Successful GRI Standards Launch Event

Last week, we hosted the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Launch Event in Zurich together with BrownFlynn, SIX Group and Swiss Prime Site. Eager to learn about the new GRI Standards and the latest developments in sustainability reporting, 160 people joined the event held at the Swiss Stock Exchange.

The session kicked off with an inspirational talk from Tim Mohin, GRI’s new Chief Executive. Following him, our Managing Partner Stephan Lienin delivered the keynote address, where he provided ample insights to recent developments in sustainability reporting in Switzerland. On the basis of the Sustainability Report of our client Swiss Prime Site, Stephan Lienin then shared our experience applying the recently-launched GRI Standards. The Sustainability Report that was published as part of the Swiss Prime Site annual report 2016 is one of the first reports worldwide based on the new GRI Standards. Furthermore, Stephan Lienin emphasized the importance of targeting sustainability communications to the distinct needs of stakeholders. Using the example of our client Swiss Life he demonstrated how our “Analyst Download” service helps to better enable investors and analysts to find the ESG-information they are looking for.

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Following the introduction to the new GRI Standards by Bastian Buck from GRI, attendees had the opportunity to direct their questions to the experts who have been instrumental in developing the new Standards, and to Tim Mohin who provided additional insights into future developments at GRI. In the following panel discussion Stephan Lienin elaborated on the importance of sustainability reporting for different types of businesses together with Samuel Schweizer from Ernst Schweizer AG, Lilian Furrer from Adecco Group, Urs Baumann from Swiss Prime Site AG and Daniel Kaufmann from Clariant. The second panel discussions included representatives from SIX Group, RobecoSAM, UBS and UNCTAD and addressed the question of how to make sustainability information more accessible to stakeholders. The event wrapped up with a lunch which offered opportunities to deepen the discussion and network with fellow peers.

If you were not able to join us at this versatile event, or if you would like to know more about sustainability reporting, feel free to reach out to us or maybe join us at a GRI-certified training that we offer on the new Standards. For more information on our training schedule please visit:

Clariant Publishes First-Ever Integrated Report

Sustainserv Supports First Integrated Report for the Swiss Company

TitlepageClariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, published its first Integrated Report for the 2016 reporting year. Inspired by the Integrated Reporting framework of the IIRC, it provides a deeper view into Clariant’s holistic approach to the management of its value creation process, and its commitment to create added value for customers, employees, shareholders and the environment in the long term. 

Sustainserv served as the integrated reporting consultant and external editor for this report, and provided conceptual and technical guidance for the project team. “The collaboration with Sustainserv was particularly valuable in the development of the business model, which is a guiding theme in the report,” said Kai Rolker, Head Group Communications at Clariant. “In addition, they were of great help to identify our current status - our achievements and our gaps - and to draw the right conclusions.”


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Companies are increasingly being asked to provide a more comprehensive view on their ability to create value. Integrated Reporting helps companies clearly articulate their value creation process by way of material financial and non-financial performance indicators, and how they interact with the business model of the company. “Supporting Clariant in developing their first Integrated Report was a groundbreaking and very rewarding project,” said Bernd Kasemir, Managing Partner at Sustainserv.

The Clariant report is available at and can be downloaded in English and German. In addition, the report can also be ordered as an English or German hard copy via the company website.

For more information, please contact:
Bernd Kasemir, Ph.D.
Managing Partner at Sustainserv
+1 617 330 5001 (Office)
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Making Integrated Reporting Relevant in the Capital Markets

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Mike Krzus, Senior Advisor to Sustainserv and BrownFlynn, recently published an article in Responsible Investor on how to make integrated reporting relevant in the capital markets. The article discusses how to leverage the upcoming CEO Investor Forum hosted by the CECP,  a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success. This meeting, scheduled for February 27 in New York City, brings together CEO's from some of the worlds leading companies, to present their long-term strategic plans to an audience of institutional investors. 



Article on Responsible Investor

CEO Investor Forum

GRI Standards Launch Event: Zurich, March 29, 2017

Explore the new GRI Standards


  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • from 8:45 AM to 12:30 pm
  • SIX Convention Point, Zurich

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Sustainserv, in collaboration with BrownFlynn, SIX Group, Swiss Prime Site and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) invites you to explore the new GRI Standards for corporate sustainability reporting. Whether you’re a sustainability reporting beginner, or a seasoned reporter, this interactive and free-of-charge session is designed to give you a detailed overview of the very latest developments in sustainability reporting.

You’ll be guided through the benefits of the new GRI Standards and the changes from the GRI G4 Guidelines. You’ll also have ample opportunity to ask questions to the experts who have been instrumental in developing the Standards. Network with fellow peers, exchange knowledge and be at the forefront of the latest developments of the reporting landscape.

Sustainserv’s Managing Partner Stephan Lienin will lead the discussion and guide you through a very interesting and informative agenda.



8.15 – 8.45 Registration and Coffee
8.45 – 9:15 Opening and Keynote
Stephan Lienin, day chair, Managing Partner Sustainserv
Tim Mohin, Chief Executive GRI
9.15 – 10.00 GRI Standards Presentation
Bastian Buck, Director Standards, GRI
10.00 – 10.15 Q&A
10.15 – 10.45 Networking break
10.45 – 11.30 Panel: The importance of the Standards for your organization's reporting.
11.30 – 12.15 Panel: Standardization in the data value chain
Moderated by Stephan Lienin, Sustainserv
12.15 – 12.30 Wrap-up and closure
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch



Registration is completely free of charge, however as there is limited space, we encourage early registration to secure your place. Registration is limited to 2 places per organization (3 places for GRI GOLD Community members).
Register now!

Certified GRI Standards Training

In our two certified GRI Trainings you will get to know the new GRI Standards in detail and you will learn how to prepare a sustainability report according to the GRI Standards. The training courses with group discussions and best practice examples help you applying the GRI Standards to your sustainability report in a practical way.

Training course for beginners
Transition training course