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Supply-Chain Evolution: A Strategic Perspective

This report is the second in a two-part series exploring the impacts of supply-chain disruption—a new normal for businesses. The first report, The business costs of supply-chain disruption, explored how disruption has become more common and more costly than ever, in terms of both operational and reputational costs. Over half of the executives surveyed (54%) acknowledge that they must make significant changes in order to effectively manage supply-chain disruptions over the next five years.

Infographic | Data protection ecosystems

骄傲与偏见:谱写新篇章

对许多人来说,美国最高法院2015年做出的全国范围内同性婚姻合法化的决定,是女同性恋、男同性恋、双性恋和跨性别人士(LGBT)走向权利平等的最新里程碑,是数十年斗争的巅峰时刻。近年来政治动荡、贸易战不断,再加上大流行病,全球的焦点已经偏离LGBT群体的平等权利。即便如此,LGBT群体的平权活动还是取得了许多重大胜利,尤其在亚洲。其中最显著的便是台湾同性婚姻合法化。此外,包括中国和印度在内的法院重大裁决,虽然是渐进过程,也推动着LGBT群体获得平等权利的进程。

考虑到这一背景,我 们最近进行的主题为””骄傲与偏见”的调查(本调查和研究报告为年度项目,本年为第五年)探讨了LGBT群体的权利,主要集中于亚洲。尽管现在西方仍存在歧视,但相较于几年前,更接近于完全平等。另一方面,亚洲仍要经历漫长过程,才能成为这场持续的LGBT群体权利的全球斗争的下一个战场,真正有所进展。随着亚洲城市年轻人的态度迅速改变,亚洲大陆有望接过接力棒。

The cost of de-globalising world trade: Economic scenarios for the world’s turn inwards

After decades of propelling global economic growth through the international flow of goods, services, people and ideas, globalisation is in crisis. Already under pressure from geopolitical tensions and the rise of populist politics, the covid-19 pandemic has caused even the most free-marketoriented economies to question their reliance on global supply chains and trumpet the value of self-sufficiency.

Moving from faster prediction to faster response in FMCG supply chains

Fast-moving consumer goods—at least some of them—have become emblematic for 2020.

If there was ever any doubt about the importance of resilient supply chains in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, one need only recall the expanse of empty shelves that had once held toilet paper or pasta at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. In March, in the UK alone, there was “more than £1bn worth of food stocked in people’s houses than there was three weeks ago,” according to Helen Dickinson, chief executive officer of the British Retail Consortium.

Retail supply chains: Learning lessons from disruption

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the images of empty supermarket shelves highlighted the limitations of just-in-time supply chains, but how did retailers really fare in the face of the crisis? Even before the arrival of the virus supply chains had been in transition, impacted by a range of factors such as changing consumer preferences, evolving trade conditions or increased pressure around sustainability ‒ requirements which have forced retailers to rethink their procurement strategy. However, general preparedness seems to be lacking.

Re-threading supply chains in the lifestyle industry

Supply chains in the lifestyle sector (which includes clothing, footwear, textiles, luxury and toys) were already under pressure prior to the 2019 coronavirus pandemic. Environmental sustainability, labour standards and technology adoption were among the internal challenges facing companies, but external headwinds were also complicating factors. Globalisation has been under threat, facing challenges in the form of the US-China trade war, Brexit, rising economic nationalism, and the crisis of the multilateral trade regime and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) itself.

Four in ten Asian executives say being openly LGBT would hinder one’s career, according to new EIU research

Pride and Prejudice: The next chapter of progress

For many, the United States Supreme Court decision in 2015 to legalise same-sex marriage nationwide was a recent high-water mark for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, an inspiring moment that served as the culmination of decades of struggle. Although the past few years of turbulent political shifts, trade wars and a major pandemic have seen the global spotlight shift away from LGBT rights, they have not been without significant victories, especially in Asia.

Video | The Asia Pacific CEO survey

This report explores how CEOs in the Asia Pacific region are guiding their businesses through the ongoing covid-19 crisis and the steps they are taking to prepare for an uncertain future.

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