Dr Bérangère Ruchat to ‘step up’ sustainability vision at Richemont

By Luke Barras-hill |

Ruchat has enjoyed a decorated professional career to date.

Luxury goods maison Richemont Group has appointed Dr Bérangère Ruchat as Chief Sustainability Officer.

Ruchat joins from fellow Switzerland-based firm Firmenich Group, where she held the same position and more recently was Senior Vice President Sustainability.

“Dr Bérangère Ruchat will bring her deep sustainability expertise and collaborative track record to further develop the Group’s vision and step up its sustainability ambition,” Richemont Group said in a statement.

During her 12 years at Firmenich she was responsible for forging strong partnerships as a means of driving the Group’s sustainability strategy and ESG reporting.

Previously, she occupied posts as Director of Partnerships at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and led the Partners in Action programme at the United Nations System Staff College.

Ruchat was acknowledged by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Leading Women Awards for her work in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in 2016.

She was also the recipient of the ‘Head of Sustainability of the Year’ award by Ethical Corporation in 2015.

Alongside holding two Masters degrees – one in political science from Lausanne University and Public Administration from the Graduate Institute of Public Affairs, Switzerland – Ruchat has a PhD in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, New York, and post-graduate qualifications in public private partnership management from Cambridge University and in social innovation from Stanford University.

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