As European countries begin to ease their lockdowns, the policies implemented to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on public health are still resulting in significant operational disruption for many multinational companies.
These include staff shortages due to quarantine, limited operations of factories and logistics infrastructure, and other supply chain difficulties leading to volatile levels of demand and supply. The recent plunges in the global stock market are a reflection of the uncertainty shared by many companies on the duration and pathway to public health and economic recovery.
These challenges create significant financial and operational risks for companies across the value chain, necessitating bold decisions on how to prioritize activities, generate liquidity, mitigate risks and allocate resources. We explore the action companies should take now to position themselves in a post-COVID-19 world.