Join our Team in Zurich

Junior Consultant/Consultant in Corporate Sustainability

Sustainserv, a fifteen-year old Swiss and US based sustainability consultancy, is seeking to hire a full-time junior consultant/consultant for its office in Zurich, Switzerland. This team member will participate in a wide variety of projects in sustainability consulting, working for various clients from small and medium sized companies to large multinational corporations in sustainability strategy, quantitative assessments of sustainability and sustainability report development. We are a dynamic, fast moving firm seeking outstanding, high-potential people to join our team, demonstrate the ability to contribute immediately to our work, and eventually lead projects.

Responsibilities you will have:

  • Support clients with a focus on sustainability-related data analytics, and additional contributions to strategy development, communications and program implementation;
  • Participate in the development of corporate and sustainability reports, many aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and/or the IIRC Integrated Reporting frameworks;
  • Help develop new products and services for our consulting practice in close collaboration with the teams in Boston and Zurich and external partners;
  • Assist in marketing and sales approaches for consulting services, including the development of project proposals, research reports, white papers, marketing materials, blog articles and other documentation.

We expect that you have:

  • A demonstrated interest in, passion for and knowledge of sustainability;
  • Strong skills and experience in environmental data accounting, greenhouse gas, life-cycle analysis, energy and/or financial calculations;
  • Outstanding judgment under conditions of uncertainty;
  • The ability to be client-facing early in your career with us, and an unwavering commitment to quality;
  • A fun, smart, highly creative yet still detail oriented personality

Required qualifications you must have:

  • Bachelor/Master Degree in business, sciences, engineering or related fields;
  • Impeccable interpersonal, communication and self-motivation skills;
  • Superior skills in quantitative analysis, including advanced use of tools such as Microsoft Excel;
  • Good writing skills – corporate/journalism/technical writing and editing – and oral presentation skills;
  • Professional fluency in English and German, both spoken and written.

Things that will give you a clear edge:

  • 1-3 years of experience in a professional consulting firm (environmental, communications or engineering);
  • Relevant experience in journalism/communications is a plus;
  • Experience in corporate communications, marketing or public relations;
  • Demonstrable skills in graphic design and/or internet/IT technologies;

Sustainserv is a management consulting firm specialized in the development of corporate sustainability strategy, 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 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 parts of the world.

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Are you ready for Integrated Reporting?

Communicating a clear, concise, and integrated story that explains how your company creates value is essential to engage your stakeholders. Integrated Reporting can play a key role in this, and we invite you to join us for a roundtable lunch seminar on Integrated Reporting, an exciting new form of corporate reporting that enhances the way organizations think, plan and report the story of their business.

Joining us will be Mike Krzus, a pioneer and renowned expert in Integrated Reporting, and the author of “The Integrated Reporting Movement” and “One Report” with Bob Eccles. Mike serves as Senior Advisor to Sustainserv and BrownFlynn.

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Bernd Kasemir and Mike Krzus

According to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Integrated Reporting, or <IR>, is enhancing the way organizations think, plan and report the story of their business.

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. It also helps businesses think holistically about their strategy and plans, make informed decisions and manage key risks to build investor and stakeholder confidence and improve future performance. <IR> is shaped by a diverse coalition including business leaders and investors to drive a global evolution in corporate reporting.

In this workshop, Mike Krzus and Sustainserv’s Managing Partner, Bernd Kasemir, will discuss An Effective Approach to Integrated Reporting and Integrated Management. Their presentation will draw upon Mike Krzus’ recently released white paper “Integrated Reporting for a Long-Term Strategy” and Sustainserv’s experience supporting the global chemical company, Clariant, with the development of Clariant’s Integrated Report 2016 and Sustainability Report 2016. We will dive into the benefits and long-term value of Integrated Reporting while highlighting ways it communicates innovatively and effectively to key stakeholders.

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: 31 State Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA

Lunch and validated parking at the Garage at Post Office Square will be provided.

About Bernd Kasemir, Managing Partner, Sustainserv: Bernd focuses on the intersection of strategy, management, and reporting for corporate initiatives that bridge financial and pre-financial (ESG) topics. His work often involves making ESG indicators, such as those developed by the Global Reporting Initiative, accessible and easy to use for internal management systems and external reports. With his broad background, which includes a Ph.D. in chemistry from ETH Zurich, postdoctoral work in environmental sociology at Harvard, and training in business administration at IMD, he brings an integrative perspective to his work with Sustainserv’s clients.

About Mike Krzus: Mike brings practical experience and insight to his role as a Senior Advisor to Sustainserv. He collaborates with Sustainserv and BrownFlynn to develop integrated reporting services and consulting approaches that help clients understand how integrated reporting builds trust, attracts long-term investors, and creates value for shareholders and society. He worked for 38 years in industry and public accounting prior to retiring from a global accounting firm in 2011 and founding Mike Krzus Consulting, and has been an independent integrated reporting consultant with public and privately held companies. Mike is coauthor, with Robert G. Eccles and Sydney Ribot, of The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives, and Materiality (Wiley, 2015). Mike and Bob Eccles also wrote One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy. In addition, he has written or coauthored 14 articles, five book chapters, two case studies, two teaching notes, and a working paper on integrated reporting. Mike is a passionate advocate for integrated reporting and has spoken at business forums, investor meetings, regulatory agencies, accounting firms, stock exchanges, and universities around the world.

To Register for this Roundtable, please click here.

GRI Standards Certified Training

datesSustainserv offers GRI-certified training courses for sustainability reporting.

There are a large number of published sustainability reports and sustainability practitioners must find a way to present their company's performance in a comprehensive and comparable way.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides a framework for transparent communication of sustainability performance.

In our GRI certified training courses, you will receive an introduction to the GRI Standards and an overview of trends in sustainability reporting, practical guidance and tools for the introduction and optimization of sustainability reporting in your company.

With the creation of nearly 150 GRI reports - which all successfully reached the desired GRI service - Sustainserv is one of the most experienced consultancies in the field of sustainability.

The GRI training courses are offered as two-day courses (2 x 8 hours) or as half-day courses (advanced) at a central location in Zurich. Presentations, case studies, group exercises and discussions help participants apply the course content actively and strengthen the learning experience.

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Next courses:

Th/Fri, April 27/28, 2017 GRI Standards course for beginners

Th afternoon, May 11, 2017 GRI Standards course advanced

Mo/Tu, June 26/27, 2017 GRI Standards course for beginners

Fr afternoon, September 15, 2017 GRI Standards course advanced

Mo/Tu, October 9/10, 2017 GRI Standards course for beginners


Successful GRI Standards Launch Event

Last week, we hosted the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Launch Event in Zurich together with BrownFlynn, SIX Group and Swiss Prime Site. Eager to learn about the new GRI Standards and the latest developments in sustainability reporting, 160 people joined the event held at the Swiss Stock Exchange.

The session kicked off with an inspirational talk from Tim Mohin, GRI’s new Chief Executive. Following him, our Managing Partner Stephan Lienin delivered the keynote address, where he provided ample insights to recent developments in sustainability reporting in Switzerland. On the basis of the Sustainability Report of our client Swiss Prime Site, Stephan Lienin then shared our experience applying the recently-launched GRI Standards. The Sustainability Report that was published as part of the Swiss Prime Site annual report 2016 is one of the first reports worldwide based on the new GRI Standards. Furthermore, Stephan Lienin emphasized the importance of targeting sustainability communications to the distinct needs of stakeholders. Using the example of our client Swiss Life he demonstrated how our “Analyst Download” service helps to better enable investors and analysts to find the ESG-information they are looking for.

GRI Launch Event

Following the introduction to the new GRI Standards by Bastian Buck from GRI, attendees had the opportunity to direct their questions to the experts who have been instrumental in developing the new Standards, and to Tim Mohin who provided additional insights into future developments at GRI. In the following panel discussion Stephan Lienin elaborated on the importance of sustainability reporting for different types of businesses together with Samuel Schweizer from Ernst Schweizer AG, Lilian Furrer from Adecco Group, Urs Baumann from Swiss Prime Site AG and Daniel Kaufmann from Clariant. The second panel discussions included representatives from SIX Group, RobecoSAM, UBS and UNCTAD and addressed the question of how to make sustainability information more accessible to stakeholders. The event wrapped up with a lunch which offered opportunities to deepen the discussion and network with fellow peers.

If you were not able to join us at this versatile event, or if you would like to know more about sustainability reporting, feel free to reach out to us or maybe join us at a GRI-certified training that we offer on the new Standards. For more information on our training schedule please visit: