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Carbon Neutrality at HKS, with Rand Ekman, Chief Sustainability Officer

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Carbon Neutrality at HKS, with Rand Ekman, Chief Sustainability Officer

Rand Ekman, Chief Sustainability Officer at HKS Inc., discusses the firm's decarbonization strategy and carbon footprint assessment.


July 26, 2023

Rand Ekman, Chief Sustainability Officer at HKS Inc., discusses the firm's decarbonization strategy and carbon footprint assessment. Ekman chats with BD+C Executive Editor Robert Cassidy. 

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