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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 (www.corporateregister.org), 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.

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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.”

GRI Certified Training

datesSustainserv offers GRI-certified training courses for sustainability reporting.

There are a large number of published sustainability reports and sustainability practitioners must find a way to present their company's performance in a comprehensive and comparable way.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides a framework for transparent communication of sustainability performance.

In our GRI certified training courses, you will receive an introduction to the GRI Standards and an overview of trends in sustainability reporting, practical guidance and tools for the introduction and optimization of sustainability reporting in your company.

With the creation of over 250 GRI reports - which all successfully reached the desired GRI service - Sustainserv is the Top 1 service provider world-wide according to corporateregister.org.

The GRI training courses are offered as two-day courses (2 x 8 hours) or as half-day courses (advanced) at a central location in Zurich. Presentations, case studies, group exercises and discussions help participants apply the course content actively and strengthen the learning experience. See here for more information on next courses.

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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: www.sustainserv.com/en/gri-certified-courses

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 http://reports.clariant.com 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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