We put our participants to work right away, and their focus, determination and insights made this a remarkable event. The Summit fell on the heels of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, a humanitarian crisis that has caused us all to reconsider our long-held assumptions about the stability of geopolitics and global markets.
The war in Ukraine demonstrates how quickly long-term trends can become near-term issues. Rising geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, societal expectations of business, and the recovery from COVID-19 were top of mind for Summit participants. Investors and companies face an inflection point forcing us to re-evaluate our core purpose, dependencies, and operating models.
Communicating strategy in light of these shifts now goes well beyond the traditional investor-corporate dialogue. Business leaders are expected to explain the “why” and “how” of strategic and capital allocation decisions and their impact on key stakeholders. And stakeholders’ various objectives and time horizons make an already difficult task that much more complex.
Challenging times create opportunity, and this summary highlights practical recommendations from leaders of companies, assets owners and investment managers on how we can drive change together. As always, FCLTGlobal will conduct new research based on the discussions in the room and will incorporate insights from those who could not join us to ensure our work brings a balanced perspective.
We welcome your feedback on this year’s program, and look forward to continuing to build our problem-solving community between now and our next Summit in 2024. Thank you again to everyone who made FCLT Summit 2022 an enlightening, challenging, and productive day.
Read the FCLT Summit 2022 Report