The Global Risks Report 2018

The 13th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, prepared in partnership with Marsh & McLennan Companies, highlights the extraordinary pace and variety of change in the world, and the resulting fractures in global cooperation. For businesses, the report raises critical questions about building resilience and adaptability in the face of these seemingly unmanageable risks.

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Reconciling Opportunity and Resilience in Changing Times, John Drzik, President Global Risk and Digital, Marsh

Getting Practical With Emerging Risks, Richard Smith-Bingham, Director, Marsh & McLennan Companies' Global Risk Center

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The Risk Landscape

Prepare for a new reality.

The increasing complexity of the macro-level risk landscape, with multiple sources of volatility, fast-moving change and scope for widespread reverberations, means that companies must be vigilant about identifying major sources of value destruction and planning agile responses to rapidly developing and potentially uncertain situations.

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Future Shocks

Many of the risks that started to crystalize in 2017 could cause sudden and dramatic breakdowns in global order. The Global Risks Report 2018 examines some of these potential future shocks, and asks the critical question: what are the risks that could fundamentally disrupt our world, and what can we do to prevent them?

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Economic Storm Clouds

Despite current headline growth rates, a number of underlying economic concerns persist 10 years after the global financial crisis. In addition to the familiar risks of potentially unsustainable asset prices and elevated indebtedness, the world is facing new challenges, including disruptions caused by intensifying patterns of automation and digitization, and a build-up of protectionist pressures. 

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Geopolitical Power Shifts

The multilateral, rules- based approaches to international relations that have been the norm since the end of World War II are fraying as many countries seek to re-establish the state as the primary locus of power and legitimacy. The emergence of populist “strongman” leaders is also exacerbating the breakdown of international norms and creating new risks and uncertainties, including rising military tensions and economic and commercial disruptions.