J. Gowdy Consulting Acquired by Sustainserv

Sustainserv, a Zurich, Switzerland and Boston-based corporate sustainability, analytics and communications firm, announces the acquisition of J. Gowdy Consulting, a 14-year-old Nashville, Tennessee-based sustainability consulting firm.

Matthew Gardner, Managing Partner and co-founder of Sustainserv, said, “By making this move, we are positioning ourselves for growth in several key markets in the U.S. Jeff has built a great practice over the years, and by teaming up, we will be able to move forward together to expand our footprint in the Southeast, and in some sectors where we have not historically had a presence.”

Gowdy Jeff croppedJeff Gowdy“I’m very excited to join the Sustainserv team,” said Jeff Gowdy, Principal of J. Gowdy Consulting. "With its talented personnel, global presence, and focus on cutting-edge sustainability strategy and innovation, Sustainserv is a leader in helping companies make the world a better place and create long-lasting business value."

Jeff has been named a Director at Sustainserv, and will participate in all aspects of busines operations, including marketing, sales, and service delivery across all aspects of Sustainserv’s portfolio. He will continue to operate from the Nashville location, where his team will service existing clients plus new business. 

Jeff can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and by telephone at 617-330-5001 ext 305.

GRI Roundtable on Supply Chain

Join us for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Roundtable Switzerland on supply chain reporting, sponsored by Sustainserv and hosted by SIX on September 3, 2019. The roundtable's focus is on supply chain management and its reporting, an increasingly hot topic with relevance for carbon management and social impact. GRI's team with Francesca Palamidessi will give an extended overview on international best practice. Sustainserv's Managing Partners Matthew Gardner and Stephan Lienin will present cases from Switzerland and the US and reflect on pragmatic steps for implementation.

For more information and application, click here

Lunch & Learn: Participation in Environmental Research

Lunch & Learn: How Participation in Environmental Research Can Drive Workforce Engagement and Sustainability

Businesses realize the growing importance of employee engagement. Increased productivity, low turnover, and strong corporate culture are all results of an engaged and committed workforce.  The challenge lies in finding approaches to employee engagement that align with corporate values and create long-lasting impacts.

In this roundtable lunch workshop, Sustainserv and Earthwatch will describe state-of-the-art employee engagement initiatives, including green teams, gamification and Earthwatch's Corporate Partnerships program. This program provides opportunities for companies such as EY, Alcoa, UPS and HSBC to send employees on exciting, transformative, research-focused projects where they learn about a particular ecological challenge such as climate change or ocean health. In addition to participating in hands-on research, employees can engage in facilitated discussions that educate them about the company’s sustainability strategy and focus on integrating sustainability initiatives within their day-to-day jobs.

Whether you are interested in fostering a culture of passion and loyalty, boosting environmental sustainability, or improving employee engagement, this is a great opportunity to learn more about Earthwatch’s many programs and Sustainserv's approach to corporate sustainability, while meeting others in the sustainability space!

Date: Thursday, September 26th

Time: 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Location: 31 State Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA

Lunch will be provided and validated parking available at the Garage at Post Office Square. Please RSVP here.


Diana Eddowes, Senior Program Manager: Diana joined Earthwatch about 10 years ago and has worked on many corporate programs in various capacities throughout her years. Currently she works on sustainability programs for Earthwatch’s largest corporate partner, HSBC Bank in which she manages the partnership and associated research projects in North America. In the past she has also managed Earthwatch’s partnerships with EY, Alcoa and UPS which all aim to engage corporate employees in environmental education and research. At Earthwatch she has facilitated many teams in the field and is also a member of the International Incident Management Team. Diana has extensive experience with project management, developing new programs, budgeting, relationship management, risk management and facilitation. Diana has a Master’s degree in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Boston University.

Gitte Venicx, Director of Strategic Partnerships: Gitte joined Earthwatch in 2008. In her role she manages relationships with corporations and other partners to build sustainability leaders within businesses. She has experience implementing employee engagement programs with companies such as HSBC Bank, Alcoa, UPS, and IBM. She has managed Earthwatch’s STEM programs to empower future generations and provide them with the tools needed to combat the greatest environmental challenges the world has faced. She has worked with scientists and field staff to develop safe and rewarding citizen science expedition experiences. Prior to Earthwatch, she worked on climate change policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Gitte has a degree in Environmental Science from Boston University.

Matthew Gardner, Managing Partner of Sustainserv: As a Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainserv, Matt applies his background in environmental science and education to bring a practical perspective to sustainability strategy development, quantifying sustainability impacts, and state-of-the-art sustainability communication. In his work he employs a multidisciplinary approach that couples technical, quantitative expertise with a commitment to clear and concise communication. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and spent ten years in environmental research and education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Earthwatch Institute: Earthwatch Institute ( is an international nonprofit organization that connects people with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has empowered more than 200,000 participants from all walks of life to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe – from climate change to ocean health to human-wildlife conflict. Earthwatch works with all sectors of society, including corporations, teachers, students, community leaders, as well as the general public. For more information, visit

About Sustainserv: Sustainserv was founded in 2001 in Zurich, Switzerland, and Boston, Massachusetts. Its team of consultants works with companies in a large variety of sectors to help them develop well-matched sustainability strategies, quantitatively understand their impacts and effectively communicate their efforts and aspirations to internal and external stakeholders. Sustainserv’s team brings a wide range of skills and experience, enabling them to deliver tailored solutions to companies wherever they are in the sustainability journey. Sustainserv has helped in the preparation of more than 300 sustainability and annual reports and is a GRI-certified training partner in Switzerland. Sustainserv regularly offers workshops, training courses, and seminars in its Boston and Zurich locations. To learn more, visit

Non-Financials – from box-ticking to impact

An event by the Center for Corporate Reporting  - sponsored by Sustainserv

Regulators all around the world (particularly the EU) require more non-financial disclosure. Large index investors do ask for non-financial data and information. And the public at large continues to call on businesses for more transparency. How can business make sure not to be trapped in compliance-oriented reactive box ticking exercises which only add to the cost of doing business?

You have the opportunity to learn from leading practices how Sustainability or ESG aspects are connected to business strategy, how they are included in the reporting and how they inform better business decisions. Addressing material non-financial aspect at the strategic level allows businesses to have a holistic view on long term value drivers both from a risk and opportunity perspective, overcome internal silos and biases and deliver outperformance.

Key-note speakers are:

Dr. Stephan Lienin is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainserv, a Zurich and Boston based management consultancy founded in 2001. Sustainserv helps companies drive long-term value creation by connecting robust strategies and integrated management processes, rigorous performance metrics and effective communication to internal and external stakeholders.

Urs Baumann is Head Sustainability & Innovation and Head Development at Swiss Prime Site, the largest listed real estate company in Switzerland. The investment focus is on investments in prime quality properties and project and site developments in Switzerland. 

Dr. Jihane Ball is Dow’s Director of Global Product Safety and Compliance, with oversight for Dow’s global product stewardship program and product regulatory services in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. In this role, she also leads and enables the advancement of Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals. Previously, Jihane served in several roles in toxicology, product safety and compliance in upstream, market-facing and consumer businesses and in Dow’s U.S. Government Affairs and Public Policy group.



16.00 Door opening and registration

16.30 Welcome & Introduction
  • Welcome by Thomas Scheiwiller, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Center for Corporate Reporting (CCR)
  • Introduction of all participants

16.45 Driving impact through integrated strategies and communication

presented by Stephan Lienin, Sustainserv

17.05 The role of non-financials to shape business

presented by Urs Baumann, Swiss Prime Site

17.25 Valuing Nature in Business Decisions

presented by Jihane Ball, Dow

17.45 Q&A discussion

moderated by Thomas Scheiwiller

18.00 Apéro riche and Networking