ESG Center of Excellence

BDO helps businesses, communities and the planet thrive through sustainable and impactful practices.

What Is ESG and Why Is It Important?

ESG is a framework for establishing a strategy, setting goals and measuring the impact that environmental, social and governance issues have on a business — and the impact the business has on the world.

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors focus on minimizing risk to the organization and examining the organization’s impact on the planet. Accounting for these factors can also help optimize costs, improve operational efficiencies and drive growth through sustainable business practices. Embracing environmental stewardship helps businesses meet their own needs today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. 

Social Factors

By prioritizing social factors, businesses do their part to drive positive societal change. A focus on equity and fairness, human rights, workplace safety, employee engagement and data privacy fosters trust and inclusion. Organizations that consider these factors will benefit from greater employee satisfaction and higher levels of employee engagement and productivity, talent–and customer–retention, and brand integrity. 

Governance Factors

Governance factors focus on business leadership and ethics, with a significant emphasis on risk management and value creation. Organizations with strong governance programs mitigate risk, promote ethics, drive business growth and prove more resilient over time while outperforming those without. 

ESG: The Future of Business Is Sustainable Business

Sustainability prioritizes long-term stability over short-term financial reward — creating lasting value for all stakeholders and evaluating where their priorities intersect with the material economic, environmental and social issues of the underlying business. Sustainable enterprises seek to mitigate risk and improve performance, while optimizing impact on the business, society and the planet. Businesses that prioritize sustainability become more resilient, and stand prepared to generate greater value for all stakeholders. This means positioning themselves to adapt to changing market conditions as well as an evolving set of stakeholder demands that include an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, as well as heightened environmental and societal concerns and challenges.  

Actionable Steps on Our ESG Journey

While we recognize that there’s a lot more work to do, there’s a lot we’re already doing — and have been doing for many years — as part of our commitment to helping people thrive every day.  

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Insights to Guide Your ESG Journey

  • Industry
  • Asset Management
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Financial Institutions & Specialty Finance
  • Fintech
  • Gaming & Leisure
  • Government Contracting
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources
  • Nonprofit & Education
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Public Sector
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Restaurants
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Technology

Our Solutions and Services

Bringing deep ESG experience, our dedicated professionals will meet you where you are and help guide you on your way. 

ESG risk assessment, benchmarking, stakeholder engagement and strategic roadmap and program development. 

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Framework and metric selection, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and controls, integrated non-financial reporting, stakeholder communication and third-party assurance.

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Evaluation of total tax responsibility, transparency, and integration of ESG into your organization’s tax strategy in alignment with ESG reporting standards.

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Guidance on local policy decisions and strategic community investments based on sustainable financial and equity models aimed at achieving greater safety and levels of sustainability.

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"We recognize the unique opportunity we have as advisors to the middle market—not only to do our part to advance ESG within BDO—but in our ability to help our clients integrate ESG into their own business models —resulting in not just better business, but in ensuring a sustainable future for us all."

Christopher Tower
BDO USA ESG Strategy and Services Leader and Executive Team Member

Why ESG Matters to Us

At BDO, we view sustainability as an investment in the strength of our culture, the resilience of our business and the future of our planet. We are committed to making ESG synonymous with BDO, ensuring that sustainable business practices are integrated into everything we do. We believe we have an obligation to make an impact and do our part to be a force of change — to strive for business that’s world class — for our people, our clients and our communities. 


Advancing Stakeholder Capitalism Through Conscious Leadership

To help inspire and elevate leaders, transform organizations and better society, BDO has joined with Raj Sisodia, co-founder and co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., and Neha Sangwan, MD, to offer The Conscious Business Leadership Academy.

The Academy is an executive education program that provides an opportunity for CEOs and other C-suite executives to reflect on their leadership teams, corporate cultures and business practices so that they can more fully align the purpose and profitability of their businesses with a deep commitment to building a sustainable and brighter future for their stakeholders.

Meet Our ESG Center of Excellence Leadership Team