The sustainable consumer 

Consumer businesses face a complex web of climate-related risks and opportunities. 

Consumer businesses are responsible for over 25% of global emissions. The transformation of the sector is integral to the successful decarbonization of the global economy. Let's rethink the way we travel from A to B, the way we source and consume our food, what we buy and start minimizing waste. Let's work together towards a sustainable future!

Conscious consumerism: Understanding the dilemmas of today’s consumer

Consumer behaviour changes rapidly, and often in unexpected ways. In order to make successful strategic business decisions, companies need to anticipate and respond to these shifts in consumer needs. Recently, we have seen the rise of Conscious Consumerism: consumers are making conscious choices about what, why, and how to buy products and services. How does this translate to the Dutch market? Are Dutch consumers truly making more conscious choices — or are they just saying that they are? To what extent are they willing to pay extra for more sustainable products, and what do they expect from other parties – manufacturers, retailers, government, regulators – to enable them to make more conscious decisions?

Learn more about the dilemmas of today's consumer.

Executive summary Conscious Consumerism report

Reduce packaging waste in e-commerce

The growth of the global e-commerce packaging market and the need for more sustainable packaging are urging e-commerce companies to make considerable changes. What are the main market forces behind this urgency? What are the risks and opportunities involved? And what are the key questions to ask and next steps to take?

Explore more on reducing consumer packaging waste in e-commerce fulfilment centres

Net Positive future

Given the importance of agriculture to the Netherlands and the world, how do we future-proof the Netherlands' leadership position while reducing environmental impact? Sustainable agricultural production, healthy nutrition, and waste reduction opportunities need to be grown and harvested in the Netherlands to translate the disruption into a leadership opportunity.

Discover Food and Agriculture opportunities in the Netherlands.

Is the resale market as sustainable as we think?

The resale market is often considered as the sustainable solution for overconsumption and waste. However, recent research has cast doubt on this idea. Reselling does offer a path to an extended lifecycle of products, but it’s not the clear-cut win for sustainability that it promised to be. Yet it can be part of the solution. In this publication we explore how.

Read Deloitte’s Point-of-View on the resale market and sustainability

The conscious consumer connecting with health and sustainibility priorities

Deloitte commissioned a consumer survey about health and sustainability in grocery shopping in 15 European countries, across more than 17,000 consumers. This research aims to offer insights on consumer perspectives and the balancing act they face between health, sustainability and price when making food purchases.

Read more about our Conscious Consumer research

Decarbonising road freight: getting into gear

Decarbonisation has become a global imperative and a priority for governments, companies, and society at large. This report is the second instalment in a series exploring the decarbonisation of harder-to-abate sectors. In this report, Deloitte together with Shell captures the industry view of how to decarbonise the road freight sector.

Learn how to decarbonise the road freight sector

Europe’s Aviation Landscape in 2040

Imagine flying around Europe without worrying about your carbon footprint. In the not-so-distant future, planes will be 100% electric or will use sustainable fuels. What will the resulting European aviation landscape look like for travellers?

Find out about the key features of zero-carbon and zero-emissions planes, rewatch our webinar or download the report here

Moving towards a sustainable future

To do our part to help the world achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, Deloitte has launched WorldClimate, our strategy to drive responsible climate choices within our organization and beyond.

We recognize change starts within. Deloitte must set and meet higher standards for itself, empowering our professionals and connecting with our broader ecosystem to create solutions that facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy.

The opportunity to create a more sustainable world is at our collective fingertips, and we must all ask ourselves, “What climate action will I take today?”

Interested in our goals and commitments from around the world? You can learn more about WorldClimate here. 

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