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S&C works with both multinational and mid-size companies in various industries as well as with governments and non-governmental organizations worldwide. We are proud to have established numerous long-standing client relationships.

Over the past 11 years we have successfully completed more than 500 sustainability projects serving more than 120 organizations in more than 15 countries. While we have a strong focus on the German market, we also work seamlessly on projects in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Great Britain, India, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, and the USA.

Our clients

The following list is an excerpt of organizations that S&C – as well as Joachim Schlange and Andreas Zamostny before incorporating as S&C – have supported in integrating sustainability.

Agriculture

  • Agravis Raiffeisen AG
  • Betagro Group
  • Charoen Pokphand Foods plc
  • JBS Group
  • JBS USA Inc.
  • KWS Saat AG
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
  • US National Cattlemen Beef Association
  • US Poultry & Egg Association

Automotive & OEM

  • Audi AG
  • BMW Group
  • European car manufacturer
  • Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Skoda Auto AS
  • Volkswagen Group

Certification & Auditing

  • TÜV Rheinland

Chemical & Pharmaceutical

  • AstraZeneca GmbH
  • BASF SE
  • Bayer AG
  • Beiersdorf AG
  • Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
  • Chemie³ – Sustainability Initiative of the German Chemical Industry
  • Cognis GmbH
  • KG Deutsche Gasrußwerke GmbH & Co
  • Lanxess AG
  • Linde AG
  • Merck KGaA
  • VCI – German Chemical Industry Association
  • Vinyl Institute – Vinyl Business and Sustainability Council
  • Wacker Chemie AG

Construction & Real Estate

  • ARDEX GmbH
  • Green Building Institute
  • Vonovia SE
  • Xella International GmbH

Consumer Goods & Retail

  • Douglas Holding AG
  • Fenix Outdoor
  • Otto Group
  • Schwab Versand
  • Tchibo GmbH
  • Villeroy & Boch AG

Energy & Utilities

  • EnBW AG
  • RWE AG
  • Veolia Germany

Financial Services

  • Allianz SE
  • Commerzbank AG
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Hannover Rück SE
  • Legal & General Group plc

Food & Beverage

  • Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Carlsberg AS
  • Danone GmbH
  • Deutsche See GmbH
  • FRoStA AG
  • Gebr. Wollenhaupt GmbH
  • German Coffee Association
  • German food producer
  • Molinos Rio de la Plata SA
  • Pharmavite LLC
  • Pronaca CA
  • The Coca Cola Company
  • YUM! Brands Inc.

IT & Electrical Engineering

  • Enablon SA
  • Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
  • SAP AG

Mechanical Engineering

  • A. Kärcher GmbH
  • International mechanical engineering corporation
  • Miele Cie. KG
  • MTU Aero Engines AG
  • Nordex SE
  • Q-Cells SE
  • Schott AG
  • Sulzer Ltd
  • Voith GmbH
  • WILO SE
  • Zumtobel AG

Media & Entertainment

  • Axel Springer AG
  • Bertelsmann SE

Metals

  • Aurubis AG
  • European Steel Producer

NGOs/NPOs & Third Sector

  • Bertelsmann Foundation
  • GermanWatch
  • Heinz Sielmann Foundation
  • NABU – Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union
  • PEFC – Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes

Other

  • Mars Petfood GmbH

Packaging

  • Cofresco GmbH
  • Mauser Werke GmbH
  • Thimm – The Highpak Group

Paper & Forestry

  • German Timber Trade Federation
  • Stora Enso Oy

Public Sector

  • City of Bremen, Germany
  • German Council for Sustainable Development
  • German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
  • German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
  • German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Telecommunication

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd
  • Informationszentrum Mobilfunk e.V. (IZMF)
  • Telefónica O2 Deutschland GmbH
  • Vodafone D2 GmbH

Textile

  • s. Oliver GmbH & Co. KG

Transportation & Logistics

  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Deutsche Bahn AG
  • FRAPORT AG
  • Lufthansa AG

Case Studies

Many of the projects and resulting insights are confidential since they might contain information relating to competitive advantages. However, we can provide a selection of work examples that have been anonymized.

  1. CR strategy development and organization

    Situation and challenge

    A leading provider in the process industry decided to integrate sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) into its core business; a relatively late decision in comparison to its competitors and only due to increasing pressure from its customers. However, executive level support for such an ambitious concept and resilient implementation was missing. In light of these difficult conditions, S&C was entrusted by the company’s Board to assist in the development of a CR strategy from conceptualizing the project to the implementation of essential measures.

    Approach

    A carefully coordinated project plan was developed together with the corporate development department. A project team was established on the client side, which included the heads of major profit centers and cross-departmental functions. A major success factor was the fact that all decision-makers within the company were asked about their expectations, thoughts, and suggestions regarding the approach prior to the beginning of the project. A materiality workshop was carried out in every business area of the company. During the workshop, which was held in collaboration with the project team, critical sustainability issues were assessed to determine their relevance, priority, and need for action. All following steps regarding the conceptualization and implementation were also conducted in close cooperation with the client’s project team, and subsequently presented to the Board.

    Results

    A specific CR strategy, supported by concrete and ambitious but realistic objectives, was developed and tailored for every business area, depending on its specific business environment and stakeholder requirements. In addition to business area CR strategies, an overarching group CR strategy was developed in alignment with the corporate strategy. Furthermore, we defined all necessary organizational and operational structures, objectives, performance indicators, and reporting lines. The project also led to a greater recognition of CR at the executive level, thus gaining priority and status throughout the entire company.

  2. Establishing responsible supply chain management

    Situation and challenge

    In light of serious repeated violations of human rights and health & safety guidelines in the textile industry, a mid-sized producer decided to take stronger and more preventative measures to monitor and influence its suppliers in these areas. S&C was mandated to develop a suitable management approach.

    Approach

    S&C, together with the procurement team, developed a method to rate the environmental and social risks from countries where goods were purchased. Existing and new suppliers were evaluated and classified into risk classes according to a systematic assessment of their compliance with minimum standards. To gather information from supplier “self-assessments” using an external online database was key. Very clear guidelines for dealing with sustainability criteria in supplier evaluations were defined for the procurement team. Finally, a training program to qualify suppliers was developed and tested in the form of a pilot project.

    Results

    In both corporate headquarters and national subsidiaries, newly defined processes guided the procurement teams to include sustainability criteria in supplier evaluations and to deal with issues of non-compliance. On that basis, the company felt it was sufficiently prepared to engage in a dialogue with critical stakeholders.

  3. Conducting Due Diligence

    Situation and challenge

    In light of a leading international chemical company’s intended acquisition of a specialty chemicals producer S&C was called in to conduct a critical assessment of specific sustainability risks.

    Approach

    By means of a broad literature and media analysis, a comprehensive and current overview of the relevant CR issues in the industry, as well as of critical events in the recent past was created. The company’s CR performance and risk profile was determined through expert interviews with customers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The evaluation of all relevant documents occurred in the data room. The results of the overall analysis were discussed in-depth with managers/ relevant functions of the company being acquired.

    Results

    The client received a comprehensive evaluation of the target company’s CR performance and a detailed description of the current and inherent risks. Additionally, recommendations for concrete measures aimed at minimizing these risks were discussed.

  4. Establishing effective stakeholder management

    Situation and challenge

    A leading global provider of high-quality machinery purchases raw materials and components had to deal with a number of critical issues along its value chain. Despite performing well with regard to sustainability, the company had not openly communicated its strengths and had avoided discussions with critical stakeholders. Given the increasing pressure from important customers to actively establish a structured stakeholder dialogue, S&C was mandated to develop a process and assist in its implementation.

    Approach

    During analysis of the company’s current stakeholder management status, S&C also identified issues to address and external parties with whom to initiate a dialogue. A gap-analysis clarified organizations and issues to be included in a future dialogue. Together with the communications and sustainability departments, we developed a process to deal with relevant stakeholders and issues.

    Results

    S&C defined stakeholders to be included in the dialogue, including specific names and particular critical issues to be addressed. Additionally, we established a specific process and identified responsibilities for all the company functions that play an active role in such a dialogue. Stakeholders were successfully approached for the first time, which also led to well-attended Round Table events within the company.

  5. Conducting a Hotspot analysis

    Situation and challenge

    A leading company in the Food & Beverage industry aims to differentiate itself in the market by actively communicating its strong sustainability performance to its retailers. S&C was instructed to create a strengths/weaknesses profile for one of its main sources of revenue and identify specific leverage points for further improvement.

    Approach

    Every step/phase along the entire value chain was analyzed and assessed in detail for the selected product. This included a broad yet detailed analysis of renowned and current scientific literature, as well as a survey including relevant stakeholders. Together with the decision makers in the company, we discussed the results of the analysis, which included the relevance and priority of the identified issues. Additionally, the need for action, necessary to further optimize the product, was derived from these discussions.

    Results

    The results of this so-called Hotspot analysis were presented to the client at various levels; from the most detailed level to an aggregated executive summary. In addition, measures that were agreed upon with process owners, and intended to significantly improveme the product, were quickly implemented and marketed.

  6. Establishing a meaningful performance management system for sustainability

    Situation and challenge

    A chemical company decided to purchase sustainability softwareto manage sustainability issues as well as to efficiently collect relevant data and information for report development. As a necessary prerequisite to the introduction of the new software, S&C was instructed to review and adapt the currently used performance indicators and reporting system.

    Approach

    Together with the client’s project team, we ensured that all performance indicators and reporting lines used by the CR/EHS, Controlling, and HR management divisions were relevant as well as clearly and thoroughly defined. Missing indicators were added and others that were no longer relevant were eliminated.

    Results

    The client obtained a reporting system that was adapted to the current standards at (e.g. GRI), included all the relevant performance indicators, and was compatible with the internal system. The company had a resilient collection and validation system for performance indicators, which was described efficiently for people carrying out data analysis.

  7. Developing an employee code of conduct

    Situation and challenge

    An international retail company decided to establish a code of conduct for all of its employees, due to reoccurring problems in the industry regarding corruption and re-labeling, among others. S&C was entrusted with the development of the code as well as with conceptualizing and implementing a training program.

    Approach

    Together with the client’s project team, which includes representatives from HR, Compliance, and the workers’ council, we agreed on objectives, tools, communication, approaches, and legal prerequisites. The code of conduct was strongly aligned with country-, function-, and process-specific requirements. Additionally, the company established a hotline for anonymous callers who wish to report violations and also designed a training program. After several rounds of adjustment and input from an external legal team, the code of conduct was finalized and approved by the Board.

    Results

    The client received a code of conduct that was ready for implementation and legally resilient, with its content covering current issues. Employees were provided with all necessary information including legal requirements and internal guidelines through trainings based on practical cases.

Sustainability Reports

S&C has supported the development of more than 80 C(S)R and sustainability reports in print and/or online formats. Furthermore, we work with clients on CDP reporting, Detox Progress Reports, reporting according to the German Sustainability Code DNK, as well as Communication on Progress reporting according to the UN Global Compact.

The scope of support varies according to our clients’ needs and requests. We offer complete solutions from report development to publishing in print and online, but also support clients with selected steps necessary for reporting, for example

  • Developing communication strategies
  • Setting up the reporting process
  • Materiality analysis
  • Developing concepts for content and design
  • Collection of material information, data, and goals
  • Writing sound and credible texts
  • Fulfilling GRI requirements
  • Project management

Many of the reports developed with us have been placed among the leading reports in the IÖW/ future e.V. ranking (Germany) and in the ASRA Austrian Sustainability Reporting Award (Austria). Four of the reports using concepts developed by S&C were among the top 3 in the IÖW ranking: the Sustainable Value Report 2009 (3rd place) and 2010 (1st place) of the BMW Group, the Sustainability Report 2007 of the Otto Group (1st place) and the Sustainability Report 2015 of Miele (2nd place)!

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