NATIONAL OFFICE – One of the most significant emerging hot topics in the business world today is a series of assessment frameworks and criteria known as “ESG”—environmental, social, and governance. Demand for ESG trusted insights and guidance has risen exponentially in the past year, and investors are increasingly applying these factors as they analyze risks and growth opportunities.

In response to these new client needs, BKD has launched an ESG consulting practice to assist with ESG strategies and reporting needs. Dirk Cockrum, a managing director with BKD’s Risk Advisory Services team, joined the firm effective August 2 to lead the ESG team.

“Dirk has been an ESG innovator and industry leader for several years,” said Brian Matlock, national industry partner for BKD National Commercial Services Group. “We are ecstatic that Dirk is now bringing this wisdom to BKD to assist our clients in creating, managing, and reporting their ESG policies, programs and systems.”

Before joining BKD, Cockrum held a senior leadership position and led the ESG program for one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. “I am honored to join BKD and lead the ESG team. I am looking forward to helping BKD’s clients develop ESG programs that support their goals and create sustainable competitive advantages,” Cockrum said.

Some of BKD’s new services may include, but are not limited to:

  • ESG strategy, policy and process development, reporting and analytics
  • Climate-related risk reporting and scenario analysis
  • Sustainability accounting advisory and automation
  • ESG IT system selection and implementation
  • Supply chain ESG management

For more information on BKD’s ESG services, visit

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