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Consultant/Senior Consultant in Corporate Sustainability

Sustainserv, a sixteen-year old Swiss and US-based sustainability consultancy, is seeking to hire a full-time Consultant/Senior Consultant for its office in Zurich, Switzerland. This team member will participate in and lead 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, hard-working, fast moving firm seeking outstanding, high-potential people to join our team, and contribute immediately to our work.

Responsibilities you will have:

  • Support clients with a focus on sustainability-related data analytics, and additional contributions to strategy development, communications and program implementation;
  • Provide thought-leadership in environmental, social and other sustainability-related data analysis;
  • Participate in the development of corporate and sustainability reports, many aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and/or the IIRC Integrated Reporting frameworks;
  • Drive new products and services development for our consulting practice in close collaboration with the teams in Boston and Zurich and external partners;
  • Lead certain marketing and business development projects in coordination with the managing partners and other team members;

We expect that you have:

  • 3+ years of experience in a business consulting firm (strategy, sustainability, environmental or engineering) or as a sustainability professional in a corporate setting.
  • Strong skills and demonstrated experience in collecting, assessing, analyzing and presenting environmental and/or social data (e.g. GHG inventories, Carbon Disclosure Project, LCA, Science-Based Targets, HR-related data, social impact modeling etc.);
  • Demonstrated experience as a client facer, with an unwavering commitment to quality;
  • Proven track record in project management;

Required qualifications you must have:

  • Bachelor/Master Degree in the natural or physical sciences, engineering or related fields;
  • Impeccable interpersonal, communication and self-motivation skills;
  • Superior skills in quantitative analysis, using tools such as Microsoft Excel, Gabi, SimaPro etc.
  • Outstanding writing skills and oral presentation skills;
  • Native speaker/fully fluent in German essential. Professional fluency in English.

Things that will give you a clear edge:

  • A demonstrated interest in, passion for and knowledge of sustainability;
  • A fun, smart, highly creative yet still detail oriented personality;
  • Experience in corporate communications, marketing or ales;
  • The ability and appetite to leverage your networks and existing relationships to create business opportunities.

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 uses 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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Sustainserv #1 CSR Report Service Provider

Sustainserv recently moved up to the #1 position on the Corporate Register Top 50 list of Consultants based on the number of sustainability and CSR reports it has helped develop. Since its founding in 2001, the Sustainserv team has helped its clients develop more than 200 such reports globally, the most of any consultancy ranked by Corporate Register (, the global online directory of corporate responsibility (CR) reports.

Sustainserv has offices in Boston Massachusetts and Zurich Switzerland. Its team of consultants works with companies in a variety of sectors and provides comprehensive sustainability strategy, data-related and communications services to its clients, including supporting the development of GRI G4, GRI Standard and Integrated Reports. Its team brings a wide range of skills and experience, enabling them to deliver tailored solutions to companies wherever they are in their sustainability journey. Sustainserv is a GRI-certified training partner in Switzerland, and regularly offers workshops, training courses and seminars in its Boston and Zurich locations.


Matthew Gardner, a Managing Partner and co-founder of Sustainserv said “Sustainability reporting represents the culmination of a company’s internal investment in good sustainability and corporate responsibility programs. A key component of such programs is the clear, creative and engaging communication of your progress, your successes and failures, and your strategic vision for how sustainability and corporate responsibility fit into your overall value creation process. We take great pride in our team’s ability to take complex information, present it in context, and do so in a creative manner.”

"We have been working with Sustainserv for a number of years on all aspects of our corporate sustainability program.” Said Lindsay Zingg, Global Head of Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability at Panalpina World Transport, a Swiss-based global logistics provider. “Their team has years of experience, they bring new and innovative ideas to the table to suit our business needs, and they have helped us continually move our sustainability reporting forward each and every year in a very professional and supportive manner.”

“The Sustainserv team has become a key collaborator as we make progress on our CR and ESG action plan” said Kevin Hagen, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Iron Mountain. “In addition to helping us improve our reporting process, their global experience and perspective has become invaluable to our strategic thinking. They are great at tactfully answering the questions I should have asked.”

Stephan Lienin, Managing Partner of Sustainserv based in the Zurich office said “We’re delighted that our years of hard work is gaining recognition. Corporate reporting is a fast-moving field, requiring us to always be on the lookout for new and better ways to help companies tell their stories.”

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.



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


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