The Global Risks Report 2017

Since 2006, Marsh & McLennan Companies has collaborated with the World Economic Forum on its landmark Global Risks Report. Now in its twelfth edition, the report provides insights into key global risks, as well as the collective view of risk experts on the most significant threats to global prosperity over the next decade. This report is a critical document for leaders in all sectors.

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The Risk Landscape

It’s time to turn the risk telescope around.

Quantitative analysis of historical data is unhelpful when the landscape itself is changing and the risks with the greatest potential to disrupt society are interconnected. The Global Risks Report provides a forward-looking perspective on current risks and how those risks affect businesses and each other.

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Risk Drivers

The Global Risks Report 2017 examines the root causes of threats facing the world today: rising inequality, political polarization and nationalism, and disruptive technological change.

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Geopolitical Turmoil

Profound social instability sits at the center of the global risk landscape, and has been influenced most notably by rising income and wealth disparity and the increasing polarization of societies. With populism and nationalism on the rise, businesses may also navigate a protectionist environment of tarriffs and sanctions in 2017.

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Emerging Technologies

Every new technology holds great potential, both in terms of its possible benefits and negative consequences. In 2017, businesses will face challenges from emerging technologies that include a broadening landscape for cyberattacks, economic risk from jobs lost to artificial intelligence, and governing risks related to drones, driverless cars, robotics, and more.