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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“GRI Roundtable on Materiality and Boundary“ am 6. September 2018

“GRI Roundtable on Materiality and Boundary“ am 6. September 2018

Die Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) betont immer wieder die Bedeutung der „Wesentlichkeit“ in der Berichterstattung, also die Behandlung der Themen, die für ein Unternehmen und seine Stakeholder besonders wichtig sind. Nicht nur für die Umsetzung der GRI Standards, sondern auch für eine balancierte und glaubwürdige Nachhaltigkeits-Berichterstattung ist die gelungene Umsetzung der „Wesentlichkeit“ eine wichtige Voraussetzung.

Beim Roundtable geht es vor allem um fortgeschrittene Themen, die auch erfahrenere Reporter immer wieder vor Herausforderungen stellen:

  • Wie verändert die Wesentlichkeitsanalyse das Management und Reporting?
  • Was ist Best-Practice bei der thematischen Abgrenzung wesentlicher Themen (Boundary)?
  • Wie wird priorisiert und wie werden Stakeholder in die Analyse einbezogen?

Sustainserv unterstützt den “GRI Roundtable on Materiality and Boundary” am 6. September 2018 als Hauptsponsor und Co-Moderator. Veranstaltungsort ist die F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel. Der GRI Roundtable dauert von 12–18.30 Uhr und richtet sich in erster Linie an Verantwortliche für das Nachhaltigkeitsreporting eines Unternehmens mit Erfahrung bei der Umsetzung des GRI Frameworks.  Der Nachmittag wird als Roundtable mit einem offenen Austausch unter Peers gestaltet.

Die Veranstaltung wird auf Englisch durchgeführt. Detaillierte Infos und Anmeldung zum Event hier.

Seven Tips for Your CDP Climate Change Response

  1. Don’t leave questions unanswered
  2. Quantify, quantify, quantify
  3. Take a stab at Scope 3
  4. Set reduction goals
  5. Have your data verified
  6. Focus on the tougher parts of the questionnaire
  7. Involve your non-sustainability coworkers

1. Don’t leave questions unanswered
Every required question in the questionnaire is scored for Disclosure, which means that unanswered questions will receive a score of zero out of the maximum number of points available for that question or set of questions. Furthermore, if you aren’t awarded Disclosure points for a question, you won’t be eligible to receive points in the Awareness, Management, or Leadership levels. So even if the data aren’t readily obtainable or the question isn’t even applicable, we recommend that you fill in all required fields to the best of your ability. It sounds silly, but even writing why a particular question is “not applicable” to your company or industry will net you a higher score than if you leave it blank.

2. Quantify, quantify, quantify
Top CDP scorers have quantification tools in place that help them measure emissions, the corresponding reductions, and the impact of energy reduction initiatives. Such tools range from home-grown Excel spreadsheets to robust software—with all of the tradeoffs of cost, ease of use, and data quality. Whatever you use, we recommend that you make sure it meets the following criteria:
  • The key performance indicators (KPIs) that are collected are customizable
  • Data can be collected uniformly from multiple sites, regions, or departments
  • Data can be collected in different units, and reconciled
  • Cost data can be collected as a backup to the consumption metric
  • There is some built-in error-checking of the data
  • You can compare data from previous years for validation and trending

3. Take a stab at Scope 3
To improve the CDP score and the quality of disclosure, you should first evaluate all sources of your Scope 3 emissions for relevancy, since identifying sources as “relevant/not relevant” yields more points than not evaluating them.

Before you clear your calendar, note that evaluating your Scope 3 emissions isn’t nearly as involved as calculating these emissions; a straightforward assessment for relevancy is sufficient. This initial evaluation also helps to clarify which sources will be relevant for your company to report on in the future. You can mark sources that might be relevant for future reporting, e.g. business travel, as “relevant, not yet calculated” to indicate that your company intends to calculate corresponding emissions in the future.

4. Set reduction goals
CDP looks for a suite of credible, achievable, and meaningful goals for emissions reductions. These are typically based upon current levels of performance, industry/sector best practices, and reasonable actions that your company can take in the coming year(s) – keeping in mind corporate priorities and realistic scenarios. We recommend developing and discussing reduction goals; they don’t have to be “stretch” goals, they just have to be non-trivial – and actionable.

Leading scorers base their emissions reduction goals on Science-Based Targets (SBTs). Targets are considered science-based if they are in alignment with a global emissions pathway that limits global warming to under 2° C. Companies follow the rigorous SBT methodology to contextualize their emissions reduction goals to their share of the corresponding global carbon “budget,” which is allotted to them based on their size and sector. The SBT initiative offers a few different methodologies to ground reduction targets in climate science, using absolute or intensity-based calculations.

For example, we’ve helped companies such as the information management company Iron Mountain, real estate investment trust Forest City, and European logistics and supply chain management firm Panalpina to set science-based targets, and to build roadmaps as to how they’ll achieve these targets.

5. Have your data verified
The “A” scorers, in our experience, have their data verified by an independent entity. Such third-party verification lends greater legitimacy to self-reported data, which CDP awards with higher scores.

We’ve helped many companies have their data assured for carbon inventories and GRI-compliant reporting. While an external audit can be a cumbersome process, it’s a required step to reach a “Leadership”-caliber CDP grade. The best “Leadership” performers can become eligible for the A-List.

6. Focus on the tougher parts of the questionnaire
Some of the longer, more challenging sections of the questionnaire present the greatest opportunity to improve your CDP score and quality of disclosure. For example, we encourage you to prioritize the Risks and Opportunities section. Although this section may appear daunting, it’s a core component of CDP’s mission to encourage companies, investors, and cities to take urgent action on climate change. Providing comprehensive answers to this section is a critical step that organizations must take to develop robust strategies to mitigate climate change.

To identify your company’s risks and opportunities for climate action, consider how you can leverage your company’s core competence to contribute to the systemic improvements in the low-carbon economy – whether it’s in design and manufacturing, software and other technology, analysis, or financing.

For example, our client Iron Mountain, the leading information management company, identifies its severe weather-proof storage facilities as an opportunity to help their customers develop climate mitigation strategies.

7. Involve your non-sustainability coworkers
Finally, we recommend that you don’t go it alone! You know that reducing emissions across the organization requires buy-in from many of your colleagues, including IT, HR, supply chain/procurement, operations, and finance. Draw upon these same departments across your organization to help fill out the CDP questionnaire.

Working with these groups early on in your CDP filing will prime them to understand what’s getting measured, so they can help you track and improve these KPIs. We recommend that you work with a multi-stakeholder internal team to craft stronger content for your CDP filing.

Need a hand?
We’ve worked with many clients to prepare their CDP filings, and have a strong track record of improving their scores. If you’d like to discuss our helping you with your filing this summer, please reach out to our CDP expert, Heather, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..