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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:

Resisting fragmentation, restoring trust

A critical global trade week

Growth amid uncertainty–setting your international course using the right stars

Efficiency vs resilience

Talent scarcity, technology and jobs: insights from Davos on the future of work

On May 25th, I launched our latest research on global employment trends and scenarios in Davos, Switzerland. At an event organised by The Adecco Group (who also supported the report we launched), we discussed talent scarcity and the future of work. Key to this conversation was the difficulties of accessing strong candidates in specific sectors and the risks and opportunities related to automation. In the broader macroeconomic context of the next decade, these challenges suggest that both business leaders and policymakers face an uphill battle on productivity and wages across all sectors.

Attracting FDI for sustainability: a sector-specific challenge for policymakers

Our survey of 376 C-suite executives from multinationals in the energy, finance, healthcare, IT and manufacturing sectors shows that although many companies are making the right statements about their commitment to sustainability, cost usually remains the decisive factor.

Covid-19’s impact on personal finance in Asia

Covid-19’s impact on personal finance in Asia was researched and written by Michael Frank and Sakshi Tokas of Economist Impact. Home Credit is the sponsor of this report. The analysis and conclusions herein are the work of Economist Impact and do not necessarily reflect the views of Home Credit.
 
The report’s authors would like to thank the following experts for sharing their time and insights as part of the research process:

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