The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report, developed in collaboration with Marsh & McLennan Companies (Mercer’s parent organization) and other partners, is based on an annual survey of more than 700 experts from industry, government, academia, and civil society in more than 100 countries, who were asked to review and rate a landscape of 31 global risks. The report highlights respondents’ greatest concerns and explores the interconnectivity of global risks and their systemic impact.
The Global Risks 2014 report examined risks in five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological. Among the findings:
The Global Risks 2014 report shows that young people between the ages of 13 and 23 who are just entering the job market today are at high risk of unemployment, which has risen among this group since the financial crisis. The situation is especially dire in the Middle East and in some European countries, such as Spain and Greece.
Haig Nalbantian, senior partner and co-leader of Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute, commented on the talent implications of the new report. “While globalization has produced enormous economic and social advances in recent years, the very pace of change brings with it considerable risks that, as in 2007 to 2008, could set everything back,” he says. “Most of all, labor market institutions have not kept pace with the demands placed on them to allocate labor on a global scale, resulting in persistently high unemployment and, in many places, rising income inequality.
“If such global risks are not addressed more effectively, their social, economic, and political fallout could be far-reaching and could slow economic progress. Business organizations should take these risks head on; their leaders should be bolder in driving productive collaboration with governments, educational institutions, NGOs, and other international organizations to build the new labor market and related institutions required to make globalization work for all,” Mr. Nalbatian continued.
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Haig Nalbantian (New York)
Senior Partner, Co-leader of Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute
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