– Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is the author of several books, including ‘Who Moved my Job?’ and ‘Global Services: Moving to a Level Playing Field’. The opinions expressed are his own. –
And so the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is underway once again. The theme this year is Shared Norms for the New Reality, which according to the WEF is: “…reflecting the fact that we live in a world that is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected but also experiencing an erosion of common values and principles.”
I think that means life is moving faster so we need to step back and review some basic principles, because some are struggling to keep up. At least that’s what I understand it to mean.
But, disregarding the headline purpose of the conference, the really interesting story I am noticing as the WEF gets underway is that partners – or sponsors in more direct language – have been asked to bring at least one woman in their delegation. In 2010, just 16% of attendees in Davos were women and the WEF wants to see that figure going up.
But this is a club for presidents and company executives and fewer than 3 percent of the Fortune Global 500 chief executives are women and less than 20 of the world’s presidents or prime ministers are female. It’s no wonder that Davos is overrun with men in unimaginative dark suits sheltering from the cold.