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McKinsey on Risk: Special issue on the COVID-19 crisis
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McKinsey on Risk: Special issue on the COVID-19 crisis

A special issue of McKinsey on Risk offering our global perspective on the COVID-19 crisis, including understanding the crisis, resiliency through crisis, industry perspectives and social and environmental leadership in the next normal.

Articles in this issue

Chapter 1: Understanding the crisis
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Safeguarding our lives and our livelihoods: The imperative of our time

– We must solve for the virus and the economy. It starts with battling the virus.
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Getting ahead of the next stage of the coronavirus crisis

– First the virus, now the economic fallout—you need to launch your plan-ahead team.
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Leadership in the time of coronavirus: COVID-19 response and implications for banks

– As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate, banks have a role to play as systemic stabilizers.
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Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams

– Board directors and executives can pool their wisdom to help companies grapple with the challenge of a lifetime.
Chapter 2: Resiliency through crisis
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Return: A new muscle, not just a plan

– Return is not a phase; it’s a way of operating. A nerve center can help build the capabilities that businesses need in the “next normal.”
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Reopening safely: Sample practices from essential businesses

– The safety protocols of hospitals, grocery stores, and other establishments that stayed open during the COVID-19 pandemic can offer ideas for businesses preparing to welcome employees and customers back.
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Banking system resilience in the time of COVID-19

– Capital cushions at European, UK, and US banks look adequate in most scenarios—and challenged in others. In either case, they must be rebuilt, and that will require some difficult decisions.
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Stability in the storm: US banks in the pandemic and the next normal

– Banks will be tested. Now is their chance to use their hard-won resilience to preserve the financial system and support their customers and communities.
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Cybersecurity tactics for the coronavirus pandemic

– The pandemic has made it harder for companies to maintain security and business continuity. But new tactics can help cybersecurity leaders to safeguard their organizations.
Chapter 3: Industry perspectives in the next normal
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From surviving to thriving: Reimagining the post-COVID-19 return

– For many, the toughest leadership test is now looming: how to bring a business back in an environment where a vaccine has yet to be found and economies are still reeling.
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Is your supply chain risk blind—or risk resilient?

– Operational risk to supply chains has been growing over the last several years—compounded by the ongoing impact from COVID-19. Organizations need a new approach to manage risk and build resiliency.
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Pharma operations: The path to recovery and the next normal

– Pharma operations leaders have increased their focus on network risk management, agile and transparent operations, and shaping the workforce of the future in the post-COVID-19 path to recovery.
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Oil and gas after COVID-19: The day of reckoning or a new age of opportunity?

– Leading companies will use the crisis to redefine their reasons for being and their basis for distinctiveness.
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Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

– Do you remember your first flight? The first time you fell in love with a new city? We do.
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Digital strategy in a time of crisis

– Now is the time for bold learning at scale.
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Building security into the customer experience

– Companies need to secure their digital channels against malicious attackers—without creating a negative experience for their customers.
Chapter 4: Social and environmental leadership in the next normal
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Diversity still matters

– Inclusion and diversity are at risk in the crisis—but are critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination.
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COVID-19: Investing in black lives and livelihoods

– The unfolding public-health and possible economic disaster of the pandemic will disproportionately affect black Americans—unless stakeholders respond immediately.
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Feeding the world sustainably

– Green technologies, biotech advances, and artificial intelligence could help tame agricultural emissions and waste, while safeguarding ocean resources.
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Addressing climate change in a post-pandemic world

– The coronavirus crisis holds profound lessons that can help us address climate change—if we make greater economic and environmental resiliency core to our planning for the recovery ahead.

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