Get to Know ESG!

ESG is seemingly in conversations everywhere in the business world these days. The letters ESG are short for “environmental, social and governance.”

Simply stated, ESG refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment in a company or business. These criteria help to better determine the future financial performance of companies.

KPMG believes that acting on ESG issues was important before the global pandemic and will be even more important after it.  And McKinsey states, “Your business, like every business, is deeply intertwined with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns.  It makes sense, therefore, that a strong ESG proposition can create value…”

Today’s business leaders need to have an understanding of ESG factors to create value for both their companies and shareholders. 

Learn five ways that ESG creates value via McKinsey.


Big Changes Coming to LinkedIn

Strengthening your networking skills and nurturing a diverse network is mission-critical for today’s business professional.  LinkedIn is making some big changes to help you accomplish both.

Here’s what you need to know about three big changes coming to LinkedIn.

New Look
LinkedIn is introducing a cleaner look that features more white space to make it easier to navigate the site and app.

Stories Launch
LinkedIn is doing a global roll-out of Stories that allows you to post both photos and videos that will vanish in a day.  LinkedIn members who have been testing Stories have used the tool to share photos/videos of their home office set-ups, chat about job opportunities, and more.  Think of Stories as a way to connect more personally and less formally (similar to water cooler moments).

Video Call Enhancements 
Now, with one click, you can start a video call over Zoom, Teams or BlueJeans by Verizon.

Learn more here.


Fortune’s 6th Annual “Change the World” List

On September 21, 2020, Fortune Magazine revealed its sixth annual “Change the World” list, which showcases over 50 companies that have made an important social or environmental impact through their profit-making strategy and operations this year. 

Three companies from the Southeast USA made the list:

#15 Charlotte-based Bank of America

#49 Atlanta-based UPS

#51 Miami-based ChenMed  

Explore the full list here.


In-Demand Skills

LinkedIn has used data from more than 660 million professionals in its network and more than 20 million job listings to identify the hard and soft skills that are most in-demand in 2020.

HARD SKILLS

1) Blockchain
2) Cloud & Distributed Computing
3) Analytical Reasoning
4) Artificial Intelligence
5) UX Design
6) Business Analysis
7) Affiliate Marketing
8) Sales
9) Scientific Computing
10) Video Production

SOFT SKILLS

1) Creativity
2) Persuasion
3) Collaboration
4) Adaptability
5) Emotional Intelligence

Learn more here.


Spotlight on South Carolina

South Carolina plays an important role in driving the Charlotte region’s economy.  Four of the state’s counties are members of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s Economic Development Advisory Council.  These counties include: Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster and York. 

For the 11th consecutive year, South Carolina has earned a top stop in Area Development magazine’s list of “Top States for Doing Business in 2020.”  South Carolina made the annual list at #3 (behind third place Georgia and second place Tennessee and ahead of fifth place North Carolina). 

Read Area Development magazine’s 2020 rankings here.