BSD Consulting has engaged with various standards and independent certification systems in various ways including:



We at BSD regard GRI as one of the most important organizations working to advance corporate transparency and sustainability today. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines are a crucial element to our core work with companies.

GRI has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide. In order to advance this strategy, GRI certifies organizations as official training partners.

BSD and GRI embarked on our journey together over a decade ago as very young organizations. We have used the GRI Guidelines to support organizations with their sustainability reporting since our doors opened to our first clients in 2001. At BSD, we hold the view that the Guidelines should be omnipresent in all companies' sustainability strategies, as soon enough, society and businesses will no longer be able to make key decisions on where to invest, who to partner with and what products to consume, without a sustainability report.

Some of the highlights of BSD’s journey with GRI include:

  • Conducted the first certified training with UniEthos and FGV in Brazil, in 2008.
  • Contributed to the G3 Guidelines with translations and consultations on a local level.
  • Spearheaded various GRI Reporting processes for organizations across a diverse range of sectors.
  • BSD is a GRI Certified Training Partner in Latin America, USA, China, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Germany.
  • BSD Consulting is GRI’s official Data Partner for Spain, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.



SAI is a non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission it is to advance the human rights of workers around the world by promoting ethical working conditions, labor rights, corporate social responsibility and social dialogue. BSD Consulting is the authorized representative of SAI in Brazil. BSD’s Founding Partners, Beat and Peter, have been partners in the training and the promotion of the SA8000 from the outset.



BSD is fully engaged with the new agenda driven by the UNGC, which highlights the need for leadership and innovation from the private sector to establish partnerships that can advance some of the main items in the sustainability agenda such as biodiversity, women's empowerment, carbon disclosure, water management and human rights.

Our relationship with the UNGC takes place on several fronts:

  • As of 17 July 2013 BSD Consulting, including all local offices, is participating in the UNGC and is therefore committed to the 10 UNGC Principles.
  • In 2013 BSD Germany launched the Reporting 3.0 platform with the German UNGC Network.
  • Together with the German UNGC Network, BSD Switzerland revised the website kmu.kompass-nachhaltigkeit.de and offers training on sustainable supplier management.



AccountAbility is a leading global membership organization providing innovative solutions to the most critical challenges in corporate responsibility and sustainable development. One of AccountAbility’s most significant achievements has been the launch of the standard framework AA1000, which is guiding companies that take up assurance and stakeholder engagement processes. BSD in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland are AA1000AS (2008) Licensed Providers. Beat Grüninger (BSD Brazil), Francisco Neves (BSD Portugal), and Irène Perrin (BSD Switzerland) are Associate Sustainability Assurance Practitioners.

Highlights of BSD’s work with AA1000 and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • BSD was a partner for the AA1000 standard revisions and launches.
  • Beat Grüninger is a member of the AA1000 Standards Board.
  • BSD designed stakeholder engagement systems for leading companies: Alpina, Votorantim, Holcim and Gas Natural, to name a few.



Since its inception, BSD has shown a strong, long term commitment to the development of fair trade, not only through its consulting work in this area but also as a facilitator of the movement over its 14 years of existence. The concept of fair trade was indeed the starting point of BSD’s consulting services in both emerging nations and in Europe.

BSD consultants conducted over 100 small producer and trader inspections for Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International Certification (FLOCERT) in Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Winward Islands, Paraguay and Mozambique. The products concerned included coffee, mango, bananas, cocoa, Brazil nuts, orange juice, cotton, honey, seeds, fresh and processed fruit and sugar.

BSD has also evaluated producer organizations and companies for the fair trade companies gebana, claro, Altereco and Veja Fairtrade.

Mandated by the Fairtrade-certification body, BSD:

  • developed the new certification system for FLOCERT, including compliance criteria
  • was involved in the development of Fairtrade “Small Producer and Trader Standards”
  • participated in the strategic review process for the Fairtrade Movement in 2008
  • helped to develop the basis for the oilseed certification standard