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WHO IS CSI LTD.

Consulting Service International Ltd. (CSI) was founded in Hong Kong in 2005. One year later, we opened our liaison office in Dhaka, Bangladesh to cater the dynamics in the textile, footwear and leather goods industry. Apart from our presence in Asia, CSI is also represented by consultants in Berlin, Germany and Lisbon, Portugal.

Our international team of consultants supports clients from the private and public sector with sustainable developments in the textile and leather industry. We are working in all major production markets of the Global South and Europe. Currently, projects are run in more than 7 countries, including China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ukraine.

Our international, multilingual team combines vast experience in the field of sustainability management and the application of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies, sharing a genuine interest in the challenges we undertake on our clients’ behalf.

MEET OUR TEAM

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success
Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability
Karl Borgschulze

Managing Director

With more than 30 years of experience in the direct field with factories, tanneries and dye manufacturers in the important procurement markets, Karl has a comprehensive expertise in the optimisation of value chains and international sustainability management and is in charge of the strategic alignment of CSI. Due to his well-founded industry knowledge and global commitment, Karl has an extensive network of international NGOs, companies, government institutions and media circles. Against this background he has increasingly focused on the development of industry solutions in recent years.

Miriam Oehler

Director

Miriam has more than 10 years of experience in the textile and garment industry. She has worked on all stages of global supply chains and is specialised in supply chain management, social compliance and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Her in-depth understanding of sustainability issues enables her to develop strategic solutions and design projects accordingly. Miriam has studied in Germany, UK and Thailand and holds a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Asian Institute of Technology.


Saniya Nasir

Communications Manager

Saniya holds a B.A (hons) in International Relations & Development from the University of Sussex in the UK. She has previously worked as an intern at the World Trade Organisation where she focused on the challenges in the growth of E-commerce in Pakistan. She has also worked with GIZ International Water Stewardship Programme and then in the Labour Standards Programme as a managing assistant and a consultant. She worked closely with the Labour & Human Resource Department and has experience of arranging Change Management

Max Gilgenmann

Consultant

Max studied Politics, Media and History in Germany as well as Fashion Design in England and Hong Kong. He is very experienced as consultant and director of fairs and events with a broad international network. As part of the CSI Team, Max is responsible for projects in Germany and Bangladesh with a focus on sustainable development and dialogue in textile chains.


Hayley Kiesthardt-Wong

Consultant

Hayley has been a lead consultant for several projects focusing on sustainability in the supply chain. She has been stationed in China for several years and has a good understanding of the Chinese business environment. Due to her previous employment with a trading firm in Hong Kong she has attained a sound understanding of the textile and garment industry including process management. During her years with CSI she has been responsible for numerous projects involving social standards training and supplier qualification programmes for CSI’s customers.

Simone

Consultant

Simone is pursuing her bachelor’s in Global Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and joined us as an intern in 2019. She is fluent in German, English, Spanish and is learning Mandarin and Cantonese. Besides supporting our communications and marketing, she uses her insight to understand the environmental impact of the global fashion industry for her bachelor thesis


Joseph Strasser

Consultant

Joseph holds a PhD in economic geography from the Humboldt University Berlin. His research experience in global value chains and his knowledge of Bangladesh’s leather industry are instrumental in designing systemic sustainability strategies. The background in economic geography and practical experience in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Eastern Europe, enable Joseph to understand complex supply chains and stakeholder settings and devise adequate sustainability solutions.

Lukas Rebentisch

Consultant

Lukas holds a Master Degree in Social and Economic Geography from the University of Hannover in Germany. His research involved Corporate Social Responsibility and Development Studies. Lukas has over five years of experience in Asia and within commodity trade, food production and supply chain management, which enable him to act as a cross cultural communicator for sustainability in various fields. Lukas is also experienced in product safety requirements and market entry demands concerning food and consumer goods.


Nasim Ahmend Mazumder

Consultant

After attaining his Honours and Master’s degree in Social Science from Chittagong University, Nasim started his career with one Bangladesh’s renowned multinational companies and worked on human resource management and social compliance issues with retailers such as Nike and Timberland. Nasim is specialised in conducting qualification programmes, audits, trainings and workshops on different social standards. He is also a WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) accredited consultant as well as a certified Lead Auditor on EHS Management System (based on ISO 14001: 2004/ BS OHSAS 18001: 2007).

Assadul Hassan

Consultant

Hassan possesses an Honour degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. He worked in social and compliance related department for both, domestic and international, retailers and has a comprehensive knowledge about production and merchandising of home textiles in Asian countries. Hassan is very experienced in conducting audits, qualification programmes, code of conduct checks, carbon footprint benchmarking and sustainable products. He is a certified SA8000 basic auditor as well as a certified Environmental Management and Governance consultant and qualified GRI Sustainability reporting trainer.


Raymond Rozario

Consultant

Raymond holds a degree on Business Administration Major in Accounting & Finance from the American International University Bangladesh. Before he joined the CSI team, he had worked in various international companies on Data Management & Marketing for American and Canadian clients. Raymond is very experienced in conducting numerous research & reports on general & critical business issues and attended fire safety workshops. In the Bangladesh office he responsible for accounting, administration and social projects.

OUR SERVICES

Meeting the needs of our clients and supporting their sustainability endeavours is our priority. To do so, we are where our clients are! Our highly flexible team and workplaces enable us to always be in situ, avoiding stringent company structures.

Our culture is open-minded, we approach topics and challenges unbiased and foster the self-responsibility and self-initiative of our own people and the people we work with.

The CSI team combines a unique skill set of business engineering and economy, economic geography and social science, which allow us to approach common sustainability challenges from new angels and find flexible, practical solutions.

All our employees and partners speak local languages such as Bengali, Urdu or Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), which are critical to provide customised services in the markets where we operate. In addition, our daily business languages include English and German in full professional proficiency.

Every organisation we engage with is unique. Although there are common challenges, each situation requires a tailor-made approach. As there is no one size fits all solution towards sustainable industry development, all our projects and services are customised towards individual framework conditions and needs.

Experience has shown that occasional factory audits fall short on initiating continuous development processes. Therefore, we developed the so called “applied CSR” approach. Focussing on management processes, we support our partners with the development of the fundamental sustainability management system. This enables factories to manage sustainability and continuous development independently and self-reliant..

Social Compliance

With a comprehensive understanding of sustainable management, we help to balance the main assets of your business: people, process, profits and planet at home and along the supply chain.

With frequent attacks on a company’s reputation, brand and image, risk assessment strategies are increasingly a driver for sustainable reform. We believe that good working conditions and social compliance are the key success factor for any supplier. In most international markets, a lack of social is a significant risk for business continuity. On the other hand, good working conditions will enable the manufacturing industry to reduce workers’ turnover and absenteeism and subsequently increase the workers’ skills.

CSI supports companies in establishing sustainable programmes aimed at ensuring social responsibility in the supply chain. While all projects are tailor-made, the starting point is usually an assessment of a supplier’s performance and management system based on social standards such as BSCI, ETI and SA8000.

The assessment is followed by a holistic facility qualification. The target of the measures is the supplier’s management system on all levels of the hierarchy, from workers to the top-management/ owners.

The large knowledge and experience of our team provides us with the ability to develop various workshops and trainings.

We engage mainly in two types of projects.

1- In-depth qualifications of a small number of suppliers to create best practice examples for the entire supplier base and supply chain. It can vary between 6 months and 24 months.

2- Large-scale supplier pool monitoring focused on a set of topics that are of current strategic importance. The supplier pool monitoring is mainly utilised for risk management purposes. We utilise our renowned Social Quick Scan for these types of projects, a brief, yet comprehensive and integrated approach to the assessment of social standards and the development potential of the supplier.

Environmental Performance

The environmental impact of the global manufacturing industries become increasingly important for manufacturing markets, consumers, governments and the civil society. Companies who follow a pro-active approach can gain a competitive advantage and improve their internal and external communication.

Experience also shows that there is very high potential in the global manufacturing industries of textile and leather products for reducing consumption of resources like water, electricity and fuel and thus reduce their environmental impact as well as operating costs.

Environmental Performance assessment
Many manufacturing facilities contain large improvement potentials but fail to identify and realise them. Our experienced consultants assess both the current environmental performance and the management system to provide the facilities with the neutral view of a third-party organisation.

Environmental Management System qualification
Our approach to improve the environmental performance of the facilities is based on a range of qualification measures such as workshops and on-site consulting. Thereby, a set of management tools and principles is implemented, designed to guide the allocation of resources, assignment of responsibilities and ongoing self-evaluation.

WWF’s Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP).
CSI is accredited by the WWF Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP), enabling us to provide organisations with a measurement of effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions and equip them with best practice in greenhouse gas management.

Chemical Management

The detox of global manufacturing processes and elimination of hazardous substances has become a major concern for the textile and footwear industry.

CSI cooperates with manufacturers, brands and retailers alike to develop solutions, focussing on sound chemical management.

Our services range from awareness raising and the impart of knowledge, over chemical management system audits, to the ultimate implementation of necessary management procedures on the ground.

Drawing on the applied CSR approach, partners are enabled to meet latest requirements, increase efficiencies and gain a competitive advantage.

TESTIMONIALS

Mali Stelzer

NKD Service GmbH

“We are already engaged in a long-term sustainability project with CSI Ltd. for the second time and are glad to have such a competent and flexible partner in Dhaka. Together with their highly motivated, experienced and knowledgeable team, we are able to achieve our objectives and initiate sustainable development processes with our valued suppliers. We are looking forward to continue our cooperation and achieve feasible change together!”

Christof Bär

Bär GmbH

“At the end of our 2 years intensive project we can say that CSI has been a great support in all details of the audits and trainings. With excellent expertise in project management regarding all aspects of qualification, social and compliance issues as well as environmental matters. The motivated team has been always available wherever required to establish structures, work on difficult corrections and finally lead to a successful project finalisation. We thank CSI and would cooperate again in related projects.”

Jonathan Lee

Xingtai Jeans Factory

“In the year 2010 one of our key customers from Europe commissioned CSI to conduct a comprehensive qualification programme at our factory. The one-year programme aimed at the independent management of social compliance and customer requirements in our facility. Thanks to the hands-on advice and in-depth knowledge of CSI, we could overcome gaps, improve our internal management system and procedures, and achieved much better management-worker-relationship.”


PROJECTS

Sustainability Project in Pakistan

Pakistan is well-known for their deep-seated tradition in the textile and garment manufacturing. Thanks to high quality standards of cotton and competitive production costs, Pakistan is an important sourcing market for textiles and garments. Vertically integrated factories provide opportunities to engage with major parts of the supply chain and enhance key aspects, such as social compliance, environmental performance and chemical management.

During a 24-months qualification programme commissioned by an international sourcing agent, CSI engaged intensively with three major garment and home textile manufacturers from Faisalabad and Karachi. The programme focused on implementing challenging international standards for social compliance, environmental performance and chemical management.

Participants could realise efficiencies while manufacturing goods in accordance with latest requirements from stakeholder initiatives, such as the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the Greenpeace Detox campaign or the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC).

In addition, the project allowed the sourcing agent to substantially enhance supply chain transparency, to deepen their cooperation with these strategic suppliers while supporting sustainable development of manufacturing processes.

CSI experts regularly visited participating factories to implement the qualification programme including workshops, practical on-the-job training, as well as process analyses and optimisations together with the factory project teams.

Starting from an initial baseline assessment, individual qualification plans were developed to leverage the strengths of each participant for overcoming weaknesses and developing capacity for adhering to highest international standards, enhancing quality and improving efficiencies. Selected achievements include:

Process optimisation
- Process and quality optimisation measures
Energy efficiency measures, e.g. improved insulation of steam pipes and valves, installation of LED lights, energy saving motors, installation of motion sensors, reuse of condensed water (air conditioners and cooling water), water efficient dyeing and bleaching processes etc.
Measures lead to sewing line efficiency increase by 17%; defect rate decrease by 11%, absenteeism and workers turnover decrease by 22% and 13% respectively; decrease in water consumption by 23,2%; decrease in energy consumption/ piece of up to 46% etc.

Social compliance and environmental performance management
Implementation of corrective action plans with a completion rate of over 94% on average
Development of internal training and development systems including the training of 25 internal trainers, increasing the internal training rate of employees by 20% on average
Establishment of an internal auditing system for social and environmental compliance including the training of 50 internal auditors to manage compliance independently

Chemical management
Establishment of chemical inventories and evaluation of compliance with ZDHC/ Detox requirements
Development of substitution plans for non-compliant substances
Sludge and waste water analysis for verification of compliance with requirements

Through engagement with a local association, awareness amongst leaders of Pakistan’s textile and garment industry for social compliance, environmental performance and latest requirements from new stakeholder initiatives was raised. The programme also established the cooperation between an industry related university and participating factories, providing students with practical insights into the industry during their education.

All factories significantly improved their performance in the areas of social and environmental compliance, as well as chemical management. Measures were incorporated in optimised procedures and will be maintained by each factory in the future. The sourcing agent also enhanced knowledge and capacity of the social compliance team, which allows for multiplication with other suppliers in the future. Finally, the relationship between the sourcing agent and suppliers is stronger than before and turned into a cooperative partnership.

PARTNERS AND COOPERATION

WORKERS VOICE

Workers’ Voice 2016

The Working Conditions in Bangladesh’s RMG Industry after Rana Plaza

The Workers’ Voice Report 2016 represents the collaboration of two organisations sharing a common vision of pushing Bangladesh’s Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry towards more sustainability. Awaj Foundation, a local NGO dedicated to fighting for labour rights, and Consulting Service International (CSI) Ltd., a Hong Kong based consultancy with long-term experience in advising international brands and retailers on introducing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in their supply chain, are pleased to present the third edition of the Workers’ Voice Report.

After the previous reports, reactions from other organisations encouraged us to initiate a long-term project that seeks to determine trends within the RMG sector and the direction it is heading to. Progress and changes relating to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), working hours, education or exposure to abusive behaviour in the RMG industry, amongst other indicators, will be analysed over the course of the time.

The main objective of the Workers’ Voice Report 2016 is to raise awareness of the working conditions in Bangladesh’s RMG industry. After the disastrous collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013, it is all the more important to take stock of the latest developments and see the industry through the lens of the workers, giving them a voice.

More than a thousand workers were interviewed between November 2015 and March 2016 by the staff of Awaj Foundation. Selected indicators provide insight into the living and working conditions of the garment workers interviewed. Workers’ Voice is meant to counter the continuously soaring export earnings of a thriving economic sector with the workers’ perceptions of their industry, their aspirations and their motivation to continue enduring often unacceptable working conditions.

Full Report

Workers’ Voice 2014

Update on Implementation of the New Wage Structure in Bangladesh’s RMG Industry

The Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24, 2013 drew the world’s attention to the RMG industry in Bangladesh. Global media outlets, international stakeholders and human rights groups, but also worker rights and human rights groups inside Bangladesh, increased their pressure, demanding change and improvement in the country’s largest industry. One of the consequences of the disaster and the subsequent increase of tension and unrest was the government’s decision to increase the legal minimum wage for RMG workers, which had not been adjusted since 2010, despite strong increases of basic living costs and high inflation rates.

On December 5, 2013, the government of Bangladesh issued the “Gazette on Minimum Wages 2013”, which defines a new wage structure for the RMG industry with an increase of gross monthly minimum wage from BDT 3,000 to BDT 5,300 (77%). The new wage structure was put into effect legally on January 1, 2014.

Concerns remain, however, in regard to the implementation of the new wage structure in Bangladesh’s RMG industry. Stakeholders, human rights and worker rights groups claim that the RMG sector has so far not succeeded in fully implementing the new wage structure. Statements in regard to the share of factories that have implemented the new wage structure vary from 87% (according to employer organization BGMEA) and 40% (according to local trade unions).

This report presents an analysis based on interviews with 215 RMG workers from 83 different factories in Dhaka District. The interviews were taken in the months May and June 2014 by staff of the AWAJ Foundation. Aim of the analysis was to provide a preliminary evaluation of the current status in regard to implementation of the new wage structure and earning situation of the workers in general.

Full Report


Workers’ Voice 2013

Insight into Life and Livelihood of Bangladesh’s RMG Workers

The first Workers’ Voice report is the direct result of a large-scale survey based on individual face-to-face interviews with over 1,200 Bangladeshi garment workers from more than 250 different factories. The interviews were conducted between June 2012 and April 2013 by the staff of AWAJ Foundation.

This survey is unique, both because of its size in respect to participants as well as its scope in regard to subject matter. In contrast to many other research projects in this field, Workers’ Voice does not limit itself to a specific aspect but takes a comprehensive approach. It attempts to establish a kaleidoscopic insight into the life of garment workers, those who are the pulse of this important and thriving industry. Workers’ Voice recognizes the worker as a human being and not merely as a necessary element of the RMG production process. Therefore, much space was provided within the survey to capture the workers’ perceptions, feelings, plans and aspirations.

Workers’ Voice represents the collaboration of three different organizations connected by their commitment to facilitate the development of a just and sustainable RMG industry in Bangladesh. Workers’ Voice is a true multi-stakeholder endeavour comprising a Bangladeshi NGO dedicated to the fight for workers’ rights, a local think-tank and watchdog of Bangladesh’s labour issues, and a Hong Kong based CSR consultancy with many years of experience in the global apparel business.

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Workers’ Voice 2011

Living Wages in the RMG Sector

With Bangladesh' garment industry earning 80% of the country's total imports, the living wage of this industry's workers has been the focal point of an ongoing and heated debate. The many clashes that have occurred between angry workers and factory owners from 2006 until present, reiterate the fact that the new minimum wage set at BDT 3,000 per month still does not allow for a minimum standard life. In the RMG sector there are many different opinions about what the minimum living wage should be, while none are universally accepted. Therefore, this report investigates whether Bangladesh' present minimum wage is sufficient for garment workers to lead a minimum standard life. The actual amount will vary across the country, from place to place, as a living wage considers what is sufficient to fulfil the minimum basic demands of life.

In doing so, four different calculations were applied to five different areas in Bangladesh in order to calculate the living wage, including the internationally accepted Social Accountability International (SAI) standard. Additionally, basic costs such as food-, home rent-, medical-, minimum-, education- and other necessary expenses were taken into account, through survey questionnaires. Based on these four calculation methods, quite a large variation was identified in the appropriate living wages in the different areas. The lowest figure was identified in the Rangpur area where a living wage of BDT 4,433 is necessary. This is approximately 45% lower than that of Dhaka, where the highest living wage of BDT 8,114 was identified. The second highest living wage levels calculated are in Chittagong, while greater Dhaka (Narayanganj) had the lowest assessed living wage level

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Workers’ Voice 2010

An Analysis of 1000 Interviews with Workers in Bangladesh

Production practices in Bangladesh and therefore also European textile companies are constantly facing public criticism. Working conditions within the supply chain are criticised. Arguments range from underpayment, child labour and discrimination to poor living and working conditions.

Over the last couple of years, Bangladesh has developed as a major site of the world's textile production. Agriculture and the ever-growing textile industry have begun to form the core employment sectors. However, Bangladesh is still one of the poorest developing countries in the world. According to the United Nation's Human Development Report 2010, Bangladesh is ranked 129th out of 169 countries worldwide. Every year, thousands of rural residents move into the area of the mega-city of Dhaka. Dhaka is already home to around 13 million people and according to United Nations projections, the city will have almost 17 million inhabitants in 2015. The increasing formation of slums is only one consequence. Approximately 40 percent of the city's population lives in slums. But the prospect of work continues to attract rural workers.

But how do the workers view their own situation? And what problems and needs do they express? Many of the claims and arguments in the dispute between stakeholders, media, NGOs and business are based on western values and a western world view. What is really important to the people in Bangladesh? And how do they really live in Dhaka? To obtain answers to those questions is not easy. Many adults, especially women, are illiterate. Official information can be obtained from few and not often credible sources. Trade unions and/ or organizations do not have access to this type of information.

This report is the result of a six-month survey of workers from the textile industry in Dhaka, Bangladesh. These results are unprecedented in their scope and their focus. Almost 1,000 workers were interviewed and a total of 30 questions answered about their person and their living and working conditions. The workers that were interviewed are not from one particular factory, but from various production sites. The focus of this survey is to gain deeper insights into the general living and working environment of the textile workers.

Full Report

NEWS

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

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

ISC International Shoe Competence Center Pirmasens gGmbH
Marie-Curie-Str. 20
66953 Pirmasens | Germany
Phone: +49 6331 145334 -0
Email: info@isc-germany.com

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

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.


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.


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

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

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)

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