The Environment Gains Importance in the 2018 Swedish Election

The 2018 Swedish general election will take place on September 9th, but we can already say that one of the winners is the Environment.  I will provide some articles that give context in case you want to know more about what is going on in this Scandinavian country. 

The environment is at the top of the political Agenda

Let me start with the Environmental topic. Stockholm has experienced Mediterranean heat since May  (with temperatures above 30 degrees) and this heatwave has sparked growing climate concerns  among voters. The hottest summer on record has brought an historic drought and fires all over the country that required international assistance from France, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Italy. It has been a very difficult summer.
The hit on the farmers, the forests industry and the Swedish economy in general is difficult to estimate but significant. As a consequence, environment is currently at the top of the political agenda. Immigration is still the most important topic for voters, but climate is now second ahead of health care, according to a poll from Demoskop included in Hottest Summer Bumps Up Climate Fight in Swedish Election.

More research strengthening the business case for Diversity

I have already written about previous McKinsey reports on Diversity including “Why Diversity Matters” issued 3 years ago. The  global awareness for inclusion and diversity (I&D) has only increased since then.

Companies regard Inclusion & Diversity as a source of competitive advantage.

A new McKinsey report has been published in 2018, “Delivering through Diversity” confirming that  many successful companies regard I&D as a source of competitive advantage.

The key finding of the report is that “The relationship between diversity and business performance persists. The statistically significant correlation between a more diverse leadership team and financial outperformance demonstrated three years ago continues to hold true on an updated, enlarged, and global data set.” The recent research is based on a set of over 1,000 companies.