Consumers want brands to do more to reduce waste, poll reveals

‘Now more than ever, it is crucial for both companies and individuals to operate for the benefit of all and use business as a force for good’

Lucy Brimble
Monday 19 April 2021 10:41
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<p>Many said they did not feel brands were transparent enough </p>

Many said they did not feel brands were transparent enough

More than two thirds of consumers want brands to do more to reduce waste.

A poll of 2,000 adults found 59 per cent are ‘disappointed’ in those big names who still haven’t got their sustainability initiatives right.

Many said they feel brands are not transparent enough with their wider sustainability goals.

It also emerged some adults don’t think brands are doing enough in general when it comes to helping the environment.

Shweta Harit from Evian Global, which commissioned the research to mark it’s achievement of B Corp status (which means that the brand has high standards of social and environmental performance), said: “If our findings are anything to go by, it’s clear that, quite rightly, there is strong appetite among consumers for greater transparency in the way brands look to create positive impact across people and planet.

“Today’s B Corp announcement and our commitment to brand transparency are huge milestones for us in our sustainability journey and broader commitment to doing business the right way.”

The poll also found when it comes to individual’s own shopping habits, 37 per cent feel they are doing enough for the environment.

However, the majority admit they could do more to become a better ‘sustainable shopper’.

Some 53 per cent say they would be more likely to change their own environmental habits if brands did more to change theirs.

The top actions Britons would like to see companies do more of include producing biodegradable packaging, easily recycled products and reduction of greenhouse gases in production.

The use of sustainable materials in products, promoting environmentally friendly ways of working, and signing up to sustainability initiatives were also on the list.

The poll, conducted via OnePoll, found many said companies are not doing enough to help them become better shoppers.

As the consumer, the majority feel they are only able to buy what is available to them and it is therefore up to the brands themselves to provide more sustainable choices.

Katie Hill, CEO at B Lab Europe, said: “We are delighted to welcome Evian to the B Corp community.

“This global movement of nearly 4000 companies from over 70 countries and 150 sectors is helping to change the way business operates, and in so doing, they redefine the qualities of success in business.

“Evian’s commitment to circularity in its operations, and the transparency with which it will share this progress towards this goal, will inspire other companies to follow suit.  

“Now more than ever, it is crucial for both companies and individuals to operate for the benefit of all and use business as a force for good.”

SWNS

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