Cross-border Tax Talks

May 26, 2021

Environmental, social & governance (ESG): Taxing matters

Doug McHoney (PwC's US International Tax Services (ITS) Leader) is joined in person at the Westminster Studios by David Parrish (PwC's ESG Tax Leader) to discuss the umbrella term environmental, social, & governance. Doug and David cover: the definition of ESG; its effects on a company's business and footprint; the driving forces of NGOs, investors, consumers, and governments;  the impacts it has on deals, capital investment, & tax; the alignment of ESG corporate strategies and goals; and the path forward from sustainability, transparency, and value chain perspectives.


  • 2:45 - What is ESG?
  • 4:05 - Why is ESG so important to companies and investors?
  • 6:30 - What are some examples of each pillar of ESG?
  • 10:10 - What is driving some of the ESG changes and initiatives?
  • 15:30 - How does ESG affect the allocation of capital?
  • 17:45 - How does ESG play a part in the Deals market?
  • 24:00 - How does ESG infiltrate a company’s value chain and tax footprint?
  • 31:45 - How does ESG interact with intellectual property?
  • 37:15 - What should companies be focused on in the short-term?


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Doug McHoney

International Tax Services Global Leader, PwC US

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ITS, Knowledge Management Managing Director, PwC US

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