Industry cooperation in the field of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)
Empa researchers join Quantis to open new branch in Switzerland
Lausanne, April 4, 2013
Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, will "spin-out" its service team in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to Quantis, an internationalleading consultancy in LCA. The transfer will comprise five scientists, the consultancy projects, and will be the basis for a new company branch, based at Empa's technology center glaTec in the Zurich metropolitan area.
Canadian sustainable development firms to create a partnership
Quantis, Groupe Agéco and Saulnier Conseil combine their expertise to provide integrated leading-edge consulting services
Montréal and Québec (Québec), February 27, 2013
Recognized for their expertise and leadership, Quantis Canada, Groupe AGÃ‰CO and Saulnier Conseil are pleased to announce the creation of a partnership to provide organizations with leading-edge turnkey sustainable development consulting services. The firms will continue to operate independently as they pool their expertise. Working with each of these firms will now give organizations access to a broader expert network and complementary specialized services. This innovative approach brings together experienced executives and environmental, socioeconomic and procurement experts and provides a comprehensive and integrated platform in these strategic corporate responsibility sectors.
Quantis is a leading life cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm specialized in supporting organizations to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations. For almost 15 years, Groupe AGÉCO has provided leading socioeconomic and political expertise to rigorously and efficiently support organizations seeking to resolve strategic issues. Saulnier Conseil contributes to sustainable development by setting out and implementing responsible procurement practices and working as an agent of change in supply chains.
Beyond their complementary expertise, the three firms have built their business models on similar foundations by placing integrity and rigour at the heart of their activities and valuing quality, innovation and teamwork. In order to integrate their interventions into their clients’ business plans, the firms rely on life cycle thinking—a comprehensive and objective method that is gaining significant ground around the world—and the triple bottom line approach (economic, environmental and social). Quantis, Groupe AGÉCO and Saulnier Conseil share a common vision to help organizations make sustainable progress that is in line with their business objectives and realities.
“We are proud to be part of this partnership since it enables our clients to access turnkey services and ensures that all of the strategic areas of sustainable development are coordinated. We can now work with all corporate functions and provide added value to our clients’ business approaches,” affirmed Edouard Clément, managing director of Quantis Canada.
“This partnership makes the collaboration between our three organizations official. Clients who have already benefited from the complementarity of our expertise understand the value of having access to multidisciplinary teams that collaborate effectively and share a common vision,” said Groupe AGÉCO president Isabelle Charron.
“Through Groupe AGÉCO and Quantis, Saulnier Conseil will gain direct access to experts in the areas of socioeconomic and environmental impacts of products and services, and this adds a new string to our bow. Together, we can further contribute to implementing the changes needed for advancements in sustainability,” concluded Anne-Marie Saulnier, president of Saulnier Conseil.
Quantis, Groupe AGÉCO and Saulnier Conseil gained their expertise through collaborations with businesses, associations and governments in the agri-food, retail, packaging, aeronautics and financial sectors, to name only a few. In recent years, the firms have had the opportunity to undertake joint projects, and these successes led to the development of the new partnership.
Some examples of joint projects spearheaded by the firms:
The prominence of the three firms is also reflected in their participation in national and international committees, including The Sustainability Consortium, UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, Packaging Association (PAC Next), Conseil du bâtiment durable du Québec, Conseil patronal de l’environnement du Québec (CPEQ) and David Suzuki Foundation-Québec.
Quantis is a leading life cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm specialized in supporting organizations to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations. Quantis is a global company with offices in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and France and employs close to 60 people, amongst which several are internationally renowned experts in the LCA field. The Canadian branch of Quantis is a spin-off of the CIRAIG from the École Polytechnique de Montréal, a research center specialized in environmental life cycle assessment.
About Groupe AGÉCO
For nearly 15 years, Groupe AGÉCO has played an active role in the agroeconomics, agri-food, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility sectors. The team provides expert consulting services and rigorous and practical support for organizations seeking to overcome strategic issues. A pioneer and recognized leader in social life cycle analysis, Groupe AGÉCO has carried out several mandates in Québec, elsewhere in Canada and aboard.
About Saulnier Conseil
Saulnier Conseil specializes in responsible procurement and supports organizations seeking to integrate sustainable development into their procurement processes and practices. Its initiatives take into account the social, environmental and economic impacts of products, services and suppliers, especially with regards to local and socially inclusive procurement (solidarity economy). Saulnier Conseil is the coauthor of the very first Baromètre de l’approvisionnement responsable au Québec. In 2007, the firm founded the Espace québécois de concertation sur les pratiques d'approvisionnement responsable (ECPAR).
Julie-Anne Chayer, Quantis
Business Development Director
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Muriel Kearney, Groupe AGÉCO
CSR Development Manager
Anne-Marie Saulnier, Saulnier Conseil
A new structure for the life cycle approach (LCA) specialist
Quantis anticipates its continued growth
Lausanne, Switzerland, February 1, 2012
In its five years of existence, Quantis has grown exponentially. The EPFL spin-off has gone from 2 to 70 collaborators, extending its activities to France, the United States and Canada. To continue to progress and adhere to its mission and values, Quantis has ensured the evolution of its organizational structure and adopted a business model that is better adapted to its size and economic model, which includes services, consultancy and software. Quantis is ready for the future.
Lausanne, February 1, 2012 – Founded in 2006 as Ecointesys, Quantis started out as a venture by EPFL researchers seeking to help businesses reduce their environmental impacts. The idea was so engaging that the young start-up, which initially employed only two people, has made significant headway in the past five years. In fact, in 2008, the company extended its activities to the United States. In 2009, it adopted a multinational structure and the new name Quantis and opened offices in France and Canada, integrating a spin-off of the CIRAIG in Montréal, one of the world's leading life cycle research centres.
Since then, Quantis has continued to evolve, growing from 40 collaborators in 2009 to over 70 today. The firm's client portfolio includes several regional businesses (such as BCV, Bobst, Eden Springs and Switcher) and large organizations in various activity sectors, including Nestlé and several of its subsidiaries, Firmenich, Kraft, Veolia and L'Oréal. The firm's turnover, which has steadily risen since the company was founded, reached almost 6 million CHF in 2011.
A solid organization for continued growth
The firm's rapid evolution requires certain organizational adjustments. Yves Loerincik will now exclusively focus on the group's business direction as CEO. Caroline Coquerel, who has overseen business development in Europe, has been appointed as Managing
Director of the Swiss office.
“A number of global positions have been created to strengthen the firm's direction. In the same way, new functions have been assigned to branches in an effort to pursue the development of high value-added services for our clients,” explained Yves Loerincik.
“Our expertise extends well beyond calculating the ecological footprints of our clients,” added Caroline Coquerel. “Our true strength lies in the complementarity between analysis and consultancy – our capacity to understand and interpret results and translate them into concrete actions to help our clients curb their environmental impacts.”
As these new organizational changes come into effect on February 1, Quantis is ready to follow the evolution of the market, which should continue to increase significantly in the years to come.
Strengthening the status of the firm's flagship product
The team charged with developing and marketing Quantis SUITE 2.0, a powerful tool to assess the ecological footprints of products and organizations (like the GHG Protocol), will become a business unit in its own. “This initiative demonstrates the importance of Quantis SUITE 2.0 and ensures the worldwide distribution of a software able to comprehensively assess the needs of an organization at the global and specific regional levels,”explained Damien Friot, the general director of the new entity.
Quantis is a leading life cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm specialized in supporting companies to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations. Quantis is a global company with offices in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and France and employs more than 70 people, including internationally-renowned experts in the LCA field.
Quantis offers cutting-edge services in environmental footprinting, eco design, sustainable supply chains and environmental communication. Quantis has a team of experts specialized in water footprinting and has launched a partnership project to create a water database. Quantis also provides innovative LCA software, Quantis SUITE 2.0, which enables organizations to evaluate, analyze and manage their environmental footprint with ease.Fuelled by its close ties with the scientific community and its strategic research collaborations, Quantis has a strong track record in applying its knowledge and expertise to accompany clients in transforming LCA results into decisions and action plans.
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