SAFE Cambodia conducts Gap Analysis of pilot companies

17 01 2012

The SAFE Cambodia Structured Program to Achieve Food Safety Excellence in Cambodia initiative conducted a Gap Analysis among nine pilot companies in Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom and Battambang last Dec. 12 to 17, 2011.

A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative of TUV Rheinland and  Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), it seeks to instill mass awareness on international food safety and cleanliness standards amongst local SMEs operating in the agriculture and fishery industry.

For the Gap Analysis, project partners TUV Rheinland and ASSIST assessed the companies’ capacity in implementing the international standards Good Manufacturing Practices, Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Food Safety Management System (FSMS)/ ISO 22000).

Following this activity, Project Consultant Ma. Lourdes Mangaban will develop the action plan for the companies to ensure compliance of their documentation and records to requirementsof GMP and HACCP.

The action plan will outline the steps to take, to prepare the participating companies for the rigorous certification process.

Pilot companies include caterers, water bottlers, and farm produce distributors.#





ASSIST holds awareness sessions for Vietnam’s textile, garment and leather manufacturers

9 12 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) held three awareness sessions for the CONSERV (Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam) Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project last November 23, 24 and 25 in Ho Chi Minh, Bien Hoa and Long An.


CONSERV is an initiative co-financed by German donor DEG and implemented by PUMA SE and ASSIST. It seeks to promote resource efficiency and waste management practices among Vietnam’s textile, garment and leather factories. The 17-month project will feature awareness-raising and capacity-building whilst also contributing to sustainable development in the country.

Designed to support suppliers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting vulnerable natural resources and minimizing waste and pollution, project gathered members of Vietnam’s textile, garment and leather industries (TGL) from the suppliers of major sports brand PUMA.


The participants listened to seminars on resource efficiency as well as cleaner production techniques. By March 2012, CONSERV will also hold Training of Trainer (ToT) workshops and develop o Body of Knowledge on Resource Efficiency and Waste Management. #





SAFE Cambodia TOTs tackle Hazard Analysis for Food Industry Practitioners

22 11 2011

Structured Program to Achieve Food Safety Excellence in Cambodia (SAFE Cambodia), a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative of TUV Rheinland and  Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) conducted a training of trainers (TOT) for Food Industry Practitioners on October 3 to 8 in Siem Reap, and October 10 to 15 in Phnom Penh.

Focusing on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) module, the session featured an introduction to the approach, the prerequisite programs (PRPs), and the extensive discussion on the 12 logical steps to its application and implementation.

The HACCP training aimed to equip the food safety trainers with the skills at system implementation. These were reinforced through a combination of lectures as well as group discussions and workshops which covered each of the steps on hazard analysis, and the process for developing a per-product HACCP plan.

Coming from Siem Reap, Battambang, and Kompong Thom, the participants were representatives of the rice and vegetable farming, water purification, fisheries, food service sectors. #





ASSIST and TUV NORD launch LEAP Project in three key cities of Indonesia

16 11 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and TUV NORD kicked off the Leapfrog towards Efficiency And Progress through Low Carbon Economy Indonesia (LEAP) last November 7, 9 and 11 in Surabaya, Jakarta and Medan, respectively.

LEAP Indonesia is a Public-Private Partnership initiative designed to help the businesses from five sectors (Cement, Iron and Steel, Textile, Power Plant and Palm Oil) 1) reduce their Green House Gas emissions, 2) become more energy-efficient and 3) contribute to the national plans of the government towards low-carbon economy.

In particular, the project supports the Indonesian Government’s commitment to reduce 26% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020.

TÜV NORD Indonesia President Director Robert Napitupulu welcomed the participants, while ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan provided a project overview. For his part, Mr. Gunardi of the Ministry of Environment discussed the country’s effort at reducing Indonesia’s carbon footprint.

The launch sessions generated interest among the local companies to adopt energy management systems benchmarking ISO 50001, towards reducing their GHG emissions and contribute to the switch towards a low-carbon economy.

Representatives of local and multinational companies, as well as universities and local chambers (EKONID, KADIN, and PAKLIM), attended the event. The local chambers and universities will be helping build the local capacity in the field of energy.

Multi-stakeholder sessions will be held in the coming months to create a roadmap for the LEAP program which will be followed by technical training sessions early next year.

LEAP is co-financed by PT TUV NORD Indonesia and German development bank DEG. ASSIST will play the role of a lead implementation partner by providing technical expertise, training and technical assistance to local companies.

DEG Representative Office Jakarta Hans-Jürgen Hertel and PAKLIM’s (Program Advis Kebijakan untuk Perlindungan Lingkungan Hidup dan Iklim (Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change) Dr. Joyce Miller also attended the event. #





DEG-funded CONSERV Project of ASSIST Mekong is in the news

6 10 2011

ASSIST Mekong Project Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam (CONSERV) is in the news!





Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam (CONSERV) Stakeholders Forum held in Ho Chi Minh

28 09 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) held its first stakeholders forum for the CONSERV (Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam) Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project on September 23, 2011, in Ho Chi Minh City.

CONSERV is an initiative co-financed by German donor DEG and implemented by PUMA SE and ASSIST. It seeks to promote resource efficiency and waste management practices among Vietnam’s textile, garment and leather factories. The 17-month project will feature awareness-raising and capacity-building whilst also contributing to sustainable development in the country.

The project will support suppliers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting vulnerable natural resources and minimizing the effects of waste
and pollution on the local community and environment. #





ASSIST Mekong to hold Stakeholders Forum for CONSERV project in Vietnam

21 09 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) invites all PUMA’s suppliers from all tiers to the stakeholders’ forum of the CONSERV (Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam) Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project to be held on September 28, 2011, 9am – 12nn at the Swiss-Bel Hotel Wooshu, Pham Van Thuan, Bien Hoa, Dong Nai.

An initiative co-financed by German donor DEG and implemented by PUMA SE and ASSIST, CONSERV is a realization of resource efficiency and waste management practices among Vietnam’s textile, garment and leather factories. The 17-month project will feature awareness-raising and capacity-building whilst also contributing to sustainable development in the country.

The project will support suppliers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting vulnerable natural resources and minimizing the effects of waste
and pollution on the local community and environment.

For more details, interested parties may contact Mr. Edelberto Anit, the Project Manager for PUMA (email: edelberto.anit@puma.com) or Ms. Vy, Truong Thi Thuy
Project Manager for ASSIST (Tel (+848) 3811 4705, email: vy@assistasia.org). #





ASSIST joins launch of PPP Project EMPOWERING

20 09 2011

Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan represented ASSIST during the event.

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and other partners successfully launched (see related article) Project EMPOWERING: or Project Enhanced Monitoring System on poverty watch for a more Effective and Responsive Approach in Governance yesterday September 19, 2011, 10am at the Grand Caprice Restaurant in Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City.

Jointly funded by STEAG and DEG, the project will focus on updating the database and information system of the Planning Offices of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. Six (6) municipalities from Misamis Oriental will be piloted for Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) implementation considering its strategic importance to the industrialization and eco-tourism potential of Northern Mindanao, where the private sector collaboration on poverty reduction initiatives is quite limited.

The initiative will facilitate the updating of the database and information system of the Planning Offices of Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City.

Dr. Bodo Goerlich, President and CEO of STEAG acknowledge guests and participants, while Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, Community Relations Manager of STEAG discussed the project overview.

ASSIST is one of the program partners, along with the Department of the Interior and Local Government; CBMS Network Coordinating Team; Xavier University; and the LGUs of Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Laguindingan, El Salvador, Opol, Tagoloan, Jasaan and Medina. ASSIST is responsible for concept development, quality management, collaterals development, monitoring of data gathering process and facilitation of training and development of case studies.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, represented by Undersecretary Austere Panadero, expressed appreciation to the project proponents for helping the local government units of the province in pursuing a clear-targeted anti-poverty program.

Aside from the project partners, the Declaration of Support was signed by Gov. Oscar S. Moreno of Mis. Or., Mayor Pacifico T. Pupos, Jr. of Medina, Mayor Dexter B. Yasay of Opol, Mayor Oliver L. Ubaob of Laguindingan, Mayor Redentor S. Jardin of Jasaan and representatives of Cagayan de Oro City, El Salvador and Tagoloan.

An acceptance speech was delivered by Gov. Oscar Moreno.#





STEAG and DEG to launch Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project EMPOWERING with ASSIST

15 09 2011

STEAG State Power Inc. and DEG along with the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and other partners are set to launch Project EMPOWERING: or Project Enhanced Monitoring System on poverty watch for a more Effective and Responsive Approach in Governance.

The project will focus on updating the database and information system of the Planning Offices of Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City. Six (6) municipalities from Misamis Oriental will be piloted for Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) implementation considering its strategic importance to the industrialization and eco-tourism potential of Northern Mindanao, and where the private sector collaboration on poverty reduction initiatives is quite limited.

The program will be held on September 19, 2011, 10am at the Grand Caprice Restaurant in Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City.

Dr. Bodo Goerlich, President and CEO of STEAG will be present to acknowledge guests and participants, while Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, Community Relations Manager of STEAG will discuss the project overview.

Project EMPOWERING is jointly funded by STEAG and DEG.

DEG is a member of the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW banking group), which finances investments of private companies in developing and transition countries. As one of Europe’s largest development finance institutions, it promotes private business structures to contribute to sustainable economic growth and improved living conditions.

ASSIST is one of the program partners, along with the Department of the Interior and Local Government; CBMS Network Coordinating Team; Xavier University; and the LGUs of Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Laguindingan, El Salvador, Opol, Tagoloan, Jasaan and Medina.

For this initiative, ASSIST is responsible for concept development, quality management, collaterals development, monitoring of data gathering process and facilitation of training and development of case studies. #





SAFE Cambodia PPP Project of ASSIST Mekong and TUV Rheinland conduct CEO Forums on Food Safety

7 09 2011

The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) in the Mekong region welcomed over a hundred guests to CEO Forums held for the SAFE Cambodia Project last July 12-15, 2011 in Battambang, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Structured Program to Achieve Food Safety Excellence in Cambodia (SAFE Cambodia)
is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative supported by TUV Rheinland and DEG. It seeks to instill mass awareness on international food safety and cleanliness standards amongst local SMEs operating in the agriculture and fishery industry.

Covering enterprises and villages with family-size businesses and fishery entrepreneurs, the project will also promote understanding and catalyze the implementation of the basic requirements of international management standards and regulations such as ISO 22000, HACCP and UNEP Resource Efficiency Model.

The target SMEs will be introduced to the international supply chain model, the expectations of international buyers and the importance of improving the safety, hygiene and resource efficiency practices to protect the health of the local community and boost exports of agriculture and fishery products.

By participating in this PPP project, SMEs will be able to share their knowledge and create a valuable network to guarantee long-term success.

ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan represented ASSIST.#








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