What Matters to France

More than 8 out of 10 people in France are worried about the future

Today, Human8, the global human-driven consultancy, together with Space Doctors, their strategic cultural and creative specialist team, release their annual What Matters trend report. The 2024 report takes a clear and provocative stance for positive change driven by a global call for urgency as new research reports 82% of people in France are seriously worried about the future and 88% feel brands need to take responsibility.


New global research by Human8 reports more than 8 out of 10 people in France are seriously worried about the future confirming the pressure on people and planet is at an all-time high. We’ve witnessed political instability and armed conflicts pushing people out of their homes. The cost-of-living crisis continues to put pressure on budgets and the impact of climate change is becoming more and more visible.

With an additional 72% of French people agreeing we need to move beyond ‘sustaining’ and into ‘reversing’ the damage done, the global agency advocates the shift towards ‘regenerative sustainability’. Where traditional sustainability focuses primarily on maintaining the current state of the environment, regenerative sustainability or ‘regeneration’ broadens the scope. It’s not only about the planet. And it’s not only about doing less harm. It’s about thinking in regenerative ways, restoring and reimagining everything, including how businesses are run to reshaping human norms and ecological systems.

“As a certified B-Corporation the movement for regeneration is part of Space Doctors DNA. With this in mind, we started our 2024 What Matters journey by developing a cultural framework of positive transformation, a model which revealed the 4 main dimensions of positive change that all brands should be aware of. These dimensions provide the context for a further 8 cultural codes of transformation – meaningful and actionable paths to adopting a regenerative mindset and identifying powerful, systemic solutions.” says Gareth Lewis, Director at Space Doctors.

The four-part global study showcases a unique mix of cultural and human insight methodologies, culminated in a global insight community across 10 markets and a quantification with 13.028 consumers across 17 markets. Not surprisingly, the global research has a clear message for brands as 88% of people in France feel brands need to take a responsibility to help safeguard the future of our planet.

We need to fundamentally change how we do things if we want to safeguard the wellbeing of present and future generations. We see many people, organizations and brands wanting to make a positive change, but they often don’t know how or where to start. Our 2024 What Matters report not only reveals the frictions and needs of people worldwide, but also outlines the actions brands can and must take to respond to what matters to people worldwide.” adds Leila Hoerner, Global Research Director at Human8 France. “We, as an organisation, are also on a mission to do business in the best way possible, and we want to help our clients do the same.


Some key French findings include:


  • The time for action is now: 82% is worried about the state of our planet for future generations, 76% says that drastic changes are needed to our lifestyle.
  • Consumers look to brands for inspiration and vision to move them towards positive change: 59% believes making the world a better place isn’t something they can do on their own. It requires people/ organisations/ brands with a clear vision to take the lead and drive change.
  • Moving the needle on sustainability: Only 7% can confidently state they have a sustainable lifestyle. Price (61%), education (41%) and availability (40%) of/on sustainable options would help consumers adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • Brands need to be more transparent about sustainability efforts: 84% say brands need to provide more information about sustainability efforts, with 52% saying that brands that don’t communicate about sustainability aren’t sustainable.
  • Flip the script on diversity and inclusion: 40% states that fighting dominant norms and labels used in society is draining and ineffective. They believe it is better to just let go and create your own way of doing things.
    Since the dawn of time, we have never stopped putting people in boxes… Life would be so much simpler if we only had one category: the human being.
    A consumer quote from the global insight community (FR, Gen X, Male)

What Matters in 2024?

This is not a trends report, but a story about what matters. Based on cultural and semiotic analysis in collaboration with Space Doctors, a global online insights community and a 17-market quantification, we bring you 8 themes that highlight what matters in 2024 and beyond. 
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