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Resources to help your organization deploy the survey are on the way.

In the meantime, download our perspective paper on including the voice of the employee in your ESG strategy and reporting.

The Gallup Sustainability 5 (GS5) Index

Use our five survey items to start measuring the voice of the employee for environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.

Overview

Ensure your ESG reporting includes the voice of the employee.

For over two decades, Gallup analysts have studied 100 million records of employee data, as well as reports, research papers, and interviews with board members, executives, managers, and individual contributors. Along the way, we've learned two important things:

  1. Corporate culture plays a major role not only in driving profitability and raising morale but also in the effectiveness of safety, training, compliance and diversity programs.
  2. When organizations experience ethical issues and scandals, employees are the first to know -- long before leaders find out.

In short, if your external communications say your organization is doing great things for the environment, but your employees strongly disagree, something is not working. Recent corporate scandals have proven that major ethical, social and environmental risks can hide behind "good news."

Current discussions about reporting standards have focused on financial and accounting variables such as diversity, pay equality, wage levels, health and safety statistics, and employee training. While these are essential standards, nonfinancial, subjective cultural elements are missing.

Solution

Take action by asking your employees to rate these five survey items.

Examining data from several hundred items in Gallup's database aimed at the most important ESG content areas, Gallup has identified five survey items that are highly predictive of future behaviors and business outcomes.

These five items:

  • are proven to be predictive of positive organizational outcomes, including ESG
  • are written by Gallup experts and scientifically validated
  • allow for global benchmarking

These items, collectively known as the Gallup Sustainability 5 (GS5) index, are our gift to the world. We recommend that all organizations add these items to their current employee surveys, regardless of the platform they currently use.

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How to Deploy and Benchmark the Gallup Sustainability 5 (GS5) Index

Gallup urges all organizations to begin asking their employees these questions. Use the exact survey items and scales as shown below when deploying the GS5 index. Organizations can add them to any employee survey on any platform.

GS5 Index:

If I raised a concern about ethics and integrity, I am confident my employer would do what is right.

At work, I am treated with respect.

There is someone at work who encourages my development.

My organization cares about my overall wellbeing.

My organization makes a positive impact on people and the planet.

Translated versions of each item can be found here.

Compare your organization's percentage of "strongly agree" responses (those who rate the item a "5" on a five-point scale) with Gallup's database of other organizations -- the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles are posted below each item.

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Key Partnership

This contribution is made in partnership with Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), a pioneer of this effort to include the voice of the employee in key ESG metrics. Gallup will maintain a global composite for benchmarking, and Gallup and CECP will offer ESG analytics and advice to interested Gallup clients and CECP-affiliated companies. The sole purpose of this partnership between Gallup and CECP is to get you headed in the right direction on your ESG journey -- now.

Thinking about deploying the GS5 index? Here are some more resources to help.

Fill out the form below, and Gallup will send you (via email) our perspective paper on ESG, an explanation of why we chose each question on the survey, and information on how to share your organization's data back to Gallup to add to our database.

  

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