GLG Network Survey: EU Green Deal II

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GLG interviewed 50 current executives working across a range of industries in Europe on the impact of the EU Green Deal.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The survey assessed the impact on companies due to the European Green Deal strategy, revisiting the topic from the first iteration in September 2020.
  • Respondents provided insight on sustainability and green initiatives in companies operating in Europe.​
  • Our experts discussed their current interests on climate related issues such as environmental protection, de-carbonisation and protection of biodiversity.

Examples of findings:

  • When asked to assess how prepared their company is to comply with “due diligence” and accurate reporting requirements from an environmental/ climate perspective, 16% of the experts stated they are extremely prepared in September 2021, up by only 2% from the numbers recorded a year ago.
  • In September 2021, 82% of the respondents stated their company’s products or services are likely to focus on environmental/ climate related advantages and opportunities in order to convince consumers to buy, a jump from 70% recorded back in September 2020.
  • 14% of the experts mentioned that it is extremely likely that their investment and organisational decisions will be affected by COVID-19, down by 18% from the numbers recorded 12 months ago.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Council Member, Andrea Mogni, former senior financial expert on EU affairs at the European Commission.

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • What is the interest of your company on climate-related issues?
  • What is the level of importance in your company to contribute in protecting global public goods such as the environment, clean air, oceans, water, and biodiversity?
  • How would you describe and define the environmental or “green” culture within your company?
  • How could you characterize and weight the resilience capacity of your company to environmental and climate- related challenges?
  • How do you think that your company will be affected by the European Green Deal strategy?
  • How relevant are environmental and climate-related concerns in dealing with your clients and industry partners?
  • Please assess how prepared your company is to comply with “due diligence” and accurate reporting requirements focusing on your activities being relevant from an environmental/ climate perspective?
  • How likely is your company to participate in the European Emission Trading scheme market?
  • Do you think that your company’s clients/ consumers of your company’s products are opposed or in favour of environmental climate-related concerns?
  • What is your position on an EU energy tax, fuel tax, aviation tax, digital tax and etc to protect the environment and reduce CO2 emissions?


This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

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