North America has extended its dominance of the hiring for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) roles among food manufacturers in the three months ending August, according to GlobalData research.

The number of roles in North America accounted for 61.2% of total ESG jobs – up from 54.2% in the previous three months.

The region was followed by Europe, which saw a 2.3 percentage point increase in the number of ESG roles being touted.

GlobalData tracks the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisements are then classified thematically.

The thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

These key themes, which include ESG, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements it allows us to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels - and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Which countries are seeing the most growth for ESG roles in food?

The fastest-growing country was the United States, which saw 48.1% of all ESG job adverts in the three months ending May, increasing to 55.2% in the three months ending August.

That was followed by France (up two percentage points), Ireland (up 1.5), and Canada (up 0.2).

The top country for ESG roles in the food industry is the United States, with its 55.2% of all roles.

Which cities are the biggest hubs for ESG workers in food?

Some 1.9% of all food industry ESG roles were advertised in Northampton (United Kingdom) in the three months ending August – more than any other city.

That was followed by Charlotte (United States) with 1.9%, East Riding of Yorkshire (United Kingdom) with 1% and Toronto with 0.9%.