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What CEOs say about sustainability strategy in 2016

So according to the biggest and most rigourous study of its kind, “eighty-seven percent of chief executive officers (CEOs) say the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an essential opportunity to rethink approaches to sustainability, and nearly half (49 percent) say businesses will be the most important actor in their delivery”. This is from a new study by the UN Global Compact and Accenture.

It’s always a study worth noting, given it’s not completely survey based like so many others (which are therefore not much use given the limitations of small sample quantitative methods) and employs some serious rigour in who is interviewed and how. The latest study goes on to say that:

“More than 70 percent of the UN Global Compact CEOs surveyed believe that the SDGs provide business with a framework to restructure sustainability efforts, and 78 percent already see opportunities to contribute to the global goals through their core business. Nearly all (95 percent) feel a personal responsibility to ensure their company has a core purpose and role in society, and 80 percent believe that demonstrating a commitment to societal purpose is a differentiator in their industry.”

So some good news in what’s been a difficult last week politically, with more details below in the infographic, which you can also find here.



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