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.





4th Annual Merck Safety Summit features ASSIST

21 06 2012


Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) joined the 4th Annual Merck Safety Summit, held June 1 at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, Philippines, along with representatives from private companies, hospitals, academia, governmental agencies and NGOs.

The event summoned more than 500 participants in order to raise awareness towards the importance of safe handling of chemical waste and, in a broader context, of waste management.

It featured several Plenary Sessions led by distinguished experts in this field, such as Dr. Ulrich Billerbeck, Director and Safety Engineer from Merck Germany, who opened the session with a keynote speech on “Waste Management with Safe Handling of Chemicals”.

Other speakers include Dr. Rosalinda Torres, from the Industrial Technology Development Institute, Ms. Valeriana G. Reyes from the World Safety Organization and Mr. Ariel Entico, from Envirocare, who provided insights into their experiences and expertise.
ASSIST Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan delivered a presentation on ASSIST’s toolkit on Responsible Production (RP) and elaborated on the RP Framework Model, thereby helping disseminate UNEP’s RP Approach to industries, local authorities, technical institutions, trainers and the academe.

The Summit also featured several booths, designed as venues of exchange for key stakeholders and experts in the field of waste management. As one of the organizations granted this honor, ASSIST used the designated space to introduce the attendees into its PRE-SME and RP Toolkits.#





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. #





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!





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. #