The Research Purpose

Is CSR changing business ?

The inside perspective on sustainability

Early Strategies and New Angles are partnering to conduct research on how organizations are changing, from the inside. Is the spread of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) creating real business sustainability? Is change happening? How deep is it, how long lasting? Where is the resistance to change? How does CSR impact on management decisions and practices? what does success look like? What is needed to move beyond CSR?

We are surveying senior and middle managers (N+2 and above, head or director level and above) in operational and functional roles in organizations with more than 2000 employees. These managers are best placed to report on real change in the area of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. They can spot what slows transformation and how change can be accelerated. We look forward to receiving answers from managers in all business sectors and functions, from sustainability specialists and non-specialists as well. 

The survey covers topics in areas such as decision-making, human rights, ethics and leadership. The survey combines the question with a number of in-depth interviews. 

Survey closes March 31

If you are a senior or middle manager in a company of more than 2000 employees, and interested in the topic of sustainability; if  you are a CSR expert or not, do take the survey !

Answering our questionnaire takes 25 min. All participants will receive a copy of the survey report when published in May.

Completed questionnaires can be submitted until 31 March 2017. 



research respondents

19th March 2017 - 

Participants who completed the survey so far belong to A.S. Watson Group, Abbott, Air France-KLM, Alcon, Allianz, Alstom, American Express, Arla Foods, Arriva Group, Arup, at&t, Axa, Axway, Barilla, Blackbaud, Bombardier, British Gas, Caixa Bank, Camso , Care ONG, China Ting Group, Commerzbank AG, Conduent, Dansk Supermarked Group, Dentsu Aegis, Diageo, Ecolab, Engie, Fiat Chrysler Rimaco S.A., Flextronics, Fullerton India, G4S Plc, GE Power, General Cable, Genpact, Hanesbrands Inc. , HSBC, Huntsmann, IBM, IHS Markit, IKEA, IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited, Jaguar Land Rover, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. , Kering, L'Occitane, La-Z-Boy, Lagardère, Level 3 Communications, Lloyds Banking Group, Lowe's, Luen Thai Holdings Limited, Merck, Merck KGaA, Merial, Metro, Microsoft, Monsanto, Mott McDonald, O2, Omya, Osram, Oxy, Pepsico, Philips Lightning, PwC, Renault Nissan India, Royal Canin, Saint Gobain, Sealed Air Corporation, Sephora, Smithfield, Stanley Black &Decker, Symrise, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, United Technologies, Vale, Walgreens, Wavestone, Xerox, Zebra Technologies.

Participants respond on a personal basis and not as representatives of their organizations.

Min to fill the questionnaire
Respondents at mid March
Countries represented
Sectors represented

Research team


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MAY 2017 deliverables

Executive pack

The Executive Pack will be available to everyone, online, as a PDF of approximately 5 pages. It will include the executive summary of the final report, its table of contents, survey participant profiles and demographics.

Survey report

The survey report will include the data summary and key point analysis with key graphics; it will be available as a PDF download, approximately 30 pages, and will be available to participants and partners only

Detailed report

Full in-depth analysis, with all tables and graphics; PDF download or printed book; available for purchase, priced according to order size; approximately 60 pages.


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