The McKinsey week in Charts

Race and quality of care

Black and Latino patients are five times and three times, respectively, more likely than White patients to report that their race negatively impacts the quality of healthcare they receive. Among these respondents, a third report feeling their healthcare providers are biased against people of their race.

To read the article, see “What Black and Latino consumers want healthcare stakeholders to know,” May 4, 2022.


Ramping up recycling

Advanced recycling expands the types of plastics that can be recycled, allowing for the creation of polymers that can be reformed and reused. If existing constraints were resolved, advanced recycling could meet up to 8 percent of polymer demand by the end of the decade, providing investment opportunities of more than USD 40 billion.

To read the article, see “Advanced recycling: Opportunities for growth,” May 16, 2022.


Value and values

Inflation is weighing on buying decisions for all generations of US consumers, but environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues aren’t off the table, particularly for younger groups. More than two-thirds of younger consumers in a recent McKinsey survey say ESG concerns are important to them.

To read the article, see “How US consumers are feeling, shopping, and spending—and what it means for companies,” May 4, 2022.


Two scoops of ethical ice cream, please

When it comes to dairy products, consumers put a premium on ethical claims. According to our research, more than seven in ten shoppers are willing to pay more for products from producers who pay workers fairly, operate locally, and emit less carbon, for example.

To read the article, see “How to stay cool as competition heats up in ice cream and yogurt,” May 13, 2022.


Careers constrained

Working mothers miss out on career advancement more often than employed dads. In a survey of American workers by McKinsey and the Marshall Plan for Moms, 57 percent of mothers with young kids cited childcare responsibilities as the reason they feel held back from professional opportunities. Less than 40 percent of working fathers said the same.

To read the article, see “The childcare conundrum: How can companies ease working parents’ return to the office?,” May 9, 2022.