SUSTINOVA is a not-for-profit Swiss association, based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Our mission is to promote the adoption of sustainability by individuals and organisations in a way that increases their positive, long-term impact on society, the environment and economy.
We work with different private and public stakeholders on related issues as a neutral and independent partner for dialogue or implementation. Our goals are to help building solutions for the community, strengthening the networking of stakeholders and the practical application of know-how.
We support the creation, funding and execution of projects that put sustainability principles in practise to solve concrete problems with a clear and transparent approach.
We work with both initiators and supporters to find possible partners and solutions for key issues, all with a higher level of quality, effectiveness and transparency.
We focus on solutions that take a system approach to issues, look for long-term change and consider the impacts on society, the environment and economy.
Given SUSTINOVA’s role in-between different stakeholders and our diversified backgrounds and interests (read about our team here) there is a certain spread in what we do and the topics we seek to address (see below). What unites them is a strong interest in practical solutions and verifiable results.
Although our current focus is primarily on the NGO field, we look beyond the traditional Swiss NGO. In light of their importance for Switzerland and potential for impact, we try to bring into our work the contributions from other countries and areas such as the corporate, academic or entrepreneurial fields. In addition, we try to address the perspective and interests of different stakeholders, not just the initiators of projects.
Often, the starting signal for our involvement comes from one of the many bilateral conversations we conduct throughout the year. We focus on issues where we think that our skills and resources can be most effectively used, either by connecting existing actors or developing our own solution (ideally in a collaborative way). We see these efforts as exploratory, with an inherent risk of failure, so that we take a disciplined approach to judge where and how to be involved, what resources are needed and how to mitigate the risks.
We work primarily in the not-for profit sector with Swiss-based organisations and persons.
We position ourselves in-between project initiators and supporters: we listen to the needs of both sides and look for ways to improve this relationship and make the use of financial and non-financial support more efficient and transparent.
SUSTINOVA acts partly as a "doer" and partly as a "supporter" organisation, doing research on topics identified together with others in this area, developing specific ideas, promoting networking and collaborations with private and public stakeholders. In addition, we provide advisory and operational support based on our resources or those of our partners.
Our current activities: