Indonesians, followed by Malaysians and Chinese, are most likely to choose a product based on whether it is fair trade, environmentally friendly or donates a portion of proceeds to charity.
New Zealanders and Australians are the least likely of Asia Pacific nations, according to research released by MasterCard today.
Chinese shoppers are the most likely to consider whether a merchant acts ethically when choosing where to shop, and the Japanese least likely.
And the report concludes that the two most important ethical issues for shoppers in the region are whether the merchant is environmentally responsible and whether a product is fair trade.
MasterCard’s figures show consumers in emerging markets across Asia/Pacific are more likely to choose a product based on whether it is perceived as more socially responsible than those in developed markets. Overall, products which are fair trade have the most appeal. Consumers in emerging markets are also more likely to buy from merchants that act ethically. When choosing where to buy from, the most important ethical issue for shoppers is whether the merchant is environmentally responsible. The results are based on interviews that took place between October and December 2014, with a minimum of 500 people aged 18-64, in each of the 14 markets.
Georgette Tan, group head, communications, Asia/Pacific said people in emerging markets are increasingly concerned about the impact of rapid growth on the environment and society.
“It is not surprising that they are more likely to think of the supply chain and ethics of a merchant when deciding what to buy and where to shop.”
The key findings:
Overall, Indonesians (78.7 per cent), Chinese (73.8 per cent), Malaysians (73.8 per cent) and Thais (73.6 per cent) are most likely to consider whether a product is fair trade, environmentally friendly or donates a portion of proceeds to charity when buying.
PHILIPPINES ranked as 4th placer for the most ethical shoppers in Asia.
Purchases of socially responsible products are lowest in Australia (29.2 per cent) and New Zealand (33.6 per cent).
More than half (56.6 per cent) of shoppers in Asia/Pacific are likely to purchase a product because it is ethical.
Across the countries polled an average of 64 per cent purchased products based on fair trade principles, 58.8 per cent bought products which are environmentally friendly and 47 per cent purchased products donating a portion of their sales to a good cause.
Chinese shoppers (68.3 per cent) are most likely to buy products from a merchant that they consider ethical, followed by Thais (68 per cent) and Malaysians (64.3 per cent).
Consumers in Japan (20.9 per cent) are least likely to consider whether a merchant acts ‘ethically’ when shopping, followed by consumers in Korea (28.8 per cent) and Hong Kong (29.9 per cent).
The most important ethical issue for shoppers in the region when choosing where to buy from is whether the merchant is environmentally responsible (46.5 per cent).