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Training “Developing the CSR Strategy & Report” – Bangalore & Mumbai, India

Close the Loop has been invited to implement a training on the Development of the CSR Stratety & Report, in India, by its local partner, the Indian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR).

The training is scheduled to be implemented in Banglalore on 18-19 March and in Mumbai, on 20-21 March.

This represents the second successful effort between Close the Loop and ICCSR to further promote viable sustainability practices to Indian professionals



Τhere needs to be a general acceptance of the fact that CSR is an internal tool enabling the organization to better manage and assess risk. It is not a tool for external communications, nor is it a tool for promotion of the organization. It is a management system that takes into consideration the internal and external operational environment and aims at positioning the organization with the least possible sustainability impact. Organizations that truly want to experience the benefits of CSR across the value chain must determine the sustainability context of their operations, assuring that CSR is integrated throughout the organization, is practiced in its relationships and takes into account the interests of stakeholders. In other words, there needs to be an assessment and an understanding of operational impact across the social and environmental spectrum as well as an identification of the stakeholder groups that are affected. The Training shall address all relative CSR thematic areas aiming to provide participants with an understanding of all the relative issues so as they are able to design and implement their organization’s CSR Strategy and Report.

The Training offers official Certification of Attendance issued by the Indian Centre for CSR, recognizing Indian professionals who have taken an active step towards better understanding how to design and implement CSR within their organizations.

Learning Objectives 

The training presents global and local trends, methodologies and case studies in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), enabling participants to:

  • understand the evolution of CSR over the years and consider present and future developments that will have a direct impact on their operations
  • assess the efficiency and viability of their organization’s current operations vis-à-vis the internal and external environments in which they operate as well as the stakeholders who have a direct impact on operations
  • design and manage their organization’s CSR Strategy
  • develop their organization’s CSR Report

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Certified Training: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Professional, KL – Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2013Thomvell International and its sustainability partner, Close the Loopimplemented a training on the development of the Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy, at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, on 12-13 November, 2013.

The training gathered professionals representing some of Malaysia’s largest organizations, such as PetronasBASFCyberviewFelda Global Ventures,PAAB – Water Asset Management CompanySime Darby and Bursa Malaysia.

The training was implemented over the course of 2-days and focused on three (3) key modules:

  • Global Trends and Legislation on Sustainable Supply Chain Management,
  • Development of the Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy,
  • Communication and Disclosure of the Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy.

The training was designed to respond to participants’ needs, enabling them to actively engage and interact with trainers and amongst each other, in a personalized yet structured educational format. Furthermore, the training enlisted the contribution of leading international sustainability organizations and experts, who provided their resourceful input, on specific thematic areas.Following the completion of the course, participants were assigned a detailed project plan, based on the presented 10-step methodology for the development of the corporate sustainable supply chain management strategy, enabling them to become eligible to receive official certification recognizing them as Sustainable Supply Chain Management Professionals. The certification is issued by, a leading provider of sustainable business certification and training programs operating today in more than 50 countries and recognized through accrediting agencies with an international reach around the world.Lastly, all participants received certification of attendance, issued by Thomvell International.

 Thomvell International and Close the Loop will soon announce the 2014 Schedule for the implementation sustainability trainings in Malaysia.  For more information, contactKaren@thomvell.comor

Close the Loop Offering BREEAM Sustainable Buildings Assessments


We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Panagiotakopoulos, Close the Loop, lead advisor on environmental management and product sustainability, has obtained BREEAM accreditation, certifying him as a licensed BREEAM Assessor for the BREEAM International New Construction (NC) scheme.


BREEAM is the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings, with 250,000 buildings and over a million registered for assessment since the rating was first launched in 1990.

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognized measures of a building’s environmental performance. It encourages designers, clients and others to think about low carbon and low impact design, minimizing the energy demands created by a building before considering energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.

A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

Close the Loop is able to offer clients in the construction industry the following support:

  • Certification of construction materials, according to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to assure compliance with building rating labels, such as BREEAM and LEED. For more information, click here.
  • Certification of  new building structures according to the BREEAM International New Construction (NC) scheme. For more information, click here.

Close the Loop is an advisory, research and coaching organization providing services to clients across the global, covering the entire spectrum of sustainability. For more information on our services, and ways we can support your organization’s sustainability-related needs,please visit our Website or contact us.

BREEAM is a registered trademark of BRE (the Building Research Establishment Ltd. Community Trade Mark E5778551). The BREEAM marks, logos and symbols are the Copyright of BRE and are reproduced by permission.

Υπηρεσίες επιθεώρησης BREEAM

Είμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να ανακοινώσουμε ότι ο Δρ. Παναγιωτακόπουλος, Δ/νων Σύμβουλος της Close the Loop, πιστοποιήθηκε ως Αξιολογητής του BREEAM International New Construction (NC).


Το BREEAM είναι το κορυφαίο διεθνώς σύστημα σχεδιασμού και αξιολόγησης βιώσιμων κτηρίων, έχοντας πιστοποιήσει πάνω από 250,000 κτήρια από την ίδρυσή του το 1990.
Το BREEAM θέτει τα πρότυπα για τις βέλτιστες πρακτικές της βιωσιμότητα στο σχεδιασμό, την κατασκευή και τη λειτουργία των κτηρίων και έχει καταστεί μια από τις πλέον ολοκληρωμένες και ευρέως αναγνωρισμένες μεθόδους μέτρησης της περιβαλλοντικής επίδοσης ενός κτηρίου.

Μια αξιολόγηση BREEAM χρησιμοποιεί αναγνωρισμένους δείκτες επίδοσης, οι οποίοι συγκρίνονται σε σχέση με καθιερωμένα επίπεδα, προκειμένου να αξιολογηθούν οι προδιαγραφές του σχεδιασμού, της κατασκευής και της λειτουργίας ενός κτηρίου. Οι δείκτες που χρησιμοποιούνται αντιπροσωπεύουν ένα πλατύ εύρος κατηγοριών και κριτηρίων και καλύπτουν ζητήματα όπως η κατανάλωση ενέργειας και νερού, το εσωτερικό περιβάλλον, η ρύπανση, οι συγκοινωνίες, τα υλικά, τα απόβλητα, η οικολογία και η διαχείριση.

Η Close the Loop  προσφέρει στους πελάτες της από τον κατασκευαστικό τομέα τις εξής υπηρεσίες:

  • Πιστοποίηση κατασκευαστικών υλικών,  με την έκδοση μιας Περιβαλλοντικής Δήλωσης Προϊόντος (EPD) για την κάλυψη των απαιτήσεων του BREEAM, καθώς και άλλων πιστοποιήσεων κτηρίων όπως το LEED. Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες πατήστε εδώ.
  • Αξιολόγηση και υποστήριξη της πιστοποίησης νέων κτηρίων σύμφωνα με το BREEAM International New Construction (NC) scheme.

Η Close the Loop είναι ένας συμβουλευτικός, ερευνητικός και εκπαιδευτικός οργανισμός ο οποίος προσφέρει υπηρεσίες σε πελάτες σε όλο τον κόσμο καλύπτοντας ολόκληρο το φάσμα της βιωσιμότητας.

BREEAM is a registered trademark of BRE (the Building Research Establishment Ltd. Community Trade Mark E5778551). The BREEAM marks, logos and symbols are the Copyright of BRE and are reproduced by permission.


Certified Sustainable Supply Chain Management Professional

12-13 November, 2013, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Close the Loop, has been invited by Thomvell International, to implement the Certified Sustainable Supply Chain Management Professional Training.

The objective of the workshop aims at presenting the related methodologies and trends, as well as a simple 10-step methodology for the design of the corporate Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy. During the training, globally renowned organizations in the area of supply chain management will be speaking, providing their input on global efforts to assist organizations map impacts across the supply chain and engage with all involved stakeholders.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive official certification issued by, a leading provider of sustainable business certification and training programs operating today in more than 50 countries and recognized through accrediting agencies with an international reach around the world.

To register and learn more on the training, please access the event’s program.

Furthermore, read our interview on the importance of Sustainable Supply Chain, issued in Focus Malaysia Magazine.

ESA Sustainability Summit

The European Sustainability Academy will host its inaugural International Sustainability Summit in Crete, on 1st – 14th October 2012.

The Summit’s interactive, experiential  learning segments lead by globally eminent experts include:

  • Sustainable Construction
  • Circular Economy in the Energy Sector
  • Alternative Currency Systems for Socio-economic Reform
  • The role of social enterprise in Socio-eco-economic Reform


Άρθρο Παρουσίασης σε Συνέδριο Supply Chain & Logistics

Η Close the Loop, σε συνδιοργάνωση με την Omind Cratives, υλοποίησε σεμινάριο για τη Βιώσιμη Εφοδιαστική Αλυσίδα, κατά τη διεξαγωγή της 4ης Διεθνούς Έκθεσης Εφοδιαστική Αλυσίδα & Logistics.

Σκοπός του Σεμιναρίου ήταν η παρουσίαση των διεθνών τάσεων όσον αφορά το ρόλο της βιώσιμης εφοδιαστικής αλυσίδας στην επίτευξη εξαγωγών σε αγορές του εξωτερικού, αλλά και στη σταδιακή μείωση του λειτουργικού κόστους των εταιρειών.

Το άρθρο αναφορικά με το Σεμινάριο για τη Βιώσιμη Εφοδιαστική Αλυσίδα παρουσιάστηκε  στο περιοδικό Supply Chain& Logistics.

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Close the Loop to Present in Sustainability Conferences in Asia, Cyprus, Greece

Close the Loop is proud to announce its participation in important Sustainability (CSR) Conferences that are scheduled to take place in Thailand, Greece, Cyprus and Malaysia. For information and to access the relative agendas, you may access the event websites or contact us directly!


June 5
Bangkok, Thailand
International Conference on CSR & Sustainable Development

Close the Loop is honored to be invited to implement a virtual workshop at the 2013 International CSR & Sustainable Supply Chain Conference, in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is organized by the Society for Education and Research Development (SERD) and aims to provide a common platform for stakeholders representing the private, public and third sector to share their expectations, aspirations and responsibilities. The event will be attended by a diverse group of professionals, representing Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

For registration, list of attendees and speakers, as well as additional information, you may access the event’s Webpage.


June 27
Athens, Greece
“People for the People”
CSR in Greece

CSR in Greece

Close the Loop will present on the importance of ecolabes as a means to promote innovation and design. In addition to presenting global trends and methodologies in ecolabeling, Close the Loop will provide the results of the first phase of the Ecolabel Decision Support System Research that is aiming to develop a system for Greek organizations to identify their optimum ecolabel at the management and/or product levels.

For registration, list of attendees and speakers, as well as additional information, you may access the event’s Webpage.


June 28
Nicosia, Cyprus
6th Conference on CSR


Close the Loop will present on the business value of CSR at times of financial distress. The presentation will present on current methodologies and company examples that have asissted organizations better promote their products and services at times of financial difficulties. The presentation will concentrate on case studies from the markets of Greece and Cyprus.

For registration, list of attendees and speakers, as well as additional information, you may access the event’s Webpage.


July 4-5
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Certified Sustainable Supply Chain Professional
Close the Loop – Thomvell

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Close the Loop, in collaboration with Malaysian training organization, Thomvell, will present its certified training on sustainable supply chain. The training presents a 10-step methodology, developed by Close the Loop, on the design and application of sustainability within the supply chain. Case studies will present examples from organizations across various sectors and regions. Furthermore, Close the Loop is pleased to include esteemed guest speakers in the field of sustainability and supply chain.

For information and ways to register, please access the our local partner, Thomvell.


July 7-9
Nisiros, Greece
3rd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS-3)




For registration, list of attendees and speakers, as well as additional information, please access the event’s Webpage.

Ολοκλήρωση Μελέτης Ανθρακικού Αποτυπώματος Ελαιόλαδου

Η  Close the Loop πρόσφατα ολοκλήρωσε μελέτη υπολογισμού του Ανθρακικού Αποτυπώματος ελαιόλαδου, το οποίο διατίθεται από την εταιρεία Σελλάς Ελαιόλαδα ΕΠΕ  είτε χύμα ή τυποποιημένο σε πελάτες του εσωτερικού και του εξωτερικού.

Η Σελλάς Ελαιόλαδα αποφάσισε να προχωρήσει στον υπολογισμό του ανθρακικού αποτυπώματος των προϊόντων της, με στόχο να αποκτήσει ανταγωνιστικό πλεονέκτημα και να πρωτοστατήσει διεθνώς στον τομέα της βιώσιμης εφοδιαστικής αλυσίδας. Η μελέτη εκπονήθηκε σύμφωνα με τις οδηγίες των πρότυπων PΑS 2050:2011 και ISO 14040. Οι  υπολογισμοί του ανθρακικού αποτυπώματος στηρίχτηκαν σε πρωτογενή στοιχεία που συνέλεξε η ClosetheLoop. Χρησιμοποιήθηκε το παγκοσμίως αναγνωρισμένο λογισμικό GaBi-6 (έκδοση 2013)  της  PE International.

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Close the Loop Completes Carbon Footprint of Olive Oil

Close the Loop  has just completed a study calculating the Carbon Footprint of Olive Oil sold by the company Sellás Olive Oil, either in bulk or bottled to customers in Greece and abroad.

Sellás Olive Oil decided to calculate the carbon footprint of its products, in order to gain a competitive advantage and establish itself as a pioneer in sustainable supply chain. The study was conducted according to the guidelines of PΑS 2050:2011and ISO 14040. The carbon footprint calculations were based on primary data collected by Close the Loop. The internationally recognized LCA software GaBi-6 of PE International was used for modeling the product’s life cycle. 

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