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UNLOCKING THE
GLOBAL PATHWAYS TO
RESILIENCE, GROWTH,
AND SUSTAINABILITY
FOR 2030
The 12th United Nations Global
Compact - Accenture CEO Study
REIMAGINING
THE
AGENDA
ALARMED BY THE SPEED
AND SCALE OF TODAY'S
UNPRECEDENTED GLOBAL
CHALLENGES, CEOS FIND
THEMSELVES AT A CROSSROADS:
EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY
FOR A RESILIENT FUTURE OR
SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.
2
THE GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
AGENDA IS OFF TRACK.
A DRAMATIC RISE IN
INTERSECTIONAL,
GLOBAL CHALLENGES
IS FORCING CEOS TO NAVIGATE
UNPRECEDENTED UNCERTAINTY.
3
The top five challenges are:
MOST CEOS
ARE DEALING
WITH A SLATE
OF GLOBAL
CHALLENGES,
MANY OF WHICH
SPAN BEYOND
TYPICAL
BUSINESS
BOUNDARIES
Inflation and price volatility
Talent scarcity
Threats to public health
Climate change
Trade regulation No Impact
High Impact Modern Impact Low Impact
OF CEOS ARE DEALING WITH 10 OR MORE
GLOBAL CHALLENGES TO THEIR BUSINESS
93%
58% 33% 7% 2%
42% 38% 16% 4%
41% 37% 17% 5%
33% 36% 24% 7%
31% 36% 25% 8%
No Impact
High Impact Moderate Impact Low Impact
GEOPOLITICAL
INSTABILITY IS
COMPOUNDING
THOSE GLOBAL
CHALLENGES
OF CEOS FEEL THAT CURRENT LEVELS OF GEOPOLITICAL
INSTABILITY LIMIT THE WORLD’S ABILITY TO ACHIEVE THE SDGS
87%
TO ACHIEVE
THE SDGS,
CEOS CALL
FOR INCREASED
COMMITMENT
AND ACTION
FROM THE
PRIVATE SECTOR
of CEOs feel that business could
play a critical role in achieving
the SDGs with increased
commitment and action
51%
SUSTAINABILITY HAS
EMERGED AS THE
CORE OF RESILIENCE.
IT IS NOT ONLY A CLIMATE
IMPERATIVE, BUT ALSO
THE FOUNDATION FOR
SECURITY, GROWTH,
AND RESILIENCE.
7
CEOS ARE
STEPPING UP AS
ADVOCATES FOR
SUSTAINABILITY
“As CEO, I am accountable for
the sustainability performance
of my company.”
2013
“It is the role of a CEO
to make my business
more sustainable.”
2022
83% 98%
+15%
WHICH STAKEHOLDERS MOST INFLUENCE YOUR
COMPANY'S SUSTAINABILTY AGENDA?
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
2013 2016 2019 2021 2022
Governments
52% of CEOs agree
Investment Community
34% of CEOs agree
Banks and Insurers
21% of CEOS agree
STAKEHOLDERS
INCLUDING
GOVERNMENTS,
INVESTORS,
AND BANKS ARE
INCREASINGLY
DRIVING THE
IMPORTANCE OF
SUSTAINABILITY
GLOBALLY,
are upskilling/reskilling
their workforce for the
future labor market
74% are offering physical and/or
mental wellness resources
for their workforce
58% are increasing
workforce diversity
56%
OF CEOS REPORT TALENT SCARCITY IS A TOP
GLOBAL CHALLENGE IMPACTING THEIR BUSINESS
96%
CEOS ARE
RECOGNIZING
THEIR
WORKFORCE
AS A CRUCIAL
LEVER TO BUILD
RESILIENCE
CEOS ARE
REIMAGINING
THEIR SUPPLY
CHAINS
TO BUILD
RESILIENCE
IN THE FACE
OF GLOBAL
CHALLENGES
47%
of CEOs state that
building a responsible
supply chains part of their
sustainability strategy
Diversification
of CEOs are enhancing
their sustainable data
collection capabilities
55%
of CEOs are duplicating
and diversifying their
value chains
37%
of CEOs are strengthening
visibility into the social
impacts of their supply chain
54%
DATA
VISIBILITY
DIVERSIFICATION
47%
of CEOs state that
building responsible
supply chains is part
of their sustainability
strategy
of CEOs understand the
impact that their business
has on biodiversity
80%
of CEOs are initiating
nature-protection projects
35%
HOWEVER,
ACTION ON
BIODIVERSITY,
A CORE
COMPONENT OF
SUSTAINABILITY
AND RESILIENCE,
REMAINS LOW
However…
BUSINESSES HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO NOT
ONLY BUILD RESILIENCE,
BUT ALSO UNLOCK GROWTH BY
EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY.
Copyright © 2023 Accenture. All rights reserved. 13
INGREDIENTS
FOR RESILIENCE
TO BUILD TRUE
RESILIENCE, CEOS MUST
EMBED SUSTAINABILITY
ACROSS THEIR BUSINESS –
FROM THEIR STRATEGY,
TO THE WORKFORCE,
SUPPLY CHAINS, AND
GREATER ECOSYSTEMS
Copyright © 2023 Accenture. All rights reserved. 15
ASKS OF
POLICYMAKERS
CEOS ARE CALLING
ON GOVERNMENTS
TO SUPPORT AND ENABLE
THE PRIVATE SECTOR
TO ACHIEVE AMBITIOUS
SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS
130+
CEO Interviews
128
Countries
18
Industries
ABOUT THE CEO STUDY PROGRAM
The CEO Study Program, developed by the UN Global Compact and Accenture, is an effort to enhance understanding and commitment
between the United Nations and the private sector. The program is an extensive review of the advancing corporate sustainability movement,
and the publications coalesce dominant views of CEOs, business leaders and UN executives to track developments in sustainability.
ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT
As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a
call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in
the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to
accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten
Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable
companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 17,000 companies and
3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 62 Local Networks, the UN
Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global
Compact uniting business for a better world. For more information, follow @globalcompact
on social media and visit our website at unglobalcompact.org.
ABOUT ACCENTURE
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading
capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched
experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer
Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and
Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of
Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 738,000
people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every
day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of
change to create value and shared success for our clients, people,
shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
ABOUT THE CEO STUDY ON SUSTAINABILITY
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Reimagining the Agenda | Accenture

  • 1. UNLOCKING THE GLOBAL PATHWAYS TO RESILIENCE, GROWTH, AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR 2030 The 12th United Nations Global Compact - Accenture CEO Study REIMAGINING THE AGENDA
  • 2. ALARMED BY THE SPEED AND SCALE OF TODAY'S UNPRECEDENTED GLOBAL CHALLENGES, CEOS FIND THEMSELVES AT A CROSSROADS: EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY FOR A RESILIENT FUTURE OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. 2
  • 3. THE GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA IS OFF TRACK. A DRAMATIC RISE IN INTERSECTIONAL, GLOBAL CHALLENGES IS FORCING CEOS TO NAVIGATE UNPRECEDENTED UNCERTAINTY. 3
  • 4. The top five challenges are: MOST CEOS ARE DEALING WITH A SLATE OF GLOBAL CHALLENGES, MANY OF WHICH SPAN BEYOND TYPICAL BUSINESS BOUNDARIES Inflation and price volatility Talent scarcity Threats to public health Climate change Trade regulation No Impact High Impact Modern Impact Low Impact OF CEOS ARE DEALING WITH 10 OR MORE GLOBAL CHALLENGES TO THEIR BUSINESS 93% 58% 33% 7% 2% 42% 38% 16% 4% 41% 37% 17% 5% 33% 36% 24% 7% 31% 36% 25% 8% No Impact High Impact Moderate Impact Low Impact
  • 5. GEOPOLITICAL INSTABILITY IS COMPOUNDING THOSE GLOBAL CHALLENGES OF CEOS FEEL THAT CURRENT LEVELS OF GEOPOLITICAL INSTABILITY LIMIT THE WORLD’S ABILITY TO ACHIEVE THE SDGS 87%
  • 6. TO ACHIEVE THE SDGS, CEOS CALL FOR INCREASED COMMITMENT AND ACTION FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR of CEOs feel that business could play a critical role in achieving the SDGs with increased commitment and action 51%
  • 7. SUSTAINABILITY HAS EMERGED AS THE CORE OF RESILIENCE. IT IS NOT ONLY A CLIMATE IMPERATIVE, BUT ALSO THE FOUNDATION FOR SECURITY, GROWTH, AND RESILIENCE. 7
  • 8. CEOS ARE STEPPING UP AS ADVOCATES FOR SUSTAINABILITY “As CEO, I am accountable for the sustainability performance of my company.” 2013 “It is the role of a CEO to make my business more sustainable.” 2022 83% 98% +15%
  • 9. WHICH STAKEHOLDERS MOST INFLUENCE YOUR COMPANY'S SUSTAINABILTY AGENDA? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 2013 2016 2019 2021 2022 Governments 52% of CEOs agree Investment Community 34% of CEOs agree Banks and Insurers 21% of CEOS agree STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING GOVERNMENTS, INVESTORS, AND BANKS ARE INCREASINGLY DRIVING THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY
  • 10. GLOBALLY, are upskilling/reskilling their workforce for the future labor market 74% are offering physical and/or mental wellness resources for their workforce 58% are increasing workforce diversity 56% OF CEOS REPORT TALENT SCARCITY IS A TOP GLOBAL CHALLENGE IMPACTING THEIR BUSINESS 96% CEOS ARE RECOGNIZING THEIR WORKFORCE AS A CRUCIAL LEVER TO BUILD RESILIENCE
  • 11. CEOS ARE REIMAGINING THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS TO BUILD RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL CHALLENGES 47% of CEOs state that building a responsible supply chains part of their sustainability strategy Diversification of CEOs are enhancing their sustainable data collection capabilities 55% of CEOs are duplicating and diversifying their value chains 37% of CEOs are strengthening visibility into the social impacts of their supply chain 54% DATA VISIBILITY DIVERSIFICATION 47% of CEOs state that building responsible supply chains is part of their sustainability strategy
  • 12. of CEOs understand the impact that their business has on biodiversity 80% of CEOs are initiating nature-protection projects 35% HOWEVER, ACTION ON BIODIVERSITY, A CORE COMPONENT OF SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE, REMAINS LOW However…
  • 13. BUSINESSES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOT ONLY BUILD RESILIENCE, BUT ALSO UNLOCK GROWTH BY EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY. Copyright © 2023 Accenture. All rights reserved. 13
  • 14. INGREDIENTS FOR RESILIENCE TO BUILD TRUE RESILIENCE, CEOS MUST EMBED SUSTAINABILITY ACROSS THEIR BUSINESS – FROM THEIR STRATEGY, TO THE WORKFORCE, SUPPLY CHAINS, AND GREATER ECOSYSTEMS
  • 15. Copyright © 2023 Accenture. All rights reserved. 15 ASKS OF POLICYMAKERS CEOS ARE CALLING ON GOVERNMENTS TO SUPPORT AND ENABLE THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO ACHIEVE AMBITIOUS SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS
  • 16. 130+ CEO Interviews 128 Countries 18 Industries ABOUT THE CEO STUDY PROGRAM The CEO Study Program, developed by the UN Global Compact and Accenture, is an effort to enhance understanding and commitment between the United Nations and the private sector. The program is an extensive review of the advancing corporate sustainability movement, and the publications coalesce dominant views of CEOs, business leaders and UN executives to track developments in sustainability. ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 17,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 62 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world. For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at unglobalcompact.org. ABOUT ACCENTURE Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 738,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at www.accenture.com. ABOUT THE CEO STUDY ON SUSTAINABILITY CEOs Engaged 2,600+