Category: Trainings

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

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Objectives

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 GreenSupplyChain.org, 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 i.daskalakis@closetheloop.gr

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 GreenSupplyChain.org, 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

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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

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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
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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)

 

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

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 sv@iccsr.org and/or i.daskalakis@closetheloop.gr

CRMP Training Implemented in Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon, June 2012

Close the Loop and 2GEM – 2gether, implemented the first ever Corporate Responsibility Management Professional Certification Course in Lebanon, on June 7-8, 2012. The Certification Course received the support of the International Fairs & Promotions SAL (IFP) in Lebanon and was implemented during the International Trade Exhibition & Conference for Environmental Technologies, Sustainability and Clean Energy (Ecorient).

The training gathered professionals representing the Lebanese private sector, the Government, NGOs as well as communications and HR consulting firms. Course material was designed to respond to participants’ needs, using multi-media material that included global and region-specific best practices/case studies, as well as interactive exercises on specific sustainability topics.  Furthermore, the training enlisted the contribution of leading international sustainability experts, who provided their resourceful input, on specific thematic areas.

During the 2 days course participants were able to address the bottom line of corporate responsibility management to the overall Corporate Strategy, via actively engagingand interacting with the trainers, guest speakers as well as each other, in a personalized yet structure educational format.

The training presented a comprehensive, yet systemic methodology on the steps entailed in the design of the Corporate Sustainability Strategy, using the established organizational management Viable System Model (VSM). The VSM positions Sustainability as a process that is directly related to the overall Corporate Strategy, thus enabling the organization to properly allocate, align and coordinate all operational processes and resources. Furthermore, the training presented participants with thematic topics in the areas of Environmental and Social Management, such as Ecolabels (Life Cycle Assessment), Sustainable Construction, Water/Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Supply Chain, Stakeholder Identification and Engagement.

[quote float=”center” style=”boxed”]We feel extremely proud to have designed a Sustainability Training that is built on powerful systemic methodologies, which effectively meet participant expectations in understanding the relative concepts and steps when designing the corporate sustainability strategy.
Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos, Managing Director, Close the Loop. [/quote]

Following the completion of the course, participants were assigned a detailed project plan, based on the VSM, enabling them to become eligible to receive official certification recognizing them as Corporate Responsibility Management Professionals. The certification is issued by GreenSupplyChain.org, 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.

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Carbon Footprint Seminar – Larnaca

Close the Loop in collaboration with FoodAllergens Lab succesfully organised the seminar “Carbon Footprint” in Larnaca, Cyprus, on December 6 2010.

The issue of Climate Change was analysed at the seminar, as well as the recent international developments (Kyoto Protoco, Copenhagen Conference etc.) The connection between Climate Change and Corporate Social Reponsibility where also analysed, while related tools and methods were presented such as Life Cycle Assessment, measuring the Carbon Footprint of products and services according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, as well as the practice of carbon offseting. Finally, the relevant ecolabels were presented and the importance of communicating the efforts of companies and organisations in reducing their carbon footprint.

The seminar had a workshop structure, where participants had the chance of applying and trying out the above methods in their companies.

The seminar was approved by the Human Resources Development Authority (HRDA) of Cyprus.

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