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Sustainability Survey

Sustainability Survey

Sustainability Survey

Every two years, Cox Conserves conducts a survey to keep its pulse on various sustainability trends, opportunities and challenges for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

The 2017 survey found that Small and Medium Business Owners (SMBs) are Cautiously Optimistic about Sustainability in the U.S.

Highlights from the Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey:

  • No Confidence in the Capital: 63 percent of SMBs feel somewhat worse or much worse about U.S. sustainability since Jan. 2017, while 24 percent feel about the same and 12 percent feel somewhat or much better.
  • Committed to Green: More than half of respondents say their companies are either committed or very committed to increasing their sustainable business activities. Only seven percent are not committed to this effort.
  • Where Physics Meets Environmental Policy: SMBs were asked which fictional character they would trust to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The majority chose Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory, while Scandal’s Olivia Pope ranked last.

Room to Learn

SMBs identified several areas where they need more sustainability education and guidance.

  • 60 percent reducing energy consumption and water usage
  • 51 percent understanding what government incentives are available
  • 34 percent waste disposal
  • 30 percent creating a corporate sustainability policy

For more information on the 2017 Sustainability Survey, check our full survey results report.

Room to Learn