McKinsey and the World Economic Forum

As a strategic partner, McKinsey supports the World Economic Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world.

McKinsey collaborates with the Forum through multiple industry action groups, research, and publications that help inform the relevant global conversation, and by participating in the annual meeting held in Davos, Switzerland. In 2022, global leaders will join the Annual Meeting in Davos from May 22–26. Keep an eye on The Davos Agenda for more coverage to come.

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Featured Insights


Want to drive inclusive economic growth? Start with manufacturing

– The decline of the US manufacturing industry has contributed to rising inequality and hurt the country’s global competitiveness—a revitalization could contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.

Road freight global pathways report

– Freight transport is responsible for a high percentage of vehicle emissions. Substantial reductions will require a greater focus on medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Green corridors: A lane for zero-carbon shipping

– Zero-emission fuels and vessels will need to start being deployed at scale over the next decade to achieve full decarbonization of the shipping sector by 2050. This ambitious goal could be catalyzed by green corridors.

World Economic Forum – McKinsey action groups


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.

World Economic Forum – McKinsey Collaborations

Mission Possible Partnership

The Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) is addressing one of the toughest challenges in climate change: decarbonizing seven of the world’s hardest-to-abate sectors by 2050. McKinsey is serving as a lead knowledge partner of the coalition, bringing over a decade of sustainability research, analytics tools and solutions, and a dedicated team of more than 30 partners and experts.

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.

Featured collaborations

The Next Wave: Green Corridors

Green corridors are specific trade routes between major port hubs where zero-emission solutions are supported. A new report shows that accelerated decarbonization for the shipping industry is feasible, and could provide stakeholders with the confidence to invest, coordinate, and deliver solutions at scale by 2030.

Road Freight Zero: Pathways to faster adoption of zero-emission trucks

This report identifies three groups of solutions can act as accelerators for faster adoption: new policy frameworks, innovative financing and service models, and coordinated roll-out of trucks and infrastructure.

Critical insights on the path to a net-zero aviation sector

Dramatically reducing CO2 emissions by 2050 in the aviation industry will not be easy, but advanced modeling shows that it is possible—with the right ambition and investment.

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 2022 themes

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World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders

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Partner, Munich

Solveigh Hieronimus

Partner, Istanbul

Bengi Korkmaz

World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Alumni

Senior Partner, Riyadh

Gassan Al-Kibsi

Senior Partner, Munich

Adam Bird

Partner, New York

Pierre M. Gentin

Senior Partner, Mumbai

Alok Kshirsagar

Senior Partner, Johannesburg

Acha Leke

Partner, Philadelphia

Erwann Michel-Kerjan

Global Publishing Director, New York

Raju Narisetti

Partner, Johannesburg

Tebogo Skwambane

Highlights from previous years

Blog Post

The Davos Agenda: What we shared and heard

– The virtual event gathered 1500 global leaders for hundreds of discussions around the theme “A crucial year to rebuild trust.”

Davos 2020: What mattered

– McKinsey’s global managing partner Kevin Sneader shares his notes from this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

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.

2020 Social Responsibility Report

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