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Date: 2022-07-04 Page is: DBtxt001.php txt00021579
SUSTAINABILITY
MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY

Russel Reynolds Associates ... Global Report on Leadership Actions for a More Sustainable Future


Original article:
Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess
When it comes to environmental sustainability, what CEOs say is markedly different from what employees see them do. Researchers at the leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates call this discrepancy the 'Say/Do Divide,' which they looked to quantify in a recent survey of employees and executives. While 69 percent of the C-suite executives surveyed said they are personally committed to advancing sustainability and their organizations are making progress, only 31 percent of employees said the same. Similarly, only a quarter of U.S. employees believe their most senior leaders demonstrate humility or self-awareness and only a third believe senior leaders display empathy, humanity and inclusivity.'The Say/Do Divide has two possible dimensions: organizations are not taking sufficient action or they are not properly communicating their efforts,' the researchers concluded. 'It is imperative for business leaders to determine which factors are at play at their organization. This includes a thorough analysis of the level of emphasis they place on sustainability — and whether these efforts are enough — and how well these actions are both communicated to and understood by employees.' Figure 1 Sustainability Issues Affecting Future of Society Rank of percent selecting each item as top 3 issue (from list of 16 issues) RRA Sustainable Leadership: Divides and Dividends; All Audiences Survey Q1. In your opinion, what are the most important sustainability issues affecting the future of our society? Top 3; Weight: Global weighting - equal country, OECD labor force RRA Sustainable Leadership: Divides and Dividends; Senior Leaders Survey Q1. In your opinion, what are the most important sustainability issues affecting the future of our society? Top 3 Environmental Economic Social Rank EMPLOYEE PERCEPTION Rank C-SUITE LEADERS PERCEPTION Climate change Pollution Global pandemics Deforestation and loss of bio-diversity Throw-away culture Economic inequalities High-level of corruption and abuses of power Material and food waste Unequal access to healthcare and health education Racial and social injustices 35% 34% 32% 23% 22% 21% 21% 18% 15% 14% Global pandemics Climate change Pollution High-level of corruption and abuses of power Deforestation and loss of biodiversity Material and food waste Economic inequalities Gender inequity Geo-political conflicts or trade wars Racial and social injustices

Figure 2 Sustainability Issues Affecting Your Employer and Workplace Rank of percent selecting each item as top 3 issue (from list of 16 issues) RRA Sustainable Leadership: Divides and Dividends; All Audiences Q2. What are the top five most important sustainability issues affecting your employer and your workplace today? Environmental Economic Social 15% 50% 25% 40% 28% 36% 35% 33% 30% 25% 25% 25% 32% 31% 34% 42% 40% 28% 27% 22% 22% 20% 20% 19 18 % % 38% 38% 36% 18% 44% 46% 29% 33% 27% 26% Rank EMPLOYEE PERCEPTION 44% 32% 27% 21% 20% 20% 19% 17% 17% 14% Global pandemics Shortage of workers with in-demand skills Economic inequalities Throw-away culture Material and food waste Pollution Gender inequity High-level of corruption and abuses of power Climate change Unequal access to quality education Rank C-SUITE LEADERS PERCEPTION 33% 24% 22% 21% 19% 19% 18% 18% 17% 16% Global pandemics Shortage of workers with in-demand skills Climate change Pollution Economic inequalities Gender inequity Material and food waste Throw-away culture High-level of corruption and abuses of power Unequal access to quality education Top 3; Weight: Global weighting - equal country, OECD labor force RRA Sustainable Leadership: Divides and Dividends; Senior Leaders Survey. Q2. What are the top five most important sustainability issues affecting your employer and your workplace today? Top 3





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