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)

Insight of the Week: Africans and Latin Americans Express Strongest Support for Corporate Advocacy for Democracy

People in Africa and in Latin America are most supportive of companies advocating for democracy, where seven in ten agree that companies should actively promote democracy. In contrast, just over half of North Americans agree. This could suggest higher interest in corporate advocacy from citizens in emerging markets, particularly around models that work to create more equitable societies. Source: GlobeScan Radar Trends Report (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)

Insight of the Week: Optimism about Future Quality of Life Is Highest in Africa / Middle East and Asia-Pacific

Nearly two-thirds of people in countries surveyed in Africa / Middle East and Asia-Pacific are optimistic that future generations will enjoy a higher quality of life than they do today.  In contrast, only one in three Europeans and four in ten Latin Americans and North Americans are optimistic about higher quality of life for their children and grandchildren. Source: GlobeScan Radar Trends Report (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)

Insight of the Week: Six in Ten Young People Feel Guilty about Their Negative Environmental Impact

Around the world, younger generations are much more likely than older ones to feel guilty about their negative impact on the environment.  This highlights a significant generational gap among consumers and suggests that younger and rising generations may have higher expectations of brands to help reduce impacts on the environment. Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)

Insight of the Week: Experts Most Likely to Say Renewable Energy Is the Most Effective Climate Solution

Eight in ten experts believe that increasing renewable energy is an effective potential solution to address climate change. Other solutions that are rated as relatively effective are sustainable agriculture and food system solutions, reducing deforestation, and circular business models. Increasing renewable energy is also thought by experts to be one of the most easily implemented climate solutions. Source: GlobeScan/SustainAbility Institute by ERM Survey of over 200 experts representing business, government, NGOs, service/media, and academiaacross 41 countries​  

Insight of the Week: Majorities of the Public Point to Governments and Companies as Most Responsible for Protecting Nature

National governments and large companies are seen by the public to be the most responsible for protecting nature, while only four in ten people hold themselves responsible. There are clear expectations from the public for governments to drive global governance processes for protecting nature, such as COP15 in Montreal, as well as through national legislation. Source: GlobeScan Navigating the Nature Agenda survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries between February 25 – March 15, 2022

Insight of the Week: Climate Action Remains the Most Urgent Sustainable Development Goal

When considering the urgency of all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), experts rate Climate Action as the most urgent goal. The top five most urgent SDGs are Climate Action, Zero Hunger, No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities, and Affordable and Clean Energy.  However, many experts rate progress on the SDGs as poor and find that progress on many critical issues is still too slow. Source: GlobeScan/SustainAbility Institute by ERM Survey of over 200 experts representing business, government, NGOs, service/media, and academia across 41 countries​  

Insight of the Week: Most Consumers Trust Environmental Communications and Marketing from Brands

Among those who have seen sustainability messaging from brands, strong majorities across the world trust their sustainability marketing communications. While there are valid criticisms of greenwashing by policy makers and NGOs, consumers broadly continue to trust sustainability messaging. Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)

Insight of the Week: Younger Consumers Are More Likely to Recall Brand Sustainability Communications

People under 30 are much more likely than older consumers to recall brand communications on the environment. Younger generations are more receptive to messages from companies than older consumers. As expectations evolve, brands need to understand the expectations of Gen Z and Millennials.  Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)

Insight of the Week: Majority Say Wealthy Countries Should Help Poorer Nations Deal with Climate Change

Three-quarters of people around the world say that wealthy countries should help poorer nations deal with the effects of climate change.​ This suggests strong public support for a just transition and echoes a main theme of COP27 around the obligation of wealthier countries that have benefitted the most from industrialization to provide financing to help poorer countries that suffer the most from the impacts of climate change.​ ​Source: GlobeScan Radar Report 2022 ​(survey of 21,979 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)