Nearly 77 percent of sustainability experts think a majorcatastrophe will have to occur for national governments to takeaction on sustainable development, according to survey released by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. The survey, which is part of series of initiatives by The Regeneration Project in the lead up to Rio+20 conference, suggests that withconfidence in national governments at severe lows, society hasgreater expectations for business, said Dr. Rainer Feurer, seniorvice president corporate strategy, planning and environment at BMWGroup, a presenting sponsor of The Regeneration Project. GlobeScan and SustainAbility surveyed 1,603 sustainability expertsacross corporate, government, NGO, academic, research andservice/media organizations in 117 countries. |
The survey aimed to measure the performance of organizationsincluding city and local governments, the United Nations, media,religious and faith-based groups, among others, in terms of theircontribution to progress on sustainable development since the 1992Earth Summit in Rio. NGOs, social entrepreneurs, independent research and academicorganizations, and the media received the five best performanceratings. National governments received the worst performance ratingfrom experts. Business has a crucial role to play in spurring governments intoaction, the survey found.
Some 33 percent of respondents saidthe private sector can best contribute to sustainable developmentby working with governments to establish a regulatory environment. Forty-one percent said technology and innovation are the best waysthe private sector can contribute to sustainable development. Other key findings of the sustainability experts survey include: Nearly eight in 10 sustainability experts believe the currenteconomic system must be substantially overhauled; Some 68 percent of those surveyed identified a local of politicalwill as the greatest obstacle to making further progress onsustainable development; SustainAbility, a think tank and strategic advisory firm, andGlobeScan, also conducted a public opinion survey to gauge views on sustainable development. The public surveypolled samples of about 1,000 adults per country in 23 countries.Respondents were interviewed in person or by telephone betweenDecember 2011 and February 2012.
Scientists, NGOs and the UN received the highest performance ratingfor helping to make progress on economic, social and environmentalchallenges, according to the public opinion survey.
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