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How can a company like IKEA live up to stakeholders’ expectations and have a positive impact on people and the planet? What should the role of companies be in meeting the many challenges we face in society today? On a November 20th webinar, Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group and Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan discussed shifting expectations of stakeholders toward companies to be a force for good and explored IKEA’s People and Planet Positive sustainability strategy – one of the strongest drivers...
On November 12, 2015 we hosted a webinar to discuss results from the latest edition of the GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey (GSS), which focused on climate change and COP21. The lively discussion featured Mark Lee (Executive Director, SustainAbility), Chris Coulter (co-CEO, GlobeScan), Ben Ferrari (Director of Partnerships, The Climate Group) and Ann Condon (Director of Resource and Environmental Strategies, GE Global Operations.) GSS is one the longest-running expert surveys on sustainability-related topics of its kind. In our latest report, produced and presented in partnership with The...
Move over Millennials. Meet the Aspirationals.  In the Age of Uncertainty, how might we create brands of enduring value that are relevant to a new generation and resilient for a new world? BBMG and GlobeScan's webinar from Thursday, October 29, highlighted findings and implications from our new global trends report “Five Human Aspirations and the Future of Brands.”  Building on four years of global data from 22,000 consumers across 22 countries, learn how a new generation of Aspirational consumers is...
This article was originally published on GreenBiz.com, as part of our Proof Points series of columns. More than two decades ago, government leaders, scientists, NGOs and other change makers gathered in Rio de Janeiro for a historic summit that would set the direction of sustainable development for years to come. Since the Earth Summit, progress on climate change and sustainability has been uneven and, many will argue, disappointing. As the date of the 21st United Nations climate change conference in Paris approaches, the global community is facing...
A dictionary definition of the word integrate is “to make or be made into a whole.” In the field of corporate sustainability, integration is arguably the holy grail; a moment when we can truly say that sustainability has been made one with the business. How close, or how far away we are from this is one of the key highlights of our seventh annual BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey 2015, released today. Our survey of more than 400 business leaders...
On Wednesday, September 30th, along with our partners BSR, we hosted a special, public webinar to launch the results of our seventh annual “State of Sustainable Business” survey, which provides a window into key trends in corporate practices and perspectives of leading companies on the successes and challenges in advancing sustainability. This year’s survey offers unique insights on how companies are implementing sustainability goals, strengthening business resilience, and contributing to global development and climate change agendas. Please follow the links below to review the full report...
Chris Coulter, GlobeScan’s Co-CEO, and I recently participated in the Sustainable Brands Rio 2015 conference. We opened the first morning of the conference by facilitating a workshop to discuss transparency, trust and leadership with an engaging audience of more than 40 participants from companies such as Itaú Unibanco, BG Brasil, SC Johnson, C&A, HP, and Wal-Mart, among others. As a starting point for the debate, Chris presented the results of recent research studies conducted by GlobeScan, which revealed that the...
This is the final blog post of a series of three focusing on the financial services sector seven years on from the financial crisis. After quantifying the loss of public trust in banks and financial institutions and exploring how the industry has lost touch with its societal role in different parts of the world, we are now completing this series by looking for lessons from other sectors on how the financial services industry can  improve its CSR performance and build pathways...
Small samples are too often turned down by corporate managers on the basis that they are unreliable and cannot deliver robust metrics. With stakeholder research, though, this rule of numbers is less likely to apply. Small samples when combined with a mixed-methodology approach can help maximize value from stakeholder intelligence by delivering on performance metrics while revealing a more detailed understanding of stakeholders’ opinions and expectations. In a new white paper on combining small sample sizes and a mixed-methodology approach, GlobeScan's co-CEO Christophe...
In our first blog post in this series, we looked at concerns about trust and confidence in banks and financial institutions showing no signs of diminishing more than seven years on from the financial crisis. In this blog we’ll explore how the industry has lost touch with its societal role in different parts of the world. For nearly 15 years, GlobeScan has been tracking global public opinion of how well the financial services sector fulfils its responsibilities to society. The following...

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