About Us

Our mission

Alternate Consulting’s mission is to help companies and their managers achieve corporate sustainability. Corporate sustainability is the only way that combines long term business success, manages business risks, and maximizes the positive impact of the company on its stakeholders and society as a whole.

We aim to build the knowledge, capacity, skills, and commitment necessary within organizations to enable them to develop further even without us. This philosophy originates from the centuries-old adage “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”. We strive for our clients to gain the ability to work rather than simply continue from a one-off handout.


Founders’ Story

After crossing paths many times in the workplace (at the KÖVET Association for Sustainable Economies and Braun & Partners Network), Mandy and Katalin realized they both share a passion for helping companies achieve corporate sustainability. Together, they co-founded Alternate Consulting in November of 2008. Alternate is built upon their combined expertise in ESG and CSR. 

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What Sets Alternate Consulting Apart

By focusing on sustainable development and taking stakeholder views into consideration during business decisions, our work results in win-win solutions. Both Katalin and Mandy have worked in several different stakeholder roles. They are able to incorporate all stakeholder views effectively in their consultancy work having sat on all sides of the table (NGO, media, education, research, industry, consultancy, and consumer).

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Awards and Recognition

Since 2008, Alternate has been awarded the Delphin Sustainability Supplier Award from Telekom (chosen among all its suppliers in 2010 for capacity building and awareness raising activities). With Alternate’s direct contribution, multiple reports have won the “Green Frog” Award, an annual recognition by Deloitte Central Europe and other regions for the best sustainability and integrated reports. 

From international for-profit companies to Hungarian NGOs, Alternate works with organizations of all industries, sizes, and types. Past consultancy clients include GE Hungary, Budapest Airport, CIB Bank, Sanyo Hungary, and SAP Hungary. Additionally, past training clients include Coca-Cola, Audi Hungary, PWC, OTP Bank, and Magyar Telekom.

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Fertetics Mandy

Managing Director | Partner | Senior Consultant
Masters in Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest
Mandy has more than 20 years of experience working on corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility issues. She has worked in multiple different stakeholder positions as a researcher, trainer, consultant, NGO professional and corporate manager. 
Mandy focuses on the nature of change that is necessary to improve in sustainability. She is a certified Transformative Team Coach and aims to support teams in becoming more effective, impactful, and healthy. As a certified psychodrama trainer for adults and children, Mandy heavily believes in the importance of individual self-awareness and self-responsibility. 
With a passion for developing advisory methodologies to enhance creative and effective learning and development, she is able to focus on both stakeholder engagement and strategy development. Previously, Mandy worked as a Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Manager at Dreher Breweries (SABMiller) and as a Sustainable Purchasing Expert (Rail & Truck) at Knorr-Bremse Group in a global position. 
Outside of work, you can find Mandy spending time with her family, playing board games, and reading.

Katalin Urbán

Managing Director | Partner | Senior Consultant
Masters of Sciences, University of Eastern Finland
Katalin is an environmental engineer and health and safety specialist with more than 25 years of not only industrial, but also NGO experience. Katalin is well versed in the field of sustainability performance measurement. 
She strongly believes in the saying “what cannot be measured is not managed‘. This is why she is passionate about developing both reasonable and impactful KPIs and performance monitoring. Through structured ways of thinking and a scientific approach, Katalin is able to both build and improve corporate processes.
She is a former member of the Stakeholder Panel of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and is the most experienced GRI user in Hungary. Currently, Katalin is in a global position at Grundfos Manufacturing as a Sustainability Reporting Manager

Want to join the team?

We are always looking for ambitious, enthusiastic and entrepreuneurial people to join our team. If this sounds like you, drop us a line with what you can bring to our company that sets you apart from anyone else.