SC Johnson invests in environmental research to understand sustainability trends and beliefs, and how they affect consumers.
You know that feeling when your instincts tell you a change is needed, but you don’t know how to convince everyone else? So do we, especially when it comes to the environment and making sustainable choices. SC Johnson has been working to promote advances for decades. But sometimes the biggest challenge is getting everyone to agree on what needs to happen.
That is where it is important to understand people’s thoughts. It is why we have long been a proponent, and supporter, of research about environmental perceptions and behaviours.
Continuing this effort, we funded a study with GfK Roper in 2011 to understand how consumer interests and behaviours had evolved in the two decades since the first study. As part of the 20th Anniversary Green Gauge® Survey, we sponsored a look at .
Here are some of the insights it turned up:
By sponsoring this research, we were able to explore perceptions about environmental behaviours, and how we might be able to encourage positive choices. These insights helped fuel efforts such as our , to make the case for refilling, and our 2013 launch of .
As our Chairman and CEO, Fisk Johnson, explained, “To move the needle even further, all parties – government, businesses and consumers – need to continue to take responsibility and action. For SC Johnson, this means working hard to find new ways to help families make greener choices.”
Soon after that study, we sponsored another major research effort focusing on consumer attitudes, motivations and behaviours – this time at the global level.
The Regeneration Roadmap was a collaborative venture launched by GlobeScan and SustainAbility with the goal of creating an outline for sustainable development in the coming years. It focused on mobilising the private sector to improve sustainability strategy, increase credibility and catalyse greater results.
In 2012, the Roadmap launched Re:Thinking Consumption: Consumers & the Future of Sustainability. This report was based on surveys of consumers across Brazil, China, India, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Regeneration Roadmap research found that two-thirds of consumers agreed that “as a society, we need to consume a lot less to improve the environment for future generations.” Along with that, they felt a sense of responsibility to purchase products that are good for the environment and society.
Importantly, a large majority of consumers also named “ingredient transparency” among top purchase drivers for food, beauty products and household products.
This was a helpful insight for SC Johnson, since since the launch of our ingredient list website in 2009. We already knew being transparent about ingredients was the right thing to do – now we had evidence that it was beginning to be of interest to consumers, too.
The final portion of The Regeneration Roadmap was the 2013 launch of Changing Tack, another report supported by SC Johnson. It aimed to give the private sector a prescription for piloting sustainable development in the future.
We are always asking ourselves questions like, “How can we encourage consumers to keep sustainability in mind when choosing products?” And, “How do we deliver a high-quality, economical and highly sustainable product all in one?”
We don’t have all the answers, but we never stop asking the questions. External research partnerships are a wonderful way to gain helpful insights about what's most important for future generations.
We will continue to invest where we can make a meaningful difference in helping businesses, government, NGOs and consumers steer a sustainable path forward.