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Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?

– Amid the unforeseen effects of the pandemic on at-risk and lower-income communities, governments and organizations around the world must convene to ensure effective distribution of newly developed vaccines.

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.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and manufacturing’s great reset

– Manufacturers that are ahead in scaling advanced production technologies are successfully navigating four durable shifts that are critical to managing unprecedented disruption.

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Seeks to help the automotive industry survive and emerge stronger from the crisis.

Aerospace, Aviation, and Travel & Tourism

Looks closely at managing the restart for aerospace, aviation, and travel and tourism.

Advanced Manufacturing

Focuses on strengthening supply chains and building resilience in the next normal.

Supply Chain and Transportation

Looks to address bottlenecks in areas such as air cargo, and shed light on issues that could impede a concerted response.

Europe and Eurasia

Considers and develops recovery strategies for the post-COVID-19 era, with a focus on pan-European collaboration.

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The Future of Production

Seeks to shape the future of advanced manufacturing and production through “lighthouse” factories.

The Future of Sustainable Mobility

Looks to bridge the public trust gap and accelerate the transition to cleaner, safer, more inclusive mobility systems.

The Future of Climate Risk

Addresses the future of natural capital and the clean skies of tomorrow.

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Forging ahead: A materials roadmap for the zero-carbon car

– The systems-wide change needed to create circularity in the automotive sector and sometimes seem costly and prohibitive. However, as this report demonstrates, significant abatement is possible for the auto industry with very little additional added vehicle material cost.

Clean skies for tomorrow: Sustainable aviation fuels as a pathway to net-zero aviation

– A transition to carbon-neutral flying is possible and sustainable aviation fuels are the most promising decarbonization pathway in the near term.

Ramping up operations and business activity post-COVID-19

– Four strategic actions can help companies to effectively prepare and ensure a successful ramp-up of production and business activity for a post-COVID-19 world.

Resuming operations and business activity post-COVID-19

– Perspectives on how companies can return to work and resume operations and business activity as early as possible, while ensuring employees’ safety and preventing new infections.

Global Lighthouse Network: Insights from the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution

– This paper looks closer at 14 “Lighthouse” manufacturers that show how end-to-end innovation in the value chain can improve productivity, operating cost, and speed to market.

Industry’s fast-mover advantage: Enterprise value from digital factories

Manufacturing’s leaders in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital technologies are building on their head start—generating even more value across the entire enterprise.

The future of the last-mile ecosystem

What’s ahead for urban deliveries? This new report analyzes interventions—such as the use of electric vehicles and parcel lockers—that could lower emissions and congestion considerably.

3 ways we can help women join the age of automation

The public, private, and third sectors need to work together to support women to make the transitions they need to thrive in the automation age, write Anu Madgavkar, Vivian Hunt, and Lareina Yee in World Economic Forum.

How AI can improve disaster resilience and relief

Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and ferocity. Here's how AI can come to the rescue.

Transforming rural mobility in Japan and the world

Unreliable rural transit systems are a strain for senior citizens in Japan; a new white paper provides a framework for potential solutions.

How to incentivize food systems to meet the realities of the 21st century

Today’s food systems don’t address the needs of people or the planet. New research from the World Economic Forum and McKinsey lays out a road map to create the needed incentives.

The Great Reset: Insights on Davos 2021 themes

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Highlights from previous years

Reflections from Davos 2020

Kevin Sneader, McKinsey’s global managing partner, discusses what mattered at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting with Rik Kirkland, former partner, global publishing.

Davos 2019: Four big themes

– Which topics dominated at Davos this year? What was the general outlook? Kevin Sneader, our global managing partner, offers a first-hand perspective.

Reflections from Davos 2018

– Dominic Barton shares lasting impressions from his ninth, and final, Davos as managing partner. Economic growth dominated the agenda—along with power politics, social innovation and talent as a CEO priority.

2020 Social Responsibility Report

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