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On August 30 we hosted a webinar discussion with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) titled "A Changing Tide in Africa: Conflict, Corruption & Economic Opportunity."  A new story is emerging in Africa and it is being told by those most crucial in determining Africa’s future – its citizens. Their concerns are shifting away from tribal clashes and state-driven violence toward a new set of issues. Africa’s citizens are disappointed by the performance of their governments, concerned about pervasive...
This is the final blog post of a series of three focusing on the financial services sector seven years on from the financial crisis. After quantifying the loss of public trust in banks and financial institutions and exploring how the industry has lost touch with its societal role in different parts of the world, we are now completing this series by looking for lessons from other sectors on how the financial services industry can  improve its CSR performance and build pathways...
In a new article in The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, I note that trust is “strategically important” to organizations—and once lost, extremely difficult to recapture. Trust in financial institutions, while deeply negative in many regions, is still quite high in Africa— suggesting a compelling opportunity for the banking sector to play a meaningful role in continued development on that continent. While an Executive Summary of the Journal is available to read free of charge, you will need to subscribe...
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The HP Living Progress Exchange (LPX) is an online discussion that brings together leading experts and thinkers to share perspectives and develop new ideas to help make sustainable progress in three key areas: human progress, economic progress and environmental progress. On September 9, 2014, hundreds of experts from around the world joined HP and GlobeScan in the first online LPX to explore challenges and ideas in these three key areas of sustainability. The discussion was rich and enlightening, with some...
In celebration of today's World Humanitarian Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked us to reflect on the following question: What do you think the world needs more of? Many people hoped that the end of the Cold War in 1991 would bring about global peace and prosperity. Yet the world does not look like a better and safer place today than it did twenty years ago. Looking at current events, naming one thing that the world needs more of appears easier said...
In public debates over environmental, economic and social issues around the world, some of the most important voices have yet to be heard: the voices of our youth. For over a century, Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young Canadians discover, develop and achieve their best potential as they grow to become the nation’s adults, citizens and leaders. In 2013, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) and GlobeScan joined forces to better understand global issues of concern to young Canadians,...
Originally published for K Magazine, GlobeScan CEO, Christophe Guibeleguiet, takes a look at how Asian consumer attitudes to business in society are changing and the need for companies to balance opportunity with responsibility. Divided into a 3-part blog series, our first post looked at trust, optimism, and extending corporate leadership in Asia, our second on health and safety issues, while this post will look at the rise of 'Aspirational' consumers. In the first part of this blog series, we looked at the growing trust in...
Two themes formed the backdrop to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 gathering in Davos, Switzerland that ended this week: the return of the global economy to a semblance of stability and the continuing shift of power from West to East. This mixture of economic flux and stability feeds through into our research, with peoples’ views in the institutions that affect their lives, the environment and how they think of certain countries all affected. One of the messages to emerge from GlobeScan’s...
With the airwaves often dominated by discussion of economic indicators and GDP, a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that this was the only valid measure of a country’s development. However, nearly seven in ten citizens across eleven countries think that a broader measure—one incorporating health, environmental, and social statistics—should be used instead of GDP to measure national progress. Drawn from our most recent work with Ethical Markets, the ICAEW, and business think-tank Tomorrow’s Company, these figures from 11 developed...
The past week has seen an escalating war of words between big business and policymakers over the taxes paid by multinationals. Apple and Google came under fire from UK and US legislators, while European leaders pledged concerted action to close tax loopholes. However, GlobeScan’s 2013 polling reveals that for the global public, payment of taxes is the bare minimum they expect of companies. Across 24 countries, around a quarter (23%) say they believe that companies’ main responsibility is to pay...

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