Global Corporate ESG Survey 2021: Digital Tech Investment Plans By Industry

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Executive Summary

The accelerating adoption of ESG metrics by the financial community is radically changing the way firms think about sustainability management (see Verdantix Market Overview: Investor Focus On ESG Will Transform Sustainability Strategies). How are corporates adjusting their budgets and priorities for ESG information management in the face of these new market drivers? To find out, we asked a global panel of 400 senior ESG and sustainability executives to tell us the extent to which they estimate that spending on sustainability initiatives will change in 2022 compared with 2021 (see Verdantix Global Corporate Survey: ESG And Sustainability Governance, Strategies And Priorities). This report helps heads of strategy and marketing, and product leaders at providers of ESG software and services, explore technology investment trends by industry. Firms should use this report to inform their business planning and to keep track of the evolution of the ESG and sustainability market.

Table of contents

Global Corporate ESG Survey 2021: Digital Tech Investment Plans By Industry 
ESG Budgets Will See Substantive Global Growth In 2022
Climate Risk Analytics, Carbon Emissions Reduction And Decarbonization Top Digital Tech Priorities

Table of figures

Figure 1. Change In ESG & Sustainability Spend In 2022 
Figure 2. Change In ESG & Sustainability Spend In 2022 By Industry 
Figure 3. ESG & Sustainability Software Market: Digital Strategy For The Next Two Years 
Figure 4. ESG & Sustainability Software Market: 2022 Investment Plans By Industry 

About the authors

Yaowen Ma

Principal Analyst

Yaowen is a Principal Analyst at Verdantix conducting research on EHS and ESG information management. His current agenda focuses on digital technologies, best practices and growth strategies across EHS, product stewardship, sustainability performance and ESG risk management. Yaowen has more than seven years of experience managing and delivering EHS and ESG research and consulting engagements to corporates, vendors, investors and industry associations. He holds a dual major bachelor’s degree in environmental management and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability

Addressing business challenges and priorities in ESG and sustainability through technology.

Specialties: manufacturing and retail industry subject matter expert, thought leadership, storytelling, emerging technology research and analysis (cloud, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, computer vision, IoT), sales enablement, competitive and SWOT analysis, market research, research operations.

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