The KPMG CEO Outlook provides an in-depth 3-year outlook from thousands of global executives on enterprise and economic growth. The full survey launches in September 2021, so sign up now to be notified when it’s released.
The KPMG 2021 CEO Outlook draws on the perspectives for the future of 1,325 CEOs across 11 major markets as they look to play a central part in rebuilding the economy and society. We’ve connected regularly with CEOs throughout the pandemic as they manage the impact of COVID-19, they’re optimistic about the economic recovery and continue to put an emphasis on leading with purpose. At the same time, critical societal issues — particularly climate change and inequality — are major challenges.
This year’s survey finds CEOs focused on being plugged-in, people-first and purpose-led to grow their organizations.
The pandemic was a true test of leadership for CEOs: they have had to protect the health and well-being of their employees, make big decisions amid uncertainty, adapt their leadership approach in a virtual environment and prepare for the post-pandemic era. Today, CEOs are facing new challenges as their organizations manage the ongoing impact of the pandemic: balancing the potential to drive growth with uncertainty around the potential of an uneven global recovery.
CEOs recognize that the future of work is about more than where people are based. High-performing organizations are those that can flex their technology muscles and their ability to upskill their people. This means having a motivated and highly skilled digital workforce that operates with speed and agility.
Today, corporate purpose is a business imperative. Focusing on a bold ESG program can help CEOs demonstrate how they can deliver on their purpose — but the survey also shows there’s still a significant number of CEOs who remain as yet unconvinced about the financial impact of ESG programs. How can CEOs turn their purpose from a statement of intent to real actions?
Our survey shows that CEOs are more than willing to lead by example to embrace today’s tough leadership challenges. They intend to deliver on their purpose commitments, making the ESG investments and changes necessary to address inequity and launch the race to net zero. They also look to drive growth and prosperity through digital agility and business model innovation, while ensuring that aggressive technology investments are matched by investment in human capabilities and skills.
Stay tuned as we plan to unveil more key findings from the survey as well as in-depth perspectives from CEOs across various sectors and geographies. Sign up now to be notified when it’s released.