Bucharest, 17 January 2022 – CEO confidence in the global economy’s growth prospects is at a ten-year high globally, according to the 25th PwC CEO Survey. Of the respondents, 77% expect the global economy to improve in 2022 compared to last year.
“While facing pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic and volatility from rising inflation, supply chain disruptions and the wave of employee resignations, global executives are starting 2022 with optimism. In Romania, the majority of CEOs (59%) believe that the national Gross Domestic Product will improve this year compared to last year. That perception shows us that many businesses are solid, have conditions for growth and expect higher revenues this year”, said Dinu Bumbăcea, Country Managing Partner PwC Romania.
Confidence rising in revenue growth prospects globally over the next 12 months, on the rise
More than half of the respondent CEOs also report high levels of confidence in their own companies’ prospects for revenue growth over the next 12 months. They are led by CEOs of private equity (67%) and technology companies (64%), with both sectors continuing to benefit from large inflows of capital.
At the other end of the spectrum, CEOs in the automotive (46%) and hospitality and leisure sectors (44%) are grappling with semiconductor shortages and the lingering effects of the pandemic on travel, respectively.
Cybersecurity tops the concerns agenda
The significant increase in cybersecurity incidents over the past two years and accelerated digitalisation across all industries have propelled cyberthreats to the top of global concerns list, with 49% of CEOs reporting such threats as being top of their agenda, compared to 47% last year and 33% in 2020.
The global health situation as the pandemic lingers, mentioned by 48% of executives, and macroeconomic volatility (fluctuating GDP growth, inflation and unemployment) are next on the list of threats.
Despite rising interest in ESG, strategy is still primarily driven by business metrics
Most CEOs include goals related to customer satisfaction, employee engagement and automation or digitalisation in their long-term strategies. Those non-financial outcomes are intertwined with day-to-day business performance.
Targets related to GHG emissions, gender representation and ethnic diversity appear less in those strategies and compensation packages.
Just 22% of our respondents have made a net-zero carbon commitment. An additional 29% are working towards making a net-zero carbon commitment.
Other findings in the report
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