The two main reasons leading small firms to invest in sustainability are its reputation among society and consumers (40%) and meeting regulatory requirements, also with 40 percent of replies. Cost reduction, with 36 percent, and the increase in competitiveness, with 34 percent, complete the list of items that most stimulate business people to adopt a sustainable agenda.
“Of all companies heard, 80 percent registered gains in productivity, competitiveness, and profits stemming from innovation. Another five percent saw two of these gains, two percent just one.
July’s performance is not essentially different from what has been observed over the course of the year. Of the first seven months of 2021, five saw a decline.The result is still linked to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Research Manager André Macedo.
Among the sectors with most difficulties meeting customers’ demands are: metallurgy, auto vehicles, machinery and equipment, furniture, textiles, cellulose and paper, wood, machines and electrical materials, metal goods, and plastic material.