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Insight of the Week: Experts’ Perceptions of Business Performance on Sustainable Development Are Trending Down

Insight of the Week
19/02/2021
Tove Malmqvist

Experts’ Perceptions of Business Performance on Sustainable Development Are Trending Down​

Performance on Contribution to Sustainable Development
% of Experts, “Excellent” (4+5), 2012–2020

Expert perceptions of the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development have dropped after peaking in 2018, placing business among the lowest-rated institutions but ahead of national governments. Meanwhile, positive expert assessment of citizen-led movements has strengthened over the past two years. NGOs continue to be the most positively viewed by sustainability professionals in terms of their work on sustainable development.

Notes:

  • Question wording: How would you rate the performance of each of the following types of organizations in terms of its contribution to progress on sustainable development since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio?
  • Data sourceGlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey of over 700 experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia across 71 countries​.

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