Sustainability Manager in the Shoe, Leather Goods and Textile Industry

The international Shoe Competence Center Pirmasens gGmbH (ISC Germany) in cooperation with the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCIC) of the
Palatinate offered the certified training for «Sustainability Manager in the Shoe, Leather Goods and Textile Industry» for the first time in 2018. Lecturers are
experts of the international sustainability consulting firm Consulting Service International Ltd. (CSI).

The objective of the extra occupational training is to enable participants for developing a sustainability strategy in the context of global trade and implementing efficient corporate social responsibility (CSR) structures within their own organizations being a manufacturer, brand or retailer.

The first training with nine participants was held at the ISC Germany for one week in March and April 2018 respectively. Dedicated trainers and engaged participants enjoyed the interactive training. Participants acquired fundamental knowledge for CSR and sustainability in their respective industry and learned how to implement strategic CSR and sustainability concerns into daily operations.

The first week focused on sustainability in the context of global manufacturing and operations. Insights and knowledge about important international conventions and regulations as well as legal framework conditions for social compliance, environmental protection and toxicology were gained. Relevant stakeholder initiatives and current media campaigns were analysed. Participants well understood sustainability issues and the responsibilities of a sustainability manager in their own operation as well as considering supply chain sustainability.

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Building upon gained knowledge during the first week of training, practical case studies allowed the participants to transfer their insights into daily operations during the second training week. Sustainability risks and possible solutions were analysed with special consideration of social compliance, environmental protection and toxicology. Based on case studies, participants discussed ideas and practical measures for implementing a sustainability strategy and the sustainable development of global supply chains.

Participants were enabled to analyse their own operations and supply chains thoroughly for developing effective sustainability solutions. Considerations are also given to important supply chain partners and material flows as a key aspect of global operations. Manufacturers, brands and retailers can therefore take a proactive approach to sustainability and drive strategic CSR activities.

After successfully passing a final exam, all participants received the certificate jointly issued by ISC Germany and GCIC.

New dates for a second training at ISC Germany are already set: 24.-28. of September and 22.-26. of October 2018. This training can also be delivered at different locations in English – please contact us for further information.

ISC International Shoe Competence Center Pirmasens gGmbH
Marie-Curie-Str. 20
66953 Pirmasens | Germany
Phone:  +49 6331 145334 -0

Feedback of participants:

„I gained deep insights into CSR and sustainability that is very applicable to my daily work and makes it easier to develop effective solutions. Many issues became clear and accessible. I also appreciate the many practical examples we were given by the trainers as well as the well-structured and relevant training material. “ (N. Deppe, Manager for CSR & Environment, WKS Textilveredelungs-GmbH)

„Comprehensive background information was particularly helpful to understand the context and impacts of different organizations and audit systems. The training was very beneficial despite pre-existing knowledge, and we can strongly recommend it to anybody who is interested in sustainability.” (S. Griesel and T. van Beek, Purchasing/Quality Assurance, Deichmann SE)


Article in German

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S.M. Knitwears gets sustainability certification from NKD

Supplier certification after successful sustainability project

S. M. Knitwears Ltd., a sister concern of S. M. Group which is a leading textile company in Bangladesh achieved a certificate for sustainability agenda project jointly conducted by a world-renowned buyer NKD and a third-party consulting firm CSI (Consulting Service Int’l Ltd). The project duration was for two years from February 2016 to January 2018. On behalf of Syed A.K. Anwaruzzaman, Managing Director of S. M. Knitwears Ltd., Sawpan Kumar Ghosh, Executive Director and A.K.M.S. Asaduzzaman, Asst. General Manager (HR & Compliance) received the certificate from Mali Stelzer, CSR Global Director of NKD on 16th January 2018. At the time of certificate distribution many high-profile officials of both organization NKD and S. M. Knitwears Ltd. were present.

NKD is the Germany based apparel fashion brand who is involved with S. M. Knitwears Ltd. since long time. They emphasized on sustainability project including social compliance & working conditions, environmental performance, and chemical management etc. with their Bangladeshi suppliers.

S. M. Knitwears Ltd. started their journey in the year 2001 at Shirirchala, Bhabanipur, Gazipur and continuing its operation smoothly without any interruption. Its annual turnover is US$ 80 million.

 Quelle: Textile Today


Bangladeshi Government and Business Delegation at PFI

Bangladeshi government & business delegation at PFI and ISC to discuss
establishment of successful leather industry technology and training centre in Bangladesh

A World Bank-led twelve-person delegation from Bangladesh, Washington D.C., and India visited the International Shoe Competence Center (ISC) and the Test and Research Institute (PFI) at Pirmasens.

 The objective of the visit by representatives of government, local leatherworking associations, and industry was to generate and gather ideas for setting up a modern leather industry technology and training centre in Bangladesh. At present, no successful technology and training centre such as that which has long been operating in Pirmasens is to be found anywhere in Bangladesh. The principal focus of the visit to ISC and PFI was therefore on training and on the demands nowadays placed on a competitive leather industry.

 A tour of the state-of-the-art PFI laboratories offering an enormous range of physical and chemical quality testing procedures for all kinds of leather articles met with great interest on the part of the participants. Two recognised experts, Dr. Ines Anderie and Dipl. Ing. Kai Tinschert, were on hand to answers questions and provide explanations.

 Dr. Joseph Strasser (Consulting Service International Ltd.) then gave a brief overview of the CADS Initiative and of the Quality Association for Sustainability of Footwear and Leather Goods, set up by the German Federal Association of the Footwear and Leather Goods Industry (HDS/L), which both aim to promote greater sustainability along the leather value chain.

 In conclusion, textile engineer Jutta Knels, PFI, presented an introduction to the new Leather Standard by OEKO-TEX® which considers not only aspects such as protection of consumers from harmful substances possibly present in leather but also future prospects and the measures necessary for sustainable production: Who is prepared to pay for quality, environmental protection, or social fairness? How can SMEs demonstrate their proactive conduct favouring greater sustainability on a global scale? How can it be explained to consumers that articles of lasting value, i.e. of high quality, come at a price that includes, the costs of environmental protection, industrial safety, training, and many more factors besides? How can reliability and partnership in the supply chain be rewarded and transparency between companies and consumers enhanced?

 The visitors will be able to take numerous ideas and valuable arguments for a training and technology centre from Pirmasens back to Bangladesh.

 Quelle: PFI Germany


AIA Case Analysis Competition

Participation in the Business Sustainability & Risk Management Case Analysis Competition 2017

The Association for International Accountants (AIA) Hong Kong branch was the host of the 2nd Business Sustainability & Risk Management Case Analysis. The competition was held with 18 participating universities and higher education institutions from Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China and took place at Serena Yang Lecture Theatre. The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) on Sunday, 23 April 2017.

Consulting Service International Ltd. (CSI) has again provided the case study and was part of the judging committee during the evaluation of written reports and the final case study presentation.

The competition and event aims at bringing sustainability issues into the education of young people and sharpen their understanding for sustainable development. In teams of two, 34 students assumed the role of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department and prepared a sustainability report using the data and information provided in the case study. The focus was on identifying sustainability risks and developing a strategy how to address these issues and mitigate negative impacts. After submitting the written case analysis report, students presented their risk assessment and sustainability strategy to a panel of judges.

Between 2011 and 2015, Asia Pacific has seen an increase in Sustainability Reporting from less than 50% to 79% amongst the world’s largest companies (N100 and G250). The region has taken a leading role in Sustainability Reporting before the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Africa (KPMG, 2016). Legislation and stock exchange requirements are contributing to this trend as CSR reporting has increasingly become mandatory.

CSR and sustainability reporting have become an important aspect of company’s risk management. Sustainability reporting furthermore enables organisations to review their performance, define targets and communicate transparently to stakeholders inside and outside the organisation.

We are proud to engage in the education of the next generation of business leaders and managers and congratulate all participants for their excellent work, especially the winning teams:

Champion The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    1st runner up The Open University of Hong Kong
    2nd runner up The Chinese University of Hong Kong

CSI will continue to support the AIA in this meaningful event and to engage with education institutions and partners in Asia.

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Article in Leather News India

Sustainability Development and New Requirments for India’s Leather Industrie

Both global brands and retailers and local manufacturers of leather and leather goods in India are facing increasing requirements to make products and production processes more sustainable. End consumers, e.g. in Europe and the USA, are demanding transparency about the origin of materials and inputs in leather footwear and leather goods. A growing number of consumers predicate their decision to purchase on whether these products have been produced under sustainable conditions. New stakeholder initiatives either carried by international non-governmental organisations, like Greenpeace Detox, or by a group of brands and retailers, such as Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) or the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have raised the bar for the industry to meet social and environmental standards.

This development is likely to translate into new regulations and enhanced legal requirements. By meeting these requirements pro-actively, India’s leather supply chain can gain a competitive advantage over other markets.

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Sustainability Reporting Diploma

Trainer of the Sustainability Reporting Diploma Programme 2017

Sustainability reporting is a process that can assist companies to respond effectively to stakeholders whilst providing a platform to manage economic, environmental, social and governance performance.

Since reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues has become mandatory for stock listed companies in Hong Kong and other Asian countries, there is a growing need for skills development.

Addressing this demand, The Association of International Accountants (AIA) - Hong Kong Branch and CSI, jointly organised the second Sustainability Reporting Diploma Programme in 2017.

The programme was held in Hong Kong to familiarise accountants, finance controllers, internal auditors, sustainability coordinators and corporate executives with the core requirements of the most widely used sustainability reporting standards.

During 4 half-day sessions, the programme focused on the theoretical background of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting. Indicators were linked to practical examples giving participants insight into best-practices and the approach that companies take towards sustainability reporting practices.

CSI is proud to engage with the AIA HK Branch in educational activities and support participants in developing skills for sustainability reporting. We thank all participants for their contributions during the programme and congratulate on the successful completion of the course.

CSI will continue to support the AIA in this meaningful work and engage with education institutions and partners in Asia.


Billige Mode

Die Leder-Produktion in Bangladesch stinkt bis zum Himmel

Kinderarbeit, Unfälle, Umweltschäden – Bangladeschs Modeindustrie hat einen schlechten Ruf. Während sich bei Textilien einiges ändert, entsteht Leder unter fürchterlichen Bedingungen. Ein Blick in die industrielle Hölle

Wenn jetzt jemand den Hebel umlegen würde, wäre der kleine Mahim sofort tot. Der übermannshohe Bottich, aus dessen Öffnung der Junge schaut, würde sich drehen, die Holzstreben im Innern würden ihn mitreißen. Hier in Hazaribagh, dem Gerberviertel in Bangladeschs Hauptstadt Dhaka, sterben Kinder so. Sie holen Leder nach dem Waschen oder Färben aus den Mixern, denn nur ihre kleinen Körper passen durch deren Luken. Das Leder, das Mahim eben aus der Trommel geworfen hat, ist hellblau – ein Hinweis auf die Behandlung mit Chromsulfat. Davon kann man Krebs bekommen.

Mahim ist neulich erst 13 Jahre alt geworden, im vergangenen Jahr kam er auf der Suche nach Arbeit mit seinem Onkel nach Dhaka. Die Armut hatte sie aus einem namenlosen Dorf weit im Norden hinein ins Elend der stinkenden Gerberei getrieben. Die Aussicht, hier jeden Tag ein wenig Geld zu verdienen, kleidet die ebenso alltägliche Gefahr, in den Arbeitsbedingungen hier sein Leben zu lassen, in einen Kokon des Ungefähren.  Full Article (German Wirtschaftswoche)


Ein Tag in der Textilfabrik

München - Die tz hat gemeinsam mit UNICEF eine Spendenaktion für Bangladesch gestartet:
Ein Tag in der Textilfabrik zeigt, dass es auch dort faire Arbeitsplätze gibt.

Es war klar, dass uns hier weder schlimmste Zustände, gekrümmte Kinderrücken oder sonstige Horrorbilder aus der Textilindustrie erwarten würden. Aber was dann? Schließlich sind wir nach wie vor in Bangladesch. Und auch das Unternehmen eines Friedensnobelpreisträgers muss  Geldverdienen. Sonst können weder Löhne gezahlt noch soziale Projekte finanziert werden.

Grameen Knitwear Ltd. ist eine Fabrik, bei der derzeit 2480 Näherinnen und Arbeiter in verschiedensten Arbeitszeitmodellen angestellt sind. Rund 1000 Nähmaschinen stehen im ersten Stock der Halle des Flachdach- Gebäudes. Es surrt hier wahrscheinlich wie in jeder anderen Fabrik auch. Die Frauen tragen zum Teil Hauben, viele haben sich aus Stoffresten einen Mundschutz gemacht, um sich vor dem Staub zu schützen. Überall hängen große Plakte mit Sicherheitshinweisen, rote Eimer und Feuerlöscher an jedem Ausgang, damit im Brandfall schnell gehandelt werden kann.

Seit 1999 wird bei Grameen in der Sonderwirtschaftszone im Außenbezirk von Dhaka produziert. Am Anfang lief das Geschäft schleppend. Soziale Bedingungen für die Mitarbeiter, faire Löhne, faire Arbeitszeiten, hochwertige Produkte – wie sollten mit diesem Konzept die Auftragsbücher gefüllt werden, wo es doch nebenan alles billiger gab? Full Article  (German tz)