NMI's Sustainability Consumer Trends Database® is the industry's most comprehensive tool to measure consumers' integration of personal and planetary health across their lifestyles - from food and beverage to home care to durables and lifestyle activities. For the past 13 years, a wide range of clients have leveraged this insight to better understand their consumer target, develop new targets, and measure scores of attitudes and behaviors for those groups.
This Sustainability report is packed full of trends and analysis to help companies understand how these major cultural shifts identify opportunities for their business. Profiling the hottest consumer trends, this new December 2014 report offers over 80 pages of data and analysis, including charts, graphs, and illustrations comparing and contrasting consumer segments, demographic groups, product users, and more!
China 2014 ― Consumers and Sustainability is NMI's comprehensive report on the state of health and sustainability specifically in the country of China. The research was conducted to gain a fuller understanding of consumer attitudes and behaviors in China on the topics of health, environmental friendliness, sustainability, and corporate accountability.
This country report uncovers insights unique to the Chinese consumer base and examines the motivations and challenges which drive consumers to be more environmentally and socially responsible. In addition, the report reveals what they feel is their role and the role of those doing business in China. Food safety, indoor air pollution, water conservation and quality of education are top of mind for these consumers. Find out what else is on their minds.
A glimpse into the report...
The continued expansion of sustainability and environmental protection within China
How segments within the Chinese population have differing points of view and how that understanding can help to formulate messaging.
What types of products Chinese consumers want to see in an environmental version
What social and environmental issues are of utmost importance to Chinese
What are their health concerns and how do they influence desire for specific food attributes
What are Chinese consumers interested in learning about what companies are doing regarding their social and environmental commitments
China – Sustainability Summary
Chinese are highly engaged in the environmental and sustainable space; environmental and social responsibility are not thought of as transient ideals, but as foundational principles.
Understanding which environmental and social issues resonate with Chinese consumers will allow industries to better communicate with this emerging target: food safety, indoor air pollution, water conservation and quality of education are high concerns.
Quality of and access to healthcare are also major 'health' concerns among Chinese consumers.
In addition, while Chinese attitudes toward eating healthier are growing, food safety and GMO content in foods create concern among the majority of Chinese.
Even though the country is experiencing industrialized growth and global investment, and China continues to strive toward more equal distribution of the economic wealth, poverty and inequities continue to persist in China.
Chinese consumers exhibit high information seeking behavior regarding the environment; implementing educational initiatives should help boost brand understanding and trial; however, while Chinese do care about the environment, price oftentimes dictates purchase.
Chinese show significant interest in environmentally-friendly versions of many products; understanding what specific benefits Chinese consumers seek from e-friendly products will help to create a more impactful marketing strategy.
The Chinese community is increasingly watchful of what companies are doing and how it affects the environment and society; having a strong and transparent corporate social responsibility strategy is crucial.
The Chinese consumer feels their own government, corporations and foreign governments should be doing a better job in protecting the environment.
Skepticism does exist among Chinese regarding the value of e-friendly products; even if quality, price and convenience are held equal, benefits will have to be made 'real' and relevant.
Eco-benefits should be clearly communicated on product packaging as product labels are the source nearly half of Chinese consumers use to find out environmental information.
Understanding segment similarities and differences within each country helps to align messaging to attract the best target segment.
Background & Methodology: China
NMI's initial global study surrounding health and sustainability was conducted in 2005; this research was conducted in 2010 and 2013 in China; both years are presented as comparison in this report.
The study was conducted online; data were weighted to age and gender.
Data were collected from approximately 1,000 respondents in both 2010 and 2013.
In surveying Emerging countries, the respondent sample represents the population with online/internet access. Those consumers with online access align closely with those who have access to consumer packaged goods and therefore represent the best overall target for many organizations. As online penetration increases, demographic composition may shift. As such, this factor needs to be taken into account when using trended data and insights in this report.
A k-means clustering method was used. Cluster centers were defined as dense regions in the multivariate space based on a k-means segmentation of the attitudinal variables from the LOHAS survey.
These solutions are mutually exclusive and identify in each consumer segment the levels of influence and specific motivational and behavioral drivers across a multitude of factors.