Sustainserv sponsors 2018 Impact Summit

NIBSustainserv is happy to sponsor the 2018 Impact Summit, which brings together professionals and graduate students in the Boston area to explore careers and develop skills that promote social and environmental impact. Sustainserv is an international consultancy with offices in Boston and Zurich that leverages extensive experience in strategy consulting, sustainability data management, communications, and program management to help dozens of organizations around the world.

We look forward to a continued partnership with Net Impact Boston, an organization that has served to educate and build community among current and future sustainability leaders for many years, including many of us at Sustainserv. We believe that Net Impact Boston and its annual Impact Summit are well aligned with our goal of inspiring meaningful change.

While we don’t currently have any openings, we often hire interns and staff from the ranks of Boston-area graduates and young professionals. If you are interested in working in the sustainability field, please come see us at our table, and bring your resume for our file!

Sustainserv Welcomes New Intern

A new colleague joined Sustainserv’s Boston office on 16 January 2018. We welcome Nate Corbett, intern:

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Nate is a senior at Wentworth Institute of Technology and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Facilities Planning and Management. Nate first became interested in sustainability through his experiences with green energy when he sold residential solar systems. Eager to learn more about sustainability, Nate has kept his pulse on Sustainserv for over a year and is excited to begin his internship.

Nate is an aspiring entrepreneur and has big goals to revolutionize the facility management field. He is currently building his own business to address a very important gap in the market and hopes to bring more light to the world of facilities management and sustainability by working with colleges directly to form better programs and introduce more programs across the country. He believes that facilities management and sustainability go hand-in-hand and that the more interconnected these fields become the better the advancements in this field will be.

Nate currently serves as President of a facilities management-focused club, the Student Association of Facility Managers (SAFM). In his spare time, Nate enjoys rooting for the New England Patriots, spending time with friends and family, living green, and making a difference.

We’re excited to have Nate 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.

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.