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The power of proximity: Localising supply chains in the Middle East

Three decades of globalisation brought about by the proliferation of free trade agreements, investment liberalisation, and enhanced logistics have facilitated the geographic diversification of supply chains away from domestic markets. From the 1980s to the financial crisis in 2008, supply chains fanned out across the world as companies sought lower-cost locations for the sourcing of inputs and production.

Podcast | Pride and Prejudice: The next chapter of progress

Pride and Prejudice: The next chapter of progress

Economic Power Play: Assessing China's Trade Policies

China has grown at an unprecedented pace to become a leader in global trade over the past four decades. Its rapid rise has met with mixed reactions from the rest of the world, from excited embrace of opportunity, to concern, to confrontation. China’s deepening integration into the global economy has unlocked massive consumption power and brought about efficiency in global supply chains, making it an attractive market for international business and a magnet for foreign investment.

Infographic | Open secrets? Guarding value in the intangible economy

Open secrets? Guarding value in the intangible economy

Open secrets? Guarding value in the intangible economy is a report commissioned by CMS and written by The Economist Intelligence Unit. It explores the extent to which firms identify intangible assets as trade secrets and implement protective measures to safeguard them accordingly.
 

The bigger picture: Driving business growth through excellence in customer service

Rapid technological innovations and new organisational models and ways of working have changed what customers have come to expect from their interactions with firms. Today’s customer expects companies to provide convenience, flexibility and personalised solutions throughout the customer journey. As a cornerstone of customer-firm interaction, the customer service function can help firms improve their internal operations so that they can effectively meet customers' evolving needs and navigate future market changes.

Video | Remote work: adapting as an organisation

Video | Remote work: adapting as an organisation

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。

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