Articles & Contributions from Members & Partners

Asian B2B decision maker response to COVID-19 crisis

B2B decision makers are responding quickly, though actions and customer preferences vary by region. With thanks to Mckinsey & Company we bring this article which provides details on their regular, global surveys which are tracking how customers’ expectations, spending, and behaviours are changing throughout the pandemic across multiple countries over time.

Consumer sentiment evolves as the next “normal” approaches

While countries around the world begin to reopen and pockets of spending return, consumers continue to feel the financial impact of the crisis. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, optimism is largely holding steady globally, this Mckinsey & Company article explores consumer sentiment, trend sand impact here:

Restarting national economies during coronavirus

This is the second article from Mckinsey & Company that explores measures to emerge from a lockdown strategy. In this article by Andres Cadena, Felipe Child, Fernando Ferrari-Haines, and Juan Franco, they explain the elements required for a selective lockdown approach to work: a fine-grained understanding of the virus’s spread in every part of a…

Reducing agriculture emissions through improved farming practices

The agriculture sector’s role in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is widely known but not well understood. In truth, more than one-quarter of the world’s GHG emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and land-use change. And unless actively addressed, these emissions are likely to increase as more people populate the Earth and the need for food continues…

What a sustainable circular economy would look like

The European Commission has vowed to build a sustainable circular economy post coronavirus. Anne Velenturf & Phil Purnell explain the idea of a sustainable circular economy in this article originally published in The Conversation. More than 100 billion tonnes of materials entered the global economy in 2017 to generate power, build infrastructure and homes, produce…

Clouded thinking in Washington and Beijing on COVID-19 crisis

This article from the Brookings Institute highlights how difficult domestic situations in both China and the United States is encouraging more nationalistic and ‘wolf-warrior’ diplomacy in their dealings with each other.

Coronavirus: Industrial IoT in challenging times

This article from Mckinsey & Company explores how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) can help companies navigate the current crisis of COVID 19 and emerge stronger . As the coronavirus continues, governments, healthcare authorities, and business leaders are focused on preserving lives, but in parallel, they want to lessen the humanitarian toll by protecting…

‘Bring the problem forward’: Larry Fink on climate risk

The impact of climate change and its implications for business and the economy was raised by the world’s largest asset manager, Black Rock CEO in an interview with Mckinsey & Company this month. Larry Fink suggests the physical impact of climate change will lead to a change in investment strategy which may lead to fundamental reshaping…

ASI Chief Executive Announcement Apr 20

CE & Founder of the ASI, Mr Roddy Gow OBE, explains to Members, Sponsors, Partners and Followers of the Institute how the Asia Scotland Institute is adapting to COVID 19 and its future direction in this video: