With our finger on the pulse of emerging trends and radical innovations, we enable change makers to integrate sustainability across their organisations.
Lifestyles & Behaviour
How we choose to live our lives, fulfill our needs, and realise our hopes and dreams are all things that define us and the role we play in the world. Modifying these behaviours and choices is critical in the mitigation of climate change and resource scarcities.
We have reached a point where it is imperative that we move beyond small, isolated measures of change. Success lies in engaging consumers through their values and belief systems across their professional and private lives, meeting their needs across household segments and cultural chasms.
As illustrated by SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050, our team has pioneered the translation of sustainability into everyday lives. SPREAD was a collaborative effort to create a vision for sustainable lifestyles in 2050. The project focused on how Europe could maintain if not improve the quality of life for an aging European population while simultaneously reducing society’s impact on the planet.
Products & Services
From our morning rituals to how we spend our free time, our daily choices can take a relentless toll on our planet. By carefully considering the products and services we consume each day, we have an opportunity to be agents of positive change, to mainstream a more sustainable lifestyle, and to lessen our collective footprint on our planet.
Our team works at the forefront of sustainable products and services improving value chains and portfolio innovation for sustainable living. The Pro Planet Label developed for the REWE Group, one of the largest retailers in Germany, exemplifies our work.
The label highlights popular products whose sustainability performance has been improved along the entire value chain. Its underlying methodology can be applied to different product groups, from food and beverage to home improvement.
As part of the label awarding validation procedure, the CSCP hosts REWE’s Sustainable Products Council, comprised of a multi-stakeholder membership, including consumer groups and civil society organisations.
Business & Entrepreneurship
The world is moving beyond the limited improvements achievable with resource efficiencies. Organisations are looking at new models like the circular and the sharing economies to provide options that will enable individuals to choose more sustainable lifestyles.
Governments, big businesses, and entrepreneurs worldwide are taking up innovative business models as tools to stir competitiveness and generate employment and local development. These models deliver economic returns while also meeting environmental and social criteria.
We work with key stakeholders to develop and implement triple-bottom-line value creation models through a combination of our think and do streams. Our work with the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), a global multi-stakeholder platform for joint action using public-private partnerships, is one case in point.
The CSCP is leading the 3GF alliance on ‘Innovation and New Business Models for Sustainable Lifestyles’, fostering local innovation hubs and scaling-up new business models for sustainable living. The partnership has launched pilot activities in various sectors across four continents.
Cities & Infrastructure
Cities are growing. Over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and the numbers continue to increase. Coupled with rapid urbanisation, climate change remains one of the major global challenges we face. With up to 80% of global greenhouse gases estimated to originate from urban zones, cities provide tremendous mitigation potential.
Understanding the energy flows of an urban area goes beyond traditional ideas of housing and transportation. Tapping into the potential of cities by studying local contexts enables us to provide integrated roadmaps identifying a city’s path towards sustainability on macro efficiencies as well as to implement sustainable lifestyle changes.
One example of our work is our Low Carbon Futures Cities (LCFC) project. East met West when Germany’s Düsseldorf and China’s Wuxi joined forces to map the way to integrated low-carbon and resource-efficient cities with built-in climate change resiliencies. CSCP’s role in this international consortium was to bridge research and practice by bringing to light case studies of international best practice with tremendous potential for transferability and replication in both cities.
Whether an entrepreneur or a multinational, an NGO or an individual consumer, we all live and work under the same policy framework. As builders of our legal scaffolds, policymakers are key influencers, able to shape behaviours across production and consumption alike. Engaging policymakers is key to catalysing a sustainable future.
Our team at CSCP works with policy makers across governance levels through our ‘Think’ and ‘Do’ services by positioning sustainable consumption and production (SCP) at the core of an integrated, lifestyle-oriented approach to change.
For example, we are engaging with Bhutanese government officials; As is the case in many Asian and Latin American economies, public procurement accounts for half of Bhutan’s GDP. We are helping Bhutan develop their ability to scale up demand for sustainable products and services both at a consumer level as well as through supply side capacity through Green Public Procurement (GPP) tenders and practices.
The project is financed by Switch Asia, the largest EU programme on sustainable consumption and production.
"The CSCP organizes in a great way the collaboration between companies, NGOs, societal actors and further stakeholders. With the Nestlé NGO and expert council and the Rewe Pro Planet council the CSCP is responsible for hosting two leading examples of successful stakeholder interactions."
Georg Abel, Verbraucherinitiative (consumer initiative)