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    Growing even closer together is a must

    by - November 11, 2014

    The major sources of uncertainty of our age are increasingly global in nature. Pandemics, terrorism, natural disasters and the vast stream of refugees they entail - in a globalized world everything that happens, happens as if "just around the corner".


    Supply chain disruption: Short-term solutions are short-sighted

    by - January 28, 2014

    You may remember the rhyme that begins 'For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost…’ Eventually this lost nail leads to the kingdom being lost. I think modern supply chain experts can learn a lot from this old rhyme. It shows how connected things are, and how a small, minor disruption can grow and grow – until the kingdom is lost. Or, to use more modern terms: your contract, your customer, your cash.


    More prosperity through more networking

    by - December 19, 2013

    The ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization came to a successful conclusion at the beginning of December 2013. After a series of tough negotiations, the delegates reached an agreement designed to streamline global trade. Frank Appel shares his thoughts on the agreement's importance and global connectedness.


    Working together for climate protection

    by - May 21, 2013

    Better climate protection means departing from established ways to make room for new ideas. Individual companies can – and do – make a big contribution. But when business and policymakers work together, we can find innovative and lasting solutions much more quickly.


    I believe in the future of Europe

    by - February 1, 2013

    When people talk about Europe today, the discussion is frequently consumed by the sovereign debt crisis and the heavy price it is extracting from southern member states of the EU. This is unfortunate, because the success story of Europe as a guarantor of peace and stability gets lost in the shuffle - just like the region’s great potential to continue writing this chronicle of political and economic prosperity.


    Why global connectedness matters

    by - November 28, 2012

    When I visit our multinational customers or interact with our 470,000 employees worldwide, I observe regularly the benefits of global connectedness both in economic and human terms. I believe it’s one of the key forces shaping our future, and that it holds vast, untapped potential to sustainably improve life on our planet.