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Global perspectives on responsibility
Four in 10 employees in 24 countries say it is “very important” for their own employers to be “responsible to society and the environment”. Of the 18,150 adults interviewed by polling company Ipsos, 25% said local community investment was a top priority for firms. The issue just beat respecting local laws (24%). Nearly two-thirds of respondents “strongly agree” that companies should be doing more to protect the environment and 52% that companies should contribute to society. The vast majority of workers think it is either “very important” or “fairly important” that their employer is responsible.
The findings reveal a distinction between concerns in developed countries and those in developing countries. Workers in the latter feel companies should be contributing more to society. The top countries holding this position, for example, are Turkey, where 85% give this response, Brazil (78%), Saudi Arabia (78%) and Mexico (76%). In contrast, the majority of those in Japan (78%), US (67%), UK (66%) and Australia (66%) feel companies are doing enough.
£100bn prize for better business
UK business could secure £100bn in annual productivity gains generated by innovations designed to address environmental and social challenges, according to a new report,...