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Report: How Consumer Engagement Can Drive Circularity

GreenBiz Research, in partnership with GlobeScan, engaged 20 experts from around the world to get their views on the pathway to a more circular economy. The shift to a more circular economy offers a compelling solution to the way the world currently conducts business. Circularity has the potential to change economic systems and help avoid devastating impacts to our climate and society. But circularity cannot happen in a vacuum. Migrating to a circular economy requires systemic change, not only to … “Report: How Consumer Engagement Can Drive Circularity”

The Climate Decade: Ten Years to Deliver the Paris Agreement

A GlobeScan-SustainAbility Survey We are entering the climate decade. A ten year period where our collective actions will determine the kind of world our children and grandchildren will inherit. Since the launch of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, every two years GlobeScan and SustainAbility have asked global experts to assess progress towards reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. In the time since our first report was released in 2015, and second report in 2017, urgency has grown. The International Panel … “The Climate Decade: Ten Years to Deliver the Paris Agreement”

GlobeScan Radar: The Latest Trends That Will Shape 2020 and Beyond

Radar is a global public opinion research program of evidence and insights that is a vital part of GlobeScan’s contribution to helping influential organizations understand material issues, societal trends and the expectations people have of them. In uncertain times, leadership organizations need to build trust with their stakeholders and society and better engage with their external context. Since 1997, GlobeScan Radar has explored questions such as how concerns about several economic, environmental and social issues are changing, how people’s preferences … “GlobeScan Radar: The Latest Trends That Will Shape 2020 and Beyond”

From Governance to Purpose to the Fundamental Reshaping of Finance: Analysis of Larry Fink’s Annual Letter to CEOs

Since 2012, Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock – the world’s largest asset management company, overseeing $7 trillion worth of investments – has sent out an annual letter to CEOs of the companies that BlackRock invests in on behalf of its clients. As we start a new decade, Fink’s 2020 letter takes a strong tone from the outset, with the title “A Fundamental Reshaping of Finance.” The letter appears to be smashing the records of its previous counterparts in … “From Governance to Purpose to the Fundamental Reshaping of Finance: Analysis of Larry Fink’s Annual Letter to CEOs”

Report | Scoping a Vision Towards Accomplishing the SDGs

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the global sustainability reporting standard setter, and global power company, Enel, hosted two live online moderated discussions in 2019 which brought together business and policy representatives from around the world.  These key stakeholders shared their views on the changes needed to ensure companies can actively contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how reporting and partnerships support this process. The second forum in this series took place in November, to gather ideas and scope … “Report | Scoping a Vision Towards Accomplishing the SDGs”

Climate Change: A GlobeScan Insight

People across the world are increasingly worried about climate change, especially Gen Z Citizens across the world are increasingly saying that climate change is a serious issue; it now ranks among the top of a range of 18 global issues that people in 25 countries surveyed say are “very serious.” Concern about climate change ranks third after terrorism and environmental pollution in general, and on par with corruption and the depletion of natural resources. Over the past five years, concern … “Climate Change: A GlobeScan Insight”

Trust in Business: A GlobeScan Insight

Business’s social license to operate is eroding in Europe and North America There is a growing divide between developed and emerging markets in terms of people’s trust in business to act in society’s best interest. Those in developed markets are losing trust in global companies, while people in emerging markets remain generally more trusting of business. Trust in big business has fallen in recent years in the OECD member countries that GlobeScan has tracked over time. In Germany, fewer people … “Trust in Business: A GlobeScan Insight”

The 2019 BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey

About the Survey The BSR/GlobeScan 11th Annual State of Sustainable Business Survey communicates the sustainability issues that companies are most focused on today. The survey includes responses from business leaders representing 125 global companies. Introduction The world is changing at a rapid pace. New technologies, shifting cultural norms, evolving economic structures, and unprecedented environmental threats are reshaping the planet. This survey provides insight into the world of sustainable business and identifies common perceptions and practices of corporate sustainability professionals. This is … “The 2019 BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey”

Report | Driving Corporate Action Towards Accomplishing the SDGs

In July 2019, GRI, the global sustainability reporting standard setter, and Enel, a global power company, announced a partnership to explore how the private sector can actively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To do so, GRI and Enel partnered with global insights firm, GlobeScan, to host a series of real-time, online, text-based discussion sessions. Forum 1 consisted of two 90-minute discussions on 8 October 2019. The event attracted 394 participants from 56 countries around the world, and 12 … “Report | Driving Corporate Action Towards Accomplishing the SDGs”

High Cost and Lack of Support are Key Barriers to More Healthy and Sustainable Living

New research across 25 countries reveals significant opportunities for business and government to enable sustainable living for the benefit of both people and the planet download report   methodology  key findings  country-by-country results  webinar September 24th, 2019: Just-released global opinion research shows that many people are very interested in leading healthy and sustainable lives, but that there is a broad gap between intent and action. People say they need business and government to help, not least by providing products and … “High Cost and Lack of Support are Key Barriers to More Healthy and Sustainable Living”

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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Perspectives from the SDG 16 Leadership Forum

SDG Goal 16 Leadership Forum hosted by Anglo American / GlobeScan Read the full report from our online discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, hosted with Anglo American. Learn from the perspectives of more than 80 participants from 18 countries who explored the role of businesses and other stakeholders in making progress on SDG 16, which aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all … “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Perspectives from the SDG 16 Leadership Forum”

The Gen Z Reckoning | The Purposeful Generation

Overview Gen Z, the generation born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is coming of age in a radically new world. In the face of income inequality, school violence, racial injustice and climate change, our youngest generation is standing up, speaking out and harnessing their courage and creativity to claim the future they want – and they aren’t waiting. From their personal passions to their career aspirations to their preferences for brands, Gen Z is proving that they give … “The Gen Z Reckoning | The Purposeful Generation”

Decent Work and Economic Growth: Perspectives from the SDG 8 Leadership Forum

SDG Goal 8 Leadership Forum hosted by 3M / GlobeScan Learn from the perspectives of more than 125 participants from 17 countries who explored the future of work, the ways in which it is changing, and the obstacles and solutions in closing the skills gap. Read the full report from our online discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, hosted with 3M. What is Sustainable Development Goal 8? SDG 8 aims to promote … “Decent Work and Economic Growth: Perspectives from the SDG 8 Leadership Forum”

The 2019 GlobeScan / SustainAbility Leaders Survey | Report

About the Survey As part of the the 2019 GlobeScan/SustainAbility Leaders Survey, we asked over 800 experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia across 78 countries to evaluate the progress that institutions have made since the 1992 Earth Summit. We also analyze expert views on which companies are considered to be leading on integrating sustainability into their business strategy, as well as which NGOs are making the largest contribution to advancing the sustainable development agenda. Introduction The 2019 GlobeScan/SustainAbility Leaders … “The 2019 GlobeScan / SustainAbility Leaders Survey | Report”

Clean Water and Sanitation: Perspectives from the SDG 6 Leadership Forum

SDG Goal 6 Leadership Forum hosted by AB InBev / GlobeScan Read the full report from our online discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Learn from the perspectives from more than 150 participants from 32 countries who explored how to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water for all. SDG 6 focuses on the need for improved water management practices and increased water efficiency in order to more effectively meet water demands globally. What … “Clean Water and Sanitation: Perspectives from the SDG 6 Leadership Forum”

Accelerating Progress on Healthy and Productive Oceans: Perspectives from the SDG 14 Leadership Forum

SDG Goal 14 Leadership Forum hosted by Nomad Foods / Marine Stewardship Council / GlobeScan Read the full report from our online discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water. Learn from the perspectives from more than 220 participants who explored the critical role that protection and restoration of ocean biodiversity can play in achieving the UN’s ambitious 2030 goals, and how different stakeholders can help ensure healthy and productive oceans for both economic and environmental … “Accelerating Progress on Healthy and Productive Oceans: Perspectives from the SDG 14 Leadership Forum”

From Urgency to Action: Business and the SDGs

White Paper by CSR Europe and GlobeScan on Business and the SDGs Four years after the launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the time to shift from urgency to action in addressing them has arrived, but the obstacles to doing so remain significant. The challenge is to help navigate major transitions that are already underway, and which will shape our lives between now and 2030. These include the shift from a linear to a circular economy, the development … “From Urgency to Action: Business and the SDGs”

Innovating with Purpose: Perspectives from the SDG 9 Leadership Forum

SDG Goal 9 Leadership Forum hosted by GlobeScan / VMware Read the full report from our online discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Learn from the perspectives from more than 150 participants who explored the critical role technology innovation and digital infrastructure can play in achieving the United Nations’ ambitious 2030 goals, and the technology industry’s opportunity to help drive resilient and sustainable economic and environmental development. What is Sustainable Development Goal 9? SDG … “Innovating with Purpose: Perspectives from the SDG 9 Leadership Forum”

Responsible Consumption and Production in Fashion & Beyond: Perspectives from the SDG 12 Leadership Forum

SDG Goal 12 Leadership Forum hosted by GlobeScan / C&A Foundation Read the full report from our online discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12, which aims to “do more and better with less” by ensuring sustainable consumption and production. Learn from the perspectives from more than 250 guest contributors who discussed how we can accelerate our transition to a circular economy – at pace and scale – inside and outside the fashion industry. SDG Forum 12 discussion … “Responsible Consumption and Production in Fashion & Beyond: Perspectives from the SDG 12 Leadership Forum”

Evaluating Progress on the SDGs

This latest GlobeScan-SustainAbility Survey explores global sustainability expert views about progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2017, we polled sustainability experts and asked them to evaluate progress on sustainable development and specifically the SDGs. Two years later, we have once again asked experts to evaluate progress on individual SDGs, rank their relative urgency and share insights into the priorities within their own organizations. We also asked which specific Goals individual corporate sectors should focus on. More than 450 experienced professionals from North America, … “Evaluating Progress on the SDGs”

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Creating Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities: Perspectives from the SDG 11 Leadership Forum

SDG Goal 11 Leadership Forum hosted by GlobeScan / TD Bank Group Read the full report from our online discussion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11. Learn from the perspectives of 150 guest contributors who explored the critical role that green infrastructure and urban green spaces can play in building sustainable cities and communities. The focus of the forum was to explore the challenges faced by North American urban centres. What is Sustainable Development Goal 11? SDG 11 … “Creating Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities: Perspectives from the SDG 11 Leadership Forum”

From Good Governance to Purpose & Profit: Analysis of Larry Fink’s Annual Letter to CEOs

BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management company, overseeing $6.3 trillion worth of investments. Since 2012, Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock, has sent out an annual letter to CEOs of the companies that BlackRock invests in on behalf of its clients. In early 2018, the sixth of these letters was published, titled A Sense of Purpose. This letter generated significantly more reaction than those before it, liked over 8,000 times on LinkedIn and the subject of countless news … “From Good Governance to Purpose & Profit: Analysis of Larry Fink’s Annual Letter to CEOs”

Building Trust: Why Transparency Must Be Part of the Equation

Society’s standards for corporate transparency are rapidly evolving. No small part of this is because of disruptions in technology and stakeholder expectations: the exponential pace of technological development and diffusion is recasting the way we communicate and receive information. Increasingly empowered stakeholders of all types are demanding different behaviors and performance from business. But more is at play. Expectations for transparency are intensifying at the same time as the intangible value of brands and their reputations grow ever larger but … “Building Trust: Why Transparency Must Be Part of the Equation”

The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey: Insights from Stakeholders

About the Survey GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) partnered to launch the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey to help advance core business activities that are inclusive of low-income populations and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This report provides practical insights for companies on inclusive business, and identifies drivers of inclusive business motives and likelihood to commit. Stakeholders who took part in this study are all from BCtA’s own database of members and contacts, … “The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey: Insights from Stakeholders”