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Sustainserv Welcomes New Intern

A new colleague joined Sustainserv’s Boston office on 19 September 2017, thus broadening the Sustainserv team and expertise. We welcome Ana Milosavljevic, intern:

Ana Milosavljevic HeadshotAna Milosavljevic, Intern

Ana attends Boston University and is pursuing a degree in Environmental Analysis and Policy with a minor in Business Administration. As the Vice President of BU's Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter, Ana utilizes her passion for sustainability and interest in businesses to educate students and faculty about socially and environmentally responsible business and personal practices. For the past 8 months, Ana interned and took classes in Washington, DC, visited family in Serbia, and hiked in her home state of New Hampshire. She is thrilled to be back in Boston and to start her internship with SustainServ!

We’re excited to have Ana on our team! Please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Managing Partner of Sustainserv, if you have any questions.

Results of the Sustainserv SDG-Pulse Monitor

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in 2015 as the centerpiece of the 2030 Agenda, represent the global framework for sustainable development until 2030. To better understand the relevance of the SDGs for Swiss businesses, we conducted an SDG-Pulse Monitor survey– the first of its kind in Switzerland. Over 103 businesses participated, providing new insights to how the SDG’s are influencing business management and operations.

Sustainserv organized an interactive event on August 20 to present the results, which was attended by over 20 highly interested business representatives. Stephan Lienin, Managing Partner at Sustainserv, started the event by introducing the SDGs as a frame of reference for corporate sustainability. He was followed by Manuela Wettstein, the Consultant at Sustainserv in charge of the study, who offered an overview of the survey results.

The study led to interesting insights:

  • About 70 percent of the participating businesses consider the SDGs relevant.
  • There is a clear prioritization of issues, whereas climate action (SDG 13), industry/ innovation/ infrastructure (SDG 9) as well as sustainable production and consumption patterns (SDG 12) are the most frequently mentioned.
  • For about half the participating businesses it is not yet clear, how they will deal with the SDGs.
  • The participating businesses see the biggest benefit of the SDGs in the alignment of their engagement, the prioritization of sustainability issues, the sensitization for the sustainability topic, the differentiation in the market and in the improvement of their reputation.
  • Translating the SDGs into the specific business context is regarded as the biggest challenge at this stage.

After the presentation of the study results, Marius Schlegel from the Corporate Responsibility Team at Swisscom gave a case study of how the SDGs could look like in practice. Besides the difficulty to break down a highly complex agenda to the business context, he emphasized the opportunity to develop new business activities based on the SDGs.

Wrapping up the formal part, Andrea Ries, Coordinator of the 2030 Agenda at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), elaborated on the steps that are being taken at the federal level to advance the realization of the SDGs. She highlighted the important role of businesses and challenged them to see the SDGs as more than a new reporting system, but a compass that helps realign their core business with a global sustainability agenda.

The event conlcuded with an informal reception, which offered the opportunity to continue the fruitful discussions on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Clariant Sustainability Report Receives Recognition

Sustainserv Supports Award-Winning Sustainability Report for the Swiss Company

The Annual Report Competition (ARC) Awards International, an international Annual Reports award platform by MerComm Inc., announced that Clariant Corporation’s Sustainability Report 2016 was selected for a Bronze award in the 2017 ARC Awards. Sustainserv supported Clariant in the concept and development of this report.

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, published its Sustainability Report 2016 as a creative, more story-driven supplement to Clariant’s Integrated Report 2016 which was also supported by Sustainserv. The Sustainability Report describes the initiatives, processes, and goals that Clariant has undertaken and includes a comprehensive overview of Clariant’s three sustainability dimensions, “Performance, People, and Planet”, with descriptions of key projects and performance indicators.

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CLARIANT SR16 ARC

ARC Awards International is the only annual report competition in the world not tied to a magazine or trade association and do not accept any advertising or sponsorships. As a result, judges are not influenced by conflicts of interest. Entrants from large and small agencies, companies and nonprofit groups have an equal chance of winning. Judging is also based on the values of creativity, clarity, effectiveness, and excellence as symbolized by the ARC Awards.

 Clariant was invited to receive the Bronze ARC Award in person at the ARC 31st Annual Winners’ Dinner in Tokyo, Japan on 12 October 2017.

The Clariant Sustainability Report 2016 is available at http://reports.clariant.com.

 

For more information, please contact: 
Bernd Kasemir, Ph.D.
Managing Partner at Sustainserv
+1 617 330 5001 (Office)
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International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) at UBC

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) hosts its 11th annual conference at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Over 130 guests ranging from academics, thought leaders, corporate professionals, sustainability practitioners, and students will convene from June 26-28, 2017 to discuss and spread sustainability knowledge focusing on this year’s conference theme, Climate.City.Campus.

At a global level, climate change is one of the biggest sustainability issues of our time. At a regional level, cities create huge impact – both positive and negative. At a local level, campuses also make an impact. The ISCN 2017 conference at UBC will interweave each of these elements to embody its theme, Climate.City.Campus.

Co-hosted by UBC and the City of Vancouver (CoV) and hosting registrants from 31 countries and 78 institutions, this conference will serve as a platform for exploration, discussion, learning, and networking. Adding to this diversity, ISCN 2017 at UBC also boasts registrants from a variety of roles and disciplines within the university-city-corporate landscape. This conference will also show the power of collaboration between campuses and cities. Attendees will gain insight into the UBC-CoV strategic relationship and see successful practical examples from ISCN member institutions.

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“Our annual conference is one of the cornerstone activities of the ISCN and where a cross-section of those intimately involved with campus sustainability gather to cross-pollinate ideas, learn, and further sustainability in higher education”, says This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director of the ISCN, and consultant at Sustainserv, Inc. “ISCN 2017 is set in one of the most sustainability oriented places on the world, Vancouver, British Columbia and we are thrilled to be working with conference co-hosts, University of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver.” 

 

About the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

The ISCN includes over 80 globally leading colleges including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, University of Oxford, ETH Zurich, the National University of Singapore, the University of Melbourne, and The University of Hong Kong. ISCN universities represent over 20 countries and work together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching. The mission of the ISCN is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.

Execution of the ISCN's strategic goals is supported by the ISCN Secretariat, operated by Sustainserv, Inc., and led by the Executive Director of the ISCN. Sustainserv Managing Partner Bernd Kasemir serves as the Secretary of the ISCN Board. The Secretariat supports and manages member relations, network development and outreach, resource materials, and strategic program management activities.

For more information on the ISCN, please visit the ISCN’s website. For inquiries, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check out the ISCN on Twitter (using the hashtag, #ISCN2017 for the conference and @ISCNSecretariat Twitter handle) and visit the ISCN on Linkedin.