Rapid Growth in Sustainability Market Drives Merger of Leading Players

By Pe International, PRNE
Monday, June 6, 2011

STUTTGART, Germany and BOULDER, Colorado, June 7, 2011 -

Sustainability Software and Services Platform

Two sustainability leaders, PE INTERNATIONAL, a preeminent provider of
sustainability management software and expert consulting services, and Five
Winds International, one of the world's most experienced sustainability
management consulting firms, announced they have merged to enable market
penetration in North America and bring Five Winds Consulting Services to a
global audience.

The merger addresses the steep growing demand in the market for business
solutions that drive improvements in product-level and enterprise-wide
sustainability performance. Businesses are integrating sustainability
principles into their operations to manage supply chain opportunities and
risks arising from climate change, water shortages, energy demand and other
sustainability issues. According to research firm Forrester the market is
growing at 83% per annum and is forecasted to reach $903 million by 2013.

The new combined company will provide strategic management advisory
services coupled with technology solutions to the North American market and
will roll out Five Winds Strategic Consulting methodologies and processes
through all PE INTERNATIONAL companies across the globe.

"There is a strong demand for integrated consulting services and
technology solutions that allow clients to identify cost savings and take
advantage of new revenue and growth opportunities," said Michael Betz, CEO PE
INTERNATIONAL. "PE INTERNATIONAL and Five Winds currently share a number of
client relationships like Kraft Foods, Carnival Corporation and Johnson &
Johnson demonstrating the complimentary value that we can now bring to our
customers. As one organization we have the people, enterprise sustainability
solutions and capabilities to enable valuable business transformations for
our customers."

PE INTERNATIONAL recently announced that it raised 10.8 million USD in
venture capital funding from Siemens Venture Capital and the European
investment company Gimv. The investment will fund the ambitious growth plans
of the combined organization, and further develop its software plus services
platform. The sustainability solution platform combines Five Winds' extensive
sustainability management consulting services such as strategy development
and implementation, advanced benchmarking content, product innovation
processes and tools with the innovative sustainability IT portfolio of PE
INTERNATIONAL. PE's solution portfolio includes GaBi software solutions for
product sustainability (life cycle assessment and product footprints) and
SoFi software solutions for managing corporate sustainability.

"C-level executive clients are looking for integrated services and
software solutions that enable them to implement sustainability strategies
that drive growth," said John Heckman, Managing Director of the combined
organization's North America business, PE INTERNATIONAL, Inc. "Through the
long-standing experience in management consulting and the deep understanding
of industry processes in our two organizations we are providing the platform
for companies to promote innovation and manage supply chain risks."

The merger is the natural progression of a long-term collaboration
between the two companies that began with a strategic alliance in 1998. In
2006, the companies founded a joint venture, PE Americas, to bring together
the strength of PE INTERNATIONAL's software solutions and services with the
expertise of Five Winds in sustainability consulting for North America.


PE INTERNATIONAL is a leader in software solutions, strategic consultancy
and extensive services in the field of sustainability. With 20 years of
experience and 20 offices across the globe, PE INTERNATIONAL serves more than
1,500 customers including Allianz, Bayer, Daimler, Levis Strauss, Motorola,
Deutsche Post DHL, Siemens, HP, Intel, Timberland, Toyota Volkswagen, BP,
Celanese, Cisco, Eastman Chemical, ExxonMobil, GM, Herman Miller, Kraft
Foods, and more. For more information: www.pe-international.com

About Five Winds International

Five Winds International is one of the world's most experienced
sustainability-focused management consulting firms. Founded in 1998 with 7
offices in North America and Europe, the company's goal is to help clients
understand sustainability, improve their performance and succeed in the
marketplace. The firm's best practice techniques, tools and processes have
helped well-respected firms achieve leadership in sustainability, including
SC Johnson, DuPont, Diversey, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, Carnival
Corporation, InterfaceFLOR, Kraft Foods, Rio Tinto, BASF, Wrigley, Armstrong
World Industries, and more. For more information: www.fivewinds.com

Press Contact: Miriam Mann, Head of Corporate Communications,


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