CONSERV holds buy-in workshop for Puma’s Footwear Division

23 05 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan and Puma’s Global Director for SAFE Supply Chain Dr. Reiner Hengstmann, led the Technical Assistance Buy-in Workshop for the Footwear Division under the CONSERV Project last May 11, 2012 in Long An, Vietnam.

CONSERV, or Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam, 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.

Forty-two representatives from Puma’s footwear supply chain attended the workshop, whose highlights include Dr. Hengstmann’s presentation on the environmental profit and loss as a strategic and decision-making tool, Sreeni’s discussion of the Site Assessment and Technical Assistance Program of the CONSERV Project, and Project Consultant Tran Van Nhan’s introduction to the Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) model.

After the workshop, CONSERV intends to hold a Site Assessment series for a total of 16 Puma suppliers.

ASSIST Project Manager Vy Truong and Puma Representative Edel Anit helped organize the event. #


ASSIST visits EMPOWERing LGU stakeholders and local partners

17 05 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) representatives met with seven local government unit (LGU) stakeholders in Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao and two local partners during the Project EMPOWERing visit last May 10 to 12, 2012.

The visit was conducted to collect and document initial data and information for the case studies covering different LGUs in Misamis Oriental: Cagayan de Oro City, Laguindingan, El Salvador, Opol, Togolan, Jasaan, and Medina.

On May 10, ASSIST held a luncheon meeting with the CDO Project Team, Xavier University, Department of Interior and Local Government Region 10, and STEAG, one of the funders of the project.

The next two days featured the visit to the LGUs, who were provided information on the following areas: brief socio-economic profile of their localities, project composition team; status of the project implementation; initial benefits of the project; challenges encountered and initial lessons learned; and plan to sustain the project after the PPP project.

ASSIST Partnership and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson, Services Manager Matthias Wichmann and Projects and Grants Management Associate Marivic Mamaradlo joined the visit.

Project EMPOWERing: or Project Enhanced Monitoring System on Poverty Watch for a more Effective and Responsive Approach in Governance is a PPP project jointly funded by DEG and STEAG and implemented by Xavier University, Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network Coordinating Team, DILG and ASSIST.  The project has been running since October 2011.

EMPOWERing focuses on updating the database and information system of the Planning Offices of Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental.

The remaining 6 municipalities served as pilot communities for the implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), a tool of strategic importance to the industrialization and eco-tourism potential of Northern Mindanao. #

CONSERV holds ToT on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production

11 05 2012

CONSERV (Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam), a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project implemented by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) held three Training of Trainer (ToT) Workshops last April 9-11, 12-14 and 16-18.

Conducted to help the Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) team in factories understand the basic concept of RECP and PDCA methodology, the training sessions also focused on techniques to save energy, water, and manage waste and hazardous chemical safety. They were led by Senior Cleaner Production Expert Dinh Manh Thang, Cleaner Production Expert Nguyen Le Hang and Tran Duc Chung, along with Puma Project Manager Edel Enit and Hongkong-based Sustainability Manager Sonja Gottschlich.

Covered by the program were the three different divisions of Textile, Garments and Leather industry: Footwear, Accessories and Apparel. Aside from the traditional knowledge transfer, the training program also incorporates experience-sharing, case study and field trip to the factories on the third day. This way, the trainees found opportunities for applying their knowledge in finding potential improvements. After working in groups, they presented their findings and possible solutions for the case study, teaching them how to do the internal audit at their own factories.

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 while contributing to sustainable development in the country. #

ASSIST facilitates the GREEN IT and CDSS Training Program

10 05 2012

As part of the SHIFT Indonesia Project, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Project and Grants Management Unit led the GREEN IT and Certified Data Security Specialist (CDSS) Training Program in Bandung, Indonesia last April 16 and April 17-19, respectively.


Information Technology (IT) specialists from Telkom subsidiaries participated in the two training programs. The attendees were selected from the earlier 3-day technical training program on ISMS and PCI DSS to ensure that they already have sufficient background and technical experience needed for implementing the standards and conduct echo trainings.

At the first event, participants were introduced to the concept of the Green IT as well as the business benefits of adopting it as a strategy. The CDSS Training Program, on the other hand, provided the participants with knowledge on how to develop and certify local trainers on data security, emphasizing on competency enhancement of IT professionals on requirements for complying with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS standards.

Moreover, Mr. Kamesh Ganeson, ASSIST’s Partnerships and Network Management served as the speaker for the Green IT event while Ms. Daksha Malli, Team Leader for Compliance, Institute for Information Security (IIS) led the discussion on the CDSS Training Program.

In the long run, the CDSS training program aims to enhance the sustainability of the

SHIFT Indonesia project by developing local capacity on international standards on information security.

Meanwhile, the Green IT training is an additional training (not part of commitments / project indicators) introduced by ASSIST and PT TUV Rheinland Indonesia to introduce the latest initiatives on making IT industries environmentally-responsible.

The two trainings wrap up the activities for the Project SHIFT Indonesia. In May, the project leaders are planning to hold the Best Practice Forum.

SHIFT Indonesia is a PPP that aims to qualify and ensure compliance of merchants and other service providers with international security standards, norms and procedures, especially PCI DSS and ISO 27001.

The initiative is supported by German development bank DEG. #

ASSIST takes part in ADB Annual Meeting Solutions Market

9 05 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is proud to have taken part in the Solutions Market: Innovative Ideas for Inclusive Growth, a program for the Civil Society Organizations that attended the 45th Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Governors’ Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila last May 2 to 5, 2012.

ASSIST is among the organizers of the event that gathered dozens of NGOs and other representatives of civil society organizations interested in learning about innovation in development work.

The Solutions Market program aimed to 1) showcase the important role CSOs play in sustainable development and the wealth of knowledge held by CSOs, (2) provide a venue for the generation and sharing of ideas and catalyze new partnerships the AM attendees and CSOs (3) promote participation to support the AM  theme: Inclusive growth through Better Governance and Partnerships

The day-long program was hosted by broadcast journalist Karen Davila and graced by Senators Francis Escudero and Richard Gordon, who spoke on inspiring leadership and youth, and innovation in campaigns, respectively. Several NGOs, including Gifts and Graces, VSO Bahaginan, MyShelter Foundation and the Sesame Workshop also presented about their efforts in introducing new solutions in their organization.#

ASSIST Group Associates Mara Gonzales and Mahnaz Zanganeh helped launch the activity.


ADB NGOC-ASSIST Click Photo Contest winners announced

4 05 2012

The ADB NGO and Civil Society Center and the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) are pleased to announce the winners of Click: Capturing Images of Inclusive Growth a photo contest launched in partnership with the ADB NGO and Civil Society Center for the 45th Annual Meeting at PICC.

Professional Category:

First Place: Joel C. Forte
Second Place: Dani Pozo
Third Place: Pansiri Pikunkaew

Amateur Category

First Place: Soni Ramesh
Second Place: Partha Pratim Saha
Third Place: Michel Lagueux

Popularity Contest:
Professional Category: Dani Pozo
Amateur Category: Mukherjee Sandipan

View the photos here.