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Good morning, it's Kasmira, and today we'll be covering what business leaders have to say at the World Economic Forum's virtual get-together, as they swap Davos' ski slopes for their laptop screens.

Researchers at the University of Geneva have shown that job seekers are willing to take a considerable pay-cut to work at environmentally responsible companies. Plus, why water is increasingly on investors' minds.

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Kasmira Jefford


Today’s reason for hope

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Boeing says its fleet will be able to fly on 100 per cent biofuel by 2030. The world’s largest aerospace company said it aims to deliver commercial airplanes capable of flying entirely on biofuel by the end of the decade and called the move away from fossil fuels the “challenge of our lifetime.” Boeing's ambitious goal is crucial to broader industry targets of slashing carbon emissions in half by 2050.

Reuters (EN)

Sustainable business and finance news

Virtual Davos puts focus on Covid-fuelled trust crisis. Davos will be unusually quiet this week as some 2,000 business leaders and politicians meet online instead to address what policies are needed going forward to tackle the pandemic, mend the global economy, and rebuild trust.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Jobseekers take pay cut to work for sustainable companies. The rise of social and environmentally-conscious companies isn’t just good news for the planet. It’s also a key driver in attracting talent, with a new study showing that jobseekers are even willing to take a considerable pay cut to join organisations that walk the talk.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Water looms large for European thematic ETF providers. Demand for climate themed exchange-traded funds is set to continue. But instead of solar energy, investors' attention will switch to water, says consulting firm Cerulli.

Financial Times (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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Russia downplays Navalny protests. The Kremlin broke its silence on Sunday over the protests demanding the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, claiming the size of the demonstrations were overstated. This is despite the arrests of 3,500 people on Saturday and reports of violence.

The Guardian (EN)

Next on the agenda

25 January | UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2021. The flagship United Nations report looks at the performance of the world economy since the start of the pandemic and will be launched this morning ahead of UN secretary-general António Guterres' remarks at the World Economic Forum at 18h00 CET.


27 January | Financing the “Net-Zero” Transition - Davos Agenda. UN special envoy for climate action and finance and former US Vice President Al Gore are among the speakers of this panel exploring what innovative financing solutions are needed to accelerate progress towards a net-zero future.


2 February | How can philanthropy support companies to advance human rights? Speakers at this online lunchtime discussion include Professor Dorothee Baumann-Pauly, director of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, Dr. Giulia Neri-Castracane, a lawyer and lecturer at the University of Geneva, and François Zimeray, a lawyer and former French Ambassador for Human Rights.


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