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Green Quadrant Sustainability Consulting (US) 2013

Date: 21 May 2013

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32 pages, 13 Figures

Executive Summary

This Green Quadrant report provides a detailed comparison of the sustainability consulting capabilities of 16 consultancies in the US market, in order to help buyers of sustainability advice such as heads of sustainability, business unit leaders and function heads understand which consultancies have the strongest expertise in eight service capabilities. The US sustainability consulting market has evolved into a crowded landscape with audit firms, management consultancies, engineering and environmental services firms and boutiques vying for position. This report assesses 16 of these consultancies against 49 criteria, reflects the views of 15 buyers of sustainability consulting services, and compares the advisory capability and market momentum of the consultancies. Verdantix finds that market segmentation holds the key to sustainability consultancy selection, and that buyers should identify the strongest consultancies for their sector and their project’s asset class.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE STATE OF THE US SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING MARKET

Economic And Regulatory Changes Have Put Corporate Sustainability On A Roller Coaster Ride
Suppliers Respond To Fluctuating Demand By Digging Deep Or Waiting For Growth

HEADS OF SUSTAINABILITY CHOOSE CONSULTANTS BASED ON BUDGET AND SPECIFIC EXPERTISE

Heads Of Sustainability Orchestrate Supplier Selection And Buying Decisions
Strategy, Reporting & Energy Engagements Top The List For Consulting Help
Cash-Strapped Buyers Seek The Most Relevant Expertise At Minimum Cost

GREEN QUADRANT®: SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING (US)

Green Quadrant® Methodology
Evaluated Consultancies: Selection Criteria
Evaluated Consultancies: Evaluation Criteria
Leading Sustainability Consultancies Combine Critical Mass With Market-Shaping Strategies
Five Leaders Leverage Best-In-Class Management Consulting Capabilities
Three Leaders Thrive With Business Consulting Propositions Built On A Foundation Of Technical Prowess
Two Challengers Apply Deep Expertise To Win In Specific Market Segments
Five Entrepreneurs And One Specialist Show Room For Growth

BUYERS NEED TO ASSESS SECTOR EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITIES TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

Market Segmentation Holds The Key To Supplier Selection
Ten Questions To De-Risk Your Choice Of Sustainability Consultancy

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Three Phases Of Sustainability Consulting Market Development
Figure 2. Internal Decision-Makers In Purchasing Sustainability Consulting Services
Figure 3. Buyers’ Purchase History Of Types Of Sustainability Consultancies
Figure 4. Buyers’ History Of, And Plans For, Sustainability Consulting Purchase
Figure 5. Buyers’ Awareness Of, And Engagement, With 16 Sustainability Consultancies
Figure 6. Importance Factors In Selection Of A Sustainability Consultancy
Figure 7. Materiality Of Consultancies’ Own Sustainability Performance
Figure 8. Capabilities Criteria For Sustainability Consultancies
Figure 9. Momentum Criteria For Sustainability Consultancies
Figure 10. Green Quadrant Sustainability Consulting (US) 2013
Figure 11. Capabilities Scores For 16 Sustainability Consultancies
Figure 12. Momentum Scores For 16 Sustainability Consultancies
Figure 13. Market Segmentation Of Sustainability Consulting Example Clients

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

Accenture, AECOM, Alcoa, Anglo American, AT Kearney, Bain, Baltimore Gas & Electric, BCG, Blu Skye, Bridgespan Group, BrownFlynn, BSR, Business Sustainability Network, California Department of Water Resources, CH2M HILL, Chevron, City of Cincinnati, City Year of Boston, ClearCarbon, Consolidated Edison, Consumers Energy, Deloitte, Detroit Edison, DOMANI, DuPont, Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, ENVIRON, Environmental Defense Fund, ERM, Ernst & Young, Five Winds International, Forum for the Future, Fujifilm, Future 500, Georgia Power, Global Impact Investing Ratings System, Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings, GreenOrder, IBM, ICF International, Impact Reporting and Investment Standards, International Integrated Reporting Council, Ironworks Consulting, Johnson & Johnson, Jones & Stokes, KPMG, Kraft, Marbek Resource Consultants, McKinsey, Monitor, National Air and Space Administration, National Grid, New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, Paladino, PE International, Product Sustainability Round Table, PUMA, PwC, Rio Tinto, SC Johnson, Schneider Electric, Shell, Siemens Venture Capital, Southern California Edison, Stanley Black & Decker, Strategic Sustainability Consulting, SustainAbility, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, US Department of Defense, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC), US Department of Transportation, WESCO, Whirlpool, Wipfli, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Resources Institute (WRI), Yahoo!