CONSERV holds 2nd Sharing Forum

9 11 2012

CONSERV (Conservation of Environment Resources in Vietnam), a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project implemented by Puma and the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation – ASSIST held its second Sharing Forum last October 15, 2012.

The forum is a quarterly event conducted to encourage Puma suppliers to share their experiences while applying Cleaner Production techniques into their factories.

CONSERV invited guest speaker Kamesh Ganeson, Partnership and Network Management Director of ASSIST to discuss how to make an effective RECP plan and Internal Quality Audit.

Kamesh possesses 25 years of quality engineering and management experience. He has facilitated trainings in over 50 topics, which include Six Sigma Methodologies, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Environmental Management, Energy Management, 7QC tools, and has personally trained around 1,500 professionals in the last 15 years.

Two suppliers – Alliance One and Jia Hsin – presented their plans to the forum among 34 participants from total 19 suppliers. This was followed by an open discussion also featuring recommendations from Kamesh and Technical Consultant Mr. Dinh Manh Thang.

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.

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SAFE Cambodia ends with a Best Practice Forum

24 08 2012

The Structured Program to Achieve Food Safety Excellence in Cambodia (SAFE Cambodia)  initiative culminated with a Best Practice Forum held August 3, 2012 in Phnom Penh.

SAFE Cambodia is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative implemented by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) along with 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. The target SMEs were 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.

Through the forum, the Project Team hoped to gather lessons learned by pilot factories during the in-house technical assistance phase of the initiative.

TUV Rheinland Cambodia CEO Alexandra Herbel welcomed the participants, while ASSIST Project Manager Vy Truong presented a Project Overview and a quick report on the deliverables. Then, Yea Bunna of the National Productivity Center of Cambodia discussed the current situation of food safety in the country, and the challenges it faces in implementing the standards. Three best-performing pilot companies were also selected to share their experiences: The Fair Manufacturing Company (FMC), Men Sarun and Phnom Meas Association.

Finally, Project Consultant Odette Mangaban facilitated the open discussion among SMEs and provided advice on the implementation of food safety standards, especially how to keep the good practices after the project completion. In the afternoon, the Project Team arranged a tour for all participants to witness the FMC and Men Sarun on-site improvements in their factories, taking into account the project recommendations.

Thirty (30) SMEs from the food industry were represented in the event.#





SHARE Project gathers stakeholders in Cambodia

18 07 2012


SHARE (Sustainable, Hygenic, and Resource Efficiency for Cambodians) held its first Multi-stakeholder Discussion in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodiana Hotel and Somadevi Angkor, respectively last June 28 and 29, 2012.

Through the activity, project partners Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Mekong and BAYER Material Science (Thailand, Cambodia), aimed to comprehensively review the current scenarios in agro- and seafood drying industries.

Bayer presented an overview of the advanced solar greenhouse dryer concept. From these initial discussions, gaps, needs, challenges and opportunities were brought forward to guide project implementation.

SHARE is an 18-month initiative that seeks to promote a dramatic improvement on the practice of drying agricultural produce and seafood by installing pilot solar dryers. This project will also increase the local technical know-how and attract and motivate other relevant stakeholders to engage in the venture.

Bayer Thai Company Ltd Managing Director Celina Chew welcomed the participants, while Dr. Meas Pyseth from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries presented the importance of solar dryer in Cambodia. Bayer Thai General Manager Veeralakshmanan Bagavathi then introduced the project mechanics. Finally, Silpakorn University Associate Professor presented the history of solar dryer technology and how it reduced the post-harvest loss in Thailand.

Following the activity, the project implementers will select four  interest cooperatives and communities to install the solar dryers. One will be installed in Royal University of Agriculture. #





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. #





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. #





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 pilot training on Green Building for IFC

11 01 2012

Nineteen architects convened in Ho Chi Minh City’s Energy Conservation Center (ECC) last December 17 to 20, 2011 for the Green Building pilot training of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) under the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) initiative Energy Efficiency Training Product and Trainer Development.

The event sought to develop the learning materials that can be used by Vietnam-based builders in designing Green structures. With content focused on green buildings, it is hoped that the material will spread environmental consciousness among policymakers, academe, and members of the infrastructure and construction industries.

For this endeavor, ASSIST serves as consultant and project management.

A member of the World Bank Group, IFC is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. Its Green Building training initiative is aligned with one of its strategic priorities, “Addressing climate change and ensuring environmental and social sustainability.”#