With the world going through the biggest energy transformation since the industrial revolution, there are well-known and hidden heroes leading the way during this paradigm shift. Renewable energy comprises a fundamental of the global energy landscape transformation. More than 170 countries have established national renewable energy targets and more than 150 countries worldwide have formulated policies to catalyse clean energy investment. According to Climate Action, an UK based global media platform, the leadership of the renewable energy, however, depends on the perspective. Some countries are considered leaders after having incorporated a high share of renewable energy sources to their energy mix. Some lead in clean energy investment, and others in technological progress contribution. Here are five countries which have helped lead the way in this field.

Taking a proactive approach to internationaliz­ation makes companies more robust and potentially more successful, with a far greater client base and more scope to e­xpand. While internationali­zation typically denotes big busi­ness carried out on a global scale, even the smallest companies can in­ternationali­ze suc­cessfully with limited resources if they play their cards right.

In the past, a newly established business would have no choice but to cater to local clients until its resources and scale of operations enabled it to expand to the regional, national and international market. Today, any startup can offer their product or services to clients situated in different parts of the world through a combination of an informative website and an effective digital marketing strategy.

China seems to grow more confident by the day. Is it too strong a statement to say that China is starting to regain its historical position as the pre-eminent global economy? The Chinese government is steadfastly following a policy of internal economic consolidation and international engagement. Wherever you are in the world you can start to feel the impact of Chinese investment and influence. China can no longer be classified as an emerging market. China has emerged and is taking on the world – much as America did in the early twentieth century and Japan in the 1970’s. How the traditionally pre-eminent global economies such as the USA, Germany and Japan react to the growing strength of China will be fascinating to watch over the coming decades but one thing is sure – China is a force to be reckoned with and cannot be ignored. If you are not currently doing business in (or with) China, you probably should be. However, China is not easy – somebody once said “in China everything is possible – but nothing is easy.” Before starting to do business in China it is essential that you try to get an understanding of the cultural drivers and expectations of your Chinese contacts. Do you really understand the importance of ‘face’ in China and do you feel confident you can navigate the complexities of Chinese corporate hierarchy? How are you going to develop those all-important relationships and what impact will Chinese long-termism potentially have on your cash-flow forecasts? Next, we will explore the twenty key cultural aspects that permeate business in China.

The Middle East is increasingly open to business with Western countries. The Saudis lead the purchases of Brazilian products in the region, followed by Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Even so, the Middle East accounts for about 5% of Brazil’s exports only. This shyness can be explained by cultural and behavioral differences in the business environment. In the Middle East, religious influence and tradition directly affect the conduct of negotiations. In this sense, understanding the region’s context is key to unlocking a world of opportunity for Western entrepreneurs. Next, we will share the main aspects of the region that should be considered before an approach.

A quick google search will give you 16 (sixteen) million different articles on how millennials can save the world or be blamed for what’s wrong with it. This fascination to Millennials has spawned a new industry of experts – consultants, specialists and authors – telling us that millennials are different and that we need to know how to deal with them. Really? Well, let’s hear from science and statistics.

The world’s second largest importer, positioned right behind the United States, China buys the equivalent of $ 1.9 trillion dollars. It is expected that this amount will rise to $ 10 trillion by 2022. It is in this context that Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in 2017 at the International Cooperation Forum a significant campaign to open the Chinese market to the world, with CIIE (China International Import Expo), its first move in that direction. There will be over 100 (one hundred) product categories and exhibitor services from more than 200 (two hundred) countries. Shanghai was the chosen city to host the event which will occupy a total area of ​​240 thousand square meters. Around 150 thousand visitors are expected, among them professional buyers from around 100 (one hundred) countries and regions.

The foreign trade is naturally associated to globalization. And sustainability reinforces the importance of using resources responsibly, so as not to cause depletion or shortage. The question here is – how to expand a country import and export capacity and powerfully integrate it to globalization, without compromising the quality of life for next generations?