World Economic Forum 2014

The 2014 theme of Davos – The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business – included four pillars:

  • Achieving Inclusive Growth
  • Embracing Disruptive Innovation
  • Meeting Society's New Expectations
  • Sustaining a World of 9 Billion
2014 Annual meeting

Bain thought leadership

From our partners’ views on the floor at Davos to the formal reports led by Bain industry governors—Bain & Company's thought leadership is prominent throughout the Forum each year. Some of the most significant of Bain's activities from the 2014 meeting:

Bain chairman Orit Gadiesh led a discussion in the session "The Big Brother Problem," on the consequences of growing public alarm over personal privacy, data security, and the lack of transparency in the gathering of data by public and private organizations.


Bain at Davos: Reflections


Paul Meehan, regional managing director of Bain & Company in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, discusses the key themes he observed at the 2017 World Economic Forum, which include the ongoing political and economic uncertainty in the US and Europe, and the impact of technology on businesses and the workforce.

Bain's annual private breakfast panel. By invitation only. For the tenth year, Orit Gadiesh hosted Bain’s annual breakfast discussion. An audience of senior business and government leaders joined our speakers: Clayton Christensen, Best-selling author, Harvard Business School professor and 2013’s"World’s Most Influential Business Thinker" (Thinkers50) and Darrell Rigby, Head of Bain & Company’s Global Retail and Innovation practices to discuss the topic "Leading a Digical Transformation—Combining Digital and Physical to Reshape your Business."

Watch a video of the breakfast panel>>


Industry Governors Projects:

"The Healthy Living Initiative" provides the premier global platform to enable critical dialogues among stakeholders and to facilitate collaborative action to tackle the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are forecast to cost the global economy $47trn in lost economic output by 2030. This year’s efforts have focused on tackling the key bottlenecks in multistakeholder collaboration through a series of global & regional dialogues and on building a series of pioneering multistakeholder collaborations on-the-ground to tackle NCDs and the promotion of healthy lives. Most prominent has been the creation of the first genuinely multi-stakeholder program to tackle NCDs through the school setting. The Initiative has brought together more than 20 organizations from across all sectors to launch a cutting-edge program in New Delhi, India, affecting 35,000 children and their parents in a comprehensive manner. This will provide the blueprint to be scaled up across India and beyond in 2015. Read this year's report, "Collaborating for healthy living: From bottlenecks to solutions."

"Enabling Trade" follows up on the exciting findings of last year’s report, "Valuing Growth Opportunities," which indicated that reducing supply chain barriers could increase global GDP six times more than removing all tariffs. This year’s report, "Enabling Trade: From Valuation to Action" deep dives into sectoral, regional, and functional priorities to see how barrier reduction can be achieved in practice. The main focus is on agriculture, exploring how the public and private sectors can work together to improve supply chains and reduce the amount of food that is wasted between farm and fork – currently a staggering 30% of total food production. The automotive sector is a second priority, with global carmakers providing input to the WTO on practical trade facilitation measures that are top of mind for the industry.

2014 Media
Read more about Bain's experts and research from Davos as featured in the international media on emerging global business trends.