Big businesses and small are helping the world’s economies to flourish. New found wealth brings better health (the average person lives one third longer than 50 years ago) and education (today 90% of kids in developing regions of the world go to primary school). This is the power of Global Trade.
What was once expensive and non-customizable, becomes cheap and readymade: just compare, how a hand prosthetic can be 3D printed for around 50 USD.
The countries with the biggest increase in global connectedness from 2011 to 2013 are all emerging economies. Connectedness reflects how well connected and able to trade a country is internationally.
Of course, there’s still a long way to go, but the more the world keeps on trading…the better it’s going to get for everyone, everywhere. Still not convinced? Then follow us down the road, into the places where Global Trade really makes a difference. Like in our own bodies and with access to new medicines.
Across the world, ever-greater numbers of people now have access to the latest advances in medical science. From antiretroviral drugs, to affordable 3-D printed artificial limbs, change is affecting the lives of those who need it most. This is the power of Global Trade. Of course there is still a long way to go, but one delivery at a time, the more we keep on trading the better it’s going to get for everyone, everywhere. Read more online.
Medical progress is driven by innovation in research and development. Innovation is not only coming from big companies, but now from the most unexpected places.
The Human Genome Project sequenced and mapped our genes, and lay the foundations for today's genetic research and therapy. Now being able to reverse engineer the human body to find new treatments and live longer, better lives.
There is still a long way to go until both hunger and malnutrition are overcome. However, the world has seen global hunger rates stunting for the past decades. Fact is, that modern crops and scientific breakthroughs will continue to provide more abundant and healthier food to people locally. While fair trade creates economic stability in more communities already today.
Research on modified crops injected the worlds fastest growing bacteria into plants. They do not only grow faster and higher, they are thus also able to absorp more CO2.
There are very practical efforts to help the malnourished and support local communities. The 10,000 Gardens project aims to create home grown kitchen gardens across Africa. Striving for bio-diversity and education
Poverty rates are getting lower as more opportunities and higher salaries arise. On the other hand, social and environmental global awareness makes consumers more sensitive and eager to pay more for better and conflict-free products. For instance, numerous Fair Trade organizations are helping small farmers to increase their revenue and improve local communities.
Micro loan programs empower people in difficult circumstances to start and maintain a small business to support themselves and their families.
With every buying decision from chocolate to jewelry, we have the power to act fair and get producers the compensation they deserve.
Throughout rural areas, in countries across developing continents, schools are more accessible. In Sub-Saharan Africa, three quarters of all children now attend primary school, 25 years ago it was about half. For millions it could mark the beginning of the end to poverty. This is the power of Global Trade. Of course there‘s still a long way to go but one delivery at a time, the more we keep on trading, the better it‘s going to get for everyone, everywhere.
Teach For All is a global initiative with 35 national organisations striving for educational equality.
Massive Open Online Courses allow people around the world to access knowledge for free and learn online within a community.
Today small and big businesses are trading more than ever before. Thanks to less regulations and faster logistics, goods, technology and innovation can move more freely. For businesses this means opportunity and faster growth. For consumers this means increasing choice and freedom. For mankind this means to establish a global system that builds on unity and togetherness.
Today's value and production chains are increasingly global. The smartphone you own is a global effort. From its design concept, the ressources used to produce its components down to the place where it's manufactured - Global Trade is making products possible on a large scale while providing economies and markets both with labour and product.
In this special program Dr. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, among other experts, discusses Globalization's opportunities and risks: What kind of environment is favorable to business and people? How does one assure that everyone benefits?
With a global population of over 7 billion, humanity is more driven to control its footstep than ever before. Rising to the occasion, companies and governments have increased their efforts to provide transparency on environmental and social impacts. While leaders of industry nations are working closer together to create meaningful environmental targets, companies area heading into the right direction themselves. The publishing of corporate responsibility reports (CSR) has become a standard for corporations. And we will see companies using that data to establish strategies for the economical and environmental challenges ahead.
Fifty-five percent of global online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact.
Recent studies indicate the impact of CSR on consumers' preference and recommendation of a company. Experts however encourage companies to see CSR not as an add-on but a core pillar within the overall strategy that breaks down into workplaces, workforces and the products themselves.