Gen Z x Sustainable future [ZA infographic]

What is Gen Z’s take on the future? Are they optimistic or pessimistic? What global issues are keeping them up at night? How do they look at gender diversity and how will they tackle injustice?

The following infographic, using data from proprietary quantitative research amongst 1,002 consumers (400 Gen Z, 201 Gen Y, 202 Gen X and 199 baby boomers), highlights how this generation will contribute to a more sustainable future and what this means for brands.

Gen Z x Sustainable future ZA Infographic

51% of Gen Z in South Africa feels uncertain about the future. The global issues that Gen Z would like to tackle are poverty (56%), the economic crisis (51%), racism (38%), health problems and virus outbreaks (27%), suppression and abuse of women (27%), global warming & climate change (21%), gender inequality (17%), and underdevelopment in growth countries (16%). Breaking gender stereotypes is another theme that is significantly more present in the daily lives of Gen Z. 76% believes there are still too many gender stereotypes, 50% recognizes that gender identity can change over time, and 47% knows someone who prefers to be addressed with gender neutral pronouns.

Social media makes it easy for Gen Z to use the collective power of their clicks to fight injustice. In fact, 37% follows social-media accounts on social justice, 33% voices their opinion regarding social issues on social media, and 26% participated in (online) protests.

So, what does this mean for brands? Gen Z challenges brands to demonstrate their ongoing social impact. Brands that try to jump on the bandwagon with one-off actions, risk being called out for green-washing or rainbow-washing.

Want to explore how your brand can connect with this woke consumer? Discover what our Gen Z research toolbox and expert power can do for your brand!

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