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Tracking Sustainability Claims: Where to Play and How to Win

1 December 2021 by Maria Coronado Robles & Jared Conway, Euromonitor International


















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Tracking Sustainability Claims: Where to Play and How to Win

While 60% of consumers in Euromonitor International’s Voice of the Consumer Lifestyles Survey 2021, stated that they feel they can make a difference in the world through their choices and actions, just over 10% of businesses communicated sustainability information successfully with them according to Euromonitor International’s Voice of the Industry Sustainability Survey, 2021. Understanding how to connect and resonate with consumers and where to play and how to win in markets where the shift from traditional to sustainable purchases is occurring, is key to capitalising on these opportunities while contributing to sustainable development.

Claims are increasingly used to communicate sustainability

Having a purpose and being sustainable is important, but communicating sustainability effectively is equally as necessary. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy, and therefore companies are trying to connect with consumers through a combination of approaches. Most businesses use their website and social media for this purpose, and increasingly companies are using the voice of the CEO to deliver sustainability messages.

Using storytelling, campaigns, and product claims to communicate sustainability with consumers is gaining traction. Telling the story behind a product claim is critical to connect and resonate with the target audience. Stories gain consumers’ attention, generate emotions, and make products, companies and brands stand out from competitors. There is nothing more powerful than the right claim with a meaningful and compelling story and  sustainability is possibly one of the most important stories that a company or a product can tell today.

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Source: Euromonitor International’s Voice of the Consumer Lifestyles survey, 2021; n=4732

Sustainable Living Claims Tracker provides clear global comparisons and insight

Euromonitor International has introduced a new tool that tracks stock keeping units (SKUs) with sustainability attributes in the beauty and personal care and packaged food industries across 40 countries and covers more than 1,000 retailers and over 30,000 brands. The tracker uses data from Euromonitor International’s e-commerce intelligence tool Via in addition to other sources to track the number of SKUs sold online that have product claims and other attributes related to sustainability across seven areas: Animal Welfare, Diets, Environmentally Friendly, No Artificial Ingredients, No Chemicals, Sustainable Packaging and Sustainable Sourcing.

While global demand for products with sustainability claims is rising, each market has its own opportunities and barriers that companies need to consider when planning for or adjusting their strategies to decide which products to launch, as well as “where” and “how” to present them to consumers.

Understanding “where to play” with sustainability claims

When companies are deciding where to play, it is critical to ensure that they are planning a strategy based not just on where markets are with regards to sustainable products, but also understanding the direction countries are moving in to help keep abreast of key consumer drivers. To assess this, it is essential to track, monitor, and analyse two key metrics; the first one measures the prevalence of SKUs with sustainability claims across markets, and the second one tracks how these claims change in these markets over time.

With the highest percentage of SKUs with sustainability claims in packaged food, Ireland and the UK are well-established markets where companies use claims to communicate sustainability across a variety of product categories. Post-pandemic (from March 2020 to June 2021), European countries such as Belgium, Netherlands and Germany alongside Singapore witnessed strong increases in sustainability claims as a percentage of total products available.

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