad, making for a more robust global trading community. 

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2020

Sustainability was gaining more traction in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic. Firms stepped up commitments to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Investors started incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into their asset allocation decisions. And consumers voted with their wallets to support sustainable production, purchasing goods with certified claims regarding their environmental impact and use of labour.

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2018

Yet the enthusiasm in Asia for trade does not appear to have waned. This broad societal consensus behind international trade has enabled Asian countries to continue broadening and deepening existing trading relationships, for example, by quickly hammering out a deal for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in early 2018 following the US’s withdrawal from its predecessor in 2017.

The Urban Transit Evolution

This new report, sponsored by Siemens UK, which reviews some of the urban mobility challenges facing well-established, congested cities. It provides a roadmap for city leaders to overcome these challenges, with a focus on factors to consider when making decisions around infrastructure projects and transport policies.

Key findings of the report include:

Can global coordination stabilise food price volatility?

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Food Price Index,a monthly measure of food price changes, averaged 127.2 points in April 2023. This is down 31.2 points (19.7%) from April 2022 [1].

Unlocking the potential of the anywhere economy

The ability to work, socialise, and conduct personal and business activities online presents endless possibilities. Our understanding of its impacts on businesses, economies and the planet is still evolving. Our study shows that, overall, both executives and consumers are confident that the anywhere economy will improve economic conditions and personal lives. They also believe that embedding digitalisation in daily life can help overcome some of the inequities of modern life and accelerate the planet’s decarbonisation process.

Understanding the economic consequences of the covid-19 pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic cannot be seen solely as a global health crisis; the impact on the health, livelihoods and functioning of individuals and global economies deems it a humanitarian and economic crisis. It is estimated that an additional half a billion people have fallen into poverty due to the pandemic [1].

Balancing government budgets amid uncertainty

The past three years have given rise to a series of shocks that have affected geopolitics and global economics. Developments such as the US-China trade tensions, the covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine are weighing heavily on governments’ budgets. Government responses to such shocks have led to public borrowing and spending on an unprecedented scale. Traditional government budgetary processes have also been upended in response to these shocks, leading to more agility, but less transparency.

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