GlobeScan’s Hong Kong Salon Event hosted in partnership with The Executive Center, brought together leading experts, thought leaders, and professionals in the field of sustainability to explore the vital role that sustainable business practice will play in shaping our future.
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The general public widely supports a range of solutions that address climate change and protect nature. Together with nature-based solutions like protecting forests, people are most supportive of education on climate change and shifting to agricultural practices that protect nature.
All In – The Sustainable Business Podcast features three leading thinkers in the field of sustainability – Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan, David Grayson, Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management, and Mark Lee, Director of the SustainAbility Institute by ERM. Building on the themes of their 2018 book All In: The Future of Business Leadership, the podcast explores the evolving sustainability agenda through thoughtful interviews with leading thinkers and innovators. Tune in to stay up-to-date … “All In – The Sustainable Business Podcast”
Globally, knowledge of all ethical and responsible product labels increased from 76% to 82% between 2021 and 2023. In Canada, overall awareness of the Fairtrade Mark is up 15 percentage points from 2021, from 42% to 57%, with trust increasing to 85%. This demonstrates that consumer awareness of ethical labels is continuing to rise as consumers increasingly look to brands and retailers to provide ethically sourced products. Add to this that nearly six in ten Canadians are willing to pay … “Webinar | Helping Canadian Consumers Make More Sustainable Choices During Tough Economic Times”
Majority of people believe that governments, followed by companies and international bodies, are the most responsible for addressing climate change.
Our “Joint Advocacy for Sustainability” report with WWF explores ways that companies and NGOs can best lead advocacy efforts to shape the global sustainability agenda and deliver impact. Private sector-led advocacy for positive environmental and social change is becoming a key part of being a sustainable company and shaping sustainable development and a better future for people and the planet. Climate change, nature loss, and inequality are all systemic challenges that call for collective action across sectors and industries, and … “Joint Advocacy for Sustainability Report”
Nine in ten people across the world say that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is a serious global problem. Globally, people tend to be more concerned about this than several other problems such as the economy or the gap between rich and poor. Concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has remained consistent between 2021 and 2023, with 56 percent of the global public saying it is a very serious issue and another 34 percent saying it is somewhat serious. … “Insight of the Week: Ninety Percent of People Globally Believe Deforestation in the Amazon is a Serious Issue”
Earlier this year, CSR Europe and GlobeScan, with the support of Solvay, ran their first Sustainability Leadership Salon event in a two-part series: a journey with CSR Europe Leadership Hubs’ member companies coming together with peers, civil society leaders, and policymakers to advance the Just Transition and create a Social Green Deal 2024–2029 for Europe. Download this summary document which lays out the outcome of this event, the key topics discussed, and the opportunities for business and policy leadership moving … “The Role of Companies in Shaping a Social Green Deal 2024 -2029”
About the 2023 Sustainability Leaders Survey Findings from the 2023 Sustainability Leaders Survey, by GlobeScan and The SustainAbility Institute by ERM, finds that sustainability leadership is increasingly measured by the integration of sustainability into business strategy. This year’s findings draw from more than 500 sustainability experts who once again came together from over 60 countries. At the mid-point of 2023, the global economy is still feeling the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine continues changing geopolitical … “2023 Sustainability Leaders | Report & Webinar”
As we pass Earth Overshoot Day on August 2nd, the day when humanity has collectively used more resources than Earth can generate for the whole year, we are reminded that our overuse of natural resources is a continuous threat to the planet.
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North Americans and Europeans express the least interest in switching to plant-based food and are currently the least likely to say they follow vegetarian diets. The largest gaps between interest in plant-based eating and current habits can be seen in the Latin American countries surveyed.
As temperatures rise around the world, nearly two-thirds of the global public that feel personally affected by climate change say they experience it through extreme heat. Many also connect climate change with their experiences of increasing food prices, followed by drought and diseases. Extreme heat is the most-perceived effect of climate change in Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America, while food price increases is the most-perceived effect by those surveyed in Africa.
The latest research from the Oxford-GlobeScan Global Corporate Affairs 2023 Survey Report finds that geopolitical risk and uncertainty are once again perceived to be the greatest short-term category of risk to global businesses, having risen to the number-one slot in last year’s survey as the continuing war in Ukraine and heightened East-West tensions embed these threats. Climate change is the second most significant risk, specifically reflecting deep concerns over the impact of the environment, but with growing political resistance in … “Oxford-GlobeScan Global Corporate Affairs 2023 Survey Report”
Corporate Affairs professionals believe that using AI and digitization is the biggest opportunity available to global businesses.
The perceived urgency of climate change among experts still surpasses other sustainability challenges, emphasizing the prominence of climate change followed by the closely rated issues of biodiversity loss, water scarcity, deforestation, and poverty. Experts’ concerns about climate change have been validated by the recent surge in natural disasters worldwide. Instances such as wildfires in Canada, severe droughts in Latin America, and devastating floods in China exemplify the tangible consequences of climate change, highlighting the urgent need for action. Source: GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey of 520 … “Insight of the Week: Climate Change and Related Issues Are Urgent according to Sustainability Experts”
Corporate advocacy for sustainability is becoming an important dimension of being a sustainable company. This coincides with rising public expectations for companies to advocate for people and the planet. Leading companies and global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are increasingly working together on joint advocacy initiatives bringing together other stakeholders (peers, value chains, investors, etc.) to collectively shape policies and market incentives that deliver positive change on key issues (improving society, accelerating action on climate change, and shifting the systems that can … “Joint Corporate Advocacy: What It Is and How to Make It Work”
For the past year, inflation rates have been rising in many parts of the world and inflation forecasts have been consistently revised upwards. GlobeScan’s research also shows that 57 percent of consumers select food price increases as one of the real impacts of climate change on their lives. This constant economic stress puts pressure on consumers who are forced to make trade-offs between buying products that align with their values and saving money for necessities. Now is an opportune time … “How Product Certification Can Help Consumers Make More Sustainable Choices during Tough Economic Times”
Sustainability experts name a range of legislative initiatives along with several disclosure frameworks as key recent sustainability breakthroughs, pushing compliance to the forefront of the sustainability agenda. Legislation such as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and EU Green Deal, disclosure standards, and the COP15 biodiversity agreement are considered by experts to be the most important sustainability developments in the past year. Other highlighted developments include recent action and commitments by businesses and the rise of green financing. Source: GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey of 520 experts … “Insight of the Week: Legislation, Disclosure Standards, and Advancing Biodiversity Named Most Significant Sustainability Breakthroughs”
Corporate advocacy for sustainability is becoming an important dimension of being a sustainable company. This coincides with rising public expectations for companies to advocate for people and planet. Leading companies and global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are increasingly working together on joint advocacy initiatives in the pursuit of achieving shared sustainability goals. On 22nd June 2023, GlobeScan and WWF hosted a webinar to explore how we can harness the power of joint advocacy to deliver positive impact. We shared insights on … “Webinar | The Future of Joint Corporate Advocacy for Sustainability”
Sustainability professionals increasingly say that the reasons they recognize companies as sustainability leaders are integration of sustainability into business models and strategy, demonstrated impact of sustainability initiatives, ambitious targets, and innovation, suggesting companies striving for sustainability leadership should take note of the growing importance of these key drivers of recognized leadership in an era where attention is often focused on compliance. Sustainability experts in all regions and sectors agree that integrating sustainability into business models and strategy is a top … “Insight of the Week: Experts Say Integration, Impact, Targets, and Innovation Drive Corporate Sustainability Leadership “
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More than any other NGO, sustainability experts continue to recognize the World Wildlife Fund as the leader in sustainable development (named by 42%) followed by Greenpeace and organizations tied to the United Nations such as the Global Compact (15% each) and the World Resources Institute (14%). Collaborations and stakeholder engagement most drive recognized leadership among NGOs according to experts surveyed – nearly half of those mentioning WWF as a leader say this is because of its collaboration and engagement efforts (48%) … “Insight of the Week: WWF Continues to Be Recognized as the NGO Leader in Sustainable Development”
For the first time, Patagonia has become the most recognized corporate leader by sustainability professionals, overtaking Unilever which held the top spot for over a decade as the most recognized corporate leader for sustainability in the new GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey. Patagonia is the most mentioned sustainability leader after transferring ownership of the company to a trust that seeks to address climate change and protect nature. IKEA (10%), Natura &Co (9%), and Microsoft (6%) round out the top five most mentioned companies. Source: GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey of 520 experts … “Insight of the Week: Patagonia Overtakes Unilever as Most Sustainable Corporate Leader”
June 8, 2023: The latest research from GlobeScan and the SustainAbility Institute by ERM finds that sustainability leadership is increasingly being measured by the integration of sustainability into business strategy. For the first time, Patagonia has surpassed Unilever as the most recognized corporate leader in this space after transferring ownership of the company to a trust that seeks to address climate change and protect nature. As the largest and longest-running survey of its kind, The GlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey has … “Report: New Research Finds Sustainability Leadership is Increasingly Measured by the Integration of Sustainability Into Business Strategy”
It’s been well documented that most people these days have high awareness of and concerns about sustainability issues. Yet far fewer are actually reflecting those values in their purchasing behaviour. How can we bridge this so-called ‘aspiration-action gap’, especially in the current global financial situation? On 6 June 2023, GlobeScan and Fairtrade International hosted a webinar to explore consumers’ aspiration-action gap, the role of certifications in bridging this, and consumer expectations on which types of organisations are responsible for protecting … “Webinar | Helping Consumers Make More Sustainable Choices During Tough Economic Times”