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Our latest thinking and news on the issues that matter most in commercial diplomacy and trade from experts at BCIU and within our global network.

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Offsetting the Pandemic Fallout: 6 Ways to Support Women in the Workforce

Before COVID-19 struck, many organizations were advancing solutions to address the roadblocks that hold women back. We were making progress. Not enough and not fast enough, but the trend was positive. Then, suddenly, a once-in-a-lifetime global health emergency turns the world upside down, and our workplaces face a confluence of crises. In the past year, the issue of gender parity has become particularly acute, and the inequities in our places of employment are taking a brutal toll on women.

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Three Things to Know About the Future of Sustainability

Sustainability is no longer just a business priority, but an integral part of every successful organization’s transformation strategy. In fact, 99% of large-company CEOs agree that issues related to sustainability are important to the future success of their businesses. And one of the top issues within sustainability relates to climate change, which has become an urgent concern for the private sector.

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Three Things to Watch in Global Digital Technology Policy

Over the past twenty years, digital technologies have brought deep transformation to our industries and economies. They have contributed to U.S. economic growth and      competitiveness. More recently, digital tools and technologies have enabled resilience      amidst the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing people to connect, communicate, work, shop and learn virtually. Digital transformation is likely to only       accelerate, as policymakers look for ways to strengthen economic resilience and boost economic recovery in a post-pandemic world.

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Three Things from Henry Kravis on Leading Better

Every year at the BCIU Eisenhower Awards Gala, we recognize leaders who have made  exceptional contributions to social responsibility, sustainability, and the growth and development of humankind. This year, we presented the 2020 Eisenhower Global Citizenship Award to Henry Kravis, Co-founder and Co-Chief Executive of KKR & Co., in recognition of his decades of work enhancing progress around the globe.

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Henry Kravis, BCIU’s 2020 Global Citizenship Award Recipient

Alex Gorsky, for changing the trajectory of health for humanity. Ajay Banga, for revolutionizing financial inclusion across the globe. Marillyn Hewson, for tackling some of the most pressing science and engineering challenges in history. For 35 years, BCIU and its partners have gathered annually in New York for our Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards Gala. We come together to celebrate outstanding leadership in the international arena and the power of partnership to drive progress around the world. But this year is different.

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Three Things on Global Leadership from BCIU Gala Honorees

The power of leadership can easily be taken for granted. That’s why we bring businesses, governments, and people together every year to recognize outstanding global leadership at BCIU’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards Gala. Past honorees include Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin. This year, BCIU will honor Henry Kravis from KKR at our virtual gala on December 8.

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Three Things to Know About Global Cybersecurity

Digital integration is growing across work, home, and life. Smartphones connect us to family on the other side of the world. Collaboration apps give us the power to work from nearly anywhere. But as digital technology steadily integrates into our lives with each passing day, cybersecurity threats are evolving as well.

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Three Things Every Business Should Know About Emerging Markets 

When it comes to expanding operations in an emerging market, most businesses rely on complex business modeling. Simulations spit out what a business needs to succeed and what to expect over the horizon. But often asking obvious questions can lead to deeper thinking and more clarity than you might otherwise expect.

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UNGA 75 and the Path to a Sustainable Future 

We enter the historic 75th UN General Assembly during a pandemic that has laid bare the fragility of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite a concerted global response during this crisis, the recent Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 highlights the threats to our hard-earned gains and overall ability to accomplish the 2030 goals.

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Three Things Every Business Should Know About Commercial Diplomacy 

When it comes to expanding operations in an emerging market, most businesses rely on complex business modelling. Simulations spit out what a business needs to succeed and what to expect over the horizon. But often asking obvious questions can lead to deeper thinking and more clarity than you might otherwise expect.

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A Bridge to International Understanding

Almost two months ago, protests spurred by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery spread from US cities to cities across the globe. Citizens of France, Brazil, Japan, and Syria stood up in global solidarity with Americans calling for change and meaningful redress for prolonged systemic discrimination.

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3 Things to Know About the Future of Health Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a clarifying moment in so many ways. Not only has it unveiled many of the challenges within the global health system, but it also exacerbated longstanding inequities across our communities that need to be addressed. Along the way, the pandemic has reaffirmed the need for a collaborative, global healthcare framework to ensure equity and security against future health emergencies.