A paper by the Economist Intelligence Unit, based on a survey of over 200 senior executives in the areas of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and finance—as well as ten in-depth interviews with corporate executives, academics and industry experts—documents leading companies’ progress towards sustainability goals. The research examines the ways they are embedding sustainability across the enterprise; how firms are involving their supply chains in the effort; how management is measuring progress towards sustainability goals; and how companies are presenting progress to outside stakeholders.
- Executives increasingly see opportunity in sustainability
- The link between sustainability and profitability remains unclear
- The poor business climate creates an obstacle to pursuing sustainability
- Sustainability can lead to new strategies and improve image
- Executives are embedding sustainability into various corporate functions
- Only around one-half of companies report progress in sustainability