The next time you are in your local bank, ask them about their sustainability and CSR practices. Ask the same question of your university professors if you are at school, or the human resources manager if you are interviewing for a job. Check the packaging labels of the food products you buy; and if your job involves corporate purchasing, ask the same question of your suppliers.
Businesses that regularly face these questions from their customers and employees have far more robust sustainable policies and practices than those that do not. This is one of the main findings of a new survey conducted by Eco-Business in August 2016 of 2,450 respondents around the world on their attitudes and practices in business sustainability.
Survey respondents, who were mostly Eco-Business readers, came from a mix of multinational corporations, local companies and other entities such as government agencies and non-government organisations. About half of respondents held positions at director level or higher in their organisations.
A wide range of industries was represented in the survey with business respondents coming from sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, agri-business, information technology, education, finance and service industries. Respondents were from all corners of the world with the largest numbers coming from Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, United Kingdom and the United States.
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