Smart Innovators: Sustainability Management Software

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Executive Summary

Over the past decade, the sustainability management landscape has transformed from a predominant focus on complying with environmental regulations and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a broader concentration on materiality assessments, environmental, social and governance factors, and supply chain sustainability. This change is due to a range of factors including mounting pressure from consumers and non-governmental organizations, increasing regulations and government action, and new priorities among institutional investors. This report helps corporate decision-makers responsible for tracking emissions and natural resource use, quantifying sustainability impacts, selecting and managing suppliers, and mapping sustainability strategies better understand the current market landscape of software for managing sustainability programmes and the associated reporting requirements.

Table of contents

Sustainability Management And Reporting Are Increasingly Important Across Industries
Landscape Of Sustainability Reporting Is Driven By Regulators, Customers, Investors And NGOs
Sustainability Reporting Can Incorporate A Huge Spectrum Of Metrics

Characterizing Vendors And Products Within The SMS Market
Sustainability Management Software Providers Have Varied Backgrounds
SMS Platforms Offer Deep Functionality For Various Sustainability Needs

Forward-Looking SMS Solutions Are Best Positioned To Succeed

Table of figures

Figure 1. Adoption Of SMS Platforms Across Firms
Figure 2. Change In Sustainability Management Spend In 2019 Compared To 2018
Figure 3. SMS Vendors Come From Varied Backgrounds
Figure 4. Varied Capabilities Across SMS Platforms
Figure 5. Capabilities Assessment Of SMS Platforms

About the authors

Diana Olaleye

Analyst

Diana is an Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice covering research on industrial wearables and environmental sustainability. Her recent research focussed on benchmarking the capabilities of prominent sustainability management software vendors. Diana holds a BA in Politics from King’s College London and MSc from the University of Oxford.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

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