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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.

Future of sustainability


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.

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.

Net zero or bust: Beating the abatement cost curve for growth

– Companies can both decarbonize and boost long-term growth. But it means pushing beyond abatement curves’ focus on cost and... instead empowering people—while making a few big, strategic bets.

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.
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.

How cities can adapt to climate change

– Research identifies 15 proven ways that urban areas around the world can adapt to climate risk.

COVID-19 crisis pushes US students into an uncertain job market

– More than half-a-million US students are dropping out of college, leaving their economic futures in the balance.
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.

Future of inclusion

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The economic state of Black America: What is and what could be

– Closing racial gaps across the economy is not only about righting historic wrongs. It is also about choosing a more dynamic future and realizing the full potential of a massively underutilized source of talent, to the benefit of all Americans.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Being transgender at work

– Although corporate America has stepped up its public support of LGBTQ+ rights, it still has a long road ahead to foster a truly... inclusive environment for transgender employees.

Toward an equitable economic recovery in Minneapolis–St. Paul

– By closing long-standing racial equity gaps and preparing people of color for the future of work, the region can put itself on... track to recover both equitably and more quickly.

Twelve insights for an inclusive economic recovery for New York City

– A robust recovery for the United States’ largest city is a recovery for all New Yorkers, especially its most vulnerable.

Black-owned businesses face an unequal path to recovery

– As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates systemic inequities, entrepreneurs also face the fallout of America’s racial reckoning.

What we lose when we lose women in the workforce

– A record number of women have left the US workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. A policy expert and former HR executive discuss... the long-term effects—and their own experiences.

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.

For mothers in the workplace, a year (and counting) like no other

– As Mother’s Day approaches, we look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a reckoning between career ambitions and family... aspirations for many women, and what companies can do to help them.

The state of economic opportunity in America

A snapshot of how Americans view economic opportunity, the obstacles they face, and the path ahead to create a more inclusive economy.

Ten insights represent a snapshot of the current state of American economic opportunity.
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Based on a 25-minute, online-only Ipsos poll conducted between March 9 and April 8, 2021, on behalf of McKinsey. For this survey, a sample of 25,109 adults aged 18 and older from the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English and Spanish.

What barriers prevent economic inclusion?

Hear from Farida, a former HR executive who exited the workforce when her children switched to remote learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

Future of Growth

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Washington Post Live with Katy George: “The future of America depends on sustainable and inclusive growth”

– Our chief people officer and Operations practice leader spoke with the Post’s Jonathan Capehart about manufacturing momentum, technology, jobs, and more on October 15.

The US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Breaking it down

– What’s in it? What does it aim to do?

Lighthouses unlock sustainability through 4IR technologies

– At manufacturing lighthouses, the Fourth Industrial Revolution makes sustainability easier. Environmental sustainability and operational... competitiveness reinforce one another, thanks to digital.

Lighthouses Live: Powering productivity and environmental sustainability - North America-Europe

Replay this event from the World Economic Forum studios in Geneva and New York. Event highlights include panel discussions with... CEOs from Lighthouses with a focus on North America and Europe, including details of the newly designated sustainability Lighthouses.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

– A fresh sense of urgency and new opportunities could give the sector momentum.
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.

Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

There is both public- and private-sector resolve to shore up a sector that has long been an important pillar of the economy. This momentum, combined with technology trends and market opportunities, offers a rare chance to change the existing trajectory—and give the United States a powerful driver for economic recovery, inclusive growth, resilience, and the capabilities of the future.

An effective transformation of the US manufacturing sector could boost GDP by $275 billion to $460 billion while adding up to 1.5 million jobs.
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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.

Reinvesting in America

Approximately $3 trillion in additional federal spending could enter the US economy. Will these investments be transformative? How can governments and companies harness the opportunity to advance sustainable and inclusive growth?