Systain Consulting - the CSR consultancy
Systain Consulting is a leading sustainability consultancy in Germany, particularly with regards to sustainability in the supply chain. For two decades we have been addressing global challenges in the field of environment and human rights, enabling companies to build economically viable and sustainable structures along value chains. With our holistic expertise and our innovative methods and models we develop needs-based solutions for each customer:
SYSTAIN STRATEGY | We develop and implement customized strategies
SYSTAIN TRANSPARENCY | We conduct data-based sustainability analyses along the supply chains
SYSTAIN ACADEMY | We train sustainability in all stages of our customers' supply chain
Systain received the Hamburg Consulting Prize in 2013, played a major role in winning the Otto Group's CSR Prize of the German government in 2014 and was awarded the More-than-a-Market Award in China in 2016.
With more than 30 experts, 5 locations worldwide (Hamburg, Berlin, Istanbul, Shanghai and Dhaka) and more than 60 projects per year, Systain can support you as an experienced and competent partner.
years of pioneer work
Founded in 1998, we are one of the first management consultancies specialized in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Our interdisciplinary team of consultants consists of management professionals, IT specialists, engineers, natural scientists, lawyers, sociologists and political scientists from different cultural backgrounds.
We are located in Hamburg, Berlin, Istanbul, Schanghai und Dhaka.
projects per year
We have a proven track record in consulting various industries: basic industry, mechanical / electrical engineering, automotive, textile, telecommunications, non-food retail, food retail.
We have worked in over 40 countries on behalf of multinational companies, SMEs and government organizations.
webinars, publications, events & speeches
In more than 100 online courses, publications, events and lectures we have shared our in-depth knowledge to the public.
The beginning (1999 – 2002)
Systain is building up consulting expertise in the sustainability fields of its parent company OTTO GmbH & Co. KG. One of the key projects is the development of the AVE Sector Model for social responsibility in the supply chain, the later nucleus for the development of the BSCI (the world’s leading supply chain management system for social compliance).
The textile years (2003 – 2009)
During these years Systain has developed trend-setting solutions in the field of environmental and social management in the supply chain, especially in the textile industry. Even long before the establishment of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards), organic cotton standards are developed for the Otto Group and a complete chain of custody is established. Systain also supports the Aid by Trade Foundation in the development of the standard „Cotton made in Africa„.
Further development into comprehensive CR consultancy (since 2010)
Since 2010 Systain is moving towards a fact-based sustainability management. New methods and models are developed to embed sustainability as a strategically relevant topic in corporate strategies. Thanks to its intensive development work, Systain was awarded the Hamburg Consulting Prize in 2013, played a major role in winning the Otto Group’s CSR Prize of the German Federal Government in 2014 and received the More-than-a-Market Award in China in 2016. Today Systain is a comprehensive CR consultancy along the entire supply chain.
R602, B3, 695 Lingshi Rd.
Tel.: +86 21 6631 1919
Fax: +86 21 6631 6558
Systain Consulting Partner Office (SusCon)
Devo-Tech Technology Park Ltd, Plot no. 11, Rd No 113/A, Dhaka 1212
Tel: +880 1713 122 417
Shanghai, P.R. China
Devo-Tech Technology Park Ltd, Plot no. 11, Rd No 113/A
Devo-Tech Technology Park Ltd, Plot no. 11, Rd No 113/A
We develop the appropriate sustainability strategy for actors in a wide range of sectors. Our holistic expertise is fed by the diversity of our clients.
Our clients are manufacturers and retailers in the automotive, chemicals, textile, food, engineering and pharmaceutical industries, as well as service companies in the energy, finance and telecommunications sectors, to name but a few. We also work with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Trading companies and brands
- adidas Group
- OTTO GmbH & Co. KG
- Tchibo GmbH
- KiK Textiles and Non-Food GmbH
- s.Oliver Bernd Freier GmbH & Co. KG
- TOM TAILOR GmbH
- Germany’s most famous high-fashion brand
- 2 of the top 3 discounters in Germany
- Leading German lifestyle fashion brand
- 2 large German multi-brand fashion retailers
- Market leader B2B distance selling of industrial equipment
- Siemens AG
- Merck KGaA
- RWE AG
- Dralon GmbH
- Trevira GmbH
- Four of the Top 4 premium automobile manufacturers in Germany
- Best known German personal care manufacturer
- Best known German food manufacturer
- Worldwide leading chemical group
- Worldwide leading synthetic fiber manufacturer
- Worldwide leading manufacturer of gases
- Vodafone Germany
German major bank
Hermes Logistics GmbH
Leading factoring company
Top 2 in the German mobile communications market
Top 2 in the German telecommunications market
Governmental & Non-governmental organizations
- German Federal Ministries: BMBF, BMUB, BMZ, BMJV
- German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)
- German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ)
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
- Nature Conservation Association Germany e. V. (NABU)
- Trade Association Germany (HDE)
- Foreign Trade Association of the German Retail Trade (AVE)
- German E-Commerce and Mail Order Association (bevh)
- Aid by Trade Foundation (Cotton-Made-in-Africa, CmiA)
- Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2)
- DEG – German Investment and Development Company
- Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection, Hamburg
- PEFC International, Geneva
- Foundation 2Grad, Berlin
- Universities: Flensburg, Hamburg
About our training initiative econchain (in cooperation with econsense):
„Creating a safe space to learn with and from each other, is what econchain is about. This training format conveys specific sustainability knowledge, which helps participants understand and tackle sustainability issues at the root. Suppliers and I are convinced of this peer-learning format.“
„estell [Systain’s analysis tool] provides us with the factual basis to manage and control our sustainability strategy.“
„Systain has enabled us to gain completely new insights into the environmental impacts and human rights risks of our supply chain.“
„Systain’s approach to measuring the environmental impacts of the supply chain using monetary information facilitates many analyses and is the key to comprehensive sustainability management. The approach is methodologically verified and is based on facts.“
Systain even goes one step further: The practical implementation of many consulting projects takes place in so-called developing and transition countries. These countries are struggling with enormous social and environmental challenges that are reflected in our daily work. We want to initiate positive change, beyond the scope of our consulting projects. Our shareholder has agreed to Systain being run as an ethical business. Systain remains a profit-oriented company, but will use profits for social and environmental initiatives. The projects chosen by us will be related to our consulting services and core competencies. Thanks to our long-term expertise in CSR and sustainability we can identify social and environmental problems and contribute to their solution. Moreover, we see ourselves as multipliers: we encourage our clients to support our chosen social and environmental initiatives beyond their CSR activities.
In addition to our ethical-business activities, Systain donates a whole day of work annually with its people to actively work in environmental or social projects.