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World leaders, CEOs and academics will come together in the Swiss resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) from 21 to 24 January. The summit’s program and participant list hint at a clear theme of this year’s summit: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues will likely dominate the conversations.
Looking through the 66-page agenda of panel discussions and briefings, the highlights will include:
Discussions will not only focus on climate. Other social issues are also becoming more important:
ESG also represented on the guest list
The participant list for the World Economic Forum in Davos is as long as ever, stretching to 125 pages of representatives corporate, government, NGO and academic institutions. This year’s list has a different feel to previous years, with so many delegates’ job roles focusing in some way on the environment and climate change. This reflects the pressure being put on companies to commit to making a positive impact on ESG issues. Here are some highlights from the list:
Companies under pressure
This year’s discussions at Davos are expected to put even more pressure on companies and governments to reduce their environmental impact. If CEOs do not heed the warnings, companies face losing investor and customer support. We’ll be reporting on this and other themes and trends emerging from the summit. Stay tuned for more here and on our Twitter and LinkedIn channels.
Check out our recap coverage from last year's forum.