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Sustainability Consulting In China Requires Long-Term Commitment

Date: 01 April 2015

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Executive Summary

This report provides executive directors, practice leaders and business development executives at management consulting firms with an analysis of China’s evolving sustainability consulting landscape. To better understand Chinese sustainability practices and trends, Verdantix analysed China-based responses for energy, EH&S and sustainability management from our three global surveys of 250-plus leaders across 21 industries. Verdantix finds that firms in China typically rely on internal employees and cross-functional collaboration, with minimal budgets for sustainability consulting and flat spend growth expectations. Chinese firms are just beginning to strengthen their reporting capabilities with a focus on EH&S information management and energy data collection. Verdantix analysis finds that firms that take a long-term view will benefit from the latent demand caused by long-term regulatory policies, restructuring of political incentives and the disconnect between reporting and performance realities.


Chinese Firms Predominantly Rely On Internal Employees To Implement Sustainability
Regulations And B2B Supply Chain Programmes Are Putting Pressure On Resource-Intensive Firms
Chinese Firms Respond By Prioritizing EH&S And Information Management
Structure And Trends In The Chinese Market For Sustainability Consulting Call For Long-Term Thinking


Figure 1. Global vs China: CEO Perspectives On Sustainability Management
Figure 2.
Global vs China: Sustainability Executive Annual Budgets
Figure 3. Global vs China: Management Consulting Budgetary Contribution
Figure 4. Global vs China: Management Consulting Decision-Making Authority
Figure 5. Global vs China: Management Consulting Budget Growth Expectations
Figure 6. Chinese National Drivers For Corporate Sustainability Investments
Figure 7. Top Sustainability Priorities For Performance Improvement In China
Figure 8. Top EH&S Priorities For Performance Improvement In China
Figure 9. Top Energy Priorities For Performance Improvement In China
Figure 10. Chinese Sustainability Consulting Market Size By Sector 2015-2020



Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, BSR, ChemChina, China Mobile, China Shenhua Energy, China Sustainability Reporting Resource Center, CLP Group, Communist Party of China (CPC), CRedit360, Energenz, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), GoldenBee CSR Consulting, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Huawei, Linyi Jiangxin Steel, Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), MTR Corporation, National Development and Reform Commission, National Energy Administration (NEA), Pirelli, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), SGS International, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Sinopec, Syntao, Walmart, The World Bank