State of sustainability
IN NORWAY 2019
We are delighted to publish our second annual State of Sustainability-report, with the ambition to get a detailed overview of how Norwegian companies work with sustainability. To our knowledge, State of Sustainability is the most thorough study of its kind in Norway.
About this report
The report was created in close partnership with leading S-HUB member, Leidar Norway AS. In addition, a Master’s Thesis at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) has been written based on the survey’s results, which focuses specifically on the role of sustainability workers, titled “The Self-Efficacy of Sustainability Managers: Testing a Model of Antecedents and Consequences”.
For the purpose of this study, the word sustainability is used in a broad and general sense, largely based on the definition of sustainable development from the 1987 Brundtland report: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
The findings in this report are from a survey with 101 questions, assessing the practices and challenges in sustainability work. 173 respondents completed the survey from October to November in 2018. The respondents either worked specifically with sustainability or with sustainability as a part of their overall job description. The respondents were pre-selected based on last year’s survey and the Sustainability Hub network. This report may therefore be biased to include more companies actively working with sustainability than are proportionally present in the Norwegian business landscape. The majority of the respondents are also in leadership positions.
The respondents in the survey are from a varied range of industries with close proximity to the composition of industries in Norway, albeit a gap in services and of the industries marked as “other” by respondents and therefore not categorized. 3,5% said they worked in primary industries (compared to 2% on a national basis), 24,9% in commodities (compared to 20% nationally), 59,5% from services (compared to 78% nationally) and 12,1% in uncategorized industries.