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A new CSR study has been published on consumer attitudes toward responsible and ethical business in relation to everyday purchasing decisions.

The study found that global consumers feel personal responsibility in addressing the many pressing social and environmental issues we face in the 21st century. The study also found an almost symbiotic relation between consumers and the view that business can be a partner in making progress.

In short, the CSR study found that 84% of global consumers say they seek responsible products whenever possible. However, 81% suggest that availability of ethical products continues to represent a significant barrier.

Additionally, 91% of global consumers were found to share agreement that companies ought to act responsibly (and be demanded to do so), putting ethics over profit. In other words, they expect companies to do more than make a profit, operating responsibly to address social and environmental issues.

Finally, it was also found that 90% would boycott a company if they learned of irresponsible or deceptive business practices.

The study seems to expand on recent trends over the last several years or more regarding consumer attitudes and ethics.

A further breakdown of the report can be found here.

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