Innovation and technology – our pathway to sustainability

Innovation and technology are in our DNA. It's what we live by, and what drives us every day. We believe that innovation and technology are a positive force of change for business and society, and can help us create a sustainable future – if they are used to combine economic success with a positive impact on society and the environment. That's why we support our clients to envision and create a sustainable future.

Creating the largest possible impact

To us, assuming responsibility means taking action where our skills and experience create the greatest positive impact.

In line with that principle and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we have made the interconnected areas of climate action and health improvement our sustainability focus. Both can benefit from innovation and technology, and positive actions are mutually reinforcing.

They therefore build the centre of our sustainability compass and are surrounded by three pathways for action: positive project impact, sustainable way of working, and community engagement.

Three paths of Sustainability

Positive project impact

Positive project impact is about helping people and the planet through the services we provide to our clients. 
Everyone at Zühlke lives their values through their work. That’s why we prioritize projects that have a strong positive impact, and develop methods for addressing sustainability concerns across different types of projects.

Positive project impact

Community engagement

Our second pathway to sustainability is creating positive change by fostering community engagement.

Whether it's through events, pro bono consulting, volunteering, partnerships or fundraising – many of our Zühlke colleagues are extremely passionate about creating positive change and are the ones driving our initiatives forward. 

In 2021, we founded the Sustainability Circle, for example – a network that brings together key stakeholders from the industry to accelerate the green transformation. Or partnerships with sustainable initiatives like the Green Energy Lab or the Swiss Triple Impact. Or last but not least, through our mentoring program “Boozt your Business” that supports promising young start-ups with the knowledge of our experts.

Access to education is also important to us. That’s why we have been supporting the international non-profit organisation Aiducation for years. Its objective is to help children and young people in need in Kenya and the Philippines to access education.

Caring Culture and Community

Sustainable ways of working

Our third pathway for change is our own operations. We compensate our carbon emissions across all group locations from 2021. We have committed to reach net-zero emissions in line with a 1.5 °C trajectory and are in the process of setting specific science-based reduction targets. To that end, we have partnered with Planetly to help us measure and reduce our emissions in four critical areas; business travel, office buildings, commuting and suppliers. And by 2021, we achieved carbon neutrality for all our locations. 

With regard to our people, we aim to create a healthy, diverse and inclusive work environment that fosters mental and physical well-being. We do this, for example, by offering flexible working models, encouraging sabbaticals or launching initiatives that promote mental and physical health.

Sustainable Ways of Working
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Christoph Broecker

Christoph Broecker

Head of Sustainability & Director Solution Center

As Head of Sustainability, Christoph Broecker works closely with the country firms in order to strengthen and further develop the sustainability offerings of Zühlke and to lead the Group’s efforts towards more sustainable operations. Christoph Broecker has worked in various roles at Zühlke since 2003 and successfully helped set up the Hong Kong office.