I recently came across this post on Greenbiz.com by Christopher Mines from Forrester which discusses the need for coherent governance of sustainability initiatives.
He suggests there are three critical categories of setting governance best practices:
1. Setting goals
2. Creating incentives
3. Formalising structure
The post makes the point that the likely buyers of sustainability software will be business leaders who hold the budget for sustainability technology, with business and IT coming together around two important capabilities: integration with existing systems, and analytic capabilities. A sustainability software solution must be able to integrate with existing systems in, e.g., ERP, building management, and supply chain.