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Marcum-Hofstra CEO Survey
No. 3, 2023

Role of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Goals in Company Planning - Economic Concerns

The latest Marcum-Hofstra University CEO Survey provides compelling insight into the evolving mindset of middle-market CEOs across a range of industries, revealing a broadly optimistic view of the business landscape and the importance of companies supporting social and political causes.

The survey, which continues to track CEO sentiment over time, revealed a noticeable uptick in optimism. Compared to April, 12.4% of respondents rated their outlook as “very positive,” up from 9.8%. More than a third – 39.6% – placed themselves in the high range of optimism, an increase from 37.6%.

Question 1
How important is it for companies to embrace environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals in company planning and actions?
Question 2
How much are environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals considered in your company’s planning and actions?
Question 3
How important do you believe it is for companies to actively support political or social causes (on a local or national basis)?
Question 4
How concerned are you that the economy will experience a recession later this year?
Question 5
How is a possible recession in the coming year affecting your company’s staffing?
Question 6
What is your view of the current business environment?
Question 7
What are the most important influences for your business planning in the next 12 months?