Insights

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The bar for social purpose continues to rise in the corporate world

The CEO of the world’s largest asset manager may seem to some to be an odd advocate for the idea that business should play a bigger role in addressing society’s biggest challenges. Yet when BlackRock’s Larry Fink published a letter this week asserting that firms that lack a social purpose “will ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders,” he upended the debate about the role of business in society.
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Digital Trends 2018

The digital and social media world was full of surprises in the last year, from the backlash against fake news to Twitter doubling posts to 280 characters. As big as 2017 has been, we expect 2018 to be even bigger. For strategic communications, digital and social are maturing rapidly and we’re seeing really exciting developments and applications. Here are some of the trends our Global Digital Practice think we’ll see next year.
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News

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New Frontiers? The emerging regulatory landscape for FDI ... and what investors can do about it

In the third wave of globalisation, companies and investors experience challenges in the form of political volatility and geopolitical multipolarity, while policy makers feel increasingly powerless in the face of mighty multinationals. One of the most distinctive manifestations of political attempts to regain control and primacy are tightened regulatory measures in national investment control systems. CFIUS and AWG are merely the most prominent examples that have left investors eyeing the political stage with suspicion.
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The Rundown: Why China’s 19th Party Congress captured the eyes of the world

China’s ruling elite took centre stage at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which began October 18th and ended October 24th. For a week, the world watched as President Xi Jinping outlined his vision for the country. Amongst the strong statements and nation-building rhetoric, he unveiled key decisions that will shape China’s world view, its relationship with the other leading nations and have a great impact on the country’s business environment.
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The Pulse: Who’s to blame for the social media echo chamber?

The next time you log into Facebook, refresh your Twitter feed or search Google News, have a closer look at what appears: chances are you will see content from the same few people or the same publisher day in, day out. That’s because online algorithms are determining what we see, and that’s trapping us in an echo chamber of like-minded opinion and news.
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