Proud to be Employee Owned – a personal perspective

Proud to be Employee Owned – a personal perspective

Proud to be Employee Owned – a personal perspective

June 2024, by MM-Eye

Today is Employee Ownership Day, when companies across many sectors in the UK celebrate and showcase the benefits of being employee-owned. Here at MM-Eye, we are incredibly proud to be a member of the growing employee-owned business community and want to mark today by reflecting on the benefits and impacts of being partners in a business we collectively own.

MM-Eye became 100% employee-owned in January 2023.  At the time, we were all excited about the transition and what this would mean for our business and for us individually.  Now, we are 18 months into this new chapter for MM-Eye, and we are proud of the culture of empowerment and ownership which is embedded in our business.  Along with our B Corp certification, which we secured in September 2023, we feel our employee-owned status reflects our values here at MM-Eye of being empowered, being supportive and acting with integrity.

But how does it really feel to be an employee-owner? How different is it from being just an employee?

Our colleague Katie joined MM-Eye 9 months ago, coming from a large company.  Her recent experiences here at MM-Eye give great insight into the benefits of working in an employee-owned business to the individual.

Katie says ‘Since joining MM-Eye and becoming a partner in an employee-owned company, I can confidently say the experience is incredibly rewarding compared to working for a large limited company.’

Picking up on the sense of ownership and motivation this brings, Katie goes on to say, ‘Here at MM-Eye, we all have a direct stake in the success of the business, which encourages joint responsibility and collaboration. I’ve always been motivated by a job well done, and this is now even more apparent.  Knowing that my efforts directly impact the company’s performance motivates me to go the extra mile.’

Katie’s sense of empowerment as an employee-owner shines through when she says ‘Unlike in a large limited company, where decisions are made by a distant board of directors, we have a say in major decisions, which has increased my sense of belonging and pride for the company.’

Reflecting on the supporting culture here at MM-Eye and opportunities for personal development, Katie concludes, ‘We are a close-knit workforce, and we are all working towards a common goal and really support each other. In my 9 months at MM-Eye, I have been involved in so many different areas of the business that I would never have had the chance to be part of previously. My knowledge has grown, and the experience has been eye-opening, rewarding, challenging, but most of all, fulfilling. I am so pleased I made the move.’

According to the Employee Owners Association, the number of employee-owned businesses in the UK is growing exponentially, with over 1,700 in the last count.  Research shows that the EO sector punches well above its weight across multiple dimensions of impact for employees, communities, and the wider economy.  Our own experience as a business and as individuals supports this.  If you think employee ownership could be the right path for your business, we would be very happy to share our experiences.

Co-Streaming Research: The key to increased esports viewership

Co-Streaming Research: The key to increased esports viewership

Co-Streaming Research: The key to increased esports viewership

June 2024, by Matias Van der Heijden

What is “Co-Streaming”? Many people, especially those unfamiliar with esports (if you’re unfamiliar with esports I recommend reading my previous article) won’t have heard the term “Co-Streaming” before. “Co-Streaming” is when a content creator or streamer broadcasts an event live alongside the official broadcast. It has been growing more and more popular over the last few years and is really starting to show now. Many large creators, especially higher-level players, are utilising their knowledge and entertaining broadcasts to increase overall viewership of live events.

This was shown recently in the League of Legends mid-season invitational, where one creator, “Caedrel,” co-streamed the event and surpassed the viewership figures of the official English broadcast. Many fans look to streams like his to watch the broadcasts as the creators add their own commentary over the official streams. But some fans will watch co-streams for different reasons.

The language barrier is a longstanding issue for fans trying to watch live events. Many tournaments are doing well with providing coverage of different languages for their broadcasts, but it isn’t perfect. Co-streaming tackles that issue perfectly. Many fans who don’t speak an officially covered language can now find a creator from their region covering the event, from Romanian to Tagalog (which saw 20x more viewership compared to last year); in MSI 2024, 19 languages were covered by a wide range of Co-streamers.

Many different games have been using this now, with League of Legends and Counter Strike being two of the big names implementing it. In Counter Strike, the Brazilian content creator “Gaules” has been around for a while, streaming the events and drawing in massive viewership. Covering a language such as Portuguese, he has been able to become the go-to for Portuguese broadcasts. In 2022, he received a viewership of 684,000 vs the official broadcast’s 114,000 in the PGL Antwerp major. Gaules really showcases the way that a streamer can boost the viewership by covering languages that have little to no coverage.

On the industry’s side, Co-streaming is a win-win: the streamers get increased viewership, and the hosts get to claim those as viewership numbers in their overall totals, likely increasing sponsorship revenue and bringing more attention to the scene in general. However, with as much success as co-streaming has been showing, many tournament organisers seem to be unsure as to the way to go with it. Some events have tested opening co-streaming to the public, but with the number of rules around the sponsorship having to be covered, it’s almost impossible to moderate.

The general way it works is by paying for the broadcast rights or signing an agreement with the tournament organiser. Many millions have been spent on rights in the past, but it appears to be shifting more toward a contract. As long as people don’t have sponsors competing against the tournament sponsors and abide by the rules set out ahead of the broadcast, the organisers seem open to letting people co-stream.

Understanding the public’s sentiment towards co-streaming is central to its future success. Market research can provide valuable insights into how different demographics perceive co-streaming, helping organisations tailor their strategies effectively. For instance, do fans prefer content from specific creators, or is there a demand for broader accessibility, allowing more creators to join in? Are there particular content features, such as in-depth analysis or entertainment-focused commentary, that fans find more engaging?

Identifying which markets desire official language coverage over co-streamer coverage can help organisers make informed decisions. For example, understanding the primary language preferences can optimise broadcast strategies in regions where multiple languages are spoken. Market research can also uncover nuances in viewing habits, such as peak viewing times and preferred platforms, which can further enhance the reach and impact of co-streamed content. Consumer sentiment analysis is another critical aspect. By gathering feedback from viewers, we can assess their satisfaction with current co-streaming options and identify areas for improvement. This feedback can guide organisers on potential partnerships with new streamers, regions to target for expansion, and content formats that resonate most with the audience.

At MM-Eye, we specialise in uncovering these insights through comprehensive market research. By analysing viewer preferences and behaviours, we can help esports organisations and content creators better understand their audiences. Our research can guide decisions on whether to expand co-streaming opportunities and how to optimise language coverage to maximise engagement. To explore these questions further, please reach out to our team @MM-Eye using the form below or email us at

From Insight to Impact: How can Market Research be a Catalyst for Sustainability?

From Insight to Impact: How can Market Research be a Catalyst for Sustainability?

From Insight to Impact: How can Market Research be a Catalyst for Sustainability?

May 2024, by Ben Davis

As a market research agency positioned at the crossroads of various industries, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to ensure sustainability remains a key focus for our clients. On World Environment Day, we delve into market research’s crucial role in shaping sustainable business practices and driving positive environmental impact, highlighting how MM-Eye drives change through our latest Say Do Sustainability Study (SDSS).

Uncovering Hidden Opportunities for Sustainable Innovation

In recent years, sustainability has evolved from a niche concern to a central aspect of consumer behaviour. Today’s shoppers are increasingly vigilant about the environmental and social impact of their purchases. Our market research capabilities are essential in identifying these shifts and helping businesses capitalise on them.

Through advanced data analytics, surveys, and focus groups, we reveal emerging trends that can drive sustainable innovation. Our innovative tool, ThoughtScape™, leverages AI-powered text analytics to delve into consumers’ subconscious motivations, revealing trends that other research methods might miss. This insight enables businesses to innovate, whether it’s developing biodegradable materials, enhancing energy efficiency in production, or creating products that support a circular economy.

Assessing the Effectiveness of Sustainable Business Practices through SDSS

Implementing sustainable practices and investing in sustainable innovation is crucial, but measuring the effectiveness of both is equally important. Market research provides the metrics needed to evaluate these initiatives comprehensively and assesses whether they have been effectively communicated to consumers. Companies can gauge the real-world impact of their sustainability efforts by tracking key performance indicators, though these don’t always reflect consumer perceptions.

Our latest SDSS offers an in-depth benchmark analysis option for businesses to compare their performance against industry standards. With fresh insights and consumer perspectives from 2024, this is the most comprehensive study of its kind in the UK, covering 55 brands across 11 industries and using 12 key metrics to assess the success of the brands’ sustainability initiatives and strategies. This comparative analysis highlights areas for improvement and showcases achievements, fostering a culture of continuous enhancement in sustainability. It also engages a representative sample of the UK population, helping our clients recognise what matters most to their target audience and understand the different targeting strategies available to ensure the most effective communication of their impact.

Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement through Data-Driven Insights

Market research helps craft targeted communication strategies that resonate with each stakeholder group by understanding the values, concerns, and expectations of consumers. Businesses can tailor their messages to demonstrate genuine commitment and progress in sustainability.

SDSS has revealed key trends in sustainability messaging, providing deep insights into how different groups perceive sustainability efforts. These insights help businesses refine their communication strategies to build trust and credibility with consumers. For a deeper dive into these insights, please follow this link to our Say Do Sustainability Study or read our recent article on how Zellenials view sustainability and brand efforts here.

Driving Behavioural Change for a Greener Future

Once a strategy is created to communicate a company’s sustainability initiatives and impact, ensuring the messaging effectively changes consumer behaviour remains a significant challenge. Market research can identify the behavioural barriers and motivators that influence sustainable choices. By leveraging behavioural science principles, we help businesses design interventions that nudge consumers towards more sustainable actions, thereby extending the positive impact of many businesses. We can then conduct projects that track behavioural change and the real-life impact of sustainability strategies, providing the evidence needed to drive further investment and impact in sustainability.

Celebrating World Environment Day

On this World Environment Day, we celebrate the indispensable role of market research in fostering sustainability. From uncovering hidden opportunities for innovation to driving behavioural change and ensuring effective marketing and communication of sustainability strategies, market research equips businesses with the insights needed to make informed, impactful decisions.

By harnessing the power of market research, businesses can enhance their sustainability strategies and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

Contact us or book an appointment to discover how MM-Eye can support your sustainability initiatives, help you achieve your environmental goals, and help you achieve your business goals.

Has the cost-of-living crisis killed the sustainability agenda?

Has the cost-of-living crisis killed the sustainability agenda?

Has the cost-of-living crisis killed the sustainability agenda?

May 2024, by Nicola Church

2021, the UK fell into a cost-of-living crisis; 3 years on and despite the slight reprieve in inflation over the last year, the crisis still impacts consumers on a daily basis. Food and non-alcoholic drink prices are now 30% higher than they were in April 2021, and between 2021 and 2023, the average weekly mortgage payment increased by almost 20%. As families struggle with debt and sacrifice essentials, has the drive for sustainability lost its momentum?

In the latest wave of our Say Do Sustainability Study (SDSS), we explore the impact that socioeconomic influences have on consumer engagement with sustainability. We found that only a fifth of UK consumers in lower income groups feel they are doing better than average in leading a sustainable lifestyle – significantly lower than their counterparts in higher socioeconomic groups, who have greater resources and financial flexibility to make sustainable choices. This gap reflects the real economic equation of our ability to act green; sustainable products often demand higher prices, and as disposable income drops, our ability to afford these products decreases.

So, does the cost-of-living crisis signify a setback for sustainability efforts?

A Collective Commitment

Despite the financial struggles many consumers are contending with, there remains a unified spirit of working together to do more. This desire transcends demographic differences and unifies consumers in a pursuit to improve the planet for future generations. Regardless of their income bracket, almost 90% of UK adults want to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, and active engagement in sustainability has increased, particularly amongst younger generations. Making sustainable choices isn’t an easy option – yet there is a clear acknowledgement that we must work together to make them.

Consumers are calling out for help from brands, governments, and organisations. We need to work together to achieve our goals.

Seeking Economic Solutions

The affordability crunch presents hurdles for consumers and companies, grappling with rising costs of raw materials, utilities, and transportation. Delivering cost-effective, sustainable products isn’t a straightforward task. However, there is a strong feeling amongst consumers that the onus of making sustainable choices cannot be placed solely on them. We need to work together; brands need to do more. They need to drive change and create accessible, cost-effective, sustainable initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to environmental leadership. Brands that place sustainability at the heart of their proposition and actively engage with consumers on the subject have an opportunity to position themselves as champions of the collective effort towards achieving sustainability goals – gaining a competitive edge and building customer loyalty.

Within the Say Do Sustainability Study, we explore this topic further and deep dive into consumer perceptions of 55 brands across 11 categories. To explore further and gauge how brands in your category fare, we invite you to reach out and schedule a meeting with us using the form below or find out more at:

Are Value-Driven Careers the Key to Sustainable Business Growth?

Are Value-Driven Careers the Key to Sustainable Business Growth?

Are Value-Driven Careers the Key to Sustainable Business Growth?

May 2024, by Ben Davis

Why Value-Driven Careers Matter

Young professionals today are increasingly seeking careers that resonate with their core personal values. This shift towards value-driven career choices reflects a desire for work that fosters personal fulfilment and aligns with a deeper sense of purpose. This is an article which will take you through a presentation I gave at the MRS Conference in March, exploring the trend of value-driven career choices and the implications this has for employees, businesses, growth and positive change.

The Rise of Value-Driven Careers

Gone are the days of rigidly predefined career paths. Today’s young professionals are prioritising values such as sustainability, social impact, and work-life balance when making career decisions. A recent European Investment Bank survey found that 75% of under-30s in the UK consider a potential employer’s climate impact a significant factor during job hunting, and 1 in 5 say it is their top priority. This highlights the growing importance for businesses to demonstrate a commitment to ethical and sustainable practices when attracting and retaining future talent.

This focus on values goes beyond simply finding a job that pays the bills. Individuals are seeking work that aligns with their personal beliefs and allows them to contribute to a cause they believe in, which can lead to increased motivation, engagement, and overall job satisfaction for employees.  Businesses benefit through improved productivity, employee retention and growth. An increasing number of businesses lead by example by signing up to movements and certifications such as B Corp and commit to using their business as a force for good.

Understanding B Corps

The B Corp movement redefines business success by prioritising social and environmental impact alongside profit. Spearheaded in the UK by the nonprofit B Lab, it certifies companies that meet rigorous standards of performance, accountability, and transparency, ensuring they operate for the benefit of all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

By fostering a community of purpose-driven businesses that collaborate and share best practices, the movement aims to create a more sustainable and inclusive economy, demonstrating that businesses can be a force for good in the world. And with over 8,000 B Corps globally, the movement already has momentum, and it reflects the growing demand for businesses that operate with a higher purpose, beyond profit, instead committing to social responsibility and environmental sustainability as a business. Now more than ever, people like me are looking to support these brands, whether that be as a customer or a job seeker and value driven career choices are becoming more common. Therefore, it is those businesses that are clearly communicating their positive impact and sustainability strategies that are growing faster, recruiting easier and appealing more to today’s consumer, as we discovered in our recent Say-Do Sustainability Study.

Employee Ownership: Fostering Retention and Engagement

Attracting young talent with shared values through something like B Corp is crucial but retaining them requires an ongoing commitment. MM-Eye’s employee ownership structure has given us a sense of belonging and purpose here at MM-Eye. The Partner Council empowers younger employees to contribute fresh perspectives and participate in decision-making and the rewarding working environment has given us a sense of ownership that reflects in our work. This not only fosters growth and innovation but also creates clear career paths and a sense responsibility that ultimately improves employee retention.

A Mutually Beneficial Approach

By prioritising values and embracing movements like B Corp and employee ownership, companies can create a win-win scenario for both them and their employees. Employees who find purpose in their work are more engaged and productive. Businesses that prioritise ethical practices and social responsibility are better positioned to attract and retain top talent.  Ultimately, this value-driven approach can fuel positive social and environmental change while ensuring the long-term success of a business.

At MM-Eye, alongside customer research, we also specialise in conducting stakeholder and employee research that helps businesses understand and foster a positive culture.  As a certified B Corp, we are uniquely positioned to assist other companies working towards B Corp certification and we have developed a range of research-based tools to help other aspiring B corps, including our Materiality Assessment and B Corp data gathering surveys. Through insights on materiality, brand health and by feedback from customers, suppliers, employees, and wider stakeholders, MM-Eye can help you prioritise and amplify your positive impact and business growth.  If you think we can help you out, or you want to get in touch for a chat, please book a consultation using the form below.

Can The Alcohol Industry Pave The Way To A Greener Future?

Can The Alcohol Industry Pave The Way To A Greener Future?

Can The Alcohol Industry Pave The Way To A Greener Future?

May 2024, by Ben Davis

In today’s increasingly eco-conscious world, sustainability has become a critical factor influencing consumer perceptions and support of brands. From environmentally friendly production practices to ethical sourcing, consumers pay closer attention to the sustainability efforts of the brands they support. Our Say Do Sustainability Study (SDSS) has revealed UK consumers’ attitudes and perceptions of alcohol brands’ efforts to mitigate their negative environmental and social impacts.

Social and Environmental challenges facing the alcohol industry

The alcohol industry faces pressing sustainability challenges that are influencing consumer perceptions and support for some alcohol brands. Water scarcity is one of the industry’s primary challenges. High water consumption throughout the brewing or distillation process, farming crops such as barley or grapes, and cooling necessitate water-saving measures to avoid water conflicts with other stakeholders in local resources and to avoid scrutiny from ethical consumers and activists. To ensure this happens, Alcohol brands must be accountable for their usage and transparently report this in annual impact reports. Similarly, the alcohol industry has high energy usage levels, with long supply chains that use energy for refrigeration, brewing, farming, transportation and packaging to ensure that measures are taken and shown to limit energy usage too.

SDSS: Industry action, brands impact and consumer perceptions

SDSS shows consumers hold high expectations for the role of government, brands, and organisations in creating positive social and environmental change. They are acutely aware of the imminent and real climate crisis, which engages them, makes them active in conversations, and makes them want to make a positive impact with their purchasing power. Despite the challenges, this hopeful generation effectively wields their buying power and influence for good.​

With ethical consumers having an ever-growing influence on buying patterns and brands’ success, alcohol brands must address the aforementioned challenges and ensure they effectively communicate their efforts and positive change to consumers to remain competitive in their market.

SDSS has shown in some cases that despite brands creating a more sustainable brand offering, introducing new bottle designs made up of up to 85% recycled glass or setting targets such as having fully recyclable packaging by 2030 or achieving Net Zero by 2040, brands still face the challenge of conveying their commitments to their customers in a clear, compelling, and effective way.

Alcohol brands that have scored highest, including Johnnie Walker and BrewDog, have ensured consistency in their messaging and have successfully demonstrated their support for social causes and communicated their efforts towards sustainability. Both brands have committed to becoming Net Zero and are working hard to reduce emissions across their supply chains. BrewDog has been proactive, launching its ‘BrewDog Tomorrow’ initiative, which focuses on utilising wind energy, prioritising effective waste management, and promoting the circular economy. By sourcing all UK electricity from wind power, transforming spent grain into green energy, and introducing electric vehicles for delivery, BrewDog demonstrates to consumers its seriousness about making positive change, and SDSS shows that the messaging they have used to communicate this to consumers has been successful.

However, this has not been the case for all the brands in the SDSS Index. The Absolut Company is an example of this, with very limited publicly available information on their positive change initiative, creating the perception that they are not fully committed to these values. Other brands like Diageo and Gordons are already making significant efforts towards sustainability targets and for social initiatives however, consumers haven’t quite received the message.

Get in touch to find out more

By considering these insights, organisations and brands can create strategies that emphasise sustainability efforts more clearly and appeal more to ethical consumers, who will be encouraged to support brands that align their actions and claims in this area.

To learn more about our findings and how we can help your brand or organisation make a meaningful impact, explore the details of our latest Say Do Sustainability Study on our website and put some time in on the form below to talk to the team at MM-Eye.

Ownership Culture: MRS Reflections

Ownership Culture: MRS Reflections

Ownership Culture: MRS Reflections

May 2024, by Ettie Etela

March, I had the privilege of speaking at the MRS Conference at the “Reimagining the Future of the Insight Function” round table session alongside Human8 and Magenta. During my talk, I discussed the concept of ownership culture and its positive impact on all of the employee partners at MM-Eye. My hope was to provide other teams and agencies with a blueprint for fostering an ownership culture that can improve the culture within their companies and teams.

At MM-Eye, we have long understood that the heart of a successful business is its culture. Culture shapes the environment in which we work and directly influences our output, creativity, and the overall health of our organisation. As someone who has navigated the market research industry for over two decades, I have witnessed firsthand the pivotal role a supportive, engaging, and inclusive culture plays in business success.

Several years ago, MM-Eye embarked on a transformative journey. We transitioned from a traditional agency model to become a fully employee-owned entity, and along this path, we achieved B Corp certification. This was a fundamental change in how we operate and measure success. Our transformation has been rooted in practising what we preach, impacting every facet of our business—from our ownership structure to how we approach our projects.

Living the Ownership Mindset

For us at MM-Eye, ownership is more than holding shares —it’s a mindset embedded deeply within our culture. This mindset has fostered an environment where creativity and innovation flourish. Every member of our team is empowered to think and act like stakeholders, bringing their best ideas to the table. This sense of ownership has enhanced our creativity and also led to significant improvements in productivity and financial success.

The Power of Inclusion and Diversity

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has reshaped our recruitment strategy. We step beyond conventional channels, attracting a broad spectrum of candidates through community engagements and lifestyle platforms. This has enriched our team dynamics and bolstered our capability to connect with and understand our diverse client base. Our workforce reflects the communities we serve, enhancing our insights and strengthening our position in the market.

Nurturing Talent and Well-being

We also believe in nurturing our talent through continuous learning and development opportunities. Our talent development approach is all-inclusive, supporting new joiners and seasoned experts alike. We have also embraced a hybrid work model that caters to individual needs, fostering increased productivity and job satisfaction. Our robust well-being program, especially our focus on mental health, is a cornerstone of our culture, ensuring our partners remain motivated and engaged.

Blueprint for creating an ownership culture

Our experience and success in fostering a thriving culture is not just our story – it could be yours, too. I presented the delegates with five key takeaways on how we foster an ownership culture.

  1. Instil a sense of ownership and purpose, whether in your team’s work or your company as a whole
  2. Develop an ongoing dialogue about your impact that is more than the bottom line
  3. Implement a working model that enhances productivity, one that will enable your team to bring their best
  4. Develop a strong position to attract new talent, creating clarity about your values.
  5. Involve employees in decision-making to cultivate a sense of ownership and drive.


Transform your business culture with MM-Eye – where everyone owns success.

Are you ready to reimagine the culture of your business? At MM-Eye, we specialise in conducting stakeholder and employee research that helps businesses understand and foster a positive culture. As a certified B Corp, we are uniquely positioned to assist companies working towards B Corp certification. We provide insights on materiality and gather feedback from suppliers, employees, and stakeholders, helping you prioritise and amplify your positive impact.

If you’re interested in learning more about how MM-Eye can support your journey toward a more inclusive and productive workplace, please book a consultation using the form below.

What The Rest Of Us Can Learn About Sustainability From Zellenials

What The Rest Of Us Can Learn About Sustainability From Zellenials

What The Rest Of Us Can Learn About Sustainability From Zellenials

May 2024, by Meg Rudman-Walsh

There tends to be a view of Gen Z and young Millennials (i.e. Zellenials) as anxious and worrying about the future.  While our latest wave of the MM-Eye Say Do Sustainability Study recognises this, this view does not represent the whole story.  As often, it is more nuanced and complex.

Yes, Zellenials are anxious about the future, and when it comes to sustainability, they have every right to feel this way.  But they are also optimistic.  Today’s sustainability landscape is experiencing a dynamic shift, and it’s led by the younger generations.


This is not a trend; it is about pursuing a lifestyle dedicated to sustainability

The vast majority of Zellenials actively engage in sustainable living, and many are seeking to increase their environmental efforts.  They have a deep level of commitment and have strong confidence in their actions to protect the planet.​ They pursue a dedicated lifestyle towards long-term environmental health; this is not just a passing trend.​


Full schedules and an abundance of information can cause eco-anxiety

However, there are barriers, the main ones being a lack of time and an overload of information.  Zellenials live fast-paced lives with full schedules – from studies, jobs and social activities.  This limits the time they can dedicate to researching and implementing comprehensive sustainable practices.  And while they have an abundance of information about sustainability at their fingertips, this can often be as much a source of confusion as it is of inspiration.  This overload of information can lead to eco-anxiety, where the pressure to make the ‘right’ sustainable choices leads to stress and indecision.​


Brands and governments should lead on sustainability, but spending power is a way to influence

Zellenials expects brands, organisations, and governments to take the lead in sustainability.  They demand authentic action, not just talk, from the companies they purchase from and the places they work.

They are more inclined to support brands that are change-makers – those with a clear, verifiable commitment to environmental sustainability and social betterment.


The above reflects the views and behaviours of many of our Zellenial MM-Eye partners.  This is what Caleb, one of our Gen Z partners, said…

“When buying, I avoid brands that I know have a negative impact on the natural world and prioritise those that are working towards positive change. It is difficult to know what to do to protect the planet, and supporting groups that are devoted to this is one way for me to do this.”


Get in touch to find out more

Zellenials are shaping a future that values sustainability at its core, and our Say Do Sustainability Study offers many more valuable insights into their attitudes and behaviour.

By taking these insights into account, organisations and brands can create strategies that appeal to this key demographic group.

To learn more about our findings and how we can help your brand or organisation make a meaningful impact, explore the details of our latest Say Do Sustainability Study on our website and put some time in on the form below to talk to the team at MM-Eye.

Compost Against Climate Change

Compost Against Climate Change

Compost Against Climate Change

May 2024, by Catherine Gordon

Did you know that composting has an important role to play in the fight against climate change?  This week is International Compost Awareness Week, an education initiative run by the compost industry worldwide and this year’s theme this year is to highlight the contribution of composting to combatting climate change.  While the green-fingered amongst us kick off the growing season up to our elbows in fresh compost, we reflect on the role market research can play in boosting composting rates and help to fight climate change.

Our recent Say-Do Sustainability Study highlighted shifting consumer attitudes to sustainability and how everyday decisions are being increasingly influenced by a desire to live a more sustainable life, which includes what we do with our kitchen and garden waste.

Composting is the natural process of turning organic waste into a usable planting medium.  In whatever way it happens – a compost bin in your garden or your local council’s industrial-sized composting plant – composting organic waste helps to fight climate change in multiple ways.

Decomposing organics give off significantly less methane when they are exposed to oxygen in a composting process instead of decomposing buried in a landfill site.  Methane is a greenhouse gas which is twenty-five times more powerful than carbon dioxide.  Diverting organic waste into a composting process not only reduces methane but also reduces landfill usage.

Returning organic matter to the soil in the form of compost serves as a “carbon bank” helping to store carbon by removing it from the atmosphere. Compost also helps to improve soil structure and water retention, so creating resilience to the effects of climate change such as drought and extreme weather, by reducing soil erosion.

For domestic and commercial growers, using composted organic material as a soil improver reduces the need for artificial fertilisers as the compost brings natural biodiversity and enhanced productivity to soil.  Reducing the demand for artificial fertilisers reduces the energy used in their manufacture.

Recent campaigns have led to the introduction of peat free compost, preserving rare peatlands which are vital for the unique biodiversity they support as well as the carbon they store.

So there are multiple reasons why composting can contribute to our flight against climate change.  So why aren’t we doing more of it?

Large-scale composting, diverting organic matter from the waste stream, and switching to peat-free alternatives all require growers, gardeners and households to change their behaviour.  This is where market research tools can help to identify barriers to take up, highlight practical considerations and identify areas of misunderstanding, which, when addressed, could lead to more of us changing our behaviour and boosting composting rates.

Better understanding of attitudes to the barriers to home composting – a lack of space, practicalities for multi-occupancy housing, concerns about pests, understanding what can and can’t be composted, how long it takes, how to eventually use the compost made – could improve how much domestic organic waste could be diverted to composting.

A better understanding of the many different peat-free composts available – such as composted bark, coir and wood fibre, sometimes mixed with inorganic materials such as grit, sharp sand, rock wool and perlite – could improve the take-up of these alternative products.  There are lots of peat free alternatives for the gardener to choose and consumers are finding their way, but market research could give a deeper understanding of how gardeners are adapting to these different products and feedback into their future development.

It is commonplace to see single-use plastic packaging, utensils, cups, and plates labelled as ‘compostable’, but they are not always suitable for a domestic compost bin as the polymer material needs much higher temperatures to break down, only achievable in industrial-sized composting facilities. Technology in this area is improving all the time, and market research can support the development and labelling of these new materials to increase the volume disposed of in a more environmentally friendly way.

Market research tools and techniques can help to gauge consumer opinion, barriers to take up and levels of understanding in a multitude of areas, particularly where changing regulations and attitudes are driving product developments and service enhancements, like diverting organic waste away from landfills to be composted.  Get in touch with us here at MM-Eye if you think market research has the potential to support your business by giving you a deeper understanding of your customers and their changing attitudes.  To arrange a time for a chat with us, please complete the form below.


The Rana Plaza Disaster and the Fight for Ethical Apparel

The Rana Plaza Disaster and the Fight for Ethical Apparel

The Rana Plaza Disaster and the Fight for Ethical Apparel

April 2024, by Ettie Etela

Today marks the tragic anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster. On this day in 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, claiming over 1,100 lives and injuring more than 2,500 individuals, mostly poorly paid garment workers. This event spotlighted the dire working conditions and the environmental and social repercussions embedded within the fast fashion industry.

The collapse of Rana Plaza became a symbol of the cost of negligence and the need for systemic change. It prompted intense scrutiny of fast fashion practices, highlighting how a disregard for human life and environmental sustainability was the sad cost we were paying for clothing as consumers. The aftermath led to a global call for transparency, accountability, and a shift towards more ethical and sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

At MM-Eye, the anniversary of Rana Plaza reinforces our commitment to understanding and promoting sustainability through our Say Do Sustainability Study. The latest wave of our study shows a significant change in consumer behaviour – people are increasingly insisting that brands adopt ethical and sustainable practices. There is a growing awareness and concern among consumers about the origins and impacts of the products they purchase.

Consumers want to trust that their purchases are contributing to positive change, not exacerbating existing issues like those witnessed in the Rana Plaza tragedy. They are looking for assurances that the products they buy are made ethically and in ways that consider the well-being of workers and the planet.

Brands have a critical role to play in this new landscape. SDSS highlights the need for brands to be transparent and to adopt sustainable and ethical practices earnestly. It’s not enough to alter a small fraction of operations. Consumers need to see brands making authentic changes and demonstrating that they care.

In the context of our Say Do Sustainability Study Brand Index, the anniversary of Rana Plaza serves as a poignant benchmark to evaluate how well brands are upholding their commitments to social and environmental sustainability. Our analysis highlights a distinct difference in consumer trust between brands such as H&M and Zara. H&M, which actively communicates its sustainability efforts, has managed to garner significant trust among consumers. This trust is supported by their transparent reporting, which includes detailed accounts of their initiatives to minimise environmental impacts and improve social conditions in their supply chains.

In contrast, Zara, despite its public sustainability pledges, struggles with consumer scepticism. For Zara and similar brands, enhancing transparency is key. This involves making commitments to sustainability and backing these claims with concrete evidence and regular updates, demonstrating a genuine commitment to change. Consumers want to support brands that are vocal about their sustainability efforts and proactive in making substantial changes.

At MM-Eye, we are dedicated to helping brands navigate this shift towards sustainability, providing them with the insights needed to make changes that resonate with today’s conscientious consumers. For more insights and to understand how your brand can contribute to this necessary transformation, explore the details of our latest Say Do Sustainability Study on our website and put some time in on the form below to talk to the team at MM-Eye.