THE latest quarterly survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland has found that a conclusive majority (94%) of business leaders believe their organisation has a social and moral responsibility to cease or minimise trade/business with or in Russia due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
In addition, ‘geopolitical/economic instability and ‘escalation of Russia-Ukraine war’ were seen by business leaders as among the biggest risks facing their organisations.
The IoD’s Director Sentiment Monitor for Q1 2022, to be published in early May, has also found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of business leaders are either ‘extremely’ or ‘very concerned’ about the wider consequences of the war in Ukraine impacting post-pandemic economic recovery, with a further 25% ‘concerned to some degree.
Commenting on the findings, Thora Mackey CDir, Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland, said: “First and foremost, business leaders acknowledge the massive and tragic humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine.
“They stand in solidarity with those trying to bring an end to the war and this is borne out by our research finding that a clear majority (94%) of business leaders are against trade with Russia.
“However, the reality is that businesses and the economy continue to function, but they must do so in a global context that is uncertain and fraught with significant risks to their organisations, trading partners and economies. Unsurprisingly, geopolitical/economic instability, and inflation, are seen by business leaders as the two most significant risks.
“This international crisis is evolving each day. It is to be hoped that efforts to find a peaceful resolution will be successful sooner rather than later, to avoid further loss of life and human suffering.”
The key findings of the IoD’s Director Sentiment Monitor for Q1 2022 include:
War in Ukraine – trade with Russia? When asked, ‘In respect of your role as a business leader, do you believe your primary organisation has a social and moral responsibility to cease or minimise trade/business with or in Russia due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine?’ the business leaders replied as follows: Yes: 94%, No: 3%, Don’t know: 3%.
War in Ukraine – post-pandemic recovery. When asked, ‘While recognising that the war in Ukraine is primarily a humanitarian tragedy, how concerned are you by the wider consequences of the war in Ukraine impacting post-pandemic economic recovery?’ the respondents chose as follows: Extremely concerned: 27%, Very concerned: 47%, Concerned to some degree: 25%, Not concerned: 1%, No opinion on it: 1%,
When asked, ‘At present, what do you believe is the single biggest risk facing your organisation?’ the business leaders replied as follows:
Geopolitical/economic instability: 19%; Inflation: 12%; Labour sourcing/quality/capability/retention: 11%; Escalation of Russia-Ukraine war: 11%; Rising energy costs: 8%; Rising costs of raw materials: 6%; Cyber security attack (e.g. Ransomware attack): 5%; A return of public health restrictions caused by Covid-19 and its variants: 5%; Negative consumer confidence: 5%.