Topic Archives: Expert Surveys

Leadership on Climate Change: COP21 & Beyond

In December 2015, the governments of more than 190 nations will convene at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris to negotiate a new international agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. We asked global experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia to share their expectations for the COP21 meeting and provide insights about

The 2015 Sustainability Leaders

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 (SD) for years to come. Since the Earth Summit, progress on climate change and sustainability has been uneven, and, many will argue, disappointing. As the

See Change

SustainAbility has worked with companies over several decades to build and improve their sustainability reporting efforts. Since 1998 SustainAbility has convened the Engaging Stakeholders network, which explores the corporate transparency and accountability agenda. Our work with network members has contributed to more comprehensive reporting that has built credibility and effective engagement among stakeholders. And yet

The 2014 Sustainability Leaders

This report represents an important milestone. The longest-running survey of its kind, this year’s annual Sustainability Leaders report marks 20 years’ worth of tracking and analysis on the evolution of the sustainability agenda, and of the leaders and institutions most responsible for driving it forward. According to the 887 expert stakeholders surveyed from business, government,NGOs

The 2013 Ratings Survey: Polling the Experts

As part of SustainAbility’s Rate the Raters research, GlobeScan and SustainAbility have periodically polled sustainability experts about key sustainability ratings, rankings and indices. We conducted the first survey in 2010, the second in 2011 and this third survey in late 2013. In conducting this survey, our objective is not to “rate the raters”, but rather

Challenges, Performance and Accountability

In comparison to the 2011 edition of this survey, titled Key Challenges and Industry Performance this year’s results show a slight uptick in the level of urgency experts feel across top sustainability issues, as well as in their impressions of how well industry is managing the transition to sustainability. But, even while perceptions of performance

The 2013 Sustainability Leaders

Another year has passed and the results of the latest GlobeScan / SustainAbility opinion survey on leadership look startlingly similar: Unilever on top. That’s not the whole story of course – Patagonia continues its impressive rise in the eyes of our sustainability experts, Puma has entered the “top ten” for the first time ever, and

Collaborating for a Sustainable Future

As Jo Confino, chair of Guardian Sustainable Business, wrote at the close of the Rio +20 Conference in June 2012, “the most often used phrases in the many meetings I attended [were] the need to create ‘coalitions of the willing’ and a recognition that ‘all issues are inter-connected’ and cannot be viewed in silos”. In

The 2012 Sustainability Leaders

It is probably no surprise that perceptions of sustainability leadership have declined or stalled for nearly all institutional actors – including corporations, governments, NGOs and social entrepreneurs – in the last 12 months. Social protests around the world indicate disillusionment with rising inequality, unemployment and continued unsustainable short-term thinking and reflect the growing distrust in

Climate Change Policy Options: Beyond Kyoto

At the end of this year the first commitment of the Kyoto Protocol will expire having failed to get carbon emissions down to a safe level. The main success appeared to be that the international policy process managed to stay on track despite the near breakdown of negotiations at COP15 in Copenhagen. As we move