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Learn About the Impacts of our Competence Centre eStandards

In June, the Competence Centre eStandards completed two years of actively engaging in guiding German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) towards sustainable digital business models. During this time, the CSCP conducted pilot projects, develop hands-on tools and provide comprehensive curricula to SMEs on creating future-proof companies through digitalisation.

“Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards” introduces digitalisation and standardisation to German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is an initiative of Mittelstand-Digital, which is a part of the digitalisation strategy put forward by the German Federal Ministry for Economic and Energy Affairs (BMWi). The CSCP is part of the Competence Centre eStandards, where we conduct digitalisation projects with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a strong focus on enabling sustainable business practices, such as circular economy approaches or digital sustainable supply chains.

The CSCP is especially proud of the pilot projects with FOND OF, migori and TENETRIO.

Together with FOND OF, we developed the roadmap towards a circular business model for backpacks and bags. The company intends to keep its materials and raw materials longer in the economic cycle, thus contributing to the product’s added value.

In collaboration with migori, we developed a digital customer communication solutions for packaging-free shopping. Through this solution, customers can access all product information which is usually printed on the packaging.

TENETRIO is a start-up that offers insect-based nutrition which is resource-optimised and sustainable food for dogs. We supported the firm in enabling optimal availability of their products through consistent tracking of stock movements and the implementation of eStandards.

Other impacts of this project in the last two years:

  • Conducted 5 workshops which covered a wide range of topics, such as digital sustainable value chains and business models as well as design-thinking methods for digitalisation and sustainability;
  • Participated in 10 conferences, including the Bits & Bäume Conference for Digitalisation and Sustainability, as well as the conferences of nachhaltig.digital;
  • Engaged with 11 SMEs to discuss the opportunities and challenges of sustainable digitalisation and established more than 1000 contacts with SMEs and other relevant stakeholders.

For further information, contact Patrik Eisenhauer.