Buyer’s Guide: Boutique ESG And Sustainability Strategy Services (2023)

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Executive Summary

Against a backdrop of evolving stakeholder preferences, increasingly complex ESG and sustainability regulations, and a changing risk landscape, firms will need to develop a robust corporate ESG and sustainability strategy to ensure they remain competitive and resilient. This report provides a current analysis of 11 boutique ESG and sustainability strategy service providers. It can be used by the board, C-Suite and sustainability executives to inform their selection process. The report draws upon data collected from vendor questionnaires and interviews, as well as previous Verdantix research, supplemented with publicly available information.

Table of contents

Buyer’s Guide to boutique ESG and sustainability strategy services (2023)
Defining ESG and sustainability strategy services
Business resilience drives demand for ESG and sustainability strategy services
Key criteria to consider when selecting an ESG and sustainability strategy service provider
Selection criteria for the 2023 ESG and sustainability strategy services Buyer’s Guide
Bridge House Advisors
EVORA Global
ISOS Group
Malk Partners
Nexio Projects
Position Green
Pure Strategies

Table of figures

Figure 1. Types of ESG and sustainability strategy services
Figure 2. ESG and sustainability funding priorities
Figure 3. ESG and sustainability regulations table
Figure 4. Steps to identify the best-fit ESG and sustainability strategy service provider
Figure 5. Key purchase criteria when selecting a consulting provider for ESG and sustainability
Figure 6. The ESG and sustainability strategy services landscape
Figure 7. Bridge House Advisors service offering overview
Figure 8. Delphi service offering overview
Figure 9. EVORA Global service offering overview
Figure 10. ISOS Group service offering overview
Figure 11. Malk Partners service offering overview
Figure 12. Nexio Projects service offering overview
Figure 13. Position Green service offering overview
Figure 14. Pure Strategies service offering overview
Figure 15. Quinn+Partners service offering overview
Figure 16. twentyfifty service offering overview
Figure 17. VPWhite service offering overview

Organisations mentioned

424 Capital, Accenture, Advanced Ionics, Advent International, AECOM, Amazon, American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), Anthesis, Arcadis, Arsenal Capital Partners, Bain, BASF, BCG, Behrman Capital, Bell, Ben & Jerry’s, Benchmark Gensuite, Benefit Street Partners, BlackRock, Bouygues, Bridge House Advisors, Bridges Fund Management, Brilliant Earth, Brookfield Renewable Partners, CalSTRS, Capital Power, CBSR, CDP, Chemical Footprint Project, Clean50, Climate Collaborative, CN, Coast Capital Savings, Columbia Business School, Cority, Court Square Capital Management, Deloitte, Delphi, DSV, Ecochain, EcoVadis, Enbridge, Environ Energy, Equinor, ERM, ESG Data Convergence Initiative (ECDI), European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA), Everlane, EVORA Global, EY, FORBES, Fortis, GHG Protocol, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Globe and Mail, GLOBE Series, Great Place To Work, GreenScreen Chemicals, GRESB, Hershey’s, Hines, Imerys, Indigo Books and Music, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Insight Partners, Instar Asset Management, Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Integrum ESG, Intelex, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), Invesco, Iron Point Partners, ISOS Group, James Hardie, Klinkby Enge, KPMG, Kraton, L Catterton, Leading Change Canada, Leprino Foods, Lumemtum, M&g, Maersk, Malk Partners, Mars, McKinsey & Company, MegaFood, Merck, Meridian Credit Union, Mondelēz International, Net Zero Tracker, Nexio Projects, Nitto, Norvestor, ONE, Patrizia, Pattern Energy, Planet Mark, Position Green, Profoundry, Pure Strategies, PwC, Quentic, Quinn+Partners, Rabobank, Ramboll, Realty Income, Ridgemont Equity Partners, S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Saint-Gobain, Savills IM, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), Seventh Generation, Shell, Siemens, STAR Capital, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Sweep, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), TAZO, Telus, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Thorlabs, Tishman Speyer, Trilantic NA, twentyfifty, U.S. Dairy, UBS, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), UN Global Compact, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Veolia, Volkswagen, Volvo Cars, VPWhite, Walmart, Wawanesa Insurance, WCAS, Wolters Kluwer Enablon, Women and Girls' Empowerment Initiative, WSP

About the authors

Lily Turnbull

Industry Analyst
Lily is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG and sustainability services, ESG assurance, and sustainable finance. Lily joined Verdantix in 2022 and has previous experience in social impact research and ESG software development. She holds an MSc in Women, Peace & Security from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Theology & Religion from the University of Bristol.

Priyanka Bawa

Senior Analyst
Priyanka is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. Her current research focuses on ESG and sustainability consulting services and social aspects of ESG regulations, reporting and disclosures. Prior to joining Verdantix, Priyanka led diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) research in the legal and environment sectors. She holds a DPhil in Social Policy from the University of Oxford.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability
Kimberly Knickle is Research Director of the ESG & Sustainability practice at Verdantix. Her research areas encompass ESG regulations and reporting, ESG risk, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact, and sustainable finance. Kim has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, providing research and analysis to help companies invest wisely in new technologies. Before joining the analyst industry, she held various roles in IT services, engineering and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Kim holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell.

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