Insight of the Week: Social and Environmental Responsibility Motivates Corporate Employees

Nine in ten corporate employees say their motivation and loyalty grows as their employer becomes more socially or environmentally responsible. Younger people working for large companies are more likely than those over 30 to “strongly” agree, suggesting corporate sustainability will become increasingly important for attracting and retaining employees. Source: GlobeScan Radar Trends Report (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)

Sustainable Business Now: Showcasing How Sustainability Works

We are seven years on from signing the Paris Agreement on climate change and two years into the UN’s Decade of Action for accelerating sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. A new era of sustainability leadership is emerging that requires more impact at scale and pace. The time has come to deliver on the ambitious commitments and public goals that many companies have set to tackle climate change, safeguard the environment, protect human rights and fight inequality. The “what” … “Sustainable Business Now: Showcasing How Sustainability Works”

Best of 2022 Highlights

As we come to the end of an incredible year of twists and turns, we close out 2022 with a review of our most widely read posts of the year. The GlobeScan community gravitated toward our contributions on climate change, diversity, mental health, nature and biodiversity, sustainable lifestyles, leadership, and impact. Navigating the Nature Agenda: Insights for Collective Action and Leadership GlobeScan’s new shared research program, Navigating the Nature Agenda: Insights for Collective Action and Leadership was developed to understand … “Best of 2022 Highlights”

COP15: Nature in Crisis and Why Biodiversity Is Important

COP15, the most important conference for a global response to nature-related issues, is currently taking place in Montreal, Canada. As it is sure to have lasting effects on us all, here is a quick guide on what COP15 is, who is going, why it is important, and the key topics being discussed. Governments and organizations from around the world are convening from December 7th‒19th for the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention on … “COP15: Nature in Crisis and Why Biodiversity Is Important”

Are Your Customers Worried about Greenwashing?

Most of us are aware of the term “greenwashing,” i.e., the process of conveying a false impression or giving misleading information about the environmental credentials of a company’s products or services. It remains an all-too-common practice in markets everywhere, as executives use sustainability initiatives to project confidence, boost followership, and gain a commercial edge. However, failing to be upfront and transparent or making unsubstantiated claims is becoming increasingly risky for companies. The likes of Hyundai, Shell, Innocent Drinks, and Oatly … “Are Your Customers Worried about Greenwashing?”

People Are Experiencing the Impact of Climate Change through Higher Food Prices

People are increasingly feeling personally affected by climate change and many are connecting the dots between climate change and rising food prices, according to the latest GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living (HSL) Global Consumer Insights study. Food prices had been steadily rising long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine put pressure on imports of food staples like cereals, wheat, and oilseed. The 2019 outbreak of swine fever in China saw a huge jump in inflation. A year later, COVID-19 caused … “People Are Experiencing the Impact of Climate Change through Higher Food Prices”

Climate Change Second-Only to War as Global Concern

Rising inflation and the soaring costs of energy and food are beginning to bite for households everywhere. In Europe, the large majority of households have had to cut their spending, and most say they expect to have to cut it further in the near future. In the UK, as many as one in seven adults claim they cannot afford to eat every day. It is a similar picture in the USA, where the highest inflation rates in four decades means American … “Climate Change Second-Only to War as Global Concern”

Five Trends in Communicating Food Sustainability to Consumers

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released in April 2022 made a clear case for the need to transform our global food system to a more sustainable basis. The report estimates that “21–37% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributable to the food system” including agriculture, land use, storage, transport, packaging, processing, retail and consumption. On the consumption side, we can see early signs of shifts in food choices: 24% of people across the world said … “Five Trends in Communicating Food Sustainability to Consumers”

The Sustainable Business Handbook: A Guide to Becoming More Innovative, Resilient and Successful

We are pleased to help launch a new book: The Sustainable Business Handbook: A Guide to Becoming More Innovative, Resilient and Successful The book, co-authored by David Grayson, Professor Emeritus, Cranfield School of Management, Chris Coulter, CEO, GlobeScan, and Mark Lee, Director, The SustainAbility Institute by ERM, has been written as a practical guide filled with case studies and tips to help make business more sustainable. The case for business sustainability has already been made and organizations can no longer … “The Sustainable Business Handbook: A Guide to Becoming More Innovative, Resilient and Successful”

24 Hours With… Wildlife Trade Researcher Daniel Bergin

Daniel Bergin has researched the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade, in both physical markets and online, for the past 10 years in countries such as China, Japan, Myanmar, Belgium, Nigeria, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. His most recently published paper, in the journal Nature, examined how to persuade people in countries where the trade flourishes to avoid consuming wildlife products, and in turn reduce the likelihood of another pandemic. Reducing a lucrative trade estimated to be worth between US$7 and US$23 … “24 Hours With… Wildlife Trade Researcher Daniel Bergin”