In order to make assumptions about the future, we need to look at the decisions and actions taken today that will determine the future. The Foresight team at Creavis monitors indicators such as investments, technological developments, or changing regulations and, based on these, develops a realistic view of possible future scenarios. It applies established methods such as the exploratory scenario approach or STEEP trend analysis along with innovative workshop concepts.
Focus topic: The Future(s) of the Specialty Chemicals Industry
Every year, the Foresight team defines a focus topic that will be addressed as a priority. The current research topic is “The Future(s) of the Specialty Chemicals Industry". Based on over 100 interviews with internal and external experts from the fields of chemistry, politics, business and futurology as well as numerous workshops and analyses of international futurology studies, the team develops scenarios for the possible future of specialty chemicals in the year 2040.
Focus topic: GameChanger
The focus topic for 2017 was “GameChanger”. Game changers are developments that have the potential to completely change the rules of existing markets and companies. The team identified game changers and derived 39 action areas for Evonik, which will now serve as a source of inspiration, basis of discussion, and future orientation guide in the Group.