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Green Quadrant CSR Assurance Providers 2008 (UK)

Date: 31 March 2008

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32 pages, 25 interviews, 10 figures

Introduction

Firms are under pressure from stakeholders, investors, competitors and issues like climate change to enhance CSR reporting and invest in CSR assurance. But CSR directors, company secretaries and the executive team face a bewildering choice of assurance providers, international standards and project scopes. 

This report provides a detailed assessment and comparison of the UK’s leading CSR assurance providers including Acona, Bureau Veritas, Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte, DNV, Enviros, Ernst & Young, KPMG, LRQA, SGS, The Reassurance Network, The Virtuous Circle, URS Corporation and WSP Group.

How You Benefit

This report helps buyers of CSR assurance to save time in selecting the right CSR assurance provider and to justify the decision to colleagues. This report compares the 15 most significant CSR assurance providers in the UK based on 25 in-depth interviews with practice leaders, requirements from CSR directors and insights from industry experts. Across 82 evaluation criteria, the comparison provides rich data on value propositions, market presence, global coverage, industry expertise and knowledge of assurance standards. Our call on the market is presented in an easy-to-understand graphical format enabling a quick comparison of the different providers active in the market today.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CSR ASSURANCE

Respond To Stakeholder Pressure
Align With The Investment Community
Avoid Underperforming On CSR Relative To Peers
Keep Pace With New Corporate Responsibility Issues
Ensure Compliance With Regulations And Quality Standards
Differentiate The Company As A Reporting Leader

MARKET OVERVIEW

Introduction
Market Definition
CSR Assurance: Engagements, Benefits And Limitations
Challenges In Identifying Added Value From CSR Assurance
Articulating The Benefits Of CSR Assurance

GREEN QUADRANT FOR CSR ASSURANCE

Green Quadrant Methodology For Purchase Decisions
Evaluated Firms
Evaluation Criteria
The Verdantix Green Quadrant Methodology
Supplier Analysis For CSR Assurance

PROVIDER PROFILES

Acona, Bureau Veritas, Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte, DNV, Enviros, Ernst & Young, KPMG, LRQA, The Reassurance Network, SEQM, SGS, The Virtuous Circle, URS Corporation, WSP Group

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Percentage of FTSE 100 with CSR reports and CSR assurance
Figure 2. Percentage of FTSE 100 with CSR assurance by industry
Figure 3. CSR assurance engagements: key elements and typical costs
Figure 4. Many assurance standards, little standardization
Figure 5. The flexible scope of FTSE 100 CSR assurance
Figure 6. FTSE 100 market share of CSR assurance providers
Figure 7. Evaluation criteria for the CSR assurance providers
Figure 8. Green Quadrant for corporate social responsibility assurance
Figure 9. Proven industry expertise from CSR engagements
Figure 10. Global coverage of CSR assurance providers

CUSTOMIZED DECISION SUPPORT

The Verdantix Green Quadrant methodology is designed to provide decision support for both buyers and suppliers of the analyzed product or service. We offer customized half-day and full day decision support sessions which leverage the rich data set behind the Green Quadrant analysis. For more information please email: research@verdantix.com