Your strategy for sustainable change


We are a network of independent strategists & educators on social & organisational change, specialising in: responsible business development, alliances for sustainable development, and transformative philanthropy. Our clients are UN agencies, NGOs, firms & charitable foundations. Read our reflections on teaming up for massive change, or watch our founder's views on leadership, for the World Economic Forum.

Past Achievements

Our founder has a 17-year track record of social innovation, including:

  • Developing the original concept for the Marine Stewardship Council, for WWF International.
  • Advising and helping implement a strategic realignment of a major Australian business school with 13000 students and 300 faculty to become a sustainability leader, and establish an Asia Pacific centre of excellence.
  • Developing one of the first multi-enterprise supply chain eco-audit systems.
  • Through the first book on strategic cross-sector partnering, inspired the then head of the UN Secretary General's office to launch what became the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world.
  • Conceiving, researching and writing the first substantive analysis of the social and environmental performance of the luxury industry, which appeared in over 50 newspapers worldwide and helped inspire a strategic shift in many brands.
  • Developing a responsible enterprise strategy for a famous high-jewelry company.
  • Developing a strategy, policy and guidelines for private sector engagement by a UN agency.
  • Establishing the first responsible enterprise jobs portal in 2001, which is now the largest such portal (
  • Providing informal confidential advice to innovators, helping them create some key initiatives in the contemporary responsible business/finance and sustainable development fields.

  • As a bespoke service, we can only work with ambitious clients. We base our advice, education & facilitation on deep analysis, experience & purpose, and as a not-for-profit, we invest in helping to shape the fields we work within. By working in international, interdisciplinary, intersectoral & interconnected, we escape many of the assumptions that limit insight.


Recent Praise…

“Lifeworth’s Emma Irwin made a key contribution to GTZ’s ‘Project on Collaboration with the Private sector in Africa’ and ‘Natural Resource Governance Project’. She worked extremely fast in adapting the knowledge of the UN to be accessible to business in Liberia, helping executives to understand the financial and moral imperatives of integrating Human Rights into their management systems, as well as how to begin that process. She co-facilitated a workshop adeptly, which lead to a commitment from the executives to work together in enhancing their CSR policies and programmes. The speed with which Lifeworth supported us in finding the appropriate support to ensure a successful event with the UN and ArcelorMittal was impressive.” -- Peter Kluczny, GIZ.

Lifeworth Consulting is the sustainability practice of The Swiss Institute, a nonprofit association based in Geneva (Federal number CH-660.1.225.004-8, founded 4 June 2004)