Smart Innovators: ESG Reporting And Data Management Software

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Executive Summary

Over the last two years, preparing voluntary and mandatory ESG reports and disclosures has become a top priority for many corporates. Firms are increasingly turning to digital solutions to help them with these commitments and to collect, analyse and manage the underlying data that are essential to those disclosures. This report provides buyers of software for ESG reporting and data management with a high-level benchmark of the capabilities of 39 software solutions. It covers solutions for ESG reporting and disclosures, and for data management and analysis. Heads of ESG and sustainability should use this report to compare the relative capabilities of vendors across 10 key functionality areas, to inform their software purchasing decisions for 2023.

Table of contents

Digital Solutions Help Corporates Navigate Pressures Around ESG Reporting and Data Management
Shifts In The Reporting Landscape Since 2021
Current Status Of The ESG Reporting And Data Management Software Market
Evaluated Firms And Selection Criteria
Vendors From Different Backgrounds Offer ESG Reporting And Data Management Capabilities
Core Capabilities Essential To Software Providers
More Corporates Will Be Looking For Reporting Solutions
Innovative Functionality Can Help Corporate Selection In A Busy Market

Table of figures

Figure 1. Voluntary And Mandatory Reporting Are Driving Spend On ESG And Sustainability
Figure 2. Selection Process For Identifying Smart Innovators
Figure 3. Key Mergers And Investments In 2022
Figure 4. ESG Reporting And Data Management Capabilities And Definitions
Figure 5. ESG Reporting And Data Management Software Capabilities Assessment

About the authors

Jessica Pransky

Principal Analyst
Jessica is a Principal Analyst in the Verdantix ESG and Sustainability practice, which she joined in 2022. Prior to joining Verdantix, Jessica worked in consulting, focusing on ESG risk and opportunity identification, as well as EHS due diligence. Her current agenda covers ESG solutions for investors, ESG software, and risk in ESG and sustainability.

Luke Gowland

Industry Analyst

Luke is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. His current research agenda focusses on emerging technologies and trends in the ESG software space. Prior to joining Verdantix, Luke worked as an analyst at GlobalData where he gained experience in ESG and key business technologies. Luke holds an MSc in Sustainability and Management from the University of Bath.

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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