ESG Reporting

Establish an efficient sustainability reporting system and create transparency about your company’s carbon footprint


Competitive through sustainability


Determination and processing of the relevant data


Compliance with legal requirements

Why companies need ESG reporting

Sustainability is rapidly gaining importance in the business world. More and more companies are making “Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)” an immovable pillar of their business strategy. Regulatory provisions such as the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) require companies to intensify their sustainability efforts and report their progress transparently.

With regard to ESG reporting, companies have to overcome a number of challenges:

  • It is difficult to measure and record the emissions caused across the entire supply chain.

  • The relevant data is often scattered across different IT systems and the database is incomplete.

  • Data is currently often compiled in Microsoft Excel, which involves a great deal of manual effort for those involved and is prone to significant errors.

In their current study “The State of ESG & Sustainability Reporting”, the analysts at BARC examine the challenges that companies encounter in running ESG reporting. The most frequently identified challenges are:

  1. Lack of quality and reliability of data (42%)

  2. Too many different data sources (36%)

  3. Lack of resources (32%)

Transparent sustainability reporting requires a large amount of high-quality data from various centralized and decentralized data sources. The right software tools make ESG reporting significantly more efficient by automating the collection, analysis and reporting of ESG data.

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Andreas Laux

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Powerful ESG reporting enables companies to achieve their sustainability goals, meet applicable regulatory requirements and make their progress transparent to internal and external stakeholders.

ESG Reporting: Benefits

  • Compliance with regulatory requirements

  • Transparency about your own carbon footprint

  • Strengthening competitiveness

  • Creation of a reliable data basis

  • Significant cost savings through derived sustainability measures

  • Considerable reduction in the effort involved in data collection and reporting

  • Avoidance of manual errors through automated reporting

  • Focus on action planning instead of reporting

Sustainability as a competitive advantage

The regulatory pressure on medium-sized and large companies in terms of sustainability reporting will continue to increase. The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) significantly expands the group of companies subject to reporting requirements. In Germany alone, around 15,000 companies will have to disclose their sustainability activities from the 2025 financial year. ESG reporting plays a crucial role in meeting this requirement.

Companies should not view sustainability reporting merely as a necessary exercise and a legal obligation. In fact, the topic of sustainability has developed into a strategic competitive factor in many respects.

More and more companies are asking their business partners and suppliers for proof of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve climate neutrality as a prerequisite for cooperation. If companies have an ESG reporting, they can provide direct information on this. Access to the capital market is also made easier as investors pay more attention to sustainable business practices.

Similarly, applicants are increasingly making their decision for or against an employer dependent on its efforts in terms of sustainability. ESG reporting is therefore an opportunity to actively counteract the shortage of skilled workers and strengthen the company’s positive public image.

With ESG reporting, the measures identified to avoid emissions and achieve climate neutrality can be quantified and tracked. Many measures not only reduce carbon emissions, but also lead to significant cost savings.

The use of data from SAP systems to calculate the ecological footprint is expedient. Numerous relevant business processes are mapped in the ERP system (SAP S/4HANA, SAP ECC) and can be used as a stable database. In contrast to Excel reporting, such system-supported reporting can also be certified and audited.

Our approach to your ESG reporting

We combine professional and technical expertise and are therefore able to provide you with comprehensive support in establishing your sustainability reporting – from conception to implementation and operation.

Consulting based on individual requirements


Conception of a specification sheet


Definition of ESG reporting


Selection of the emissions database


Identification of suitable software tools


Operation of your ESG solution


Use of an extensive partner network

Professional subjects:

  • Creation of a professional concept/specification sheet

  • Fulfillment of regulatory requirements

  • Selection of a suitable emission factor database (Ecoinvent, Gabi,, open Data...)

  • Definition of dimensions and key figures for ESG reporting

  • Access to an extensive partner network of sustainability experts

Technical subjects:

  • Identification of the optimal variant for the technical implementation, taking into account the existing system landscape

  • Implementation, sizing, configuration and connection of the standard tools SAP Sustainability Footprint Management and SAP Sustainability Control Tower

  • Development of an individual solution based on SAP BW or SAP Datasphere as a data warehouse and SAP Analytics Cloud as a front-end tool

  • In the case of a third-party sustainability solution: provision of the relevant data from SAP systems (SAP S/4HANA, SAP ECC, SAP BW ...) and processing using extractors/CDS views

  • Operation of the ESG reporting solution by our Customer Success

SAP Sustainability Footprint Management: Exemplary features

Emissions overview

SAP Sustainability Footprint Management (SFM) provides a detailed overview of a company’s emissions. These emissions can be split up, for example, according to the various scopes, the materials purchased or the main energy consumers. Companies receive a comprehensive overview of their ecological impact and can take targeted measures to reduce their emissions.

Product-related carbon footprint

The carbon footprint of the exemplary product “Chocolate Cake” is illustrated with the help of a Sankey diagram. The diagram visualizes how the emissions are distributed along the value chain – from the raw materials to the finished product. This illustration provides companies with valuable insights to identify emissions and take targeted measures to reduce their carbon footprint.

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