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What Do The Twists And Turns Of The Sustainability Market Mean For Consultants?

Date: 30 December 2016

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Executive Summary

The sustainability services market has emerged rapidly in the past ten years and now stands as a separate category of consulting work distinct from traditional business management consulting. Despite this, the growth has not been a smooth trajectory and the market remains highly fragmented, with diverse drivers, variations in types of engagements demanded by clients, and wide-ranging functional teams who are increasingly funding engagement fees in lieu of sustainability heads. This report helps practice leaders, executive directors and marketing officers at management consulting and service firms to understand how corporate sustainability practices are shifting and what this means for their addressable market and business development opportunities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What Do The Twists And Turns Of The Sustainability Market Mean For Consultants
Where Are We Currently With Corporate Sustainability Programmes?
Sustainability Consultants Face A Highly Fragmented $1 Billion Dollar Market
The Nature Of Sustainability Management Means The Supply Side Will Remain Fragmented In The Future
Success In Selling Sustainability Services Will Require Clear Segmentation And Targeting

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Hierarchy Of Sustainability Management
Figure 2. Identifying Potential Budget Sources For Sustainability Engagement Contracts

ORGANISATIONS MENTIONED

3M, AEA Consulting, AECOM, Airsweb, Amec Foster Wheeler, Apple, Arcadis, Arup, Bain, BASF, BCG, Bjarke Ingels Group, BP, BrownFlynn, BSR, CarbonBLU, CDP, City of New York, Context, Corporate Knights Capital, Deloitte, DNV GL, Dow Jones & Company, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Enablon, EPRI, EU, EY, Forest City Realty Trust, Fortune, Futerra, Generation Investment Management, Gladstein Neandross & Associates, GRI, Harvard University, Holcim, Huffington Post, Impactt, Interface, KPMG, LEED, Maplecroft, McKinsey & Company, Nestle, Nike, Patagonia, PepsiCo, Pure Strategies, PwC, Rocky Mountain Institute, Salter Baxter, SASB, SEDEX, Standard & Poor’s, Stanford University, SustainAbility, Thames Water, Unilever, US EPA, Volkswagen, Walmart, Wolters Kluwer, Xynteo