Market Overview: The ESG & Sustainability Software And Services Partnership Ecosystem

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Executive Summary

This report explores the ways that software and service firms partner to deliver tools, strategy and insights to corporates who are actively pursuing ESG and sustainability agendas. As ESG momentum continues to grow, firms will increasingly rely on a combination of software and advisory services to support their ESG programmes and reporting strategies, where specific use-cases to assist with technology integration and to meet industry demands will become ever more important. Sustainability executives should use this report to understand how software and service partnerships can deliver value to their ESG reporting processes and operations.

Table of contents

Software and service partnerships can help corporates overcome ESG hurdles
New challenges require expertise and technology in equal measure
An integrated software and services approach can support end-to-end ESG and sustainability strategy implementation
Sustainability expertise is crucial for software and services selection
A combined software-services proposition guides firms on their ESG journeys
Sustainability will percolate into new areas for partners to support firms
As ESG maturity develops, new opportunities will emerge for collaboration

Table of figures

Figure 1. Software and services partnership example: ESG reporting engagement
Figure 2. Factors most likely to influence the selection of consulting services for buyers
Figure 3. Factors most likely to influence the selection of software services for buyers
Figure 4. Key benefits for corporates from partnerships
Figure 5. Recently announced partnerships with specific ESG application

About the authors

Guy Lewis

Industry Analyst
Guy is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. He currently leads research on circular economy software and services and supports research across several other ESG and sustainability themes. Prior to joining Verdantix, Guy was an energy specialist helping to optimize member experience, through which he gained knowledge of both operations and smart technologies. Guy holds a BA in Geography from the University of Manchester, with a placement year at the University of Queensland.

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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