Ranking in second and third place are concerns that in certain ways derive from the first: political turmoil and unemployment; it is interesting to note that these issues claimed first place in Countries such as France, Germany, Brazil and Spain.
Environmental issues ranked fifth in this complex scenario, a significant rise compared to the survey conducted in 2008.
The table above nonetheless shows that consumers in industrialized Countries tend to be less concerned about global environmental issues than those in the so-called BRIC Countries, namely: Brazil, Russia, India and China.
“Socially conscious consumers” tend to be younger (63% are under 40 years of age).
Almost half (46%) of them say they are willing to pay a little bit more for socially responsible products and services.
Euromonitor(3) recorded important regional differences in the social consciousness of consumers.
In North America and Europe consumers are seemingly less willing to pay a higher price than those in Latin America, the Middle-East/Africa and Asia-Pacific.
Consumers world-wide want to buy socially responsible products.
The vast majority (94%), given the chance, would rather buy a product tied to a “good cause”(4).
(1) Greendex 2010: Consumer Choice and the Environment – A Worldwide Tracking Survey is a comprehensive measure of consumer behaviour in 65 areas relating to housing, transportation, food and consumer goods. Greendex 2010 ranks average consumers in 17 countries. (2) Source Nielsen survey of more than 28,000 online respondents from 56 countries around the world 2011. (3) Source Euromonitor. Green Influencer 2011. (4) 2011 Cone/Echo Global CR Opportunity Study (5) Source National Geographic Green Index 2010.