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The Internet of Things’ (IoT) potential to drive transformative change in the environmental, social and economic spheres is a source of hope and excitement. However, while some companies are delivering examples of where this potential is becoming reality, is the progress quick enough and at a large enough scale to help address the rapid onset of global challenges we face? Just as with Internet more broadly, no one owns the Internet of Things. So how do we ensure that the...
On July 21 GlobeScan CEO Chris Coulter hosted a webinar exploring our recent global public opinion survey of over 25,000 people across 25 countries. We shared our latest tracking of trust in institutions, expectations for responsible business, reputation of industry sectors and consumer views of corporate leadership and purpose. Findings were drawn from GlobeScan Radar, our program of evidence and counsel that draws upon our unique database of over fifteen years of tracking of global citizen and stakeholder perceptions around business...
On behalf of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), GlobeScan has just released findings from a global analysis of attitudes to seafood consumption. Across 21 countries overall, the results show that sustainability is a key driver for seafood purchase globally. Seafood consumers consider sustainability  to be more important than price and brand, with nearly three-quarters (72%) agreeing that in order to save the oceans, shoppers should only consume seafood from sustainable sources. Furthermore, consumers are positive that the MSC, and the fishers, retailers and brands...
This article by GlobeScan's Eric Whan and SustainAbility's Aiste Brackley was originally published on GreenBiz.com. Companies looking for the most effective ways to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should prioritize pursuing collaborations with partner organizations and developing new products and services, according to a global survey of experienced sustainability professionals. Applying the SDGs as a lens for setting corporate sustainability goals and analyzing risks are also seen as effective pathways to engage on the global goals, whereas philanthropic...

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“There is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game." This quote from Milton Friedman in his New York Times Magazine article in 1970 hardly seems like something businesses can contemplate in the world of 2016. The world of 2016 is one where people have a pernicious lack of trust in business and other institutions (GlobeScan...
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GlobeScan, SustainAbility and Sustainable Brands were delighted to host a webinar on June 29 (for Europe, Americas and Africa time zones) and June 30 (for Asia and Oceania time zones) to discuss the results of the 2016 edition of the GSS Sustainability Leaders Report (press release | full report). The GlobeScan/SustainAbility Leaders Report is the longest-running survey of its kind and has tracked expert opinions on sustainable development leadership for more than 20 years. In our latest survey, produced in partnership with Sustainable Brands, we...
Do Canadians value water? Are our attitudes and behaviours evolving? On Tuesday, June 14th we shared insights from the 9th annual RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study in a special webinar featuring Bob Sandford, Canadian water expert, Robert Haller, Executive Director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Lynn Patterson, Director, Corporate Citizenship at RBC, and Chris Coulter, co-CEO of GlobeScan. Among other things, the 2016 poll explores Canadian attitudes towards the protection and management of our fresh water supply, as well as the...
This article was originally published on ESOMAR's RW Connect blog. The Nature of Expectations In recent years there has been a growing concern amongst research buyers regarding the usefulness and reliability of opinion polls, in general, and the predictive adequacy of attitudinal metrics, in particular. With the growing use of big data, many clients are questioning the ability of stated attitudes or ratings of corporate reputation to shape stakeholders’ behaviour. Many are expecting research to predict specific behaviours, similar to the...
On January 13, Chris Coulter (CEO, GlobeScan), Wander Meijer (Asia Pacific Director, GlobeScan), Jeanne Ng (Director Group Sustainability at CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd.), and Johnny Kwan (Founder and Chairman, Bee Associates, ex-BASF SVP) hosted a webinar exploring GlobeScan’s latest global public opinion and stakeholder research on issues affecting business and organizations in Asia Pacific. We were thrilled to have Jeanne Ng and Johnny Kwan join the webinar. Dr. Ng is a respected and experienced sustainability professionals working in Hong Kong for...

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This article was originally published on LinkedIn. In his book Swimming with Sharks, Joris Luyendijk describes the banking sector as ‘a plane without a pilot’ and with no moral compass. His conclusion however is that the problems which created the financial crisis are not personal, but systemic and if we want a stronger system, we must change the incentives rather than wish for nicer guys. With billions now becoming available for sustainable investments, bankers’ incentives are getting aligned with a greener, more sustainable...

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