Just a few years ago, ESG was often seen as a 'nice-to-have'. Today, it is one of the first conversation topics in deal discussions where dealmakers have realised that ESG is - and will become ever more so - an important driver of value creation.

To be fit for the future, leaders are asking all sorts of questions including: What are my customer’s expectations around eco-friendly products? How do we fund our net-zero carbon emissions strategy? What collaborations & partnerships can accelerate innovation and our journey to net-zero?

Consumers are choosing brands for their ethical behaviour and their record on climate change. Investors are favouring businesses with robust ESG frameworks. Governments are implementing regulations requiring organisations to increase transparency in areas such as diversity, equal pay, carbon emissions and modern slavery.

Our video series examines some of these ESG efforts which are crucial to long-term value creation and growth.

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