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The momentum for sustainability is strong despite misgivings over current financial strains. Few businesses can afford to ignore it.

How Boards Can Steer Companies to “Build Back Better”

By: EBR | Thursday, January 21, 2021

As the novel coronavirus swept the globe last year, the European Union, China, Japan and the United Kingdom announced ambitious plans to cut emissions over the next decades

Put the framework at the heart of your sustainability strategy. Start by using it to audit your internal resources.

How the SDGs Can Change Your Organisation, From the Inside Out

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 20, 2021

As an organisational mission, sustainability is hard to wrap your head around

"Businesses need to watch three drivers of risk: political, technological and societal."

These are the top risks for business in the post-COVID world

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Over the past year, the business landscape has become much more precarious due to protracted uncertainty and confusion in pandemic response approaches, the challenges of vaccine rollouts and emerging virus variants - and spillover effects into other risks

"By supporting manufacturing and production ecosystems to become more resilient, sustainable and inclusive, we can enable manufacturers and their ecosystems to become the driving force behind a new wave of booming global economic and social prosperity."

Manufacturing can be the engine of global recovery

By: EBR | Friday, January 15, 2021

COVID-19 has given the world a sharp reminder that manufacturing and production sectors – and their enabling supply chain ecosystems – remain the most real and significant force in the global economy

"At a time when more than half of Americans say the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health, employees are needing and increasingly demanding additional support from their employers."

The priority for workplaces in the new normal?

By: EBR | Friday, January 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that the wellbeing of the workforce is in jeopardy

"We all have our own part to play in creating the world we’d like to see, but it’s certainly clear that even small spheres of influence can have momentous impacts with the right actions."

Social enterprises can change entire industries

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Social enterprises certainly act as influential drivers for the sustainability transition. Yet other individuals and businesses should also consider playing their part and become recognized as contributors to a better world

When it comes to making a difference, thinking “bigger is always better” leads to tunnel vision – especially for social enterprises.

The Three Dimensions of Social Impact

By: EBR | Friday, January 8, 2021

The “bigger is better” mindset has spread beyond the business world to the world of social impact. And for good reason: After all, isn’t it better to serve more people, and to seek efficiency through scale?

TrendForce noted a greater proportion of devices produced this year are likely to support 5G, with 37 percent of new handsets expected to use the latest network technology compared to 19 percent in 2020.

Huawei plunged out of device top 6

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, January 7, 2021

TrendForce, an analyst company, predicts global smartphone production to begin its recovery in 2021 after dropping 11 percent in 2020

The tough lessons of 2020 will provoke two major developments in B2B, having to do with technology and people.

The Post-Covid Future of “Everything as a Service”

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

If you work in the B2B space, you have almost certainly encountered the term “servitisation”

COVID-19 prompted about 30% of employed adults to take a leave of absence, according to a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey.

This is how COVID-19 has impacted workers’ lives around the world

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Stress, anxiety and loneliness have increased among working people, according to a new survey, underscoring the ongoing toll of the COVID-19 pandemic

“We must regulate the platforms, but be careful not to make scapegoats of them,” said Cremer, who last year advised the European Commission on proposed regulation.

Bolstered by pandemic, tech titans face growing scrutiny

By: EBR | Monday, December 28, 2020

Accelerating the transition to an ever more digital existence, the coronavirus pandemic has tightened tech giants’ grip on billions of customers’ lives

"Recent COVID/Tech activities have been skewed towards certain benefactor groups (eg, governments & individuals), and other groups (eg, business) are underserved."

For a true economic recovery, small businesses will need more support

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Tech has been deployed throughout the pandemic to keep economies going and to keep people connected, healthy and safe

A high sustainability rating does not necessarily equate to real sustainability impact (and profit).

Doing Good: Where Sustainable Investing Gets It Wrong

By: EBR | Thursday, December 17, 2020

Annoying jargon exists in all business disciplines. Responsible Investor recently asked its readers for the words they would like to see banished from the lexicon of sustainable finance

"Climate neutrality and digital leadership will not be an easy task for Europe. The transformative agenda of the European Green Deal is as demanding as it is compelling. Some CEOs perceive it as a Herculean task."

EU companies ready to take on twin green, digital transitions

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 16, 2020

EU employers are ready to switch gear and accelerate the roll-out of the green and digital transitions

Three business characteristics can serve as leading indicators of possible human-rights abuses in the making.

How Operations Can Stop Labour Violations Before They Happen

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

For decades, policymakers and corporate CSR departments have undertaken sustained, sincere efforts to clamp down on labour abuses such as slavery, perilous working conditions and wage theft

"Founders make fewer mistakes and pivot in the right direction when they learn to challenge their own assumptions and experiment continuously."

Is There a Scientific Formula For Start-up Success?

By: EBR | Monday, December 14, 2020

Even in the best of times, starting a business is like running a marathon with the odds stacked against you

Report highlights organizational design principles that can drive more ethical behaviour in technology.

5 traits of organizations that use tech responsibly

By: EBR | Friday, December 11, 2020

As new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing and blockchain become mainstream, and their practical uses more pervasive, myriad new business opportunities will be created

When the going gets tough, bring on improvisation and learning.

How Start-ups in Emerging Markets Succeed Despite Scarcity

By: EBR | Friday, December 11, 2020

2019 was a record year of venture capital funding for start-ups in emerging economies from Latin America, Africa to Southeast Asia

From finance to smart cities, distributed ledger technology is beginning to deliver on its vaunted potential in several key sectors.

The New Business Models (and Jobs) in Blockchain

By: EBR | Thursday, December 3, 2020

Given the Bitcoin price craze in the face of the morose economy during the Covid-19 pandemic, one may assume that the distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain bubble is ready to burst once again

A recent study revealed that 78% of employees put data at risk inadvertently.

How secure is your data? 3 predictions and 3 protections in the age of hybrid work

By: EBR | Friday, November 27, 2020

Covid-19 introduced a paradigm shift in working culture. The new era of the “hybrid employee” has required a recalibration of how organizations provide secure, productive and digitally enabled environments for their employees

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