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.





Energy audits led by ASSIST and ENPAP for ConservePhil

20 07 2012

In collaboration with members of Energy Efficiency Practitioners of the Philippines (ENPAP) (see photo of auditors above), ASSIST conducted eight energy audits in Metro Manila and Cebu last March 3 to June 17.

The energy audits are part of ConservePhil, a two-year public-private partnership (PPP) jointly implemented by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Improvement (ASSIST) and TUV Rheinland Philippines, in cooperation with GIZ, on behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It aims to support local retailers in achieving energy efficiency by benchmarking international standards and best practices.

The audits featured an assessment of energy data and an evaluation of the personnel’s practices. For the assessment, the auditors looked at such factors as operating hours of mechanical equipment, electricity bills and operational schedules.

ConservePhil’s efforts will culminate in an energy audit report which will be provided to the respective retailers and will foster the decision-makers’ understanding of the effects of employee practices and the existing operational equipment on energy consumption. In addition, the experts will provide the retailers with case-specific recommendation to support them in implementing energy-saving processes and/or equipment.

Participating retailers were: Automatic Center, Watch Republic, Premium Concepts, Royal Pictures, Regalong Pambahay, Penshoppe, Gaisano, Country Mall and Asia Temp Glass. Meanwhile, the implementing parties were represented by Projects and Grants Management Associate Marivic Mamaradlo, from ASSIST, and Richard Uy and Ramon Cruz, from ENPAP.

Twenty-two more energy audits will be conducted in different locations. #





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 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. #





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!