Studies and reports

HP unveiled a new study underscoring the importance of sustainable business practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining top talent. It finds employees are more productive, motivated and engaged when working for an employer who is leading the charge in social responsibility. The global, 20,000-participant survey found that 61 percent believe sustainability is mandatory for businesses1. Of those interviewed, 56 percent believe that ignoring environmental impact in the workplace is as bad as ignoring diversity and inclusion.

Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, announced that its research team discovered a vulnerability in the Slack Desktop Application for Windows that could have allowed an attacker to alter where a victim’s files are stored when the documents are downloaded within Slack.

Global equity markets performed negatively during the week on the back of renewed trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. The Trump administration imposed fresh tariffs on imports from China and trade negotiations between the two countries ended without any conclusive deal. Brent crude was also under pressure during the week as it was down by 0.32% on the back of rising uncertainty over trade tensions.

Risk appetite has cratered once again as this weekend’s news flow left investors wondering whether the US and China can reverse the downward spiraling trajectory of trade talks. The latest Trump tweets and defiant Chinese rhetoric don’t look encouraging. The next test is China’s inevitable response to Trump’s move to tariff all Chinese imports.

Gartner, Inc. predsicts that, by 2025, 20% of the top 10 global grocers by revenue will be using blockchain for food safety and traceability to create visibility to production, quality and freshness.