The growth of our Responsible Marketing LinkedIn Group has been intriguing: most new members aren’t coming from America—they are coming from everywhere else. And a disproportionate number are coming from emerging markets.
- Older people aren’t as purposeful: The U.S. is aging, and the idea of spending a little more for a product to support a cause hasn’t been embraced by many older consumers—especially those on fixed incomes.
- Consumers in emerging markets are closer to the problems that need to be solved. Put simply, Americans are more insulated from the problems that need solving.
- It’s assumed that governments will enforce high standards in developed countries, but “citizen consumers” are helping make it happen in developing markets.
- Consumers in development countries are more disillusioned with institutions than ever—and they are taking action.
- Recessions make us selfish.
Are there other reasons consumers in emerging markets care more about responsible business than Americans?
We’d love to hear from you.
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