Best Practices in reviewing ESG Reporting Software

With the high demand for ESG reporting, clients / vendors / shareholders are looking for transparency in Sustainability metrics. Due to increase in regulations & multiple standards from across regions there is a need to evaluate software that’s industry specific & meets Geo requirements as well.
Some key parameters to be factored in accessing vendors for ESG Software:

  • Collaboration on strategy development & data collection methods

  • Services on customization, implementation & client support levels

  • Partnerships with Service providers, Consultants & SME’s

  • Financial commitments on Sustainability Reporting

  • Development of the right ESG & Sustainability Architecture Framework

  • Ability to address current & future custom reporting requirements

  • Adoption of tools & methods for integration & data collection

  • Calculation methods & formulas for emissions

  • Embedded functionality on materiality analysis

  • Processes and workflows for audit verification

  • Sustainability performance benchmarking within systems
    In addition, SW vendors who develop ESG reporting tools should have:

  • Vendors to have industry specific functionality & experience that can be demonstrated

  • Platform & Org structure, Data quality assessments, security, integration & calculation methods

  • Embedding respective standards, regulatory frameworks, voluntary disclosures & country specific rules along with amendments for future requirements

  • Vendor ability to collaborate internally & externally with all stakeholders

  • SW capability on materiality assessments, forecasting, target setting, visualization, scenario analysis & performance benchmarking

While the above is not an exhaustive list, these are minimum essential requirements to be considered while evaluating software that companies plan to implement for their ESG & Sustainability measurement & reporting requirements.

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