Our Journey

Our 15 year journey 

2013 Launch of the Reporting 3.0 platform in Germany. Participant of the UN Global Compact. Launch of Trippplus business unit. BSD Colombia becomes a B Corp. Launch in Amsterdam of the fourth version of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4), in the presence of 10 BSD delegates.
2012 Launch of BSD USA by Felipe Arango and BSD Germany by Sebastian Straube and Peter Teuscher. Launch of the website www.bsdconsulting.com. BSD is the biggest single licensed GRI Training Partner worldwide. Internal publication BSD Sustainability Report 2011. Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio+20" in Rio de Janeiro.
2011 Launch of BSD Mexico by Hugo Vergara and Felipe Arango.  
2010 BSD starts cooperation with Level Works for social auditing in Latin America. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals. Launch of ISO 26000 guidance standard on social responsibility.
2009 Launch of BSD Portugal by Francisco Neves. BSD starts representing BSCI in China. Launch of SAI in Brazil, having BSD as the official representative.
2008 BSD Switzerland partners GIZ for Social Compliance work in China. Launch of BSD Ecuador and BSD Chile by Hugo Vergara, and BSD China by Peter Teuscher.  
2007 Launch of BSD Group AG by Peter Teuscher, Beat Grüninger and Felipe Arango. Launch of BSD Spain by Niels Ferdinand. BSD rebranding.  
2006 Launch of BSD Colombia by Felipe Arango. BSD Switzerland launches platform on Sustainable Procurement, funded by SECO. Launch of third version of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G3).
2005   The 2005 World Summit. Launch of ISE - Bovespa Business Sustainability Index.
2004 BSD Brazil structures a methodology to apply the Ethos Indicators at Petrobras engineering units. BSD Brazil conducts the first SA8000 course for auditors.  
2003 BSD Switzerland ends incubation of gebana. Peter Teuscher acts as director of the board of gebana. BSD Brazil implements a clean water project for rural communities in Paran, finances by the Swiss company Georg Fischer. Launch of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). First edition of the AA1000 Assurance Standard is published.
2002 BSD Switzerland starts research cooperation with Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW on Social Management Systems. BSD Brazil implements its first SA8000 (SESI-PR). BSD translates AA1000 into Portuguese. UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Foundation of the ISEAL Alliance. Second version of the GRI Guidelines issued.
2001 BSD Brazil conducts the first scoping study for AA1000 (SESI-SC). BSD Brazil gives its first corporate responsibility course (UNIRIO).  
2000 BSD Switzerland and BSD Brazil get organic certification for the soybean chain of gebana and include The Body Shop as a partner and client. Adoption of the Millennium Development Goals. UN Global Compact is established. First version of the GRI Guidelines issued. First version of the Ethos Indicators launched.
1999 BSD Brazil conducts the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations' (FLO) first social audit in orange production. BSD Switzerland implements its first social monitoring project. Dow Jones Sustainability Index launched. The Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability (ISEA - also known as AccountAbility) launches the AA1000.
1998 B&SD Business and Social Development Ltd. was founded in Switzerland and Brazil. BSD Switzerland starts incubating fair trade company gebana ag. Ethos Institute for Businesses and Social Responsibility is founded in Brazil.
1997 BSD founding partners launch idea of creating the company based on first project for setting up a sustainable soybeans value chain between Brazil and Switzerland. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) founded. Establishment of the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), Social Accountability International (SAI) launches the standard SA8000.