The Sustainable Future: Promoting Growth Through Sustainability

EIU’s research explores companies’ commitment to environmental, social and governance sustainability goals, and their priorities among sustainability-oriented practices. The study defines sustainability as operating in a way that ensures long-term viability.


Key findings:

  • Commitment to sustainability is spreading from developed to developing markets.
  • Customers exert the strongest influence on firms’ sustainability objectives.
  • Short-term financial pressures are the main obstacle to commitment to sustainability.
  • Executives are divided on the merits of integrated financial and sustainability reporting.
  • Companies take an ad hoc approach to including sustainability practices in risk management.
  • The relationship between ESG and long-term financial performance is crystallising.

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