Vontobel Impact

What are the issues that society is concerned about today? And tomorrow? These are the same themes that we are concerned about at Vontobel. "Impact" gives socially engaged personalities from the worlds of society, science and politics a platform to share their opinions. With their expert knowledge, they illuminate the challenges of our time from new, revealing perspectives, and their opinions underscore our willingness and curiosity to listen to others and learn from them.

 

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The United Kingdom has voted: An interview with Lord Patten

Lord Patten of Barnes, a member of the Vontobel Advisory Council, spoke with us about the outcome of the election. With these election results, Brexit will become real. But now, following the vote, how united is the United Kingdom? And how will it shape its relationship with the EU once this painful divorce process is behind it? Read Lord Patten's assessment.

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UK election results 2019

Dan Scott, Deputy Chief Investment Officer Wealth Management, speaks about the possible impacts on the economy and markets. These clear election results effectively confirm a mandate for the Conservatives to proceed with Brexit. What effect will this outcome have on the economy in Europe? What does it mean for the talks with the EU, even looking beyond Brexit itself?

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Responsibility

Why glass skyscrapers are bad for the environment

Two cars, a lemon, and a bottle of Lucozade: just a few of the objects that have been melted by London’s Walkie Talkie building. But the heat radiating off the glass tower’s awkwardly angled 160 meter tall walls isn’t the heat we should be most worried about. The Walkie Talkie, like all glass skyscrapers, is warming up the world in a much more all-encompassing way.

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Digitization

Should you smash Facebook and Google?

Back in March when Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and presidential hopeful, promised to break up Big Tech if elected to the White House, the idea seemed fringe and fanciful. In July, however, things got real – the US Department of Justice opened a wide-ranging antitrust review of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, following similar moves by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Congress.

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Digitization

China's social scoring system is now affecting companies too

In a report released in August, Jörg Wuttke, President of the European Union's Chamber of Commerce, said that China's Social Credit System (SCS) could "make life or death decisions for foreign companies in China". The report, commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce and written by Sinolytics, a European consulting firm specializing in China, provides grim prospects.

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Digitization

Write the world anew!

What can digital society learn from the younger generations? Ali Mahlodji is the EU Youth Commissioner, and as a business consultant, is fighting for a better understanding between the generations in these times of digital transformation.

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Johann Schneider-Ammann at the Vontobel Impact event

Already during his time as Federal Councillor, Johann Schneider-Ammann stepped up to address the country’s innovation gap. In the wake of the Bitcoin and blockchain hype, he declared that the digitization of Switzerland was a top priority. He emphasized the urgency of this issue at the Vontobel Impact event on July 1, 2019 which addressed the theme "A Europe of Regions – Model for the Future?"

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Sigmar Gabriel at the Vontobel Impact Event

On July 1, 2019, the first Vontobel Impact Event took place in eastern Switzerland, addressing the theme: "A Europe of Regions - Model for the Future?" Following the event, the former German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel did not hesitate to appeal to the conscience of Europe.

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Digitization

Education 4.0

Dr. Elisabeth Denison is Partner and Director of Strategy of Deloitte Germany. She is responsible for the company’s strategic positioning and for its development within the context of globalization and digitization. In this video interview, she explains what future challenges employees and companies will face when it comes to education.

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