To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

When it comes to global wealth inequality, we know how bad it’s getting, but what do we know about who is responsible? When Oxfam reports that 1% of the world population owns more than the other 99% put together, the question arises: who or what is making the rich so much richer, and the poor so much poorer?

Brexit shock

If a British referendum on European Union membership scheduled for 23 June led the UK to leave the EU, there would be a severe negative shock to the economy, ...

Finance, amorality and double speak

When I was interviewing 200 bankers and banking staff working in Europe's financial centre the City of London, perhaps the most telling was the language. Not ...

Inclusive business can solve the sustainability equation

From the early 2000s, sustainability has emerged as a central policy-making consideration as climate change and population growth have heightened concerns about ...

Why a push for gender equality makes sound economic sense

This year’s OECD Forum coincides with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, which was an important milestone to promote gender equalit ...

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

When it comes to global wealth inequality, we know how bad it’s getting, but what do we know about who is responsible? When Oxfam reports that 1% of th ...

The digital disruption of productivity

Britain’s tallest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland. Recently, it became one metre taller, standing now at 1 345m rather than 1 344m above sea level. Of cour ...

Who cares for the caregivers

"Even marginal shifts in public policy or human resource design can have a very positiv ...

Local growth and development: An era of new priorities

Not so long ago, “globalisation” was a favourite paradigm in international business. It was a trend that began in the late 1970s and accelerated in the 1980 ...

Renault: Carlos Ghosn on why electric vehicles are the answer to climate change

OECD Business brief

"Electric vehicles are the only practical, affordable ...

Korea's work-life balance policies for sustainable growth

Of the abundant resources given to mankind, what is the most underused resource of our time? Without a doubt, women! 

Local logic: How cities can make a difference

The world cannot resolve today’s development challenges with purely national approaches. We need to complement them with local approaches, too. We live in a ...

Women for Peace

UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which was adopted in 2000, recognised, for the first time, the vital contribution of women to conflict prevention and resolution. 

Naomi Klein: "This changes everything"

Canadian author, filmmaker and social activist Naomi Klein visited the OECD on 24 November 2015, giving a talk on why climate change changes everything. Par ...

Renewable energy: Catalyst for a clean energy transition

World leaders meet at the UN in New York 22 April formally to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. The European Union is already translating the agreement ...

Business innovation and climate change: Policy makers must favour dynamism

New innovative firms are needed to help step up the fight against climate change. That means new policies to encourage business dynamism, not least in the energy ...

Mapping carbon emissions

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions worldwide have been trending upwards for decades. A small group of large countries is responsible for the lion’s shar ...

Inclusive business can solve the sustainability equation

From the early 2000s, sustainability has emerged as a central policy-making consideration as climate change and population growth have heightened concerns about ...

Renewable workers

How will workers’ current skills match new requirements for labour in a green economy? So far, few countries have put in place real plans to address this question ...

Why technology matters for advancing women's financial inclusion

Women are consumers, business owners, farmers, employees and entrepreneurs. They are dependent on market systems and need access to finance to manage their livelihoods.

Local growth and development: An era of new priorities

Not so long ago, “globalisation” was a favourite paradigm in international business. It was a trend that began in the late 1970s and accelerated in the 1980 ...

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals is an imperative

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nation’s General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comprehensive set of goal ...

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

When it comes to global wealth inequality, we know how bad it’s getting, but what do we know about who is responsible? When Oxfam reports that 1% of th ...

Finance, amorality and double speak

When I was interviewing 200 bankers and banking staff working in Europe's financial centre the City of London, perhaps the most telling was the language. Not ...

Local logic: How cities can make a difference

The world cannot resolve today’s development challenges with purely national approaches. We need to complement them with local approaches, too. We live in a ...

Support to agricultural producers trends downwards

Over the past 20 years, support provided to agricultural producers in 49 countries analysed by the OECD has been following a downward trend. 

Agricultural production grows strongly

As agriculture has proven itself able to respond to shifts in demand in the past, it could be argued that food security is less an issue of food supply and more ...

Breaking down carbon emissions

In tackling climate change, it makes sense for policymakers to know which sectors greenhouse-gas emissions are coming from. Our chart shows the main sources for ...


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