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Florida Energy Consulting Firm Launches ESG Service for SMB Clientele

May 1, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Vista Consulting Group of Saint Augustine, Florida, has launched an ESG reporting and advisory service for small and midsize business clientele.

John N. O'Brien, CEO, Vista Consulting Group

The launch comes at a key time for small businesses -- especially those based in Florida. Indeed, ESG consultancies often focus on large enterprises and government organizations -- leaving a gap in the SMB market. Moreover, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to cripple the ESG investing movement, CNBC reported in February 2023.

Amid that local backdrop, Vista Consulting Group -- which typically focuses on the utility and energy market -- is pressing forward with ESG advisory services. Those services, Vista asserts, will provide customers with a "'Top down' analysis and recommend the best and most cost-effective way for a company’s management to organize its assets and capabilities to maximize the overall value of its ESG arrangements while also controlling expenditures."

Among the ESG-related questions and that Vista Consulting Group plans to help customers answer:

  • What undertakings will be necessary?
  • How to organize staffing.
  • Is specialized software required?
  • Should outside ESG service vendors be used?
  • What are the appropriate reporting and accounting options?
  • At the end of the day what will it cost?
  • How to demonstrate the company’s ESG intentions, accomplishments and results to customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders.
  • How to do all that and comply with the requirements, regulations, and societal expectations of maintaining sustainable business practices.
  • Where should a company management put its efforts?

In a prepared statement about the new service, Vista Consulting Group CEO John N. O'Brien said: "We believe that a company’s long-term viability and growing profitability are the rewards that can be achieved by paying sincere attention to ESG factors in operating a business. It has now become a quickly growing and important overall societal value as well.”

Vista Consulting Group, founded in 2004, had 18 employees listed on LinkedIn as of May 1, 2023.

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