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New Survey Reveals Attitudes of Business Leaders Towards Sustainability

The Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and GlobeScan released its 2015 “State of Sustainable Business Survey,” where 440 professionals from 196 global companies provided their perspectives on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) for business. Almost half of the respondents felt that sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in their companies, and 83% work for companies that integrate CSR and sustainability concerns into their supply chain management.

Despite these positive responses, the survey also revealed some interesting attitudes. One-third of the respondents felt that any agreement from COP21 will have little or no significance for their business, and two-thirds were either unsure or believed their company would not use the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to set their own goals. This is particularly notable given that the business leaders who took this survey were BSR members.  According to one commentator:

The results might be understandable if gleaned from a random pool of global companies; however, the survey respondents represent 77 percent of BSR member companies, which must be “committed to improving [corporate] sustainability performance [to be] eligible to join BSR.”

Over one-fifth of respondents felt that sustainability was not a top-10 CEO priority.  Maybe they feel they have it covered already since 70% reported that sustainability was at least “fairly well-integrated” into their company.

Read the full “State of sustainable business 2015” survey here.

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