It takes many kinds of institutions and individuals to address our most urgent challenges. This is the idea at the heart of the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland. For BCG, a WEF partner, the theme of the 2020 meeting, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World, has particular resonance.

A central challenge for companies in the next decade will be to deliver value not just to shareholders but to all stakeholders—to generate societal as well as financial benefits. Explore below for insights into the responsibilities of business in our complex world and imperatives for leaders in the 2020s.

From Disruption to Opportunity

Conversations at Davos this year focused less on the threat of technology and more on the innovations that emerge from the combination of people and machines. Rich Lesser and Karalee Close share their impressions of the week.

Meet our Delegates

BCG Experts on Opportunities and Challenges of the 2020s


Davos and the Leadership Zeitgeist

The 2020 World Economic Forum meeting showed leaders thinking in broader terms and over longer timescales, writes BCG’s Martin Reeves. Climate change and multi-stakeholder capitalism dominated the conversation.

Looking Back on Davos 2020

Rich Lesser and Martin Reeves on the energy and urgency around climate and society at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting.

Adopting a Broader View of Sustainability

Mitigating the effects of climate change is essential, but so is providing energy for the world. Companies in the sector will have to consider these challenging issues through the widest lens possible.


Optimistic, Collaborative, Persistent

The future will not be as dire as many predict—so long as we work together to meet our most pressing challenges and apply the solutions with diligence and consistency.

Collaboration is the Only Way

Becoming a Young Global Leader (YGL) means joining a diverse, influential network of individuals committed to making change happen, which depends on accountability—and the power of collaboration.

A New Way to Measure Impact, Both Good and Bad

There's a big opportunity to create value for shareholders through innovations that improve our world. New companies should take stock of their Total Societal Impact to measure what matters most.

Is Your Company Fit to Compete in the 2020s?

Across industries, it is increasingly lucrative—and increasingly necessary—for companies to beat the average. But outperformance has become more difficult to sustain. Leaders must continually reinvent their companies to defy the mean and win in the new decade.

WEF-BCG Project Updates

The World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group collaborate on projects that address critical issues facing business and society. Click here for a complete overview.

We have to point out the cost of going separate ways and see how we can emphasize and strengthen our shared goals. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, CEO Rich Lesser shares his thoughts on the importance of purpose, the next generation, and how multi-stakeholder capitalism—supported by shared goals—can better society.

Rich Lesser
Chief Executive Officer
New York

For the planet, the cost of not mitigating CO2 going to cost us trillions. Michel Frédeau speaks with Cheddar about the role companies will have to play in the battle against climate change and the importance of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Michel Frédeau
Managing Director & Senior Partner

It is no longer possible for companies to innovate first and provide for security and privacy second. Stefan Deutscher presents the critical steps business leaders can take to enhance their company's cybersecurity in an article published collaboratively by Forbes and WEF.

Stefan Deutscher
Partner & Associate Director, Cybersecurity & IT Infrastructure


Explore BCG’s insights from past Davos events.



The shaping of global, regional, and industry agendas for 2019 took place in the context of reasonably good macroeconomics, but with very high levels of uncertainty in geopolitics and fragility in environmental sustainability.



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