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Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is rapidly becoming front of mind for regulators, investors, customers, and employees—and it is rising to the top of corporate agendas as well.

As ESG gains in importance, it is becoming a mark of business quality. Many now view a well-devised corporate ESG strategy as a positive indicator for long-term revenue growth.

In our recent global survey of 281 M&A executives, 65% expect their own company’s focus on ESG to increase over the next three years. This view extends to M&A.

More than half of surveyed respondents either see ESG leadership as justifying higher deal valuations or expect this to be the case in the future, indicating a need for buyers to appropriately assess and value their targets’ ESG performance.

But are corporate buyers accounting for ESG in their M&A process today?

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