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Join our Team in Boston! (Internship Opportunity)

Corporate Sustainability Internship Opportunity

We are seeking to hire a paid full-time 3-month or 6-month intern for our office in downtown Boston.

The intern candidate should expect to start between late April and early June, depending on the intern's availability. The deadline for intern applications is Friday, April 7, 2017.

BACKGROUND

Our full-time, paid internship opportunity is designed for early-career or career-transition professionals looking to gain experience in corporate sustainability consulting. Our intern will contribute to sustainability strategy, program, and communications projects for a variety of clients from diverse industries.

The intern will experience project work that includes sustainability strategy, quantitative assessments of environmental data, sustainability reporting and communications, and corporate marketing. The intern will also spearhead a personal project assigned by the Sustainserv team that will conclude the internship as a report and presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no open positions for full-time consultants at this time, however we are willing to hire 1 to 2 interns at a time.

RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS

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  • Maintain a high-level of professionalism, agency, punctuality, and a positive attitude
  • An overarching project completed in its entirety by the end of the internship period (this project will focus on a corporate sustainability or higher-education sustainability topic that will include quantitative analysis, a writing component, and a presentation)
  • Occasionally support Sustainserv consultants in sustainability strategy development, quantitative analysis, reporting, sustainability program implementation, and other sustainability consulting project work
  • Occasionally assist in marketing and sales approaches for consulting services
  • Occasionally assist in the development research reports, white papers, marketing materials, blog articles and other documentation
  • You will work 5 days per week (40 hours per week), and we allow for unpaid vacation time during the internship (up to 1 week/5 days for 3-month interns or 2 weeks/10 days for 6-month interns, and you must commit to/inform your supervisor of what days you are taking off for vacation within the first two weeks of your internship) 
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN 
  • Experience working in the cutting edge and dynamic corporate sustainability space
  • Sustainability strategy, environmental data analysis, sustainability reporting, and professional skills
  • Time management skills (i.e., setting appropriate priorities for multiple tasks under particular deadlines)
  • Regular interaction and collaboration with Sustainserv’s sustainability consultants and opportunity to do informational interviews with Sustainserv consultants to learn more about their careers and experiences in corporate sustainability 
  • One-on-one mentoring with your supervisor
  • The opportunity to dive into a particular sustainability topic by leading a personal project to its completion
  • The opportunity to practice public speaking/presentation skills in a corporate setting when you present your final project at the end of your internship
  • A personal performance review at the end of the internship
  • If you provide top-notch performance, your supervisor will offer you a letter of recommendation
WHAT WE EXPECT YOU TO HAVE
  • A demonstrated interest in, passion for and knowledge of the subject of sustainability
  • An unwavering commitment to quality
  • Strong interest and capability for writing in English
  • Outstanding judgment and patience that comes with working in a small, dynamic firm
  • Willingness and ability to multitask, and pitch in where needed
  • A fun, smart, highly creative yet detail-oriented personality
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • You must possess or be pursuing a Bachelor or Master Degree at a liberal arts or technical college/university OR are a candidate in between careers interested in gaining sustainability consulting experience
  • Impeccable interpersonal, communication and self-motivation skills
  • Superior writing skills– corporate/journalism/technical writing and editing – and oral presentation skills
  • Expertise in the Microsoft Office suite of products
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Your resume
  • Your GPA (if you are a current or recent student)
  • Letters of recommendation (if you have any)
  • Specification on whether you can do a 3-month internship or a 6-month internship (including tentative starting/ending dates)
  • A personal statement that answers the following questions and any other information you may want to include (in a page or less):
             How did you first become interested in sustainability?
         Why do you care about corporate sustainability?
         What’re you trying to get out of this internship?
         What’re your long-term goals for your career?
SUSTAINSERV'S BACKGROUND

Sustainserv is a management consulting firm specialized in the development of corporate sustainability strategies, programs and communications. Founded in 2001 by a team of PhD-trained scientists, Sustainserv has offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Boston, Massachusetts. Our international team of 11 consultants combines its expertise in metric-driven analysis to provide comprehensive sustainability solutions that drive business growth. Our experience in different cultures helps us to provide our clients with a global view on sustainability issues and to build bridges between partners in different part of the world.

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Clariant Publishes First-Ever Integrated Report

Sustainserv Supports First Integrated Report for the Swiss Company

TitlepageClariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, published its first Integrated Report for the 2016 reporting year. Inspired by the Integrated Reporting framework of the IIRC, it provides a deeper view into Clariant’s holistic approach to the management of its value creation process, and its commitment to create added value for customers, employees, shareholders and the environment in the long term. 


Sustainserv served as the integrated reporting consultant and external editor for this report, and provided conceptual and technical guidance for the project team. “The collaboration with Sustainserv was particularly valuable in the development of the business model, which is a guiding theme in the report,” said Kai Rolker, Head Group Communications at Clariant. “In addition, they were of great help to identify our current status - our achievements and our gaps - and to draw the right conclusions.”

 

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Companies are increasingly being asked to provide a more comprehensive view on their ability to create value. Integrated Reporting helps companies clearly articulate their value creation process by way of material financial and non-financial performance indicators, and how they interact with the business model of the company. “Supporting Clariant in developing their first Integrated Report was a groundbreaking and very rewarding project,” said Bernd Kasemir, Managing Partner at Sustainserv.

The Clariant report is available at http://reports.clariant.com and can be downloaded in English and German. In addition, the report can also be ordered as an English or German hard copy via the company website.


For more information, please contact:
Bernd Kasemir, Ph.D.
Managing Partner at Sustainserv
+1 617 330 5001 (Office)
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Making Integrated Reporting Relevant in the Capital Markets

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Mike Krzus, Senior Advisor to Sustainserv and BrownFlynn, recently published an article in Responsible Investor on how to make integrated reporting relevant in the capital markets. The article discusses how to leverage the upcoming CEO Investor Forum hosted by the CECP,  a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success. This meeting, scheduled for February 27 in New York City, brings together CEO's from some of the worlds leading companies, to present their long-term strategic plans to an audience of institutional investors. 

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GRI Standards Launch Event: Zurich, March 29, 2017

Explore the new GRI Standards

 

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • from 8:45 AM to 12:30 pm
  • SIX Convention Point, Zurich

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Sustainserv, in collaboration with BrownFlynn, SIX Group, Swiss Prime Site and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) invites you to explore the new GRI Standards for corporate sustainability reporting. Whether you’re a sustainability reporting beginner, or a seasoned reporter, this interactive and free-of-charge session is designed to give you a detailed overview of the very latest developments in sustainability reporting.

You’ll be guided through the benefits of the new GRI Standards and the changes from the GRI G4 Guidelines. You’ll also have ample opportunity to ask questions to the experts who have been instrumental in developing the Standards. Network with fellow peers, exchange knowledge and be at the forefront of the latest developments of the reporting landscape.

Sustainserv’s Managing Partner Stephan Lienin will lead the discussion and guide you through a very interesting and informative agenda.

 

Agenda

8.15 – 8.45 Registration and Coffee
8.45 – 9:15 Opening and Keynote
Stephan Lienin, day chair, Managing Partner Sustainserv
Tim Mohin, Chief Executive GRI
9.15 – 10.00 GRI Standards Presentation
Bastian Buck, Director Standards, GRI
10.00 – 10.15 Q&A
10.15 – 10.45 Networking break
10.45 – 11.30 Panel: The importance of the Standards for your organization's reporting.
11.30 – 12.15 Panel: Standardization in the data value chain
Moderated by Stephan Lienin, Sustainserv
12.15 – 12.30 Wrap-up and closure
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
   

 

Registration

Registration is completely free of charge, however as there is limited space, we encourage early registration to secure your place. Registration is limited to 2 places per organization (3 places for GRI GOLD Community members).
Register now!

Certified GRI Standards Training

In our two certified GRI Trainings you will get to know the new GRI Standards in detail and you will learn how to prepare a sustainability report according to the GRI Standards. The training courses with group discussions and best practice examples help you applying the GRI Standards to your sustainability report in a practical way.

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