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KPMG Builds ESG Software Atop Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

May 26, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Global professional services firm KPMG International has launched a Circularity Tracker solution built atop Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.

The software helps customers to "automate data collection from diverse sources and perform model-based data calculations using standards, regulatory reporting metrics and universally accepted measurement frameworks for circularity performance," KPMG said.

Pricing for the new software was not disclosed.

Sustainability Software Partnership: Executive Perspectives

Shelly Blackburn, VP of cross solutions, Microsoft

In a prepared statement about the new software, John McCalla-Leacy (pictured, top of page), head of Global ESG for KPMG International, said: "At the heart of KPMG’s global alliance with Microsoft is a shared desire and passion to help businesses do the right thing and deliver on their commitments to be more sustainable. My view is that we’re entering a new stage in the corporate world where boardrooms are taking ESG seriously and want to implement solutions that can reduce environmental impact, while increasing social equity and transparency. Often the biggest barrier to achieving that is a lack of understanding about how to gather genuinely insightful data and how to use that information to deliver positive change. As KPMG firms enter the next step in our alliance with Microsoft, I’m confident that we, together with KPMG professionals and clients, can move towards a model that empowers business leaders to play a more robust, proactive role in creating a sustainable future that works for all."

Meanwhile, the consulting firm ranks among Microsoft's closest ESG and sustainability software partners.

In a prepared statement about the relationship, Shelly Blackburn, VP of cross solutions at Microsoft, said: "We are pleased to work with KPMG to deliver innovative Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability solutions that help customers unify their data intelligence and gain insights about their overall carbon footprint. KPMG Circularity Tracker can enable customers to develop and execute robust strategies to achieve their ESG goals.”

KPMG: Sustainability and ESG Milestones, Partnerships

The consulting firm has made multiple sustainability moves worldwide. Examples include

  • Sweden: Working with Microsoft to deliver a tech-enabled ESG reporting solution for international forestry group Södra, the companies said.
  • Asia: Partnering with four organizations, through the KPMG ASEAN Decarbonization Hub, to “equip businesses in the region to meet their sustainability goals in the face of strong economic headwinds and uncertainties.”
  • March 2023: Microsoft touted KPMG as a key consulting partner focused on sustainability projects.
  • February 2023: Partnerimg with ESI Monitor in the Crown Dependencies to provide sustainability consulting and ESG reporting services. The effort involves ESI Monitor’s FutureTracker, a software platform that allows customers to target, achieve and maintain sustainability goals.
  • February 2023: Partnering with Workiva in an “enhanced alliance to deliver environmental, social, and governance (ESG) focused solutions and services."
  • February 2023:  Hiring Deloitte veteran Thitachai Apipongcharoen as climate risk manager for Southeast Asia.
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