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Sustainability assessment at FiBL

Our area of sustainability assessment consists of FiBL experts in research, consulting and communication.

  • Research:
    • Effects of agricultural methods and food production of environmental, economic and social indicators. 
    • Production system and processing optimization.
  • Development of practice-oriented solutions for environmental, economic and social problems in agriculture.
  • Consulting for farms, processing and trade companies as well as independent organizations and politics regarding sustainability issues.
  • Communication of sustainability aspects to various stakeholder groups and the general public.

Research fields

Our projects cover sustainability in a broad sense, according to the SAFA guidelines of the FAO, as well as by using selective sustainability indicators such as:

  • Climate impact
  • Biodiversity
  • Non-renewable energy use
  • Natural resources
  • Water consumption
  • Water conservation
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Social benefits
  • Food security
  • Product quality
  • Work conditions
  • Economics
  • Fair trade
  • Regional development
  • Authenticity

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Portfolio of Methods

The various aspects of sustainability are analyzed on a product, farm and sector level. For this purpose, we have a broad methodological spectrum available to us:

  • Integral sustainability assessment (SMART - Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine)
  • Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)
  • Carbon footprint
  • Water footprint
  • Risk analysis
  • Analysis of global food systems
  • Economic-environmental modelling
  • Policy impact assessment (linear and positive mathematical optimization, indicator-based impact assessment)
  • Cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis as well as utility analysis
  • Participatory and qualitative methods (stakeholder and expert Delphi, Nominal Group Technique, focus groups, etc.)
  • Political and project evaluation

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Experts in the area of sustainability assessment

Our area of sustainability assessment combines years of expert FiBL competence in various fields with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary expert groups spanning multiple disciplines essential for handling complex projects.

Experts and their areas of expertise

Thomas AlföldiCommunication of sustainability
Lukas BaumgartSustainability assessment on farms
Regula BickelSustainability in food processing
Richard BircherSustainability assessment on farms
Johan BlockeelSustainability assessment on farms
Veronique ChevillatImplementation of conservation measures on farms
Michael CurranLead SMART-development, sustainability assessment
Thomas DrapelaBiodiversity ratings
Salvador GaribaySustainable agriculture in the Tropics
Andreas GattingerClimate research
Judith HechtSector analysis and policy impact assessment
Robert HermanowskiSocial farming
Stefan HörtenhuberCarbon Footprinting und Water Footprint
Beate Huber International cooperation and food security
Irene KadzereSustainabilty assessment and post harvest management
Jan LandertSMART development and sustainability assessment of urban food systems
Gianna Lazzarini Sustainabilty assessment
Thomas LindenthalCarbon Footprint and land-use changes
Paul Mäder Soil fertility
Rolf MäderTraceability as basis for sustainability impact assessment
Veronika MaurerAnimal welfare
Theresia Markut   Carbon footprint and Life Cycle Assessment
Peter MeindlBiodiversity assessment
Adrian Müller Climate policy and development CDM methodologies, food systems modelling
Robert ObristSustainability advisory services based on RISE
Bernadette OehenParticipative methods and label evaluations
Richard PetrasekSustainability assessment
Catherine Pfeifer Sustainability assessment
Lukas PfiffnerBiodiversity assessment
Christian SchaderSustainability assessment and modelling
Magdalena ScheuchSustainability assessment
Otto SchmidPromotion of international policies on sustainability issues
Stefan Schweiger Sustainability assessment
Patricia SchwitterSustainability assessment of vegetable producers
Brian SsebunyaSustainability assessment of farms in tropical and subtropical regions
Patrick Stefani Sustainability assessment of fruit and wine producers
Hanna StolzSustainability labelling and consumer behaviour
Matthias Stolze Socioeconomics and agricultural policy
Michaela TheurlCarbon Footprinting
Rainer WeisshaidingerSustainability assessment
Klaus-Peter WilboisSoil fertility and water conservation
Axel WirzSustainability assessment, Regional development

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Our clients are mostly organizations from agriculture, processing and trade as well as clients within politics, public administration and non-profit organizations:

  • AVINA Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • Bio Suisse
  • Organic pig producer association (Austria)
  • Biovision
  • Federal Office for Agriculture in Switzerland (BLW)
  • Federal Office for Environment in Switzerland (BAFU)
  • Federal Organic Farming Programme in Germany
  • Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer protection
  • Coop Sustainability Fund
  • Delinat (Institute for climate-friendly farming)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA)
  • Ernst-Göhner Foundation
  • European Commission
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Gerling Foundation
  • HA Hessen Agentur, Wiesbaden
  • Hofer
  • Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB)
  • Integration Office Rheinland
  • International Trade Centre / UNCTAD
  • KAIROS Impact research and DevelopmentWirkungsforschung und Entwicklung (gGmbH) (Vorarlberg/Austria)
  • Canton of Aargau, Zürich, Bern, Luzern
  • Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Austria
  • Liechtenstein Development Service (LED)
  • Mava Foundation
  • Ölz GmbH (large-scale bakery, Austria)
  • Government of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken)
  • Rentenbank
  • Resolve
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
  • Sophie und Karl Binding Foundation
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
  • Dreiklang Foundation
  • Mercator Foundation Switzerland
  • Vontobel Foundation
  • WWF Switzerland

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