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Accenture CEO study on sustainability: Industry insights: Mining & Metals

The largest CEO study on sustainability ever conducted, with insights from more than 1,000 CEOs across 103 countries and 27 industries.

Overview

With contributions from more than forty CEOs in the mining & metals sector, the Industry Insight report is intended to be read alongside the global Study to give an in-depth perspective on the views of business leaders in a sector critical to the development of a more sustainable economy.

The UN Global Compact--Accenture CEO Study is the largest CEO study on sustainability ever conducted, with insights from more than 1,000 CEOs across 103 countries and 27 industries. Included are Industry Insight reports, intended as companion pieces, to be read alongside the global Study to give a more in-depth perspective on business leaders’ views in key industry sectors.

 

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Background

This year marks the Global Compact’s third CEO study and the latest milestone in nearly a decade of research. Over the course of our three studies, during which we have been fortunate enough to conduct one-to-one interviews with more than 200 CEOs from some of the world’s largest companies, and collect the views of a further 2,000 through our online surveys, much has changed.

This year’s study is a unique opportunity to take stock as we stand at a crossroads in the global economy. Business leaders are committed to leading the way, but will require greater ambition and wider support as they work to align sustainability impact with value creation, and markets with sustainable development outcomes, such that business.

Key Findings

Insights gleaned from our interviews include:

  • 97 percent of CEOs believe that sustainability will be important to the future success of their business

  • CEOs’ perceptions of the importance of sustainability vary by industry

  • CEOs see consumers and governments growing in importance in influencing their approach to sustainability

  • 38 percent of CEOs believe the global economy is on track to meet the demands of a growing population

  • 41 percent report that business is making sufficient efforts to address global sustainability challenges

Recommendations

Unique insights from CEOs, supported by analysis from Accenture's High-Performance Business research, have identified seven themes that are enabling leading companies to achieve both value creation and impact on global sustainability challenges.

  • Realism & context: Understanding the scale of the challenge—and the opportunity

  • Growth & differentiation: Turning sustainability to advantage and value creation

  • Value & performance: “What gets measured gets managed”

  • Technology & innovation: New models for success

  • Partnerships & collaboration: New challenges, new solutions

  • Engagement & dialogue: Broadening the conversation

  • Advocacy & leadership: Shaping future systems

Industry & topics highlighted

Natural Resources