Helvetia Environnement Groupe

Published on Feb 7, 2023

Context and the Challenge
Building on strong Swiss family business heritage, Helvetia Environnement Groupe (HEG) was created in 2005 to provide integrated waste management solutions. HEG’s 560+ employees work to build a more resilient and circular economy through the main activities: waste collection for local communities, retail businesses and industries, sorting and recovering waste, and developing waste-to-energy solutions.

HEG identified B Corp™ as an ambition for the business to achieve and approached dss+ to help manage the project, guide through the process and share insights from dss+’ past experience with the certification.

dss+ Approach

dss+ and HEG collaborated on a step by step approach to succeed on the B Corp™ journey. This included the following (and not limited to): a deep dive to understand HEG’s business model & strengths and opportunities, widespread stakeholder engagement & involvement to build awareness and share key insights, a robust data collection to make HEG’s impact visible, and building trust to challenge ways of working and pinpoint improvements.

  • Enabled HEG to build the right team of internal stakeholders for an efficient data collection process.
  • Built a comprehensive plan with clear milestones for each step of the BCorp™ Certification process, including tips & tricks for success.
  • Analysed scenarios and probable outcomes of the B Impact Assessment (BIA), including benchmarking with similar BCorps.
  • Prepared necessary data and supporting information with the HEG team prior to all verifications by B Lab.
"dss+ has allowed us to transform a desire into a project and then a project into a reality! The collaboration with dss+ has facilitated and accelerated our journey towards B Corp™ Certification."

– Bertrand Guyard-Lasne, Director of Sustainability & Digital Transformation at HEG

Achieve B Corp™ Certification, including a validated B Impact Assessment (BIA) by B Lab

  • Engaged with 20+ stakeholders at all levels, across all 9 brands and entities over 30 months;
  • Successful confirmation of HEG’s commitment to sustainability through a verified third-party certification;
  • Identified key metrics to better understand and accelerate HEG’s contribution to a more sustainable economy;
  • Provided the tools & mindset to continue developing HEG’s sustainability ambitions.