Anthesis Acquires US Sustainability Reporting Specialist BuzzWord

5th March 2024

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Kirsten Doddy

Chief Marketing Officer

Anthesis, the largest group of dedicated sustainability professionals globally, announces its acquisition of BuzzWord, the US based sustainability reporting specialist, in response to the evolving and accelerating disclosure demands on clients.  

BuzzWord has been singularly focused on helping companies report on their environmental and social performance for more than 20 years, making it among the longest established and most experienced sustainability reporting consultancies in the United States. Led by CEO Valerie Lee, BuzzWord has a proven track record of supporting some of the world’s most influential companies on their sustainability and ESG reporting, materiality assessments, gap analysis, and disclosure strategies. With a senior team of strategic advisors with deep technical expertise, BuzzWord’s clients include Comcast, Marvell Technology, and Paramount.

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Through strategic advisory and content development services, BuzzWord has also helped American Airlines continually advance its sustainability reporting, supporting the airline in developing industry-leading climate disclosures and producing an annual sustainability report that conveys complex technical information in a clear and accessible way.

BuzzWord’s deep understanding of the ESG landscape and expertise in leading frameworks and emerging requirements, including ISSB, SASB, GRI and TCFD, further strengthens Anthesis’ global reporting capabilities. Providing an end-to-end approach to reporting, Anthesis guides organisations through reporting strategy, goal prioritisation, data collection and disclosures to transparently communicate direction and progress, while inspiring change.

On this announcement, Stuart McLachlan, CEO of Anthesis, said “BuzzWord demonstrates a best-in-class approach to sustainability reporting, combining knowledge of the regulatory landscape, data-driven analysis, and honest narratives. Val and the BuzzWord team will be strong additions to Anthesis as we navigate our clients through the complexities of regulation and into positive and purposeful stakeholder engagement.

Valerie Lee, CEO of BuzzWord, commented “Companies face an increasingly complicated reporting landscape, plus heightened expectations to articulate not only their sustainability ambitions but also credible plans for achieving them. We’re thrilled to join Anthesis, which will let us bring broader expertise to our clients. Together, the purpose-driven approach BuzzWord and Anthesis share will strengthen our ability to help our clients drive impact through disclosure and build trust through transparency.” 

BuzzWord is Anthesis’ second M&A deal to be announced in 2024, following the merger with global purpose strategy specialist group Revolt in January. Furthermore, the deal provides BuzzWord’s clients with access to Anthesis’ full suite of science and evidence-based advisory solutions, digital products and data solutions, carbon project development and offsetting solutions, and purpose-led communications and organisational transformation strategies from across its global network. Anthesis has completed 23 acquisitions since 2013, growing to over 1,300 specialists across 46 offices in 23 countries.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

About BuzzWord

BuzzWord helps companies develop effective sustainability reporting and disclosure strategies, provides guidance on aligning with frameworks and requirements, and creates credible and compelling ESG and sustainability reports and related communications. The team is comprised of strategic advisors with a proven track record serving some of the world’s most influential companies. With 20+ years of experience working exclusively on sustainability reporting, BuzzWord believes in the power of high-quality reporting to drive progress, build trust, create value, and support a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. To learn more, visit