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US Sustainable Business Consulting Spend 2009-2014

Date: 31 May 2011

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Executive Summary

This report provides sustainability leaders in market facing and corporate executive roles with an independent analysis of the size and growth of the US market for sustainable business consulting between 2009 and 2014. Verdantix selected this subject for study as quantifying spending on sustainable business consulting is a challenge. One key reason for this is that sustainability budgets are often dispersed across many business functions and are embedded in business-as-usual activities. The analysis finds that expenditure on sustainable business consulting will grow from $5.8 billion in 2011 to reach $10.5 billion in 2014. In 2011 spend will vary by industry, from $25 million in the hotel and leisure industry to $779 million in the oil and gas industry. Compound annual growth rates in spending across the 29 major sustainable business initiatives will vary from 4% to 50% over the five year period.


Sustainable Business Consulting Spend Will Hit $10.5bn In 2014
Consulting Spend Will Grow By A CAGR Of 13% Between 2009 and 2014
Energy Efficiency Consultants Stand To Benefit From Growth


Figure 1. Sustainable Business Consulting Opportunities Spread Across 29 Initiatives
Figure 2. Critical Moments® Analysis Is Based On Financial Data For 20 Industries
Figure 3. US Sustainable Business Consulting Market Worth $10.5bn In 2014
Figure 4. 
Share Of Consulting Spend Across Six Categories Of Initiatives 2009-2014
Figure 5. 
Industry Spend And Share Of Spend On Sustainable Business Consulting 2011 ($m)
Figure 6. 
Initiative Spend And Share Of Spend On Sustainable Business Consulting 2011 ($m)
Figure 7. 
2009-2014 CAGRs For Consulting Spend By Initiative Group
Figure 8. 2009-2014 CAGRs For Spend On Consulting By Industry
Figure 9. 2009-2014 CAGRs For Spend On Consulting By Initiative
Figure 10. Industry Spend On Sustainable Business Consulting 2009-2014 ($m)
Figure 11. Y-o-Y Change In Consulting Spend By Industry 2010-2014
Figure 12. Initiatives Group Spend On Sustainable Consulting 2009-2014
Figure 13. Y-o-Y Change In Consulting Spend By Group Of Initiatives 2010-2014


AECOM, Ben & Jerry’s, Bureau Veritas, CH2M HILL, ClearCarbon, Cohn & Wolfe, Deliotte, DOMANI, OgilvyEarth, The Body Shop, URS, US Energy Information Administration, US EPA, WSP Environment & Energy