Five inspiring insights from the World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum roundup

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting was held from January 21-24 in Davos, Switzerland this year.

Started back in 1971, the inaugural WEF brought business leaders together to address issues facing their industries.

Today, the premise behind WEF has evolved to bring together a cross section of global business, political and social leaders, with the aim to address issues impacting the world through public-private collaboration.

If you feel like it passed you by, we have collated five of our favourite articles to bring you up speed:

  1. “Business leaders have increasingly come to recognise that corporations are both social and economic entities”. Indeed. More on this in ‘Why businesses can’t shut its eyes to global challenges’.
  1. “We can be motivated by power and achievement, by consumption and wanting; but we are also motivated just as deeply by care and systems of affiliation”- Tanya Singer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, on ‘how to build a caring economy’.
  1. “Never, in our corporate social responsibility programmes, have we experienced anything so powerful.” What was it? ‘The power of empathy, or why CEOs should break rocks’ will reveal all.
  1. Does corporate social responsibility improve the value of a company? Alex Edmans, professor of finance at the London School of Business, explores this in ‘Why happier workers matter more than you think’
  1. And a requisite dose of inspiration: “Social media has created a historical shift from the historically powerful to the historically powerless. Now everyone has a voice” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, plus 26 other inspirational quotes.

Talk to Benojo about how your business can create change through its CSR programme.