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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Cities without barriers

Europe, the home of gray cobblestones and ancient castles, isn’t the most accessible continent in the world for people living with disabilities, in part due to its varied landscape and medieval heritage.

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Updates

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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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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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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