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  • ‘Oprah 2020’ reflects the shift in expectations of politicians

    February 19, 2018

    Oprah Winfrey widely being touted to run for President of the United States in 2020 after her Golden Globes speech reinforced a trend in Western politics that started in the lead up to the election of Donald Trump. Simply, people are fed up with politicians and the old way of doing things, particularly in the way they communicate with the public. They are exasperated by what they perceive as empty promises, spin – in some...

  • Is the future of capitalism inclusive?

    February 13, 2018

    Last week Reboot the Future, GCM and Aviva, hosted an event in London (for which FHF were a lead sponsor and PR partner) to discuss how the UK can move towards inclusive capitalism and sustainable business. Whilst change is taking place every day, consensus from the esteemed panelists, which included Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman, Forum of the Future’s Founder, Jonathan Porritt and Aviva’s Chief RIO, Steve Waygood, among others, was that the United Nation’s Sustainable...

  • Can corporate purpose be compatible with capitalism?

    January 29, 2018

      “Increasingly the general public are demanding companies have a clear social purpose and demonstrate leadership on key issues” - Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock Ten years ago this February, Northern Rock was nationalised by the then-Labour government, a pivotal moment in the global financial crisis. In the decade of recovery since we have been experiencing one of biggest bull runs in recent memory. Last year we saw global equities reach record highs, and earlier...

  • Davos Digest 2018: Day Four

    January 26, 2018

    As the sun sets over the Swiss Alps on another action-packed World Economic Forum annual meeting, it’s time for the FHF Davos team to take one last look at this year’s gathering before signing off… “The spirit of Davos has returned. After last year’s doubts over the true decision-making power of the event, 2018 seemed to put real issues top of the agenda. Yes, the meeting is all about status – who is the top...

  • Davos Digest 2018: Day Three

    January 26, 2018

    Day three of Davos, and the finishing line is on the horizon. Thursday’s WEF agenda covered some of the most pressing and influential topics to date, from international trade to interest rates, from bitcoin to that recurring theme of data governance. However it was obvious that everyone at Davos had one eye on the front door, anticipating the arrival one man – President Donald Trump. With his aides speaking at the Forum in the days...

  • Davos Digest 2018: Day Two

    January 25, 2018

    Gender equality, tech transformation and warnings against anti-globalisation – the themes set on day one continued to feature heavily on Wednesday’s agenda. It was, however digital and tech that stole the show with Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella touching on artificial intelligence, healthcare transformation, women in tech, borderless trade. But it wasn’t just the big tech players dealing with the subject as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of...

  • Davos Digest 2018: Day One

    January 24, 2018

    Good morning! Day one of Davos 2018 is a wrap. Now onto the news that made headlines… The event kicked off with a strong international call-to-action from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who set the tone for the Forum, warning of the threat of anti-globalisation and highlighting the massive impact that technology is having on the world. The power statements continued, with Peter Maurer of the Red Cross exposing the true reality of the humanitarian...

  • Davos Digest 2018: WEF Begins

    January 23, 2018

    The World Economic Forum in Davos begins again today. That time of the year when the world’s most influential, powerful and wealthy individuals descend on a small ski resort in Switzerland to chat, deliberate about the future of the planet, and do all they can to avoid actually skiing. Speaking of which, the first order of business this year? Clearing the heaviest snowfall in 18 years, which has disrupted train and helicopter access to the...

  • Gender pay gap reporting. Are you ready?

    January 11, 2018

    Gender pay gap reporting is the Government’s headline initiative to tackle the gender pay gap in the UK.  The Government hopes that increased transparency will be a stimulus to businesses to close the remaining gap over time. While there is no legal requirement to publish an individual narrative report, when considering the context behind the legislation, producing a separate report helps manage a company’s corporate reputation. The gender pay gap is part of a bigger...

  • FinTech in 2018: The Fads, the Fears and the Future

    January 9, 2018

    Last year proved to be another exciting ride on the FinTech rollercoaster. We reached out to over 30 experts from leading brands including Ant Financial, Citi, Ripple, Santander, Starling Bank, Visa and Western Union to share their insights on the biggest fads of 2017, lift the lid on their biggest fears, and unveil the most exciting opportunities for 2018. Our contributors identified Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as the most over-hyped trend of 2017, closely followed...