The CEO Outlook asked global executives to provide insight into their three-year outlook on their businesses and the economic landscape. The research also includes questions to capture CEOs’ sentiments on the evolving dynamics stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, offering a lens into how they plan to adapt their strategies to the changing business landscape.
Over 1,300 global CEOs from 11 key markets (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and the US) were surveyed from 29 June to 6 August 2021. Key findings include:
- Confidence in the global economy has returned to pre-pandemic levels
- Senior executives identify inorganic methods as the main growth strategy
- M&A plans accelerated in search for growth
- Business leaders looking at government help to meet net-zero targets
- Environmental and operational risks identified as challenges for growth.
This article provides examples of how some major brands are tackling CSR including Johnson & Johnson Google, GE, Bosch, Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company, and one brand (TOMS) that re-evaluated its CSR strategy after facing criticism for having the wrong social impact.
The 2021 Global Leadership Monitor asked nearly 200 private-equity portfolio company CEOs, C-Suite leaders and board members around the globe about their views of challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.
Results suggest attracting and retaining talent will be a top concern in the year ahead, even more so than changing consumer behaviour, uncertain economic growth and major health threats.