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Results of the 2017 G&S Sense & Sustainability Study show that public expectations are rising for government and industry protection of U.S. consumers and environment.
Amid high-profile news of corporate misconduct, consumer safety concerns and shifting U.S. policies on environmental protection, Americans are placing greater responsibility on government, businesses and themselves to serve as environmental and social stewards, according to the eighth annual G&S Sense & Sustainability® Study. The G&S study was conducted online by YouGov Plc in August 2017 among 1,158 U.S. adults.
The G&S study also probed the attitudes of 482 U.S. retail investors, or Americans who currently own stocks, bonds and options either directly or through a retirement plan. Respondents within this particular segment provided their perspectives on specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and the degree to which these help determine equity investment exposure.
The survey focused on these primary areas:
- Familiarity with business practices related to environmental and social responsibility;
- Business actions that contribute to a positive reputation for sustainability;
- Sources for information about companies’ environmental and social responsibility initiatives; and,
- Impact of ESG factors in personal investing decisions.