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January 21-24, 2015Davos-Klosters, SwitzerlandThe New Global Context
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters draws 2,600 of the world’s top leaders in business, government, academia and international organizations to debate the profound transformations shaping our world today.
With the impact of digital, technology transformation is already showing far-reaching implications. In Davos, Accenture looks forward to joining the debate in panel discussions, meeting with clients and launching new research on the Industrial Internet of Things. Accenture will also be presenting joint industry research projects with the Word Economic Forum on Sustainability, Supply Chain, Energy and the Future of Japan. Look for us as we engage in the social media conversation and join our daily live broadcasts.
The Circulars 2015Tuesday, January 207:30 p.m.–Midnight CET
The Circular Economy Awards, (The Circulars), are an initiative of the Young Global Leaders taskforce supported by the World Economic Forum. Their aim: to promote circular economy practices, ones marked by less dependence on raw materials and energy inputs. Where waste is dramatically reduced or eliminated at every stage of the lifecycle. Peter Lacy, managing director of Strategy and Sustainability Services for Accenture in the Asia-Pacific region, is one of the hosts of this inaugural event to take place at the prestigious World Food Program Tent. www.thecirculars.org
Waste to Wealth: Creating Advantage in a Circular EconomyWednesday, January 216:30 p.m.--7:30 p.m. CET
Peter Lacy and Jakob Rutqvist will host a cocktail event to share an exclusive executive preview of their new book Waste to Wealth: Creating Advantage in a Circular Economy. Dedicated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community and in support of WEF’s pioneering activities on Circular Economy, the ideas expanded upon in their new book are based on 2 years of research and conversations with business leaders. The book identifies 5 practical business models and 10 disruptive technologies that are making the Circular Economy a path to business success for every company. The book will be published by Palgrave MacMillan later this year—but for a preview, please refer to their earlier paper: Circular Advantage: Innovative Business Models and Technologies to Create Value in a World without Limits to Growth.
Live from Davos Webcasts
The New Digital ContextDigitization and technology are radically transforming businesses. How do industries shift their mindsets in order to understand the regulatory, behavioral and technological changes driving this rapid transformation? Robert F. Smith, chairman and CEO, Vista Equity Partners moderated a panel on the New Digital Context with John T. Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco, Liu Jiren, chairman and CEO, Neusoft Corporation, Max Levchin, founder and CEO, HVF LLC, and Pierre Nanterme, Chairman & CEO, Accenture. Watch them discuss how digital innovations are driving a new context for business.
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Industrial Internet of Things: How Big is the Opportunity?During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Accenture’s Chief Technology Officer, Paul Daugherty, hosted a discussion with Jeroen Tas, CEO of Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services at Royal Philips, Greg Scheu, President of Americas for ABB and David Kirkpatrick, CEO and Founder at Techonomy, a company that hosts events on the impact of technology. They discussed the opportunities the Industrial Internet of Things creates and whether businesses are ready to seize them.
Improving the State of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) WorkforceCNN Anchor, Richard Quest moderated a panel discussion from Davos, Switzerland on Improving the State of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workforce. Panelists included Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, global vice chair, public policy, E&Y, Antonio Simoes, CEO, UK at HSBC Bank plc, and Sander van 't Noordende, group CEO – Products, Accenture. Watch them discuss LGBT workforce issues, being out at work, and the need for senior-ranking role models.
The Industrial Internet of Things: Are you ready for the Future of Work?Friday, January 234:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. CET
The Industrial Internet of Things will reshape the way we work and the composition of workforces. Digital technology will help augment existing tasks in ways that will demand new skills. It will also free workers to engage in more creative and collaborative work. And it will generate new categories of jobs. Is your business ready to embrace the workforce of the future?
Moderator:Mark Spelman, managing director – Accenture Strategy
Peter Zemsky, deputy dean, INSEAD
Winning with the Industrial Internet of ThingsArguably the biggest driver of productivity and growth in the next decade, the Industrial Internet of Things is the latest wave of digital innovation which will accelerate the reinvention of sectors that account for almost two-thirds of world output. Accenture estimates it could add US$14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030. The Industrial Internet of Things’ potential economic benefits may be massive, but are by no means guaranteed. Realizing returns begs two key questions: Are companies prepared to take full advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things’ opportunity? Are governments putting the right conditions in place to facilitate progress and capture benefits?
Bold Energy Reforms Needed across Major Emerging Economies for Growth and Sustainability: Report by WEF and AccentureThe World Economic Forum’s Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2015, released in December in collaboration with Accenture, calls on emerging markets to embark on bold energy reform. The annual index, designed to help countries address challenges and identify opportunities across their energy systems, benchmarks the energy architecture of 125 countries based on their ability to provide energy access across three dimensions of the energy triangle – affordability, environmental sustainability, and security and access. This year’s report focuses on energy reforms in major emerging economies, drawing on examples from Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria.
Beyond Supply Chains: Empower Responsible Value ChainsAccenture and the World Economic Forum joined together to identify 31 supply chain practices that lead to a triple advantage. The research, released at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos recommend policies for government and business alike that create ethical business approaches. Instead of focusing exclusively on developing commercial advantage, leading companies are balancing that with two other factors: environmental impact and the supply chain contribution to local economic development. It’s what we call, “the triple advantage,” where value chains support business goals and contribute positively to the socio-economic front.
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