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Cority

Cority offers a cloud-based, enterprise quality management and compliance software solution for midsize to large global manufacturers. It is suitable for manufacturers that operate in industries such as automotive, aerospace and d... Read more

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Benchmark ESG | Gensuite

Benchmark ESG™ | Gensuite comprehensive, cloud-based Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) software for management of risk and compliance, EHS, sustainability, product stewardship and responsible sourcing. For 20+ years, mor... Read more

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IntegrityNext

IntegrityNext is a cloud-based system, which helps small, medium, and multi-national entities measure the sustainability of suppliers. This platform promises security as it is engineered with security tools to restrict unauthorize... Read more

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VelocityEHS

VelocityEHS is a cloud-based environment, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability solution designed to improve visibility and manage risk across organizations. VelocityEHS modules include incident management, audit and inspec... Read more

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Quentic

Quentic is a cloud-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) solution for businesses of all sizes across various industries such as healthcare, consumer goods, manufacturing, automotive, chemical (HazMat) management, compliance... Read more

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SmartHead

Your company's Sustainability Profile allows your company to increase employee productivity, retention of customers, business partner loyalty, and to ensure better access to finance. Does your company face challenges with impleme... Read more

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EHS Insight

EHS Insight is a cloud-based environmental health and safety (EHS) and quality management solution. It helps clients track environmental effects, manages security and risks and ensures compliance with requirements. EHS Insigh... Read more

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ProActivity Suite

ProActivity Suite is an environmental, health, and safety (EHS) management platform, which enables businesses to maintain compliance with industry regulations. It helps professionals track corporate social responsibility (CSR) ini... Read more

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LogicManager

LogicManager is a cloud-based solution that helps businesses implement and integrate all risk management processes in a customizable platform. The tool enables users to identify and assess high-impact risks and allocate the right ... Read more

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Energy Elephant

EnergyElephant is a cloud-based energy monitoring service that helps users track and manage energy consumption. It is suitable for various building types and all industries. EnergyElephant’s bill management feature automatica... Read more

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Certent Disclosure Management

Certent streamlines the disclosure management cycle by automating your end-to-end external financial and regulatory reporting processes and connecting directly to your in-house financial and transactional systems. Certent delivers... Read more

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WatchWire

Watchwire is a cloud-based energy management solution designed to help the real estate industry manage utility consumption, budgeting, sustainability and more. It comes with customizable dashboards, which allows assets managers to... Read more

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Accuvio Sustainability

Accuvio is a cloud-based software solution sustainability management via a cloud-based platform. Key features include sustainability and environmental social governance (ESG) data tracking, reporting tools, configurable dashboards... Read more

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Emex EHS & ESG Software

Emex EHS & ESG Software is a platform that enables companies of all sizes to manage environmental, health, and safety (EHS) functions. The platform is suitable for oil, gas, mining, industrial, and other sectors. Key features incl... Read more

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SafetyFirst

SafetyFirst is a web and mobile-based environment, health and safety platform designed to help businesses manage inspection and compliance workflows across projects. Administrators can create safety policies, toolboxes and inspect... Read more

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Planon Universe

Planon Universe for Corporate Real Estate and Facility Managers is an innovative integrated workplace management solution that creates greater efficiency and quality in processes, measurably reduces corresponding costs and success... Read more

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BuildingOS

BuildingOS is a cloud-based facilities management system suitable for businesses of all sizes in industries such as education, government, retail and hospitality. BuildingOS offers tools to help users manage building maintenance, ... Read more

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M-Risk

We help organizations run their businesses sustainably through digital transformation. Contributing to a responsible, productive, and safe world through digitization. We transform your data into information instantly for informed... Read more

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Locus ESG & Sustainability

Locus ESG & Sustainability is designed to help businesses across various verticals including mining, transportation, chemical, pharmaceutical and more handle compliance tracking, data collection and sustainability management opera... Read more

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Enviance EHS

Enviance is a cloud-based environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS) solution that enables businesses of all sizes to manage and track compliance requirements, employee well-being, emission inventory and more. Features... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: November 15, 2021

A wide variety of companies use sustainability software to minimize their impact on the environment.

By measuring and managing operations, manufacturers, fleets, utilities, governments, real estate companies and other organizations can reduce their carbon footprints and responsibly preserve the environment and the well-being of their company.

Several vendors offer solutions to manage sustainability performance—This guide will educate buyers on important considerations before making a decision.

We'll cover the following:

What Is Sustainability Software?
Common Features of Sustainability Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Related Software
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Sustainability Software?

Sustainability software helps companies manage all the data produced through their operations—from manufacturing, building maintenance, fleet management etc.—to evaluate their sustainability and impact on the environment.

To achieve this, massive amounts of data must be collected about utility bills, facility energy and water usage, fuel costs and other sources. Software analyzes this data to provide performance management dashboards and benchmarks to optimize efficiency, remain compliant to regulations and maintain corporate responsibility.

Sustainability is a practice that can offer long-term foresight into an organization's health and longevity, but also shows a commitment to social responsibility—thriving as a business while leaving the environment better for future generations.

Common Features of Sustainability Software

Several advanced features are included in sustainability software to gather and analyze data and perform audits. These may include:

Data retrieval Solutions offer multiple ways to collect data: importing bills directly from a utility, connecting to energy meters, monitoring carbon emissions and providing integrations with other systems in the enterprise.
Performance management Refers to any features that analyze data to reveal how a company's sustainability practices are working. Key aspects include access to customizable dashboards and benchmarking, which compares an organization's sustainability or energy management performance against established guidelines or other companies.
Normalization Normalization helps to find averages in, for example, weather, so that changes in temperature each year can be accounted for. In facilities management, occupancy can also be normalized to show how tenants or employees impact energy usage so companies can budget and forecast more accurately.
Compliance management Tracks initiatives designed to help companies meet regulatory demands for energy use, waste reduction or carbon emissions. By creating a trail of actions and results, internal or external audits are made easier with templates that quickly prove compliance.
Document management Store all of your relevant documents about sustainability practices, such as reports, audit sheets, equipment/facility documents and more for easy retrieval.
Reporting Generate reports on any utility or energy usage or costs associated with sustainability programs to spot trends or inefficiencies.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Sustainability software is used by many different types of professionals. Some of these include:

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) managers are becoming common now that companies are more aware and concerned about how their operations and practices impact the environment. These professionals manage internal and external initiatives, using sustainability software to assign tasks, track performance and produce reports to convey success of programs.
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  • Supply chain managers have the unique challenge of sourcing materials and labor from various suppliers and vendors globally, and in doing so, are concerned with a long list of external factors that can impact their efficiency—scarcity of resources, climate, conflicts etc. Software can help ensure their supply chain is sustainable as well as ethical, avoiding negative impacts from their methods of procuring resources by alerting users of important sustainability data about suppliers.
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  • Environmental health and safety managers are advocates for employees and the environment, and work to ensure safe, sustainable working conditions, as well as preventing damage to the environment by organizations. They also help companies follow carbon emission, waste and safety regulations, and use sustainability software to gather data and produce reports to provide compliance.
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  • Facilities managers need to monitor energy use in their buildings, which involves gathering data from disparate systems across the organization to identify where energy is being wasted. By building connections with these building information systems, managers can begin automating operational functions in the facilities with smart technology to optimize energy use. They can track this progress with sustainability software as part of their technology stack.

Related Software

Energy management software is closely related to sustainability solutions, but focuses on tracking the energy usage and waste management aspect of sustainability programs. A major benefit of these systems is to analyze and identify areas of improvement.

UtilityTrac from FacilityDude offers customizable dashboards

UtilityTrac from FacilityDude offers customizable dashboards

Environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions include three key functional areas: environmental management for sustainability and compliance reporting, health management to monitor occupational and industrial environments and safety management to track incidents on the job.

An integrated workforce management system (IWMS) is a combination of five different systems, including environmental sustainability functionality, which works similarly to stand-alone sustainability software, but is integrated with others for a holistic view of energy management.

Market Trends to Understand

Energy management and sustainability continue to be a major challenge globally, and several trends impact how corporations create initiatives:

Simplest small business energy-saving tips. The U.S. Small Business Association regularly offers up-to-date actionable tips that can make a real impact on usage and, thus, costs of energy. Here are some best practices:

  • Install occupancy light sensors to only use lights when needed to save up to 30 percent.
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  • Faucet aerators are cheap and can potentially save thousands of gallons of water each year.
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  • Like light sensors, installing programmable thermostats is one of the most effective energy-saving investments a business can make.

Corporate social responsibility criticism. Even though CSR is a growing aspect of the corporate world, it's actual impact on the environment has come under scrutiny. Many critics claim sustainability initiatives are created, for the most part, to generate positive buzz around a brand.

In 2009, McKinsey offered best practices to ensure companies' efforts are more than PR moves. These are still effective today, and include starting with a long-term commitment, engage employees in the initiatives and communicate impact with the entire organization.

Growth of sustainability investments. Companies around the globe are realizing the benefit and necessity of sustainable practices, not only for their bottom lines but for the planet. We've seen a 33 percent jump in investments for sustainable strategies since 2014—a spend of more than $8 trillion.