Making the shift to sustainable and inclusive growth

Explore insights on the new era of growth—one that doesn’t treat growth and positive impact as opposing forces.

Growth is necessary for organizations and economies to survive and thrive, and the future of growth must be both sustainable and inclusive. While getting there will be challenging, it is possible. How can these ambitions be met? Finding solutions will require innovation and collaboration, within and across organizations—accelerating the ability to grow through advances in technology and capabilities, spurring innovation without damaging the planet, and bringing people along in equitable, inclusive ways.

Our future lives and livelihoods: Sustainable and inclusive and growing

Growth for all, growth for good. Here, we offer a proposal for business, government, and society leaders.

Sustainable investing

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A sustainable, inclusive, and growing future for the United States

– While the challenges the United States faces are significant, it can build on core strengths to grow, broaden, and sustain prosperity.
Article

Aligning portfolios with climate goals: A new approach for financial institutions

– Portfolio-alignment tools will help financial institutions chart more scientifically robust, realistic, and profitable climate... strategies.
Article

Innovating to net zero: An executive’s guide to climate technology

– Advanced technologies are critical to stopping climate change—and the drive to develop and scale them is accelerating. Here... are five themes that could attract $2 trillion of annual investment by 2025.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Climate math: What a 1.5-degree pathway would take

– Decarbonizing global business at scale is achievable, but the math is daunting.
Survey

The ESG premium: New perspectives on value and performance

– In a new survey, executives and investment professionals largely agree that environmental, social, and governance programs create... short- and long-term value—though perceptions of how have changed over the past decade.
Survey

How companies capture the value of sustainability: Survey findings

– What makes the difference between a sustainability program that produces business value and one that doesn’t? A new survey... identifies practices that distinguish value-creating companies from others.
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A blueprint for scaling voluntary carbon markets to meet the climate challenge

– The trading of carbon credits can help companies—and the world—meet ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Here... is what it would take to strengthen voluntary carbon markets so they can support climate action on a large scale.
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Banking imperatives for managing climate risk

– More than regulatory pressure is driving banks to manage climate risk. Financing a green agenda is also a commercial imperative—but... specialized skills are needed to protect balance sheets.
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Cultivated meat: Out of the lab, into the frying pan

– Making cultivated meat a $25 billion global industry by 2030 presents opportunities within and beyond today’s food industry.

Green business building 

Interview - Learn to Leap: Green Growth Edition #1

Inventing and scaling the world’s largest urban vertical farming network

– Launching a successful new business concept requires a strong purpose, a focus on research, an innovative business model, and... a willingness to adapt to the market.
Podcast

Building sustainable and affordable urban living: A conversation with White Peak’s Jesper Jos Olsson

– Not many companies are bold enough to enter the challenging Chinese market without a local partner. But a desire to retain full... control, and the belief that relying on local partners may hinder its ability to learn and scale, eventually paid off, according to the cofounder of a Beijing-based, Swedish property developer.

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Decarbonization transformation 

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CEO dialogue: Perspectives on productivity and sustainability

– Leading manufacturers are setting tomorrow’s standards for tech-enabled efficiency, growth, and environmental responsibility.
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Solving the net-zero equation: Nine requirements for a more orderly transition

– Net-zero commitments are rising, but the net-zero equation is not yet solved. This can only change if nine interdependent requirements... are met with singular resolve, unity, and ingenuity.
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Net zero by 2035: A pathway to rapidly decarbonize the US power system

– Ten strategic moves can help the power sector play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions.
Report

Curbing methane emissions: How five industries can counter a major climate threat

– Methane accounts for about one-third of global warming. New McKinsey research shows how five industries can cut emissions with... proven technologies and at a reasonable cost.
Article

Buying into a more sustainable value chain

– Two-thirds of the average company’s environment, social, and governance footprint lies with suppliers. Procurement leaders... who take bold action can make a decisive difference in sustainability.
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Organizing for sustainability success: Where, and how, leaders can start

– As sustainability becomes more of a strategic and operational imperative, executives must lead the way to set up a sustainability... organization that’s right for their companies.
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True packaging sustainability: Understanding the performance trade-offs

– Sustainability of packaging materials varies by which sustainability elements are prioritized. Companies in the value chain will... need to understand the trade-offs across carbon footprint, recyclability, and waste reduction.
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Creating the zero-carbon mine

– Despite a daunting timeline, zero-carbon mines are within reach if the right solutions are implemented.
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The big choices for oil and gas in navigating the energy transition

– As oil and gas companies respond to the current economic discontinuities, they must choose where and how to compete as the world... transitions to a low-carbon future.
Report

Why investing in nature is key to climate mitigation

– A new consultation paper from McKinsey and the World Economic Forum explores the role that natural climate solutions can play... in helping to address climate change and the destruction of nature.

Strategy and Innovation

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Strategy for a digital world

– A winning digital strategy requires new twists to familiar moves.
Article

Igniting your next growth business

– Growth outperformers prioritize expansion into business areas where they have a ‘natural ownership’ advantage.
Article

Rev up your growth engine: Lessons from through-cycle outperformers

– Your decisions now will determine how strongly you come out of the COVID-19 crisis—and how well you perform in the next... normal.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The innovation commitment

– To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.

People and Talent

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Reviving the art of apprenticeship to unlock continuous skill development

– Postpandemic skill gaps need filling, and formal learning alone won’t do the trick. Scaling the lost art of one-on-one learning... can make the difference.
Survey

Building workforce skills at scale to thrive during—and after—the COVID-19 crisis

– A new survey shows that skill building is becoming common practice, social and emotional skills are in demand, and there’s... a recipe for successful skill transformations.
Collection

The Next Normal – The future of capability building

The next ten years will bring fundamental changes to our working world, and to adapt, employees in almost every role and industry... will need to acquire new skills. The COVID-19 crisis has only accelerated these shifts. In this edition of The Next Normal, we explore how capability building will—and should—change in the years ahead.
Podcast

Building a learning culture that drives business forward

– Too often, training programs fail. Here’s how businesses can create a learning culture and invest in the capabilities that... will help individuals and organizations thrive.

Inclusive growth 

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Protecting people from a changing climate: The case for resilience

– Our new study lays bare the potential impact of climate risks for people across the globe—and underscores the need to protect the most vulnerable and build resilience.
Report

The case for inclusive growth

– US leaders across sectors have an opportunity to improve economic performance—and bolster individual and community well-being—through... investments that embed equity into the development process.
Article

Defining the skills citizens will need in the future world of work

– To future-proof citizens’ ability to work, they will require new skills—but which ones? A survey of 18,000 people... in 15 countries suggests those that governments may wish to prioritize.
Article

Unequal America: Ten insights on the state of economic opportunity

– The inaugural McKinsey American Opportunity Survey spotlights Americans’ views on economic opportunity, the obstacles they... face, and the path ahead to create a more inclusive economy.
Report

Unlocking experience-based job progressions for millions of workers

– Millions of US workers without four-year college degrees are unemployed. Novel data analytics reveal opportunities for them to... attain better jobs than they had before the pandemic if there’s action to build a more inclusive economy.

From the McKinsey Global Institute

Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

A new look at how corporations impact the economy and households

– We map the different ways in which the economic value that large companies create flows to households in OECD economies and examine... what has changed in the past quarter-century.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?

– Bold innovation by some firms under pressure of the pandemic could deliver a productivity dividend, but that depends on corporate... action broadening and robust demand.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of work after COVID-19

– The pandemic accelerated existing trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation, with up to 25 percent more workers than previously... estimated potentially needing to switch occupations.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects

– What is good for gender equality is good for the economy and society as well. The COVID-19 pandemic puts that truth into stark... relief and raises critically important choices.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The social contract in the 21st century

– Economic outcomes and the relationship between individuals and institutions have shifted for workers, consumers, and savers in... advanced economies.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

– How could Earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? A yearlong, cross-disciplinary... research effort at McKinsey & Company provides some answers.

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