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National governments are the worst at demonstrating sustainability leadership, with 80% of opinion leaders judging governments’ performance as poor (ie with a score of 1 or 2, on a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 is “excellent”). The annual Sustainability Leaders survey, by GlobeScan and SustainAbility ranks social entrepreneurs in first place (with 57% giving the sector a score of 4 or 5). Scientific leaders and NGO leaders followed, with scores of 4 or 5 taking 44% and 42% of the votes, respectively).
The corporate sector’s leadership scores were as follows: 5 (excellent), 2%; 4, 20%; 3, 40%, 2, 30%; 1 (poor), 7%; don’t know, 1%. The figures show a small regional variation with respect to the private sector. Sustainability experts in Asia (32 votes in total) and in Africa and the Middle East (also 32) are fractionally more likely to judge corporate leaders as making an “excellent” contribution to sustainability than their peers in Europe (20), North America and Latin America (22), and Oceania (9).
At a company level, Unilever came top in the survey for the third year in a row. The Anglo-Ditch consumer goods company was mentioned by one in four of the 1,170 qualified...