In the UK, 84 per cent of tech professionals have a favourable opinion of CEO activists and 77 per cent think CEOs have a responsibility to speak up about issues that are important to society. The top three issues UK tech professionals would like to hear CEOs speak out about are privacy and data protection, jobs/skills training and sexual harassment (65 per cent, 64 per cent and 62 per cent, respectively). But UK tech professionals do not want lip-service with 77 per cent believing CEOs should follow-up talk with action.
Across the globe, female technology professionals hold more positive views of CEO activism compared to their male peers. These women are more likely to agree that CEOs need to defend company values, have a more favourable opinion overall of CEO activism and are more likely to feel CEOs have a responsibility to speak out.