An analysis of how emerging technologies affect our society

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An analysis of how emerging technologies affect our society

Select one of the Focus Areas below to view the topics and issues within it. The forces that shape our world Share Every business is impacted by macro forces.

These are the trends and events that are shaping our world. We monitor these trends to make sure our strategy and plans are fit for the future and to assess their impact on our material issues. Our latest macro forces analysis shows four distinct, but overlapping, shifts that will affect business and society over the next decade: Multi-polar world Slow growth and volatility are creating a world where international growth and political leadership fragment.

Income and political polarisation within countries is set to increase, threatening the progress of globalisation and free trade.

An analysis of how emerging technologies affect our society

Environment under stress The impact of water scarcity and climate change will be increasingly visible. Momentum for action will gather pace, building on the Paris Agreement.

Digital and technology revolution The rapid development of new technologies — such as artificial intelligence AIrobotics, voice technology and virtual reality — will open further opportunities for connection, automation and value creation, and pose new risks around security and privacy.

Data and the Internet of Things will continue to disrupt traditional business models, using technologies such as blockchain and increasingly sophisticated smart devices.

An analysis of how emerging technologies affect our society

Living differently Societies are becoming more diverse with fragmented identities, changing lifestyles and new everyday behaviours. Millennials and Generation Z are having a powerful influence on cultural norms, such as diversity and gender.

Older generations have a strong economic influence, and this will increase as the population ages. Migration is having a profound effect on national identity.

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This year, we have not presented specific macro forces — such as demographics, emerging markets and the global economy — in our materiality matrix, as they cut across multiple issues. We believe this gives greater focus to the issues that Unilever can directly influence. Many of the macro trends that were in our materiality matrix are captured as Principal Risks in our Annual Report and Accounts.

How we use our materiality assessment Every two years, we conduct a materiality assessment to help ensure our strategy is focused in the right areas, to assess the changing sustainability landscape and to understand and prioritise the issues that matter to our business and our stakeholders.

We use our materiality assessment to help us to evolve our strategy and tailor our reporting so that it aligns with the interests and needs of our stakeholders, as well as those of the company.

We have used our materiality process to inform the development of the USLP from its inception: Forum for the Future — the non-profit organisation — updated our external trends analysis, which we reviewed against our current and future business growth strategies.

The results of this exercise identified 15 material issues. It revealed an increasing number of material issues due to rising stakeholder expectations and a growing business case.Impact of Emerging Technologies ICT is always improving and changing and new technologies are being developed all of the time.

Developments in technology will, by nature, impact on our everyday lives and this section discusses some of these. Our Emerging Tech Lab, for example, regularly analyzes more than discrete technologies.

Yet we believe every company should consider our shortlist of the “ essential eight ” technologies. They make up the next generation of digital and are disrupting every industry. Technology has the potential to redefine the relationships between civil society, government and business.

For example, greater civil participation might be achieved through e-democracy developments. Our vision is a new way of doing business – one that delivers growth by serving society and the planet. Ten technologies which could change our lives: Potential impacts and policy implications In-Depth Analysis This report acts as a 'taster' for those interested in understanding more about how today's emerging technology trends could impact upon society in ways yet to be fully considered by policy-makers and the public.

members of society. What Impact Will Emerging Technologies Have on Society? This week begins the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council meetings.

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