Keen on participating in educating teenagers and young adults about green jobs in the future? The CSCP now invites proposals for suitable camp locations in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

“BOOM – Berufsorientierung und grüne Jobs mal anders” (career orientation and green jobs with a new perspective) are 5 day summer camps for teenagers and young adults. Participants in these camps explore future jobs in the fields of “daily consumption and product design”, “energy and mobility”, “building and housing” and “food and agriculture”.

To organise these orientation camps, there is a requirement for accommodation and catering for a group of approximately 50 people. The CSCP invites you to send in your proposals for camp locations in NRW from 2020 – 2022. To know more details about the specific requirements of the camp locations and camp dates, please download the tender (in German) here.

In the BOOM holiday camps, participants will experience societal trends and challenges, such as digitalization, changing consumption trends or new work and reflect on how these trends affect their own lifestyles and future work. Using different creative workshop formats, such as design-thinking, personas and role-play, the CSCP will facilitate a journey to the future, where the participants can explore sustainability aspects along the value chain and understand the interlinkages between sectors and professions.

Along the guiding principle “every job is green” the participants of the BOOM holiday camps will start to understand sustainability as a key aspect in every profession and as an opportunity in their own career pathways.

Project partners for this project are Provadis GmbH and Sportjugend Hessen e.V. The BOOM holiday camp project will run for four years and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

According to European Union (EU) figures, net savings of 600 billion euros or 8 percent of the annual turnover of companies in the EU could be achieved through waste prevention, eco-design, reuse and other similar measures. For innovative companies, there are huge growth markets that are emerging through the process of the transformation towards a “Circular City”, which can be shaped with the cooperation of key players.

For cities, the circular economy approach does not only offer completely new ways to a sustainable future and a better quality of life for their citizens, but also unimagined economic potential.

With the results of our latest research and practical experience, we’re keen to discuss approaches, opportunities, risks and concrete implementation steps of Circular Cities with you.

The workshop is aimed at :

Event : Circular Cities – Effective Steps and New Business Models
Date : 12 June 2019
Time : 10:00 – 16:00
Location : The CSCP, Wuppertal

The workshop will be conducted in German.

Click here to download workshop agenda.

For reservations or any questions, please contact circularcities@scp-centre.org

How can fashion become more sustainable? The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has invited the CSCP to contribute to their upcoming Copenhagen Fashion Summit on 15 and 16 May 2019 to answer that question.

GFA has become the world’s leading business forum on sustainability in fashion. As a meeting platform for the fashion sector’s decision-makers, leading NGOs, experts, policy-makers and academia, the GFA aims to create a common understanding and gain industry-wide commitment on the most critical issues facing the industry and planet.

CSCP’s Executive Director, Michael Kuhndt, will contribute his expertise and experience to the leadership discussions throughout the event. Additionally, CSCP’s Senior Advisor, Raymond Slaughter, will moderate two leadership roundtables on “Circular Economy: Identifying Gaps and Pinpointing Actions”. These sessions will bring together senior representatives from brands, manufacturers, members of parliament, government agencies and intergovernmental organisations to discuss not only the role of business and policy but also the role of the consumer in making fashion more sustainable for a better future.

If you interested in learning more about sustainable fashion and circular economy, engage with us at the event or feel free to contact us about possible collaboration opportunities.

Please contact Raymond Slaughter for further questions.

For the twelfth year in a row, the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year” will be granted to the innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding new applications and markets for their bio-based materials. This year, 6 candidates are nominated for the award.

The winners will be selected at the “12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials”, 15-16 May 2019, in Cologne, Germany. Out of a total of 21 applications, six new materials and products have been nominated for the innovation award by the members of the conference advisory board.

After a short presentation of the six candidates, the three winners will be elected by the participants of the conference and honoured with the innovation award, sponsored by InfraServ GmbH Knapsack, at the festive dinner buffet.

The “Top 6” candidates are:

The “12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” features key innovation issues in the field of bio-based building blocks & polymers, bio-based fine chemicals, industrial biotechnology and biodegradable solutions. In addition, future visions and the latest policy regulations will be discussed. The final programme of one of the biggest conferences in the European bioeconomy is now available online.

In the framework of the conference, EU project-related workshops will take place at the same venue a few days before and after the conference. In these workshops, international experts of the bio-based industry will cover the latest technology trends, market data and strategies. Additionally, on the second day of the conference, there will be a workshop on In-Depth B2C Market Research and GreenPremium. More information about the about the whole range of available workshops to be found here.

The CSCP is a media partner of the Conference on Bio-based Materials.

For further questions, please contact Jana Brauer.

Changes in consumption patterns and mainstream lifestyles are a critical and integral part of the solutions package to addressing climate change, especially if we are to deliver on the 1.5°C target. In this transition towards a more sustainable society, understanding how humans actually think and behave is crucial. It consists of a game-changing approach in tackling systems change and urges us to understand and act upon the true motivation of the way we live and behave. What are the actual changes needed and how to drive behaviourally-informed interventions, policies and strategies in practice?

Two initiatives are coming together on 1 July 2019 to address that question with you: Sitra and partners are launching the shorter version of the 1.5-Degree Lifestyles Report, and the Academy of Change. They will be presenting the main outcomes of a 2-year KR Foundation-funded initiative dedicated to accelerating change towards the sustainable behaviours that really matter.

Join us to meet experts and practitioners, increase your knowledge on the topic, network with actors who are already active in behaviour change and jointly shape our future now!

A detailed agenda will be out soon.

To receive a notification about the agenda and the registration for this event please sign up to our Academy of Change Newsletter or follow us on Twitter!

Today, good sustainability performance is commonly associated with having a small footprint. This is to reduce negative sustainability impacts, such as CO2 emissions, waste of natural resources, poor working conditions, etc.

Of course, this is key but there is more to explore! What about the positive impacts that our actions, processes and products are having on people and the planet?

The CSCP and its partners have developed a methodology that helps you to understand your products’ ecological, economic, and social impacts, both the negative as well as the positive impact.

At the same time, the methodology is a starting point for product innovation and sustainable business development.

We would like to show you how you can use this and therefore warmly invite you to our workshop!

What can you expect from the workshop?

Are you interested?

Date: 14 May 2019
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Location: at the CSCP in Wuppertal

The workshop is aimed exclusively at companies. The number of participants is limited to 15 persons. The workshop will be German. A fee of 29 Euros per person will be charged, which also includes lunch.

Please find the agenda here. For reservations and requests, please contact hpworkshop@scp-centre.org. 

Deadline for registration is 8 May.

For further information and inspiration, please watch the video (2 minutes):

After three years of operation, the CSR Hub NRW has bundled the most significant CSR tools and best practices in an easy to use tool box for startups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The CSR Hub NRW Toolbox is now available on CSR Hub to refresh knowledge or support the launch of a CSR strategy for the first time.

Since 2016, more than 160 SMEs and startups have taken part in workshops and seminars organised by the CSR Hub NRW. They have become acquainted with many practical techniques and instruments relating to CSR knowledge, communication and marketing, sustainable supply chain management as well as innovation and work culture.

In cooperation with trend-setting companies from NRW and from many hours of intensive workshops, the CSR Hub team has translated the essence of the content into an easy-to-implement format. In four chapters structured according to the main topics, companies of all types and sizes can now quickly and easily find inspiration for best practices and the implementation of concrete CSR measures in their own companies. The beta version of the Toolbox can already be used at here. The final version will be online by the end of April in our library.

The CSR Hub NRW was supported by the state government of NRW and informed more than 160 young companies from NRW about the entrepreneurial opportunities of CSR from 2016 to the end of 2018. The project partners CSCP and Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (BAND) jointly implemented the project until its final event on 30 October 2018.

Through the tool box, as well as BAND’s new information and experimentation space for sustainable companies in NRW , the work of the CSR Hub will continue to impact startups and SMEs in their CSR-strategy.

Please contact Patrick Bottermann for further questions.

The Circular Change Conference, taking place in Maribor, Slovenia, 16-17 May 2019, is one of the most prominent annual gatherings of the circular economy community, sustainable businesses and government actors in Europe.

The ambition of the 4th Circular Change Conference is to move towards “less talk, more action”. We are inviting you to explore what is actually happening “on the ground”. We all know that switching from a linear to a circular economy is a must. We have excellent reports and scientific data, and we have agreed to follow the sustainable development approach. What we need now is concrete action, radical collaboration and scalable success stories.

This year we are focusing on real business cases from the four priority sectors set out in the Roadmap Towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia – food system, manufacturing industries, mobility and forest-based value chains, while highlighting the key role of creative industries. Held under Honorary Sponsorship of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Marjan Šarec and supported by renowned mentors from all over the world, the Circular Change team will be joined by around 400 participants from over 20 countries who will help us co-create sustainable solutions for the future.

Why is the Circular Change Conference a Must-be-there Event?

The CSCP supports the 4th Circular Change Conference as a communication partner!

Name: 4th Circular Change Conference
Date: 16 – 17 May 2019
Location: Maribor, Slovenia
Cost: Free
Registration: https://circularchange-conference.com/tickets/

What does a small producer of jeans have in common with a large manufacturer of jet engines, a green government building and one of the world’s most efficient water systems?

They are all creating extra value with circular business models while simultaneously reducing negative environmental impacts.

The CSCP coordinates the R2Pi Project – Transition from Linear 2 Circular, funded by the European Union, which aims to enable organisations and their value chains to transition to more sustainable business models. In February, the CSCP and R2Pi conducted several workshops in Brussels to help business leaders and policy makers rethink business models and co-create business tools and policy measures to implement sustainable and circular strategies. The workshops gathered stakeholders from multinational corporations, sector associations, policy makers and civil society.

During the workshop, one focus was on businesses and examples of successful circular business models that have been investigated during the project. Some of the case examples include:

The R2Pi project presented lessons learned from the cases as well as explanations of various patterns of circular business models across different parts of the value chain (diagram below).

The CSCP and R2Pi support policy makers and engage with stakeholders in creating policies that enable the circular transition, and the workshop went on to co-create policies measures in key sectors: food, electronics, plastics, textiles, constructions and water.

The compiled results of these and other engagements will be available later this year in the final results of the R2Pi Project in our Circular Economy Business Guidelines and Policy Packages.

For further questions, please contact Raymond Slaughter.

Photo: © shutterstock / tai11

 

What are the 10 golden rules for designing behaviour change interventions? How do values support or hinder specific behaviours and why is it important to address people as citizens instead of as consumers? These were some of the main questions discussed in the final Academy of Change workshop in Berlin in February 2019 with more than 20 leading NGOs from all over the world.

The workshop was part of the Academy of Change (AoC), the CSCP’s programme for future leaders working on climate change and sustainability in the NGO sector. The onsite meeting in Berlin was the last of six modules, which have been delivered online and offline since summer 2018. Throughout the programme over 60 representatives from international NGOs learned about different consecutive steps to designing behaviour change interventions for more sustainable behaviour. This included steps like analysing the target group, using different behaviour change models to map the relevant behaviours and selecting a fitting tool for an intervention, like nudging or social norms, before discussing options for impact assessment. The NGOs also shared several cases of their own interventions and jointly discussed the best ways to move forward.

The workshop further aimed at broadening the scope and connecting the programme to other relevant discussions through a number of external experts. Andrew Simms from the Rapid Transition Alliance reinforced the issue of urgency of actions to combat climate change and the need for rapid change. Polly Keane from the New Citizenship Project highlighted the importance of differentiating between ‘consumer and citizen’ and suggested approaches on how to give citizens agency. Looking at behaviour change as part of a larger social and system change was vividly demonstrated by Anna Birney from the Forum for the Future on the example of introducing drinking water fountains in London. Finally, Tom Crompton from the Common Cause Foundation shared his insights on values and its importance for changing behaviours, based on different experiments he had conducted, addressing different value sets.

The workshop provided room for discussing how these different elements fit together and can be implemented by the NGOs in the future. The participant’s feedback on the workshop delighted the team as it was rated excellent (83%) and highly relevant for their work (72%). Natasha Yorke-Edgell from RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, stated: “This has been an incredible experience, I have learnt so much to take away, digest, share and test. I know this course will have a powerful ripple effect into the wider world!“.

The Academy of Change is always looking for people interested in accelerating change in those sustainable behaviours and lifestyles that really matter. There are different ways to get involved. Are you an NGO? You can apply to our waiting list to join potential future editions of the programme. Are you interested in supporting or sponsoring the Academy beyond its current funding framework or in bringing it to your organisation? Are you looking for insightful and beyond state-of-the-art information related to sustainable behaviour and behaviour change? Contact us at contact@aochange.org.

Academy of Change is a non-profit initiative of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) and Behaviour Change, funded by the KR Foundation.

For further information, please contact Rosa Strube.