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ESG: The Future of Business Is Sustainable Business

Today, every business has a responsibility – and an opportunity – to address the significant environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges we face as an interconnected, global society.  Not only is it the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do to contribute to a better planet, a better society and a better – and more sustainable - business.

What Is ESG and Why Is It Important?

ESG is the view through which we measure and assess the sustainability of an organization.

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

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.  Those 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 focus on business leadership and ethics, with a significant emphasis on risk management and value creation. Those with strong governance programs mitigate risk, promote ethics, and drive business growth.

Sustainability at BDO

Our dream is to inspire, educate and lead an unstoppable movement for sustainable business practice in our markets and in our organisation. Our sustainability approach aims to create and foster long-term benefits by taking into consideration how we operate within an increasingly complex environment – recognising threats, mitigating risks and capitalising on development opportunities. Find out more about our commitments and our process.


Sustainability services

We support our clients towards a strategic path of reporting, communication, dialogue and positioning among stakeholders and the market. Find out more about how our knowledge centres in energy transition, sustainable finance, smart and sustainable communities, corporate reporting and global value chain can help your business to move forward.


Sustainability resources

BDO is committed to helping businesses around the world transform for a sustainable future. Our tools aim to educate, guide and provide insights into this rapidly evolving global transformation.



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