Recent Surveys on Business Ethics

Publication type: Survey
30 November 2023


Read the IBE's summary of the latest surveys on business ethics.

This page highlights the findings from a number of pieces of recent research in the field of business ethics, both in the UK and internationally, which we feel may be of value to our readers.  

It includes surveys conducted by a variety of reputable organisations around the world, as well as the IBE's, and it covers a broad range of business ethics topics. It is updated regularly as new surveys come out. 

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Recent surveys 

Publication type: Survey

Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics 2023

The findings from the IBE's 2023 annual survey on British public attitudes toward business ethics reveal fewer believe businesses are operating ethically.

11 Jul 2023

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Edelman Trust Barometer 2023

This is the 22nd annual trust and credibility survey conducted by Edelman. This year’s Barometer reveals a ‘cycle of distrust’, in which institutions are now trusted by less than half of society. This year’s spiralling distrust in media government can largely be attributed to thwarting progress on climate change, global pandemic management, racism and mounting tensions between China and the U.S. The media has become reliant on evoking partisan outrage for clicks and revenue, while governments have become dependent on exploiting this divide to gain votes. As a result of this, it is unsurprising that misinformation concerns have spiked to an all-time high with 76% of the public being worried about false information being weaponised. Although a stark partisan divide remains, it is slowly closing in the US, from a 39 (2021) to a 31-point gap in trust in the media between Democrats (55%) and Republicans (24%).

18 Jan 2023

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The Oxford Character Project - UK Business Values Survey

The Oxford Character Project – in collaboration with the Forward Institute – has launched a report publishing the findings of the UK Business Values Survey 2022. Analysing data from 221 companies, the majority from the FTSE 350, the survey explores what companies mean by their values as well as what those values are. The survey reveals the increasing importance of personal and emotional aspects of organisational life. Empathy, passion, and courage are among the most prominent values in UK businesses but did not feature significantly in earlier reports. At the bottom of the table, curiosity, humility, hope, and gratitude seem to be significantly undervalued.

25 Jul 2022

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Fair Tax Mark - Fair Tax Week polling data

The latest Fair Tax week poll has found that the UK public strongly supports responsible tax conduct, with the vast majority preferring to shop with (74%) or work for (75%) those businesses which can prove they’re paying their fair share of tax. Three-quarters of respondents also (74%) believe it’s important to celebrate those businesses that can demonstrate that they pay the right amount of tax and who overtly shun the artificial use of tax havens and contrived tax avoidance practices.

11 Jun 2022


Contact the Research Hub about a survey...

If you have a relevant business ethics survey you would like to share with us, or if you would like to find out more about our ethics programme please contact our Research hub.