Sustainserv Welcomes Spring Interns

Sustainserv welcomed two new interns to the Boston office in January: Dione Sun and Jamie Banks.

Dione attends Boston University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Environmental Policy. At Boston University, Dione served as Director of the Environmental Affairs Department to engage students with sustainability on campus. Given her business and environmental education, Dione hopes to merge her passion for environmental sustainability with her interest in technology and business to pursue a career in corporate sustainability. Previously, Dione interned at IBM in Chicago and worked at a technology startup in Boston. Outside of work, Dione loves to read, try new foods, and travel, most recently to Paris and Morocco.

Jamie attended Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston, and Boston University to study environmental science and energy & sustainability management, with an emphasis on project management.  Prior to working at Sustainserv, Jamie was an athletic instructor, primarily teaching swimming and skiing.  While working at a ski resort in British Columbia, Jamie recognized the need for practical and effective sustainability efforts and is excited to pursue a career in the field of corporate sustainability.


Dione Sun (above) and Jamie Banks (below)

We are thrilled to have Dione and Jamie join 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.

Sustainserv presents best practice study on SDGs at CCR Roundtable

Sustainserv presents best practice study on SDGs at CCR Roundtable

The Center for Corporate Reporting (CCR) is an independent center of excellence for corporate

reporting and the central point of contact for all key players in the Swiss corporate reporting community. Sustainserv co-sponsors this interactive workshop on Nov 16 in Lausanne. The discussion will focus on the way businesses deal with the SDGs with a particular focus on the connection between SDGs, strategy, and business model and how it flows into the reporting and the disclosure to the outside world.

The current Swiss landscape regarding SDGs will be presented by Dr. Stephan Lienin, Managing Partner, and Manuela Huck-Wettstein, Senior Consultant of Sustainserv. They will give a general overview of best practices with regard to SDGs in Switzerland and present results and recommendations from their recent survey.

Dominique Marolleau, Corporate Communications Manager & Business Partner Finance and Compliance at Givaudan will present their journey with SDGs and focus on increased third-party impacts, alignment into integrated reporting framework and potential impacts on next strategic and target-setting process.

Jens Rupp, Head Environmental Sustainability, at Philip Morris International will present PMI’s approach to SDGs and explain the link between SDGs and the fundamental transformation of their business.

The discussion between participants will be followed by a networking lunch.

November 16, 8.15 am to 1 pm


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Sustainserv Supports Award-Winning Integrated Report

Clariant Integrated Report Recognized Best Swiss Annual Report

8 October 2018

ClariantIR17In the recently released Swiss Annual Report Rating 2018, Sustainserv client Clariant received two impressive recognitions for their Integrated Report 2017: the Overall Winner for best annual report by a company listed in the Swiss Performance Index (SPI) and the number one report in the Value Reporting category.

Featuring the title “All in One,” Clariant’s Integrated Report 2017 incorporated both financial and non-financial aspects of its business into a compelling discussion of value creation. This comprehensive approach was highlighted in the laudatory awards speech given by Roman Schneider from the University of Zurich:

By reorganizing reporting, Clariant shows courage for innovation. The company is taking on a pioneering role in Integrated Reporting in Switzerland and is setting a new benchmark in value reporting and design. Clariant’s integrated report is groundbreaking and forward-looking.

A key element of the Integrated Report 2017 is the focus on topics that are material for Clariant and its stakeholders. These topics were identified during a comprehensive materiality assessment conducted in 2017. As a result, the report provides an in-depth view on Clariant’s long-term and holistic approach to value creation. In addition, with the business model continually at the core of the discussion, the report emphasizes how Clariant draws upon a multitude of resources to create added value for customers, employees, shareholders, and the environment.

Sustainserv has supported Clariant on its Integrated Reporting journey since 2016 by providing guidance on the application of the <IR> framework to Clariant’s specific context, developing an innovative reporting concept, identifying relevant performance indicators beyond classic financial reporting, establishing a robust data and information collection process, and offering extensive writing and editing services.

“We are excited to break new ground as we support Clariant in further developing its integrated reporting approach,” said Manuela Huck-Wettstein, Senior Consultant at Sustainserv and Project Manager for the Clariant reporting project. “By providing insights into how the company’s business model connects tangible and intangible factors, Clariant is able to transparently communicate its holistic approach to sustainable value creation to investors and shareholders.”

The Clariant Integrate Report 2017 is available at

If you would like to know more about Integrated Reporting, please contact:

Dr. Bernd Kasemir

Managing Partner at Sustainserv

+41 43 500 53 02

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Sustainserv Welcomes Odile Cortés from Young Leaders of America Initiative of Mexico!

Sustainserv is proud to host Odile Cortés, a Fellow in the Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI), a US State Department funded program designed to strengthen the ties between the United States and Latin America through an exchange program focused on knowledge sharing and entrepreneurial experience. Odiles is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IntegraRSE, a consulting corporate social responsibility (CSR) company based in Mexico City, Mexico. For five years, IntegraRSE has been working with companies of all size and sectors to further their awareness of the environmental and social impact they have and develop strategies to reduce and improve that impact. During her 4-week stay at Sustainserv, Odile will work with Sustainserv’s team of consultants to develop a sustainability roadmap that simplifies the way small- and medium-sized enterprises approach CSR.

The YLAI program places Fellows with host companies in 20 US cities with the objective of sharing skills and experiences between American companies and peers from select Latin-American countries to strengthen ties that could create learning opportunities and enhance connections between businesses in both countries. This year, out of 2,500 applicants, 250 were chosen for a four-week work exchange program.

Odile is a political scientist with a major in International Affairs and a degree in Social Responsibility. She founded IntegraRSE after working both in government and private sectors. Odile strives to make CSR accessible to companies of any size through IntegraRSE’s consulting services, resources, and published articles in Newsweek in Spanish, Forbes Mexico, CNN Mexico, among others. Odile is also a university teacher for Corporate Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship. 

About Alicia Odile Cortés Abascal

Alicia Odile Cortés Abascal is COO in IntegraRSE, consultancy in corporate responsibility and accredited consultant of the CEMEFI. She majored in Political Science and International Affairs by CIDE (center for Research and Economic teaching) with a postgraduate degree in social responsibility, both in Mexico City. Mentor of the Climate Reality Project of Al Gore in Mexico and Fellow of the Young leaders of America Initiative of the US Department of State. She has experience in the development of productive projects and generation of sustainable corporate strategies.

She is convinced that companies can generate a greater social and economic development than the Government and therefore is committed to supporting them to generate it through social responsibility. She is currently collaborating in media such as Newsweek in Spanish, CNN Mexico, Forbes and Animal Politico with opinion columns around sustainable issues and social entrepreneurship. She is also a university professor of responsibility and social innovation at Tecnológico de Monterrey

Alicia Odile Cortés Abascal es directora de operaciones en IntegraRSE, consultoría en responsabilidad social y consultora acreditada del Cemefi. Es politóloga internacionalista por el CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) con un posgrado en responsabilidad social, mentora del Climate Reality Project de Al Gore en México y Fellow del Young Leaders of America Initiative del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos. Tiene experiencia en el desarrollo de proyectos productivos y generación de estrategias corporativas sustentables.

Está convencida que las empresas pueden generar un desarrollo social y económico de mayor alcance que el gobierno y por ello se compromete en apoyarlas a generarlo a través de la responsabilidad social. Actualmente colabora en medios como Newsweek en Español, CNN México, Forbes y Animal Político con columnas de opinión alrededor de temas sustentables y de emprendimiento social. También es profesora de responsabilidad e innovación social en el Tecnológico de Monterrey para nivel universitario.




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