Survey on Key Challenges and Industry Performance
In the latest poll from GlobeScan and SustainAbility, a panel of more than 500 global sustainability experts and practitioners highlight society’s ongoing challenge of managing or addressing climate change effectively. Some 81 percent of global experts rated climate change as the most urgent sustainable development challenge facing society today, more than any other issue on the agenda. Meanwhile, only eight percent of experts responded that the oil and gas sector is managing its transition to sustainable development effectively. Other energy-intensive industries, including the mining and chemicals sectors, also fared poorly on the survey.
Also, in a worrying trend, the survey suggests experts view several key issues including climage change, energy and water scarcity as less urgent than in previous years. Reasons for the decline are likely numerous, but one thing is certain: these issues are growing more, not less, urgent for business, and leadership will be needed to accelerate progress even as the challenges begin to seem more and more commonplace.
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