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January 23, 2013
Hoards of cash on balance sheets suggest growing risk aversion. But in a Time/CNNMoney panel at the World Economic Forum, Orit Gadiesh, chairman, Bain & Company, said "A lot of what feels risky is actually unfamiliar." Business leaders can learn to analyze risk in this unfamiliar environment, but it shouldn't hold them back. Watch video
Supply chain barriers—not tariffs—are the most costly obstacle to trade. For companies, these barriers can erode or even wipe out the benefits of sourcing strategies that rely on low-cost locations. Improvements in border administration and transport and communications infrastructure alone would increase global GDP by US$2.6 trillion, vastly outweighing the potential benefits of eliminating import tariffs worldwide.
January 24, 2013 | World Economic Forum
Heart disease, obesity and other chronic conditions have become the biggest threats to human health worldwide. Global leaders have set out to address these ills through the World Economic Forum's Healthy Living initiative.
The charter for healthy living | Toolkit annex
World Economic Forum 2013 Blog
January 24, 2013
Participants at last year's World Economic Forum called for a plan to address the rising rates of heart disease, obesity and other chronic conditions that have become the biggest threats to human health. This morning, the Forum's Healthy Living Initiative and the Pan American Health Organization, in collaboration with Bain & Company, released a 3-part implementation document aimed at supporting multistakeholder action to meet the 2025 target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases. Learn more
January 23, 2013
Delays at the border, inconsistent application of regulations and infrastructure issues can completely offset the significant labor cost advantages in many countries. In a report released today by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Bain & Company and the World Bank, we look at how high supply chain barriers can erode the benefits of lower factor costs. Madagascar, for example, instituted a free zone with fast-track export procedures to facilitate trade. Yet despite these efforts and low labor costs, an apparel manufacturer with operations in the country continues to suffer relative to competitors in Asia because of poor local infrastructure and insufficient border administration. What supply chain barriers might be affecting your company? Learn more
January 23, 2013
The World Economic Forum has long been a powerful promoter of global health initiatives. As leader of Bain & Company’s Worldwide Healthcare practice, I’m delighted that global health is a particularly prominent subject at this year’s forum, which will be attended by several national health ministers and more than 25 healthcare industry executives. Worldwide US$47 trillion of cumulative output loss can be expected in the next 20 years because of non-communicable diseases and mental health issues. Bain & Company is proud to have collaborated on the Healthy Living Initiative that will be unveiled tomorrow. We will post a link to the report as soon as it is released at 9:00 a.m. C.E.T. tomorrow. Learn more
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