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North Korea: Unfolding Covid crisis amid Pyongyang’s heightened military provocation

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean The reclusive regime has conducted a record 16 missile tests so far in 2022, including its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch in five years, ratcheting up military provocation and tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, the country is also experiencing its first official Covid-19 outbreak despite …

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Sibylline Data Analysis – Mexico

Criminal Trends Dashboard And Map As a data-driven firm, Sibylline has created an interactive dashboard containing data from Mexico’s National Public Security System’s Executive Secretariat on all crimes reported between 2015 and Q1 2022. he Dashboard offers the client the possibility to further analyse and present current security trends with municipal detail. Homicides Decrease Slightly, …

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Are ESG ratings a true reflection of a robust ESG strategy?

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant There is no question that environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings are an important part of the implementation process of ESG considerations. ESG ratings have been established in order to measure how a company is perceived to be performing on a range of ESG issues both for internal reporting purposes, as well …

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Accountability and Transparency: why integrity should be in the core of your business

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant Defining integrity within a corporate context is not that different from what people understand it to be on a personal level. Integrity is about having a strong moral compass and within an organisation this translates in adherence to a moral code that is reflected through accountability and transparency. Both accountability and transparency …

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24 February 2022: Red Storm Rising

Sibylline – 0800 GMT 24 February 2022: Red Storm Rising by General (Retd) Sir James Everard KCB CBE, Sibylline Special Adviser Putin Putin is either living in an altered state of reality, surrounded by yes men, or he is calculating and rational, but with a very different worldview from ourown. He is clearly prepared to use brute force to achieve his objectives and in both cases the question …

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Ukraine-Russia Tensions Drive EU and US Business Concerns

Key Takeaways  As tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border continue to mount, the prospect of a Russian freeze on energy exports to Europe is a growing concern, principally as a potential response by Moscow to European Union (EU) sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion. Whilst such a freeze would have severe effects on several …

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Discussing the importance of ESG integration in the strategy of an organisation

An interview with our ESG Senior Advisor, Daphne Biliouri-Grant Q: There are three core pillars comprising ESG, but is there one key pillar that is more important and/or easier to include in your corporate strategy, especially if you are just starting your ESG journey? When we are discussing the three pillars of ESG, it is …

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Beijing 2022: Politics, Covid and Public Perception

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean As China kicks off the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games with what is promised to be a “very different” opening ceremony from the one 14 years ago, the context under which the Winter Games are held also could not be more contrasting to that of the 2008 Summer Olympics. …

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ALERT: Far-Right Capitalising on Russia-Ukraine Tensions to Spread Hate

Event As tensions between Russia and Ukraine increase over the potential of a Russian invasion, far-right groups are spreading pro-Russia and anti-Western propaganda. This is most apparent in the US, but is also evident in other NATO countries, like Germany and the UK too. The anti-government rhetoric portrays the increasing tensions as the fault of …

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SPECIAL REPORT – MENAT

Key Takeaways The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the socio-economic inequities both within and between countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) An uneven recovery will widen these disparities as countries with high vaccination rates and rapid lifting of movement restrictions will recover at a quicker rate than those who lag. The widening …

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