NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Coinciding with the 45th annual Earth Day this week, GfK has released new data from a study that explores global attitudes towards the environment. Over 28,000 people in 23 countries, including 1,500 US respondents, were asked whether or not they:
- Believe brands and companies “have to be” environmentally responsible
- Feel guilty when not being environmentally friendly
- “Only buy” products and services that appeal to their beliefs, values or ideals
Internationally, 76% of consumers believe that companies have a responsibility to be environmentally conscious. In comparison, only 66% of US respondents agree. Slightly more than half (53%) of US consumers say they feel guilty when they act in “non-green” ways, compared to 63% globally. The research yielded similar results for only purchasing products that reflect consumers’ values and ideals; the US scored 54%, versus a 63% global average.
Total disagreement with the three statements was extremely low worldwide: 6% felt brands have no need to be environmentally responsible; 14% did not feel guilt when being environmentally unfriendly; and 11% buy products that do not align with their values.
Brands and environmental responsibility
Internationally, over three quarters of women (78%) and exactly three quarters of men (75%) agree that brands and companies are obligated to be environmentally responsible. Consumers in the US were less likely to agree strongly with this statement – 17%, versus a global figure of 28%.
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On personal responsibility, nearly two thirds (63%) of consumers internationally say they feel guilty when being environmentally unfriendly – including 17% who agree strongly (compared to only 12% in the US). Again, this is slightly led by women in agreement (64%) versus 61% of men.
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Reflecting beliefs when shopping
Globally, men and women are absolutely level (63%) regarding purchases that reflect their beliefs, values or ideals. However, women are slightly more likely to agree strongly with this statement (17% worldwide, compared to 15% of men).
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About the study
For the survey, GfK interviewed over 28,000 people aged 15 or older in 23 countries. They were conducted either online or face-to-face in Summer 2014. The countries included are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Ukraine and USA.
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