McKinsey’s week in Charts

What share of the US population needs to get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Flip through the charts below to see how the intersection of vaccine effectiveness and the population’s natural immunity can help estimate how many people need to be vaccinated to move us back toward normalcy.

To read the article, see “When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?,” November 23, 2020.

It’s a start: Fortune 1000 companies commit USD 66 billion to racial-equity initiatives

The companies made their pledges public between George Floyd’s killing in May and the end of October. More than three-quarters of the commitments are aimed at affordable housing and the development of small and medium-size businesses, according to an analysis by the new McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility.

To read the article, see “It’s time for a new approach to racial equity,” December 2, 2020.

Here’s why the poorest countries in Asia are most at risk from climate change

Climate change will affect all countries in Asia, but those with lower levels of per capita GDP will suffer most because their economies rely more on outdoor work and natural capital. And as it gets hotter, people won’t be able to work outdoors as much.

To read the report, see “Climate risk and response in Asia,” November 24, 2020.

Working from home? You’re still in the minority

Most workers globally can’t work a full day from home without suffering productivity losses, according to a McKinsey Global Institute analysis of more than 2000 job tasks across more than 800 occupations. That’s because most of their tasks need to be done on-site.

To read more, see “What’s next for remote work: An analysis of 2,000 tasks, 800 jobs, and nine countries,” November 23, 2020.

Despite HR interventions, women, LGBTQ+ employees, people of color, and parents all say they are really struggling

Ninety-six percent of companies rapidly changed their HR policies in response to the pandemic—offering flex time and remote work, for example. But employees are struggling with mental health and a sense of belonging. And diverse employees, especially, are having the hardest time balancing work and home.

To read the article, see “Diverse employees are struggling the most during COVID-19—here’s how companies can respond,” November 17, 2020.