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Waste reduction is considered the most important environmental issue for Businesses
Waste reduction is the most important environmental issue facing manufacturing businesses today, according to a survey 10-07
Waste Reduction Tops Manufacturing Issues
Waste reduction is the most important environmental issue facing manufacturing businesses today, according to an international study on sustainability and environmental trends conducted by Harris Interactive for Dow Corning Corporation.
Attitudes towards sustainability amongst companies around the world are revealed in the results
of an international research study conducted for Dow Corning Corporation by the independent
market research company Harris Interactive.
Waste Reduction and Green Product Development Top Renewable Energy
- Waste reduction is considered the most important
environmental issue in the USA; Brazil; Italy; Germany
and China. Korea and India place more importance on
developing green/environmentally friendly products.
- Overall, the use of renewable/cleaner energy sources is
considered less important than waste reduction or developing
green/environmentally friendly products.
- Health and safety of employees, customers and suppliers is
the most important driver of environmental and sustainability
decisions in all countries except Korea, where the long term
business sustainability was rated higher.
- Overall, customers and the government are the two main influencers on a company’s sustainability and
- Environmental/sustainability factors have a strong influence on selection of suppliers in all geographies –
this is strongest in India where half of respondents say it is a critical factor in selection.
Key Global Sustainability Findings
- Greater similarity found between Europe and
Americas than Asia.
- Waste reduction ranked lower in Asia than
other geographies – development of
green/environmentally friendly products is
seen as most important by 50% of managers
in Asia (65% in Korea & 45% in China).
- Six out of ten respondents in China identified
increasing energy efficiency as a top priority.
- Globally, use of renewable or cleaner energy
sources is considered least important.
Influencers of Sustainability Decisions
Customers and Government are Main Influencers on Sustainability Progress
- Overall, customers and the government are
the two main influencers on a company’s
sustainability and environmental decisions.
- More than 7 out of 10 respondents in Asia
ranked the government as one of the top three
influencers, with customers second and suppliers
third. Local communities and the general public
were perceived as being the least important.
- In contrast, European respondents considered
customers to be the most important, followed by
local communities and the general public, the
government and suppliers.
- In the United States, customers were clearly considered most important followed by the government and
suppliers. In Brazil, customers were also considered most important, followed closely by local communities
& the general public.
- Overall, the environmental/sustainability influencers considered least important were shareholders,
environmental campaign organizations, and the media. However, environmental campaign organizations
were considered relatively highly in Korea.
- Similar to the global average, government and customers are regarded as the most important influencers
on environmental/sustainability decisions in India.
Factors Driving Environmental and
- Company reputation is not considered as a key
factor in driving environmental/sustainability
TOP CONCERN: Health and safety of employees,
customers and suppliers
- Managers in Europe, the Americas, China and
India, consider the health, safety of employees,
customers and suppliers the most important
- In Korea, the long term sustainability of their
business is considered as most important.
- Attracting and retaining employees is rated of
less importance (apart from in China, where this
factor was rated relatively highly).
Impact of Environmental & Sustainability
Factors on Supplier Selection
- Environmental/sustainability factors are more
likely to be a critical influence on supplier
selection in the Americas than in both Asia and
Europe. Where 36% of those in the Americas
agreed this is a ‘critical influence’; the level
dropped to 29% in Asia and 24% in Europe.
- 50% in India regard environmental/sustainability
factors a critical influence – the highest
proportion of the seven countries surveyed.
Responsibility for Sustainability
It is more common in the Americas than Asia
or Europe, to have a dedicated team
responsible for environmental and
In Europe more than other regions surveyed, it
is more usual for responsibility to be assigned
to a specific person.
For many companies in Asia, responsibilities
are either not defined or are spread widely
across the enterprise – 30% of respondents said
they have neither a particular person or team
In India there are balanced proportions in
terms of level of decision-making: 35% have a
dedicated team, 33% a specific person, and
31% no particular person or team.
FOR MORE DETAILS:
Survey Results for Dow Corning Corp's Sustainable Business Survey
Learn about Dow Corning’s committment to
sustainability at www.dowcorning.com/sustainability
Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions