In the 9th Edition of The Pulse Survey, conducted in September and October 2021, we seek to understand how our clients and market participants view the outlook for the global economy and their firms as we approach two years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We also continue our exploration of ESG, given growing momentum in this market segment.
- New Covid-19 Variants Top Concern: Our clients’ most widespread economic concern is the prospect of new Covid-19 variants emerging and ultimately delaying the economic recovery.
- The New Normal in 2022: 46% of businesses expect to resume normal operations by the end of 2022. But the definition of normal operations has changed, with 59% of respondents indicating that Covid-19 has permanently changed their business model.
- Supply Chain Disruption: Shortages of labour or materials are affecting 65% of clients and market participants. Of those, 40% are having difficulty hiring or retaining skilled workers and 25% are unable to obtain necessary materials due to shortages or price hikes.
- ESG Central to Core Work: 53% of companies have a mandate to take ESG issues into consideration, via a carbon target, internal carbon pricing or an ESG investment mandate. ESG issues are important to the core work of the majority of respondents, even if many firms do not have ESG mandates.