ChainLink World View

Frameworks, approaches and perspectives by which ChainLink views and makes sense of the world, in particular supply chains

2024: The World at Crossroads—Part Two

Countries with over half the world’s population go to the polls this year. While none of these elections represent absolute good vs. evil, the outcomes will still make a big difference. In this global tug-of-war of ideas and institutions between democracy and autocracy, much is at stake for all of humanity, including peoples’ rights and liberties, the rules-based global order, world peace, and global prosperity.

2024: The World at Crossroads—Part One

Vital decisions in 2024 will affect all of humanity in areas such as democracy vs. autocracy, the future of AI, and dealing with disinformation. In this first article in the series, we focus on AI, which is poised to provide enormous benefits for mankind. At the same time, it presents considerable known issues right now; and speculative very-high-consequence risks in the future. Here we discuss why 2024 will be a pivotal year, setting the direction for how mankind addresses those near-term issues and longer-term risks, with implications for decades to come.

The Ethical Supply Chain Practitioner – Part Two: Labor and Ethical Business Practices

A look at how to ensure that suppliers are treating their workers fairly, paying living wages, not using forced labor, providing a safe working environment, allowing collective bargaining, have non-discriminatory hiring practices, and ethical business practices. These are required not only to minimize reputational risk, but to underpin a company’s purpose and identity as a force for good in the world.

The Ethical Supply Chain Practitioner – Part One: The Social Responsibility Imperative

Supply chain practitioners and executives are in a unique position to help change the world for the better by their influence over global supply chains’ labor conditions, environmental footprint, and ethical practices. In this first in a series, we examine what is driving increasing corporate social responsibility and the desire by employees to do meaningful work and make a difference in the world.

Trends, Threats and Opportunities

We are rapidly approaching the 3rd decade in the 21st century. Is the singularity upon us? Autonomous robots and sensors. AI/analytics and IoT. What will these technologies along with the huge shift in worldwide population portend for our future? Will it be a world of insecurities and shortage or innovation and abundance?

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