Independent Analyst Firm Names Deloitte a Global Market Leader in Sustainability Assurance Services

By Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, PRNE
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NEW YORK, June 30, 2011 -

A new in-depth comparative evaluation of global sustainability
assurance services providers, conducted by independent analyst firm
Verdantix, has named Deloitte a market leader.

Verdantix attributes specific characteristics to market leaders,

  • Broad and successful service offerings
  • Extensive involvement in the development of standards
  • Established global presence
  • Clear market vision and sustainability strategies
  • Relatively mature internal sustainability programs
  • Strong brand awareness among customers

The study, Verdantix Green Quadrant: Sustainability Assurance
(Global) June 2011
, is the first comparative evaluation of its
kind undertaken globally. Verdantix assessed the capabilities of 13
providers of sustainability assurance services based on 48
evaluation criteria, including energy and environment expertise,
knowledge of standards, and customer wins.

“As the demand for financial grade sustainability information
increases, Deloitte is well positioned to provide sustainability
assurance services,” said David Metcalfe, Director at Verdantix.
“Deloitte’s assurance services for sustainability risk management
and ethical supply chain stand out from all other providers. Their
contribution to the evolution of sustainability accounting and
reporting standards through work with the International Integrated
Reporting Committee and Global Reporting Initiative are part of
their best-in-class sustainability strategy.”

“This pioneering evaluation from Verdantix underscores the fact
that Deloitte has market-leading capability for assisting clients
with emerging issues in reporting and report assurance,” said Nick
, Global Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change,
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. “Investment in sustainability
assurance is increasing as firms seek to improve the credibility of
their sustainability reports. Equally important is the trend toward
integrated reporting that increasingly involves the CFO in
assurance decisions of this kind. “

The Verdantix report compares BSI, Bureau Veritas, Deloitte,
and URS. The criteria and weighting are based on insights from
interviews with a panel of 15 international buyers with combined
revenues of $362 billion, responses to a 48-point questionnaire,
and interviews with practice leaders at participating
organizations. The report is available to Verdantix clients
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*As used in this press release, “Deloitte” means Deloitte Touche
Tohmatsu Limited member firms.

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Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory
services to public and private clients spanning multiple
industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in
more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities
and deep local expertise to help clients succeed wherever they
operate. Deloitte’s approximately 170,000 professionals are
committed to becoming the standard of excellence.

Sanuber Bilguvar Grohe, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, +1-212-492-3942, sgrohe at

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