March 19 | Brian Schaitkin, Senior Economist, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Cities that are among the most well educated tend to attract a disproportionate share of headquarters jobs. For example, Washington, New York, San Francisco, and Minneapolis all have a far higher percentage of college educated workers than the national average. An exceptionally well-educated workforce is a stronger draw for firms making headquarters location decisions than one more typical of the population.
Los Angeles: Tale of Two Cities
March 13 | Jeff Hoffman, Program Director, Global CSR & Philanthropy Council and Corporate Social Responsibility Council, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
What do you think of when you hear "Los Angeles"? For many, it's Hollywood, beaches, and palm trees. But the booming metropolis faces a large homeless population, is on the frontline of the immigration issue, and has a troubled school district and aging infrastructure. Companies can help solve some of these issues by collaborating with the local government and nonprofits delivering innovative solutions.
Teleworking continues to rapidly expand
March 11 | Gad Levanon, Ph.D., Chief Economist, North America, The Conference Board | Frank Steemers, Associate Economist, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Employers are facing a prolonged tight labor market for the first time in an era when advanced remote working technologies are available. To address talent shortages, companies can use teleworking to broaden the pool of potential workers. Teleworking is especially playing an important role in addressing talent shortages in white-collar occupations, but less so among blue-collar and low-paid service occupations.
What The Conference Board’s C-Suite Challenge Means for Innovation Leaders
February 27 | John Metselaar, Program Director and Senior Fellow, The Conference Board | Rita Shor, Program Director, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
This year’s C-Suite Challenge painted a clear picture of how corporations’ most senior executives see the future, and what priorities and interventions are required to succeed in it. We have been looking at the insights through an Innovation & Productivity lens to help Innovation leaders best influence the priorities and efforts ahead.
Corporate action on climate and waste: glass half-full or empty?
February 27 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Key trends related to the corporate disclosure of environmental and social practices—encompassing, among others, atmospheric emissions, water consumption, biodiversity policies, labor standards, human rights practices, and charitable and political contributions.
Explaining Harley Davidson’s Mid-Life Crisis
February 25 | Gad Levanon, Ph.D., Chief Economist, North America, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Spending on motorcycle sales are almost exclusively concentrated in middle-aged, white households. It turns out that in the next ten years, the number of consumers in this group is likely to shrink faster than any other population group in the US. We predict that these demographic shifts alone will lower spending on motorcycles by 3.7. Motor cycles are just one example of a product class where a core group of customers is aging out of a key demographic.
CSR in India: Mandatory and So Much More
February 22 | Jeff Hoffman, Program Director, Global CSR & Philanthropy Council and Corporate Social Responsibility Council, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
India is the first country in the world to make corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandatory, following an amendment to the Companies Act, which requires companies with a net worth above Rs 5 billion, revenues above Rs 10 billion, or net profits of Rs 50 million or more to spend 2 percent of net profits on CSR initiatives. The country has countless priorities that companies can look to for guidance on CSR initiatives.
Overall Social Media Use among Inc. 500 Companies Declined in 2018
February 19 | Nora Ganim Barnes, Chancellor Professor of Marketing,Director, Center for Marketing Research, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth | Comments (0)
The relationship between business and social media is changing, starting with a decline in social media use among some platforms over the past year. While more companies are implementing formal social media plans, they're also beginning to reevaluate social media in business as concern grows over negative online attacks, data privacy, and whether social media efforts are providing ROI. They are also considering paid social media platforms since the benefits offered by free ones have plateaued.