Lead the way: shape our global future

Lead the way: shape our global future

Business must lead the charge in building back better


The challenges and opportunities of our time demand a new era of global collaboration that reverses the nationalist retreats of recent years. The UK must showcase its ambition and leadership on the world stage and it’s up to business to not only shape, but drive this position, with the support of government.


The change we're calling for


It’s time to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our age: climate change, inclusive growth in an era of rapid technological change, as well as ensuring sustainable and fair global trade. In collaboration, business and government must work to achieve meaningful progress on global issues that impact people, business and society alike.

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    Business must look globally for growth, working together to increase the number of UK firms that currently export

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    Business must help shape the international business environment by informing the UK policy agenda

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    Government must show leadership alongside business by reforming the international trade environment


Why it's needed


The production of vaccines at breakneck speed, the tireless work done to rebuild broken international supply chains, and the transformation of ways of working to support our public services and the health of our communities, have all demonstrated the speed and scale of what can be achieved when business collaborates.

Together with our political leaders, business can build bridges across borders and between nations, strengthen supply chains and accelerate innovation.

Whether it is bolstering free trade or building a green economy, global partnerships between businesses can turn challenges into opportunities to create a sustainable, resilient, and lasting recovery.

This cannot be done without government support and incentives. Across all economies, government create the rules, but is for business to deliver the growth and jobs within them.

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"The pandemic has shown that global challenges require global solutions. Business can lead, working alongside government and partners internationally to help shape the future, but also grasping the opportunities of exporting to help the recovery and create jobs at home."

Andy Burwell, International Director, CBI

Let's talk trade

The importance of shaping the global trade landscape

Global trade is fundamental to economic prosperity and inclusion. Protectionist barriers to free trade across the world have drastically risen over the last decade.

  • Global trade growth will remain below pre-pandemic levels over coming years, likely slowing to 4% growth by 2022

  • By 2017, more than 50% of exports from G20 countries were subject to harmful trade measures

  • UK businesses face 1,323 live trade barriers

The B7 Summit

The B7 event is a key enabling platform for the UK to define its place in the world. Discussions at this year’s B7 Summit, hosted by the CBI, focused on the future of global trade, public health, digital and climate change. Read our takeaways from the event to learn more about what was discussed and how this will inform the global business agenda.


Our progress and impact


The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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Support the change

  1. Are you a business leader?


    Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we’re the most influential business organisation in the UK. Join the voice of business, and help us campaign to shape the UK’s global future and lead the way for a sustainable economic recovery.

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  2. Are you a CBI member?


    Have your say

    Want to have your voice heard on shaping the UK’s global future? The CBI is looking for business leaders to share success stories of collaboration amongst global business to solve key policy issues such as barriers to trade, the race to net zero and the free flow of data.

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  3. Are you a policymaker?


    Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI’s International Trade team. Contact Hemi Bhatti, Principal Policy Advisor, to find out about the change UK business urgently needs and how you can support it.

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