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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.

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


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.

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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Sustainability (CSR) Strategy Training Implemented in Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India, March 2013: The Indian Centre for CSR and its sustainability partner, Close the Loop, implemented a Certified training on Sustainability (CSR) Strategy, at the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC), in Mumbai, on 18-19 March, 2013.

The training event was inaugurated by Mr. Ashok Kumar Pavadia, Joint Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India, and concluded by Mr. Shri Sushobhan Sarker, Managing Director, Life Insurance Corporation of India. Secretary Pavadia provided an introduction to the concept of Sustainability and provided a detailed description of the newly formulated Sustainability Guidelines for Indian enterprises. The Sustainability Guidelines aim to provide a roadmap to enterprises seeking to instill sustainability and come at a critical time when the market is awaiting Parliament’s decision to the proposed legislation to make Sustainability reporting mandatory for public-enterprises.

The training gathered professionals representing primarily the Government, NGOs as well as the private sector. Course material aimed at presenting a “step-by-step” approach on the methodologies and standards for the design of the Sustainability (CSR) Strategy (environment/economy/society) and the Sustainability Report.

[quote float=”center” style=”boxed”]The level of awareness amongst Indian professionals and the Government on key sustainability definitions and methodologies exceeded our expectations, assuring us of India’s potential to attain key objectives of its Sustainability (CSR) agenda.
Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos, Managing Director, Close the Loop[/quote]

Most importantly, 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.

[quote float=”center” style=”boxed”]The two day CSR course received tremendous response from participants, recognizing trainers’ superb performance and highlighting the need for more such trainings.
Rajesh Tawari, Founder, ICCSR.[/quote]

Following the completion of the course, participants received certification of attendance, issued by the Indian Centre for CSR.

The Indian Centre for CSR and Close the Loop will soon announce the implementation of a 5-day extensive sustainability training, on the value of Sustainability vis-à-vis financial sustainability.  

For more information, contact and/or

Close the Loop Research Team to Develop an Ecolabel Decision Support System

The research team of Close the Loop has been assigned to conduct a Postdoctoral program, in collaboration with Democritus University of Thrace, focusing on Ecolabels. The overall objective is to develop a coherent Ecolabel Decision Support System (EDSS) that will help businesses identify the ecolabel which is more appropriate for them.

The research project aims to assist Greek businesses access new opportunities for growth, by improving their contribution to sustainable development while, simultaneously, safeguarding their viability and competitiveness. The research will focus on ecolabels as the main driver for this improvement. For the purpose of the research, three critical sectors to the economic viability of the Greek economy will be analyzed, across the entirety of their life cycle: they include agricultural products/fisheries, tourism and construction.

Greek businesses, across all three sectors will participate in the research and permit the research team to assess the validity of the EDSS methodology using their product/service or corporate strategy.

Upon its completion, the research team is expecting to have identified the criteria that are most important to Greek businesses, as a whole and per sector, when selecting ecolabels.

Participating Businesses

By participating in the research program, Greek businesses will be able to identify the best available and presently available ecolabels, at the product or corporate level, and discover the areas for improvements to close that gap. Upon completion of each system, each business shall receive a feedback report that will analyze the criteria and factors that determined the identified ecolabel. Having obtained all the necessary data and analysis on ecolabel identification, participating businesses will have a comprehensive review of the steps they need to take in order to acquire an ecolabel.

Most importantly, their active contribution will provide valuable information that will help Greek businesses better differentiate their products and monitor impacts.[hr]

For further information on the research you may contact us as directly.

For updates and progress reports on research, you may access the EDSS website 

New OECD report on Green Business Models

The OECD has recently completed the project on Green Business Models and published the report “Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth“.

 This report explores the potential contribution of new business models to green growth and examines how successful models can be scaled up and accelerated through appropriate policy action. It draws on 55 case studies from 14 OECD countries, combined with broader OECD research.

Close the Loop was OECD’s project coordinator for Greece which participated in the project with 6 leading eco-innovations, including the energy management and gamification business model of Close the Loop’s partner Intelen.

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New business models can make an important contribution to the transition to green growth. While some
new business models involve large firms, others are small start-up firms that seek to exploit technological
or commercial opportunities that have been neglected ornot yet explored by more established firms. New
firms tend to engage in more radical innovation than existing firms, and scaling up new business models
can therefore help reduce environmental pollution, optimise the use of natural resources, increase
productivity and energy efficiency, and provide a new source of economic growth. Although the market for
green goods and services is growing, the development of new business models is affected by a range of
barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies. Key areas for policy action include:
  • Strengthening market demand for green products and services by providing long-term and stable incentives for firms to internalise the environment and natural resources in their decision making, including through a well-designed regulatory framework and supportive demand-side policies.
  • Enhancing access to financing, including risk capital, by supporting market development for risk financing and the development of entrepreneurial skills.
  • Removing perverse subsidies support for existing business models and incumbent firms, such as energy subsidies; reducing the barriers to entry, exit and growth of new firms and business models; and improving the regulatory environment for start-up firms and new business models.
  • Reducing the costs of intellectual property rights, in particular for small and start-up firms.
  • Supporting skills development, including for existing workers.
  • Supporting R&D and innovation, including testing, demonstration and verification.
  • Improving governance, to ensure that nationaland regional policies for green growth are well aligned.


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