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Insight of the Week: Consumers Rate Health, Food, and Tech Sectors Highest on Social Responsibility

Insight of the Week
02/04/2021
Tove Malmqvist

Consumers Rate Health, Food, and Tech Sectors Highest on Social Responsibility

Performance of Sectors in Fulfilling Their Responsibilities to Society,
Net Performance,* Average of 27 Countries, 2020

There is great variability in the reputation of sectors across the economy.

Sectors providing essential services are rated particularly highly:

  • Healthcare companies are rated the highest while pharmaceutical companies are a few ranks behind.
  • Agriculture/farming, food, technology, and consumer goods sectors have all been instrumental in meeting essential needs during COVID-19.

This highlights a reliance on business resilience in challenging times.

Sectors associated with negative health or environmental impacts – tobacco, mining, alcohol, and oil – have net negative responsibility ratings.

Notes:

  • Question wording: Please rate each of the following types of companies on how well they fulfill their responsibilities to society compared to other types of companies
  • Data source: GlobeScan Radar our 27-country, 27,000-person public opinion study on views of business, government and NGOs, issues tracking, and shifting societal expectations.

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