Recession Signals from the UK Leading Economic Index
July 13 | Ilaria Maselli, Senior Economist, The Conference Board | Ataman Ozyildirim, Ph.D., Director, Business Cycles and Growth Research, The Conference Board | Andre Therrien | Comments (0)
Is a recession on the horizon in the UK? The short answer to this question is: yes. The probability of a recession in the near term has risen substantially. The UK business cycle is maturing and the lack of certainty around Brexit makes it difficult for consumers and businesses to make plans about the future. These are the ingredients that recessions are made of. The long answer requires an in-depth (and wonkish) analysis of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the UK.
July 11 | Deborah Midanek Bailey, Founder and President, Solon Group Inc. | Comments (0)
In this piece, corporate culture is defined as an intangible asset driving company value. A culture of trust and support is found to be the best way to foster success in the workplace. To create this environment, boards and executives must focus on engagement, financial success, recruiting, and retention.
Corporate Communications: Let the Sun Shine
July 10 | Scott Carlberg, Program Director, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
“Let the sun shine” could have been the slogan for the The Conference Board’s 2018 Corporate Communications Conference, held June 26-27. More than 150 corporate communicators took home new ideas to effectively get their messages out. Here are a couple quick-hit concepts from our speakers from great companies like Hilton, BASF, Boeing, State Farm, Love’s Travel Stops, Mars, American Express, IBM, Aflac, Seattle City Light, UPS, Bank of America Merchant Services, DuPont, Bridge Consulting.
If You Don’t Measure Yourself, Others Will Measure You
July 10 | Jeff Hoffman, Leader, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy Center, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Whether it’s the 24-hour news cycle, social media, annual reports, internal messages, or stakeholder requests, the need for clear, understandable, and relatable corporate social responsibility (CSR) information from companies is increasing. Some stakeholders want metrics, others want stories. Either way, timeliness and transparency are key. So, which data and disclosures are relevant and/or required?
China’s new pollution tax – a breath of fresh air for MNCs, but with important risks to monitor
July 04 | Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business | Minji Xie, Research Analyst, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
China’s new Environmental Protection Tax Law (EPT Law) came into effect on January 1. It replaces the old Pollutant Discharge Fees System. Taxation could increase, as more headroom for localities allows to set higher tax rates. Some leveling of the playing field is possible, as non-compliance and tax evasion are addressed. Supply chain costs may be impacted.
Culture and Brand Are Interconnected, Research from The Conference Board Finds
July 03 | James Gregory, Founder and CEO, CoreBrand | Comments (0)
A strong culture of innovation can energize and enable a company’s innovation performance. In turn, continuous innovation keeps a brand relevant and refreshed during periods of intensifying competition and frequent market disruptions.
What’s the Purpose of Purpose?
July 03 | Mike Arauz, Founding Member, August | Comments (0)
Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, started the year with a provocative challenge to the CEOs of the world’s biggest and most influential companies: What’s your purpose? As Fink framed it in his open letter, companies need to have a compelling long-term vision for how their business will sustainably benefit all of its stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the community.