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Q1 Business Policy Survey Report

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The Business Policy Survey (BPS) is FGS Global’s quarterly survey of key business stakeholders that measures and tracks attitudes toward major public policy issues.  

Methodology

Each quarter, the BPS surveys three business stakeholder audiences: 

  • Business Decision-Makers: Individuals who make hiring, purchasing or financial investment decisions on behalf of their companies

  • Investors: Individuals with $100K or more in securities investments who follow news about business and financial markets closely

  • Employees: Individuals who work at for-profit companies with at least 1,000 employees

Economic anxiety less acute than prior quarter

For the first time in over a year, the proportion of business stakeholders selecting inflation as a priority decreased this quarter (though it still ranks as the number one issue that stakeholders want the federal government to focus on). Fears of recession have also declined somewhat, relative to last quarter.

Political criticism of ESG not resonating with most corporate stakeholders

A plurality of stakeholders think that the amount of corporate attention to ESG issues is appropriate. In addition, the proportion who feel there is too much attention to ESG is smaller than the proportion who feel there is not enough.

Importance of internal communications has grown post-pandemic

A substantial majority of employees, business decision-makers, and investors think that internal communications have become more important since the pandemic.

 

Download the report here.