This summary is provided by the IPR ESG and Purpose Research Library

Dr. CB Bhattacharya and Rob Jekielek analyzed whether employers were prompting employees to conduct business with sustainability in mind.

Surveys of 1,056 managers were conducted in fall 2022 by The Harris Poll and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sustainable Business.

Key findings include:

1.) 36% of the respondents strongly agreed with the statement “My company wants to make a difference in people’s lives, not just make profits.”
2.) 29% of respondents strongly agreed that their company has a clear business case for improving sustainability performance.
— Top challenges for improving sustainability performance included short-term focus (43%), a lack of investor interest (43%), and leadership not believing in sustainability (43%).
3.) 45% of employees indicated that they don’t know what actions to take to improve sustainability performance.
— 45% identified a belief among employees that sustainability is someone else’s responsibility.
4.) 24% of respondents strongly agreed that every business decision they make is viewed through the lens of sustainability.

Read the full report here

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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