The global economy faces near-term uncertainties. Fraying trade agreements, rising debt and political instability in emerging markets, and tariffs and trade barriers pose risks to investment and increasingly globalized supply chains. Longer-term trends, however, may play a greater role in future economic activity, including in the context of project finance, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain and reputational management, regulatory compliance, and public disclosures. Enhanced focus on governance of environmental, health and safety, and social (EHSS) issues in particular will require increasing consideration and internalization into corporate strategic planning.
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