Articles by Emma Thomasson

More Global Companies Offer 4-Day Work Week as Stress, Burnout Levels Rise

Work four days a week, but get paid for five? It sounds too good to be true, but companies around the world that have cut their work week have found that it leads to higher productivity, more motivated staff and …

Volvo Offers Self-Driving Truck with No Cab as Way to Address Shortage of Drivers

Sweden’s Volvo, the world’s second-biggest truck maker, presented a new self-driving electric truck on Wednesday, which it said should help respond to the boom in e-commerce and a shortage of freight drivers. Volvo said the truck, which does not have …

Retailers Plan Bangladesh Factory Inspections under Safety Pact

A group of mainly European retailers has finalized a plan to conduct coordinated inspections of factories in Bangladesh in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,129 people in April. The collapse of Rana …

Davos Leaders Warn on Food Inflation, Speculation amid Mideast Unrest

World leaders warned on Thursday that soaring food prices risked stoking unrest and even war, but top executives meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos rejected calls for curbs on commodity speculation. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the world’s …

Fortis Seeks $12.5 Billion Solvency Boost

Fortis said on Thursday that it plans to shore up its finances with measures worth more than €8 billion ($12.56 billion), including issuing new shares, hitting its stock on dilution worries. The Belgian-Dutch financial services group said it would issue …