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RSM Survey: ESG Awareness Rising

Middle-market business leaders are increasingly aware of environmental, social and governance) issues and have adopted formal ESG plans. That was the major conclusion of the recently released RSM US Middle Market Business Index ESG Special Report.

Sixty-nine percent of middle market executives responding to the survey said they were very or somewhat familiar with using ESG criteria to evaluate performance. That finding is a 30-percentage-point increase from 39 percent for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Sixty-six percent of expressed awareness of the issues also have made formal plans. The leading cause included in formal plans are environmental issues with 32 percent indicated these were in their plan plan

Larger companies were more likely to have ESG plans than smaller ones. Overall, 48 percent said  said their organizations are working to reduce net carbon emissions to zero or have already done so. The figure was 68 percent of companies with $50 million to $1 billion in annual revenue and 23 percent for smaller companies. 

Twenty percent said climate change presents significant opportunities over the next three years, 28 percent said it presents significant challenges and 27 percent said it offers both.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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