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

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


More information

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.