According to a new study conducted by Oracle and Pamela Rucker (CIO Advisor and Instructor for Harvard Professional Development), people from all over the world are calling for greater progress on sustainability and social efforts, and businesses are expected to increase their efforts in this area. According to the “No Planet B” study of over 11,000 consumers and business leaders from 15 countries, people are fed up with society’s lack of progress on sustainability and social initiatives, and they want businesses to turn talk into action. They also believe technology can help businesses succeed where people have failed.
Global Citizens Believe Technology Can Play a Vital Role in Sustainable Development
Furthermore, nearly 95 percent of people believe that sustainability and social aspects are more important than ever before, and 81 percent say that events in the last two years have influenced them to change their behaviour. Approximately 94 percent of respondents believe that society has not progressed far enough. Around 40% believe the lack of progress is due to people being preoccupied with other issues, 43% believe it is due to a focus on short-term profits over long-term benefits, and 37% believe people are too lazy or selfish to help save the planet.
Approximately half of those polled believe that businesses can have a greater impact on environmental and social issues than individuals or governments alone. 75 percent are dissatisfied with businesses’ current lack of progress, and 91 percent believe it is not enough for companies to say they prioritise environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues; they want to see action and proof.
Pamela Rucker, CIO Advisor and Harvard Professional Development Instructor, stated,