Buyer’s Guide 2022: Supply Chain Sustainability Software

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Executive Summary

This report provides executives in sustainability, procurement and supply chain operations roles with current analysis of 12 software providers supporting key requirements in supply chain sustainability practices: supply chain sustainability and ESG reporting, risk management, and supplier development and engagement. This report draws upon data collected via vendor questionnaires and analysis taken from multiple Verdantix research studies in supply chain sustainability. As firms come under increasing pressure to improve ESG and sustainability performance, a rapidly evolving ecosystem of software vendors has emerged to meet this demand. Prospective buyers should utilize this guide to support them as they look for opportunities to improve their supply chain sustainability practices. 

Table of contents

Buyer’s Guide: Supply Chain Sustainability Software (2022) 
Defining Supply Chain Sustainability Software
Supply Chain Sustainability Tools Empower Firms To Quantify And Improve Performance
Supply Chain Sustainability Software Capabilities Offer Three Core Functionalities
Buyers Should Consider Industry Requirements When Selecting A Software Supplier

Selection Criteria For The 2022 Supply Chain Sustainability Software Buyer’s Guide   
Achilles Offers Combined Supplier Sustainability Performance And Risk Management
Assent Delivers Strong Supply Chain Sustainability Management For Complex Manufacturing Verticals 
Avetta’s Supplier-Focused Solution Underpins ESG Strategies 
Diligent Provides Holistic GRC, ESG And Supply Chain Management  
EcoVadis Offers Comprehensive Sustainability Ratings   
ethiXbase 360 Empowers Smart Due Diligence 
Greenstone’s SupplierPortal Provides Emissions-Focused Functionality 
Higg Provides Comprehensive Supplier Data To Boost Supply Chain Transparency Across Specific Verticals 
iPoint’s Solution Suite Merges Product Compliance And Sustainability Management 
NAVEX Offers Flexible Benchmarking To Integrate Cross-Functional Supply Chain Sustainability Management  
Source Intelligence Empowers Supply Chain Sustainability With Deep Supplier Management Expertise
UL Combines Supply Chain And Sustainability Expertise With Strong ESG Reporting Functionality

Table of figures

Figure 1. Traditional Supply Chain Sustainability Vendor Competencies
Figure 2. Priority Sustainability Initiatives To Receive Funding Over The Next Two Years
Figure 3. Key Software Capabilities To Empower Supply Chain Sustainability Practices
Figure 4. Achilles’ Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 5. Assent’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 6. Avetta’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 7. Diligent’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 8. EcoVadis’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 9. ethiXbase’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 10. Greenstone’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 11. Higg’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 12. iPoint’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 13. NAVEX’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview
Figure 14. Source Intelligence’s Supply Chain Sustainability Solution Overview
Figure 15. UL’s Supply Chain Sustainability Software Solution Overview

Organisations mentioned

ACCIONA, Acco Brands, Accuvio, Achilles, Affinity Water, Alcumus, Amazon, Amazon Europe, Anglo American, Assent, Auchan, Avery Dennison, Avetta, AXA, Bain & Company, BASF, Boeing, Bombardier, Boohoo, Boozt, Bridgestone, Brooks, BROWZ, C&A, Calvin Klein, CDP, CEMEX, Cepsa, CGE partners, Columbia Sportswea, Columbia Sportswear, Cority, Costco, CSRware, CVC, Diligent, Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), E2open, Ecodesk, EcoVadis, EDF Renewables, Electrolux, Enablon, EnerSys, ESCATEC, ethiXbase, FibreTrace, GaBi, Gap, GE Appliances, General Motors, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Greenstone, GRESB, Gulfstream, H&M, Helly Hansen, Higg, Honeywell, HP, Informa, ING Group, Intelex, iPoint, ISS, John Deere, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Electric, JustWears, Keen, L’Oréal, LEDVANCE, Lenzing, Levi’s, LVMH, Marks & Spencer, MAS Holdings, MATE the Label, Michelin, MSCI, National Grid, Naturgy, NAVEX, Nokia, Norrøna, Norton Rose Fulbright, Oracle, Orange, Ørsted, Patagonia, Persefoni, Polaris, Procter & Gamble, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Refinitiv, RepRisk, Sainsbury's, Salesforce, Salomon, Sanofi, SAP, Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Source Intelligence, Sphera, SSE, Stryker, Sustain.Life, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Sustainalytics, Target, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Thames Water, Thermo Fisher, Tommy Hilfiger (owned by PVH Corp.), Toray, Total Energies, TrusTrace, UL, Unilever, United Nations Global Compact, Urjanet, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Vattenfall, VMWare, Watson Supply Chain, Williams Sonoma, Yamana Gold, Zalando

About the authors

Connor Taylor

Industry Analyst
Connor is an Industry Analyst in the ESG & Sustainability practice. His current research agenda focuses on emerging software solutions across financial markets, and broader market trends in the ESG space. Connor joined Verdantix in 2021 and has experience in EHS technology sales and development. He holds a B.A from Cambridge University in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

Elisa Molero


Elisa Molero is a research analyst specialised in ESG & Sustainability. Her background is in Economics (BSc University of Navarra). She holds a minor in leadership and governance. Prior to joining Verdantix she completed a Master’s degree in Global Politics with Distinction at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability

Kim leads the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice, addressing business challenges and priorities in ESG and sustainability through technology and services. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG regulatory and market drivers, sustainability reporting, risk management, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact.  Knickle 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.  Knickle holds a MBA from Boston University and a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell.

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