April 15th, 2021: GlobeScan is once again joining forces with a range of committed partners – Akatu Institute, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, CVS Health, IKEA, Levi Strauss & Co., PepsiCo, Reckitt, Visa, and WWF International – to conduct our annual Healthy & Sustainable Living global consumer research study. Building on the insights from the 2019 and 2020 studies, this year’s research across 30 markets will help identify opportunities to close the gap between peoples’ desire to live more … “Purpose-driven Brands and Civil Society Join Forces with GlobeScan to Help Consumers Live More Healthy and Sustainable Lives”
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A Majority of Sustainability Experts Believe the Pandemic Has Slowed Progress on the SDGs Impact of the Pandemic on the Sustainable Development Goals, % of Sustainability Experts, 2021 Over half of sustainability experts feel that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially among academics and NGO leaders. Conversely, more than a third of experts feel that the pandemic has accelerated progress on the SDGs. This implies added pressure on the … “Insight of the Week: A Majority of Sustainability Experts Believe the Pandemic Has Slowed Progress on the SDGs”
According to the Global Footprint Network, humans are consuming resources at a rate of more than 1.7 times faster than the planet can regenerate them. While there are no simple solutions, this imbalance presents a significant opportunity to enable more sustainable lifestyles. Indeed, finding ways to engage and mobilize 8 billion people to live healthier and more sustainably is arguably one of the great priorities of this Decade of Action as the world works to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development … “Breakthrough: Seven Unlocks to Scaling Healthy and Sustainable Living”
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 … “Insight of the Week: Consumers Rate Health, Food, and Tech Sectors Highest on Social Responsibility”
Five and a half years after the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or the Goals), findings from a new report Evaluating Progress on the SDGs by GlobeScan and the SustainAbility Institute by ERM show that sustainability practitioners continue to report poor progress towards each of the 17 Goals. On March 31 we hosted a webinar to discuss findings of this assessment of nearly 500 experts on progress toward the SDGs. Following a short overview of the study’s … “Webinar on SDG Progress: Survey Highlights from GlobeScan and the SustainAbility Institute by ERM”
As we move into a crucial decade of action on achieving serious progress on sustainability, many are hoping the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession will serve to reset our priorities toward a greener future in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, many experts are not optimistic about the possibility of a green recovery. Over half of sustainability professionals believe that COVID-19 instead will slow the rate of progress toward achieving the SDGs, according to a new … “Is COVID-19 Slowing Progress Toward the SDGs? Yes, Say Experts.”
Experts Rate Society’s Performance Poorly in Achieving the SDGs, Especially Goal #10 Society’s Performance on the Sustainable Development Goals % of Experts, 2021 Experts continue to rate progress on each individual SDG as mostly negative, with majorities rating progress as poor on ten of the 17 Goals. Progress on Reduced Inequalities, Life on Land, and Life Below Water is rated especially negatively. The Goals with the most positive progress include Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Partnerships for the Goals. This assessment … “Insight of the Week: Experts Rate Society’s Performance Poorly in Achieving the SDGs, Especially Goal #10”
The growing appetite for a shift away from meat-based diets is good news for addressing a range of health and climate issues. But business has a critical role to play in making the transition as affordable, accessible and delicious as possible. The COVID-19-enforced lockdowns have been tough on all of us. To combat boredom, depression and anxiety, and to boost mental wellbeing, many of us have turned to exercise as a coping mechanism. The market for home fitness equipment grew … “Giving Up Meat = Healthy Living = Healthy Planet. Are We at a Dietary Inflection Point?”
Worries About Water Strongest in the South Seriousness of Water Shortages, “Very Serious,” by Country, 2020 Although people in all 27 markets surveyed tend to be at least somewhat concerned about fresh water shortages, these concerns are much more intense among those living in Southern Europe, Latin America, and Africa and the Middle East. In contrast, Asian respondents tend to be the least worried about a lack of fresh water. Strong concern about water cuts across all demographic groups, with … “Insight of the Week: Worries About Water Strongest in the South”
Corporate Responsibility is Highly Motivating for Employees The More Responsible My Company Is, the More Motivated I Am, “Strongly Agree” and “Somewhat Agree,” Average of 19 Countries,* 2002–2020, Subsample: Corporate Employees** More than ever, corporate responsibility is having an impact on employees’ motivation and loyalty. For employees at large companies, over nine in ten say they feel more motivated and more loyal because of their employers’ efforts to be socially and environmentally responsible. This is especially high among: Younger generations Those with … “Insight of the Week: Corporate Responsibility is Highly Motivating for Employees”
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One in Seven in Gen Z Have Protested to Make a Difference Protested Publicly to Make a Difference on Issues By Generation, Average of 27 Countries, 2020 Issues engagement and demographics both suggest that we are increasingly moving into an age of activism, where younger generations are more likely to use their voices to affect change. Fifteen percent of those belonging to Gen Z say they have protested publicly at events and rallies in the past year to make a … “Insight of the Week: One in Seven in Gen Z Have Protested to Make a Difference”
To honor International Women’s Day 2021, Natura &Co (Avon, Natura, The Body Shop, and Aesop) and GlobeScan hosted a panel discussion and online forum on Addressing Gender Inequality in the Workplace and discussed how to make greater progress on SDG5. During this innovative dialogue we focused our discussion on how to accelerate progress on gender inequality and how women can be better supported in the workplace. We started with an expert panel discussion led by Alys Key from The i … “Panel Discussion and Online Forum on Addressing Gender Inequality in the Workplace”
Women Are Significantly More Likely Than Men to Use Their Buying Power to Make a Difference Changed Purchase Choices to Make a Difference on Issues By Gender, Average of 27 Countries, 2020 GlobeScan’s data consistently show that women are more concerned about social and environmental issues and are more likely to use their power as consumers to address these concerns. Data show that females are significantly more likely than males to say they have changed their purchasing choices in … “Insight of the Week: Women Are Significantly More Likely Than Men to Use Their Buying Power to Make a Difference”
Materiality assessments have been one of the most fundamental tools of corporate sustainability management in the last two decades. It initially grew out of – and is still closely associated with – reporting and disclosure, with the rise of ESG acting as a timely imperative to make materiality more strategic. It also provides a means of gauging stakeholder expectations, acting as a basis for decision-making. GlobeScan has been working with leading organizations globally to deliver evidence-led materiality assessments, and we … “Webinar | Materiality and Beyond: Unlocking Strategic Value and Impact”
Most View Biodiversity Loss as Very Serious Seriousness of Biodiversity Loss, Average of 27 Countries, 2020 More than half across 27 markets believe loss of biodiversity is “very serious.” The perceived seriousness of biodiversity loss is higher in Latin America and Europe, while much lower in Asia-Pacific. There is a clear trend of younger generations believing that the problem of losing species is more serious compared to older generations. Notes: Question wording: For each of the following possible global problems, … “Insight of the Week: Most View Biodiversity Loss as Very Serious”
John Scanlon’s career, spanning 30+ years in international and national nature conservation, started in private legal practice as an environmental lawyer. He has worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, best known for its IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and with the UN Environment Programme. He was Secretary-General for eight years of CITES, one of the world’s oldest international environmental agreements, after which he joined African Parks as its first Special Envoy. African Parks has pioneered the … “Recognizing Leaders: John Scanlon, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime and The Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation”
Significant Opportunities for Plant-Based Alternatives to Real Meat, Especially in Asia and Latin America Preference for Meat vs Plant-based by Country, 2020 (Subsample: Meat eaters, representing 91% of the global population) Most meat-eaters globally prefer real meat to alternatives made from plants if price and taste remained equal (59% vs 41%). In seven out of the 27 countries surveyed, majorities say they would prefer plant-based to real meat, including in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam. Younger consumers … “Insight of the Week: Significant Opportunities for Plant-Based Alternatives to Real Meat, Especially in Asia and Latin America”
25 February 2021 – Five and a half years after the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or the Goals) and their ambition to ensure a better and sustainable future for all, findings from a new report “Evaluating Progress on the SDGs” by GlobeScan and The SustainAbility Institute by ERM show that sustainability practitioners continue to report poor progress towards each of the 17 Goals. Additionally, over half of experts surveyed believe that the COVID-19 pandemic will further slow the … “New Survey of Experts Finds COVID-19 Pandemic Risks Slowing Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals”
Flipkart first started operations in 2007, and, since then, has almost single-handedly driven the adoption of e-commerce in India. Starting with books, Flipkart today offers 150 million products across 80+ categories, has a registered customer base of over 300 million, and delivers across all 20,000+ pin codes in India. The levers Flipkart has used to scale the e-commerce industry are innovation and technology. GlobeScan’s India Director Anup Guruvugari spoke with Mahesh Pratap Singh the Head of Sustainability and Social Responsibility … “Recognizing Leaders: Mahesh Pratap Singh, Flipkart”
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 … “Insight of the Week: Experts’ Perceptions of Business Performance on Sustainable Development Are Trending Down”
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These days, it’s hard to argue that sustainability is a niche consumer interest. A vast majority of consumers worldwide believe we need to consume less, according to research by GlobeScan. More to the point, 57 percent of consumers in that survey were willing to pay more for sustainable products. But only about a quarter of them actually made any sustainable changes to their lifestyle or consumption. So what gives? “There’s this really marked intention-action gap when we’re asking people to … “The ‘Last Mile’ of Consumer Sustainability Behavior”
In the face of a prolonged pandemic and downturn, today’s burning question is not whether business needs to adapt to better serve society, but exactly how to start redesigning. In 2021, what actions do people expect from businesses? How can business adapt and foster more inclusive, sustainable growth, starting today? As a follow up to our 2020 webinar together, Shared Value Project Hong Kong and GlobeScan hosted a webinar discussion on 17 February 2021 to explore how the ‘New Normal’ … “Webinar | Rebuilding with Shared Value in The Great Reset”
Consumers Believe That Affordability of Responsible Products and Services Is Key Preferred Company Actions to Help People and the Environment, Average of 27 Countries, 2020 When asked what companies can do to enable healthy and sustainable living, consumers globally prioritize ensuring affordable yet responsible products. This is consistent across almost all 27 markets surveyed and across all generations, highlighting how pivotal affordability is for consumers to be able to change their behavior at scale. Notes: Question wording: What are the … “Insight of the Week: Consumers Believe That Affordability of Responsible Products and Services Is Key”
Larry Fink, CEO and Chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment management firm, has sent out an annual letter to CEOs of the companies that BlackRock invests in on behalf of its clients since 2012. The letters are seen as a bellwether of the expectations that the finance industry – and wider society – has on business and its role in society. Over the last decade we have seen a dramatic evolution in both the topics and the tone of … “Accelerating the Tectonic Shift to Net Zero: Analysis of Larry Fink’s Annual Letter to CEOs”