business. sustainability. development


BSD is now part of ELEVATE, the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. Learn more about this acquisition.

ELEVATE is the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. ELEVATE's 500 people in 19 offices with a reach to over 100 countries deliver improved organizational performance through sustainability and supply chain assessment, consulting, program management and analytics. Learn more about ELEVATE.

Together, BSD and ELEVATE bring significant scale and rich experience to clients across the globe. We are able to leverage our unprecedented scope and scale to drive lasting positive impact for businesses, investors and development agencies.


BSD (business. sustainability. development) is a global network providing knowledge and solutions for sustainable development. For over 16 years, our team has engaged and partnered with organizations across sectors to advance social justice, sound environmental practices and sustainable livelihoods. Headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), our network today extends across 12 offices on 4 continents. Our reach enables us. Our purpose defines us. Our team inspires us.


We support corporations in designing and implementing sustainable strategies. We work with investors to allocate capital to promote a sustainable society. We support movement builders, creators of frameworks and standard setters in advancing organizational and cultural change. We work with civil society organizations and development agencies to design, evaluate and implement sustainable development projects. We engage with innovators and social entrepreneurs to support and advance their ventures. We build capacities in practitioners to develop and strengthen skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources to drive change.

We are proud to announce that we are now a B-Corp!

What are B-Corps?
B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B-Corps choose to voluntarily meet higher standards of performance, accountability and transparency and are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. Read more about B-Corps.

Why B-Corp Certification?
Aligning with B-Corp values and principles is a perfect and natural fit for us. We seek to change the definition of business-as-usual to be aligned not only with financial performance but with social and environmental performance as well. We seek to make this inclusive model the new norm for businesses. Becoming a B-Corp allows us to publicly state our commitment to our principles, our work and what we believe in and stand for. Read more about why B-Corps matter.

To learn more about our certification, visit our B-Corp Profile.


BSD Consulting was founded in May 1998, in Switzerland, based on awareness that the economic power of business can substantially trigger sustainable development in society. BSD’s first project on sustainable supply chain management provided broad experience in traceability, certification, corporate management, and communication. It also paved the way for BSD consultants to employ the use of voluntary standards schemes, which gradually led to the full range of sustainability solutions that BSD Consulting offers today. Over the years, BSD Consulting expanded its activities, aggregating different offices in four continents, and was accredited as a partner and training organization by global organizations such as Social Accountability International (SAI) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

BSD’s core documents are the BSD Business Principles and the BSD Code of Practice. These documents define BSD’s values as a set of general guidelines and requirements applicable to all employees and subcontractors in all activities.

BSD Business Principles (PDF) | BSD Code of Practice (PDF)


  • AA1000 Trainings

    We provide trainings to understand the AA1000-framework and the principles, as well as introductions to…

  • SA8000 Training Courses

    SAI – Social Accountability International – offers a range of courses on the international SA8000…

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Our Clients




Orior AG

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Our Partnerships

IIRC - Global Foundation Training Partner

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Partner

Social Accountability International (SAI)

Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC)

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Contact Us

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Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland

BSD Consulting
Pfingstweidstrasse 16
8005, Zurich, Switzerland
T +41 44 260 60 65
F +41 44 260 60 66

São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil

BSD Consulting
Rua José Maria Lisboa, 860 - 7º andar
01423-001, São Paulo, Brazil
T +55 11 3051 4600
F +55 11 3051 4600

Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile

BSD Consulting
Eleodoro Yañez 2063 of 209 Providencia
Santiago, Chile
T +56 9 77491113

Bogotá, Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia

BSD Consulting
Carrera 11a #94a-56
Office 301 Centro 95
Bogota, Colombia
T +57 1 7032314

Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany

BSD Consulting
Pappelallee 78/79
10437, Berlin, Germany
T +41 44 260 60 65