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A 2016 round up on international trade




The workplace response to neurological conditions: A focus on migraine, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease

Migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affect over 1.3bn people globally. The report  looks at the impact of these three neurological conditions on both patients and carers in the workplace.

Looking out: the rise of the external workforce and its impact on internal functions

This report is the culmination of surveying 430 C-level executives on the changing trends in procurement during January and February 2022 and the accompanying research and interview programme of practitioners and subject-matter experts, conducted by the Economist Impact research team. This report was written by Siddharth Poddar and edited by Pooja Chaudhary and Harsheen Sethi, with support from Amanda Simms on sub-editing.

Economist Impact wishes to thank the following experts for their participation in the interview programme:

Strategic and forward-looking procurement critical for supply chains resilience, finds Economist Impact study

Chain reactions: Digitalisation in procurement

Chain reactions: building value in procurement through digitalisation

The research provides a deep dive into how procurement is changing as a result of the forces at work, and what some of the catalysts in this shift are.

Closing the gap: Pathways to a post-pandemic recovery in labour markets

The global economy experienced a deep recession in 2020, and as a result, more than 40m jobs were lost as businesses shut down. Against this backdrop, Economist Impact set out to understand how long it would take for employment to recover fully and to examine the different paths ahead for the five regions of the global economy: North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia. 

Infographic: Building trust in business relationships

A deeper understanding: Building trust in business partnerships

Trust is a vital component for keeping the global economy growing. Every single transaction, from grabbing a coffee to acquiring a multinational corporation, is built on some level of trust: that the goods or services offered serve their purpose or that the buyer can pay for them. But trust does not just grease the wheels. It enables firms from different cultures and separated by continents to work together in a manner that benefits all. It helps companies to set, follow and achieve targets with a wider social or environmental purpose.

Article | A voice for workers in a time of crisis

Tens of millions of Americans have been furloughed or laid off. For many of those who remained, or returned to the workforce in frontline roles, going to work became an exercise in risk-taking. Some workers began protesting a lack of workplace covid-19 safety precautions, including personal protective equipment (PPE). Walkouts, “sickouts” and strikes increased. Interest in joining unions, and public support for them, went up, as workers feared being fired while seeking enhanced safety measures, paid sick time and other pandemic-specific benefits.

Article | The public sector’s stress test

Many frontline workers were local government employees charged with keeping trains and buses moving. Police, fire and emergency medical services personnel couldn’t stay home during lockdowns. Educators rapidly adapted curricula to online learning platforms. Public health workers coordinated covid-19 public awareness and vaccination campaigns. And millions of less visible local, state and federal workers kept governments functioning while shifting to remote work.

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