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The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) announced the results of their first ever joint benchmark survey, “Sustainable Business & Strategy: Views From the Inside.”
According to their survey, CSR has a high profile inside sustainability business professionals companies. As an example of that, 72% of the survey responders stated that their CEO publicly communicates their company’s commitment to CSR, 47% believe they have the resources needed to achieve their CSR goals and 94% expect environmental, health and safety (EHS) and CSR to have more impact on business strategy over the next five years”.
“The survey provides important, new information about the context in which sustainability professionals operate, and the growing momentum we see to connect a company’s corporate social responsibility efforts to overall business strategies,” said Eric Olson, Vice President, Advisory Services at BSR.
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The focus of the survey was on different aspects of EHS and CSR program management. The respondents, 54 sustainability professionals who are members of GEMI and/or BSR, came from a broad range of business sectors with consumer product companies representing the largest single business sector completing the survey (35%). Most respondents (89%) were from companies that were headquartered in North America. Annual sales of those companies participating in the survey ranged from $2 million to $95 billion, with an average (mean) of $21 billion.
“Not only does the survey reveal that there is strong senior management commitment to and in support of CSR, but companies are well down the road in implementing specific actions to advance the CSR agenda, including integrating environmental and social considerations into product design and procurement processes, and collaborating with external stakeholders, such as NGOs,” adds Accarino.
See the whole survey analysis.
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