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Software Helps Companies Gain Competitive Advantage With One-Click Sustainability Standards Reporting & Management

BOSTON, MA and STUTTGART GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/14 -- For companies looking to improve and expand their global sustainability initiatives, PE INTERNATIONAL today announced the latest release of its SoFi software now available in two versions -- Enterprise and Professional. (www.sofi-software.com/international/overview/) The new Professional solutions are customized for those looking to meet and exceed the requirements for voluntary and mandatory reporting standards for the CDP, the Global Reporting Initiative, (GRI) and for materiality assessment.

PE INTERNATIONAL is a leader in providing comprehensive software for customers to meet the requirements of standards bodies. SoFi was the first software to receive certification of G4 content from the GRI and was the first solution accredited for carbon reporting by the CDP.

"We are very pleased with our decision to implement SoFi Professional from PE INTERNATIONAL for our sustainability program management," said Viola Joncic, Health, Safety & Environment, BRITA Group. "We completed the implementation in record time because with the SoFi cloud solution our IT department had very little integration work. With the modular system in SoFi Professional, assembling our questionnaires was also super-fast. For our international colleagues we organized engaging training sessions together with our PE project manager so they could immediately start data collection using the intuitive SoFi user interface. The resulting reports look nice and are also easy-to-use and manage. For Brita as a beginner in sustainability management this was a smooth, successful start."

"PE INTERNATIONAL is a long-time organizational stakeholder of GRI, and its SoFi Software was the first software with certified content from the new G4 guidelines. We are very pleased to see that with the new offerings, PE is providing further help for GRI reporters to conduct a materiality assessment and manage their reporting process in compliance with the G4 standard," said Elina Sviklina, Global Reporting Initiative.

The New Offering
SoFi Enterprise
SoFi Enterprise is PE INTERNATIONAL's powerful software platform that allows companies to obtain financial-grade sustainability information and improve performance for their own operations, supply chain and products. It has been lauded by analyst firm, Verdantix, who named it a market leader for superior functionality to enhance and expedite sustainability reporting processes. It was also awarded 'The Top Product of the Year for 2014' www.environmentalleader.com/products/pe-international-sofi-software/ by Environmental Leader. The unique performance analytics, intelligent diagnostics and planning tools found in SoFi, coupled with the world's best sustainability content databases deliver the insight users need to realize the potential of sustainable business. More than 130 companies around the world manage sustainability programs with SoFi. Some of the most recent implementations include: LG Electronics, Avaya, Brita, The Research Institute of Safety & Environment Technology of the China National Petroleum Company.

The three SoFi Professional Solutions that are now available for CDP, GRI and Materiality Assessment, help companies to become more competitive by delivering fast, accurate data aggregation, increased efficiency saving time and money, dramatically improved sustainability data quality, automated reports, and in-depth visibility and insight into areas of strength and weakness. SoFi Professional solutions are available at the low entry point of $7,000U.S. /EUR 5,000. As organizations' needs become more complex, they can easily upgrade to SoFi Enterprise.

"At PE INTERNATIONAL we provide sustainability-as-a-service," said Christoph Wilfert, CEO of PE INTERNATIONAL. "Whether a company is multi-national or a start-up looking for sophisticated sustainability data analysis, or to migrate from spreadsheets for simple reporting, SoFi 2014 provides a flexible option. We have worked diligently to build the SoFi solution to deliver what the market needs. We are proud of the product's momentum with many customer wins, analyst accolades and industry awards."

SoFi Professional
The newly released SoFi software for CDP reporting is the most comprehensive way of carbon management and reporting. It can quickly identify opportunities to reduce carbon and energy use by ensuring users have up-to-the-minute information, CDP questionnaires, and highly accurate, audit-proof Carbon performance indicators that result in better ratings for the company. In addition, PE INTERNATIONAL is one of the few providers in the world that is a CDP Gold partner.

The new solution provides users with the latest GRI G4 standards that represent best practices in sustainability reporting. All companies who want to report in accordance with the GRI need to report on the new general and specific standard disclosures in G4 -- including additional disclosures on supply chain, governance, materiality assessment, ethics and integrity, anti-corruption and energy and GHG emissions. SoFi GRI enables credible reporting and provides users with the ability to reduce their environmental footprint by analyzing performance and identify areas that need improvement.

SoFi Materiality
SoFi Materiality is a fast, easy and cost-effective solution that allows users to identify material sustainability issues. Working within the solution, users are taken through a series of steps and asked questions that determine the most material business factors to be measured. From the most common metrics, to highly customized business concerns, this solution provides insight into areas to measure and guidance on the best ways to weigh their importance.

PE INTERNATIONAL is the leading global provider of integrated solutions for enterprise sustainability performance with proven software, sustainability databases and unparalleled consulting expertise. With more than 20 years of experience and 20 offices around the globe, PE INTERNATIONAL works with 2,500 clients including companies such as Bayer, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Kraft Foods, Siemens, Unilever and Volkswagen. For more information: www.pe-international.com.

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