World leaders are now returning back home after visiting the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF). This year, the urgency of climate change dominated discussions as participants gathered to address the most pressing issues on the global agenda. Cognizant’s Ben Pring was there, and these are some of his reflections.
The annual meeting of the WEF plays an influential role in shaping the global discussion about the state of business, socioeconomics and the broader culture. Among the 828 public speakers and 221 webcast sessions, some main trends were spotted:
To summarize the meeting’s key takeaway: no longer can every business and economic decision be oriented toward simply serving the interests of shareholders. A broader range of stakeholders – employees, suppliers, the communities in which a business operates, the environment, the future even – must be considered as equally important as the capital owners of an organization. From now on, it’s really Mr. Gekko, Meet Ms. Thunberg (unsurprisingly, both US President Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg were the most mentioned people at Davos in news and social media).
For more information about Cognizant’s participation, with sessions like "Reimaging Leadership in the Digital Age" and "Inclusion in the Workplace", please visit our WEF page. Also check out Cognizant's Nordic Tech for Good initiative.
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