Global Signals

In a rapidly changing environment, what are the global indicators that help you to keep track and make sense of the different events and trends affecting business? What are the opportunities you might have missed out on?

At IMD, we believe these are crucial questions that business leaders should be asking themselves. To this end, IMD has created “IMD Global Signals™” to be used in class-facilitated sessions.

This page offers a selection of IMD's Global Signals with one "Signal of the Month" to reflect the top current indicator.


Plastic is a ubiquitous part of modern life. However, the sheer amount produced has put a strain on recycling facilities and waste management systems. This and plastic’s non-degradability...

Solid waste buildup

By 2050, global waste will increase by 70% if current trends persist, according to data from the World Bank. Rapid urbanization and growing populations are the main drivers of the garbage...

Accelerating global climate change

The costs of climate change are growing. Intense storms can shave full percentage points off a country’s GDP, as the focus switches from expanding to rebuilding. How will your organizatio...

Access to water

The United Nations anticipates a global shortfall in water by 2030. Since all human activities are closely connected to the availability and quality of water, this shortfall may have pote...

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