KPMG is perceived as having the strongest capabilities of any provider in the global sustainability assurance marketplace, according to the latest Green Quadrant report from sustainability analyst firm Verdantix.
The research reflects the views of decision makers from businesses in seven countries with combined revenues in excess of $350bn (£214m).
More than two thirds (67 per cent) of those interviewed said that KPMG member firms have ‘strong capabilities’ in sustainability assurance and that they have either already engaged or are likely to engage a KPMG member firm to carry out sustainability assurance services.
KPMG’s Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013 (published on 9 December 2013) revealed that sustainability assurance has reached a tipping point among many of the world’s largest companies.
Well more than half (59 per cent) of the 250 largest companies (defined by the Fortune 2012 listing) now invest in external assurance for sustainability reporting — an increase of 13 percentage points since KPMG’s last survey in 2011 when less than half (46 per cent) did so.