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Listen to our Academy of Change Podcast: Behaviour Models as Guides for Positive Change

12. August 2020 - 13:45

Gaining accurate information about people’s behaviours and their decision making practices is becoming significantly more important in achieving sustainability goals across various fields. As a result, important questions arise: What motivates specific behaviours but discourages others? How are behaviours constructed and shaped but also changed and transformed? The second episode of our Academy of Change (AoC) podcast series focuses on behaviour models as pre-defined approaches in analysing and changing behaviours. Listen to our guest speaker, Andrew Darnton, as he guides you through efficient ways of choosing and implementing models that support your sustainability projects.

An added value of behaviour models is their capacity to distil academic theory into practical guidance. They can be used to map current behaviours and understand barriers and enablers for positive change. There is a growing body of academic evidence on the topic, but it can be hard to grasp and apply to newcomers in the field. Moreover, there are many competing and complementary models, making choosing even more difficult.

In the behavioural models episode you can listen to an inspiring conversation with Andrew Darnton, an independent researcher specialised in behavioural theory and system change, as he explains how to pick the most appropriate models for specific organisations and needs. In addition, Darnton, who is the author of the ISM (Individual, Social, Material) model, spoke in detail about the role of models in designing impactful interventions for targeted behaviours.

In his own words: “Models are devices for using our heads: they’re thinking tools! The value that they have is in the potential of helping us figure out a problem. Models are always going to be wrong, it’s about how wrong they are. The best model is the most usable, the one that gets one the closest to a workable solution. They help us work out which bits of the data we have are most relevant.”

Other topics covered in the models’ podcast include suggestions on right and wrong ways of applying theory, the most popular models and how to use them, and practical lessons on applying models to specific projects and challenges.

Download our Models podcast now!

The first AoC podcast on the topic of Insights with guest speaker Lizzie Kenyon is available here, if you would like to start at the beginning of our Behaviour Change series.

The podcast series is part of the Academy of Change (AoC) training programme and it offers complementary views on selected behavioural change topics. Through insightful conversations with field experts, the topics are explored from a practical perspective in order to serve listeners from different fields and areas of interest.

The Academy of Change (AoC) is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP, Behaviour Change (BC) and the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC). The AoC is funded by the KR Foundation.

For further question, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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Household Waste Analysis in Solingen: Enhancing Better Sorting from a Consumer Perspective

5. August 2020 - 14:31

What can garbage bins reveal about consumer waste sorting practices and underlying behaviours? How can such information be used to improve waste separation? Is behaviour change or a change in the product package design the best solution in a specific case? The Club for Sustainable Packaging Solutions, as part of CIAP (Consumer Insight Action Panel), conducted a household waste analysis in Solingen to shed new light on potential interventions for more sustainable practices in waste management.

A search through the bins of residual and recyclable waste from private households was central to the analysis in the aim of understanding recurring waste sorting patterns. Members of the Club for Sustainable Packaging Solutions (Club für Nachhaltige Verpackungslösungen) looked at four product categories in particular: dairy cups, food packaging consisting of tray and film, cleaning products packaging, and blister-cardboard combinations as used in batteries. For example, it was looked if the yogurt lid had been separated from the cup or if soap pouches were thrown into the residual or the recyclable bin. In addition, attention was paid as to whether the packaging of specific products included any separation instructions for the consumer. CSCP’s Stephan Schaller, who moderates the club, highlighted the importance of “clear and simple messages for the consumer” in order to facilitate proper sorting.

The aim of the club is to work with stakeholders in integrating consumer insights into the development of sustainable (circular) packaging and generate new solutions. The household waste analysis will offer useful cues about barriers and enablers towards better sorting practices. The results of the analysis will be completed in September 2020, whereas the general findings of the project will be directly fed at the EU level in the form of policy recommendations. Outcomes, such as documents and (virtual) learning sessions, will support knowledge-sharing with other actors, particularly Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Members of the CIAP Club for Sustainable Packaging Solutions include retailers like ALDI Nord/ALDI Süd, dm drogerie-markt and REWE Group, system gastronomy providers like McDonald‘s Germany, packaging companies, waste collectors and recyclers as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) is a non-profit initiative led by the CSCP and funded by Sitra and Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), in partnership with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

For further questions, please contact Stephan Schaller.

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The Competence Centre eStandards Project Extended: Greener Businesses Through Digitalisation

29. Juli 2020 - 9:43

Since its launch in 2017, the Competence Centre eStandards has directly reached over 14,000 companies as part of its goal to bring digitalisation and standardisation to German Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). In the second phase, the project looks to maximise its positive impact by strengthening the work on sustainability and focusing on new thematic priorities: Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain technology, and platform economy.

As the first thematic competence centre in Germany, the Competence Centre eStandards (Mittlestand – 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards) has been a hub for enabling more digital and sustainable business models and production processes at the SME level. During the past three years, the project conducted 40 pilot projects, developed numerous hands-on tools, and offered creative training formats to bring SMEs one step further in the world of sustainable digitalisation. In addition, the Centre held over 850 presentations at external conferences and organised multiple specialised events.

In its second phase (2020-2022), a leading objective of the Centre would be to support SMEs as they navigate through the new normal imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, while placing an even stronger emphasis on the topic of sustainability. A strategic aim is to support companies in adapting more sustainable business models that allow them to remain competitive and thrive, including in crisis times.

The Competence Centre eStandards is hosted by a consortium of the CSCP and GS1 Germany, HAGENagentur für Wirtschaftsförderung, Stadtentwicklung, Tourismus mbH,Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) Sankt Augustin, Fraunhofer Centre for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW.  The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

For further information, please contact Patrik Eisenhauer.

 

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‘Competitive After Corona’: CSR.digital Discusses Opportunities with SMEs

27. Juli 2020 - 12:35

With a combined demand and supply shock, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)  have been greatly exposed to the adversities of the pandemic outbreak. On the one hand, production has been affected by business closures, travel restrictions, and distancing requirements. On the other, containment measures have decreased demand, especially in sectors such as gastronomy or tourism. Amidst this pressure, SMEs still have to pay all their fixed costs. Despite a rollback on lockdown measures, many such enterprises are still facing challenges on how to react and adapt to the new situation. What are the lessons learnt so far? Which are the right actions? How to strengthen resilience and become more future-proof?

In July 2020, CSR.digital, the Centre for Digital Responsibility in North-Rhein Westphalia, addressed these questions in an online meeting together with over 130 representatives from SMEs, the NRW government, civil society, and the scientific community. Harnessing the power of digitalisation in supporting SMEs to become more resilient was at the centre of the discussions.

At the event opening, the Minister of Economics and Digital Affairs in NRW, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart addressed the participants via a recorded video, in which he explained how digital responsibility can lead to more competitiveness, including in crisis times.

Prof. Dr. Barbara  E. Weißenberger from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, a CSR.digital project partner, reflected on the current state of research: “We are still observing a certain optimism regarding the economy and there is hope that we will be able to absorb a good part of the economic downturn next year. However, I consider it realistic that we will have to deal with the effects of the pandemic even by 2023 or 2024”. She added that the essential part is to focus on making companies more crisis-proof and that this requires measures to improve sustainability. In turn, higher sustainability goals are closely linked to digitalisation, concluded Weißenberger.

Tying digitalisation processes with sustainability goals is a key in CSR.digital. With the support of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in NRW and the scientific community,  CSR.digital is looking into the specific needs of the businesses and trying to map out solutions collaboratively with them. CSR.digital also intends to make existing knowledge visible and connect key players with one-another. As Wolfgang Trefzger, IHK NRW representative in the CSR.digital team points out: “We want to implement our work in close collaboration with the 16 IHKs in NRW. Experiences from companies that are already pioneering in sustainable digitalisation processes will be taken into account, too”.

One such example, the Cologne-based bag manufacturer FOND OF, was already presented during the online meeting. Julian Conrads and Till Hess from FOND OF shared first insights into good practices of digital responsibility and set the framework for the following discussion. The highlights of their interview are available here.

The expert panel pointed out various pressing issues regarding digital responsibility on the SMEs’ side. Stephan Grabmeier, innovation and social entrepreneurship expert, highlighted that “neither the economy nor the individual company must see themselves as an end on their own, but instead take the whole into account. Therefore, business must always meet social demands and create meaning. When asked what the world would lack if my company no longer existed, entrepreneurs should be able to give a clear answer in the face of ecological and social crises. This would then also motivate the employees.” Dr. Myriam Jahn, CEO of IoT specialist Q-loud, recalled that competitiveness in the case of digitalisation means speed above all else. This is particularly visible in the context of the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), where according to Jahn, the German economy has still to catch up. On the other hand, Roland Schüren, managing director in the 4th generation bakery ‘Ihr Bäcker Schüren’, emphasised the entrepreneurial perspective, which is less characterised by planning and more so by action, trial, and error. Closer peer exchange, which CSR.digital will facilitate, is fundamental with respect to this.

The discussion of the experts was complemented by questions and suggestions from the audience. An important consensus from the audience side was that, SMEs’ needs and opportunities are often not the focus of the public debate on digitalisation. This could be countered by actively addressing the challenges posed by sustainability and digitalisation, for example by offering products and services with added social value, the experts suggested.

The next CSR.digital online event, a live interview with KI.NRW, a central networking initiative in the field of artificial intelligence in NRW, is scheduled for 12 August 2020. Find out more about the event and register here. In the coming weeks, the CSR.digital team will visit IHK Bonn and IHK Düsseldorf to communicate project contents and receive direct feedback in interactive workshops and personal talks. 

CSR.digital – Sustainably Competitive is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs NRW via the EFRE fund.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

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Get to Know Jannik Giesen, the New Project Manager in the Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Team

1. Juli 2020 - 9:08

With a background in consultancy in the field of strategy and organisational development, Jannik will work closely with businesses aiming to reshape business models in support of more sustainability.

What drew you to work in sustainability?

I was brought up with a high sensitivity towards sustainable behaviour. So not surprisingly, sustainable thinking and acting always took a significant part in my private life. Over the last years, I developed the wish to take this mindset, commitment, and passion into the professional level. Being part of the CSCP, I aim to widen my personal grasp of levers and initiatives towards more sustainability at all levels of life. As I believe sustainability to be one of the most pressing challenges of our times, and one that requires a lot more effort by society and each of its members, it feels like the right topic to invest my time.

Why did you apply to work for the CSCP?

As a Wuppertal native, being born and raised in the city, I have always kept an eye out for interesting, forward-thinking Wuppertal-based organisations. This is how the CSCP came to my attention. From the first homepage visit I felt drawn to its concept of delivering hands-on sustainable solutions through international and interdisciplinary collaboration. With its truly international team, the diverse backgrounds and interests of its members, and the broad fields of action covering a whole range of sustainability topics, the CSCP fascinated me. So, I decided to follow my intuition and join the team, wishing to build more in-depth expertise in sustainability topics and contribute my own experiences and skills to a good cause.

What would you highlight from your past experience and how does that relate to the CSCP?

As a consultant, I worked on a broad range of topics, functions and industries for several years. This experience provided me with a good understanding of the complex influence and decision-making procedures in both large and medium-sized companies. I look forward at using these insights and experiences in changing existing mindsets and structures in private enterprises. Also, the general skills acquired during this time, like reducing complexity, developing suitable solutions and delivering those in a comprehensive and appealing manner, could be an added value to the CSCP’s excellence in project management. Apart from that, I collected some experience as an international volunteer, working in practical ecology iEcuador and with young artists and activists in Nairobi, Kenya. As these placements were self-organised and somewhat off the beaten tracks of development work, I gained some interesting insights and perspectives which I’ll be happy to share, discuss and build upon with the new colleagues and partners of the CSCP.

For further question, please get in contact with Jannik Giesen.

 

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Dialogue Forum: Towards More Food Waste Reduction Measures

30. Juni 2020 - 11:00

More than 80 participants, including representatives from wholesale and retail, other economic sectors, science, civil society and politics, gathered in an online meeting in June 2020 to discuss food waste reduction measures and further coordinate their collaboration towards less food waste along the entire supply chain.

A measurable reduction of food waste – being among the key priorities of the Dialogue Forum – was the focus of the online meeting’s agenda.

In a lively and fruitful exchange, the following concrete approaches were discussed:

  • Longer shelf life of fruit and vegetables through ‘coating’
  • Availability of bread and baked goods
  • The offer of blemished fruit and vegetables
  • Avoidance and improved management of returns
  • Better redistribution and donation

The CSCP is facilitating the bilateral talks between interested parties and it will also support the follow up phase towards concretisation of all suggestions that derived out of the online meeting. The discussed reduction measures could be conducted as ‘demonstration projects’ in the framework of the Dialogue Forum either from companies individually on the premise of sharing experiences with others or by several companies in the form of sector initiatives.

Some of these measures derived out of promising, innovative and upscalable ideas to reduce food waste, which were gathered earlier in 2020. Watch the video pitches to find out more about these ideas!

The Dialogue Forum for Food Waste Reduction in Wholesale and Retail is carried out by the CSCP in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut.

The project is supported by funds of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on a decision of the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the Federal Program for Ecological Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture.

For further information please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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Call for Applications for weiter_wirken Capacity Building Programme is Open – Apply Now!

30. Juni 2020 - 9:20

Are you engaged in a sustainability project and currently looking for ways how to maximise your positive impact? Moreover, are you keen on exploring which insights and tools might help you to reach this goal? Our training programme, weiter_wirken – Communicating Sustainability Successfully (Nachhaltigkeit Erfolgreich Vermitteln), is designed to support professionals and volunteers from the NGO sector in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in achieving more sustainable behaviours within their target groups. The call for application is now open – apply here until 31 August 2020 to become part of a unique network of people striving for more sustainability in NRW. The programme is in German.

Changing behaviours towards greater sustainability is key, yet a very complex task to achieve. Oftentimes, sustainable intentions are not matched with sustainable actions. For example, according to Growth from Knowledge (GfK), while 45% of German consumers indicate that sustainability considerations influence their fashion purchasing decisions, fair fashion continues to only account for 0.3% of total sales in Germany. Overcoming this intention-action gap not only requires challenging existing belief systems and unsustainable practices, but also coming up with creative ways to introduce and promote more sustainable ones.

The training programme ‘weiter_wirken’ – Communicating Sustainability Successfully (Nachhaltigkeit Erfolgreich Vermitteln) addresses precisely this gap. Building upon the success of our international counterpart, the Academy of Change (AoC), ‘weiter_wirken’ offers a comprehensive capacity building programme based on insights from behaviour and communication science. It is designed specifically for professionals and volunteers from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in NRW who work on fostering sustainable behaviours. Through a series of workshops, the participants are trained on how to generate greater impact with their sustainability projects and enable their target groups to engage in more sustainable behaviours.

At the same time, participants of the weiter_wirken training programme also become part of a wide networking and learning space, as sustainability-oriented organisations from various areas will exchange their experiences, discuss challenges and share their knowledge.

Programme Details

The programme is free of charge and consists of four full-day, in-person workshops at different locations in NRW, beginning at the end of October 2020. For more details about the workshops and the respective topics, please check out our programme page.

Due to the limited number of spaces available (maximum of 20), participants will be selected through an open application process to ensure a fair, transparent and high-quality selection procedure.

Sounds interesting? Then, apply now! Applications can be sent until 31 August, 2020.  We look forward to engaging with you for greater impact and more sustainable behaviours!

‚weiter_wirken‘ is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP and its cooperating partners Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and ecosign/ Akademie für Gestaltung. The project is funded by the Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and runs until summer 2021.

For further questions, please contact Christian Malarciuc.

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Together for a Green Recovery

29. Juni 2020 - 12:28

The COVID-19 imposed lockdown has brought most of the European economies to a sudden halt. As governments and businesses look for ways to rebuilt, the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, of which the CSCP is a member, stresses the ultimate need to link recovery to the European Green Deal and joins the call to act now for a sustainable and just future for all.

The economic shock has been significant: GDP has fallen, supply chains have been tested, some state systems have been over-burdened, market insecurity has increased, and more. As we step up our efforts in defining the recovery strategy, we must ensure that the end of one crisis does not mean the beginning of another.

The recovery plan is a great opportunity to rethink our society and develop a prosperity model that addresses economic, social, and environmental needs and priorities at the same time. The Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP), to which the CSCP is a member, takes note of the Green Recovery Call to Action, signed by numerous policy makers, businesses, representatives of associations and initiatives, and more. The Coordination Group also stresses the need for a coordinated approach that leaves no one behind.

The Call for Action underlines the importance of a green recovery strategy aimed at rebooting and boosting our economies. In order to trigger a new European economic model, which is more resilient, more protective, more sovereign, and more inclusive, all investments and recovery efforts have to built around the EU Green Deal principles.

The Call for Action highlights that ‘the transition to a climate-neutral economy, the protection of biodiversity and the transformation of agri-food systems have the potential to rapidly deliver jobs, growth and improve the way of life of all citizens worldwide, and to contribute to building more resilient societies.’

The CSCP and its ECESP partners believe that the recovery plans at the local, national, and EU level must enshrine the fight against climate change as the core of the economic strategy and turn these plans into concrete actions and investments. The group also acknowledges the huge social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore higlights the imperative need of making sure that the climate-neutral economy transition is a just and fair one.

The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) is deeply engaged in accelerating the transition towards climate neutrality through circular economy. In the light of the Green Recovery Call to Action, the ECESP stresses its commitment to share knwoledge, expertise, and inititatives through the platform and help shape investment decisions that lead to a sustainable economic recovery.

The Green Recovery Call to Action is signed by hundreds of policy makers, businesses, associations, initiatives and more.

 

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Behaviour Change Insights to Go: Listen to the New Podcast from Our Academy of Change!

29. Juni 2020 - 11:43

Are you curious about why people behave the way they do? Would you like to learn more about behavioural insights and their role in achieving more sustainability? Then, hit play – the first episode of the newly launched Academy of Change (AoC) podcast series explores the topic of Insights together with field expert, Lizzie Kenyon.

It happens all too often: Our good intentions are not matched by our actions. This gap between what we aim for and what we actually do has great implications in the way public policy, economic decisions, or awareness raising campaigns are received and made sense of by people.

Behavioural insights are becoming increasingly important in explaining why people behave the way they do, what provides and does not provide incentives, how they respond to change and much more.

In addition, insights into real-life situations in which people make decisions like, how they discard their waste, if they buy a more sustainable product or recycling their old phones – are crucial for designing successful behaviour change interventions. Without proper understanding of the root causes of such decisions, interventions may miss the point and not lead to the more sustainable behaviour that most of us strive for anyway.

In the Insights episode, we discuss behaviour insights and their support towards more sustainable behaviours. Our guest speaker, Lizzie Kenyon, Director of the Centre for Social Innovation at Keep Britain Tidy highlights that “the first thing that goes into one’s mind when thinking about insights is assumptions”. In Kenyon’s words, “insights can help us to address those assumptions, to take a step back and ask: Do we actually know that, that is what is driving that particular behaviour? Could there be multiple drivers that play a role here?”

To find out more about these as well as many real-life examples of how insights support behavioural change interventions that have a real impact –

Download our Insights podcast now!

The podcast series is part of the Academy of Change (AoC) training programme and it offers complementary views on selected behavioural change topics. Through insightful conversations with experts in the field, the topics are explored from a practical perspective in order to serve listeners from different fields and areas of interest.

The Academy of Change (AoC) is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP, Behaviour Change (BC) and the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC). The AoC is funded by the KR Foundation.

For further question, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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‘Putting Solutions on the Table’ Webinar: Approaches and Interventions for More Sustainable Food Consumption Behaviours

29. Juni 2020 - 10:14

How can food consumption behaviours and solution-oriented interventions trigger an EU-wide shift towards a more sustainable future? Moreover, how are these behaviour interventions applied in real life contexts? The VALUMICS webinar “Putting Solutions on the Table: Successful Approaches and Interventions to Support more Sustainable Food Consumption Behaviours in the EU”, 16 July 2020, 15:00 CET, will explore these questions with an outstanding line-up of food and behaviour change experts, who will share and discuss pilot interventions and strategies suitable for the food industry and policy makers. Register here to join us!

Food is one of the strongest levers to optimise human health and environmental sustainability. Food consumption accounts for at least 25% of the average material footprint of a European citizen, which is about three times larger than its estimated sustainable level, studies suggest[1]. From a carbon emission perspective, current European eating patterns are based on carbon intensive behaviours[2], such as daily consumption of animal-derived products that can cause as much as 20 times more carbon emissions than the plant-based counterpart per gram of protein[3]. Therefore, a significant global dietary shift and the reduction of high impact food consumption are necessary in order to be able to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement[4].

A shift to a sustainable food system can bring environmental, health, economic and social benefits. Therefore, the most pressing question is: How to halve the consumption of high impact foods in Europe in the next decades and thereby,­ reduce its footprint?

The aim of the VALUMICS webinar ‘Solutions on the Table’ is to share and discuss insights from existing evidence from hands-on, behaviourally-informed pilot interventions and strategies suitable for the food industry and policy makers in order to drive more sustainable food consumption practices.

The webinar will look into food consumption behaviour patterns in the EU, decision-making drivers and solution-oriented interventions tested in real-life contexts, particularly in food retail stores, to pilot actions and learn what can support the shift towards more sustainable food consumption, e.g. by supporting the increase of plant-based products in people’s diets.

Date: 16 July 2020
Time: 15:00-16:30 CET
Language: English
Cost: Free

Join the webinar and become part of the discussion – register here!

For further information, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

 

 

[1] Leppänen et al., 2011

[2] Akenji et al., 2019

[3] Leahy, 2019

[4] Willett, W. et al., 2019

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CIAP: Fostering Circular Behaviours in the Electronics Sector and Beyond

25. Juni 2020 - 11:59

Looking for effective ways to enable circular behaviour change in the electronics, plastics and textile sectors? Then, the Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) is the right framework. Through a hands-on collaboration process with businesses, start-ups, NGOs, researchers and European policy makers, CIAP aims to mobilise and support frontrunners in enabling circular behaviours. To do that, CIAP will connect circular production to consumption, go deeper into understanding the consumer behavioural elements of the circular transition, and unlock the practical applications of behavioural insights to enable more circularity in various sectors.

Each European generates 16.6kg e-waste per year. In general, E-waste reached 50 million tons in 2018 globally, a figure that grows 3-4% every year[1]. This is partly due to the fact that the lifetime of most electronic products is decreasing and a growing number of appliances are replaced before they reach their average service life of 5 years[2]. In the meantime, according to Eurostat, it is estimated that less than 40% of electronic waste is recycled in the EU, while over one third of European consumers have never repaired an electronic product [3]. These are some of the challenges faced in the electronics sector in Europe, not to mention the critical resource, carbon and water footprints that result from this.

How can we improve the take-back schemes to motivate consumers to return obsolete electronics, such as smartphones, to the right collection points? What are the effective ways to enable consumers to choose more durable products? Can behaviour change play a role in engaging consumers to exercise their right to repair?

EU policies and decision-makers have long recognised the importance of understanding and integrating consumer knowledge and behavioural insights into the circular economy transition. The new EU Circular Economy Action Plan is more than ever focused on “empowering  consumers  and  providing  them  with  cost-saving  opportunities”, a  key  building  block  of the transition towards a circular economy in Europe. Among several important goals, the Action Plan aims at “improving the collection and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment including by exploring options for an EU-wide take back scheme to return or sell back old mobile phones, tablets and chargers”, which will certainly entail having a better understanding of the barriers faced by consumers in playing their part.

Despite the growing importance of consumer engagement and behavioural insights for the circular economy transition, there is little research and action on how to effectively enable more circular behaviours. Similarly, the need to understand and address the actual consumer behavioural barriers to engage is still largely overlooked within circular strategies. To address this gap, the CSCP, Sitra and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) have launched in 2019 the Consumer Insight Action Panel, in partnership with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

The goal of the Consumer Insight Action Panel is to translate consumer needs and behavioural knowledge into impact-oriented and consumer-relevant policy recommendations, business innovations and civil society actions towards the circular economy. In other words, the main objective is to enable change towards the circular behaviours that really matter!

CIAP’s work has been organised in three clubs: electronics, plastics and textiles. Each club consists of a group of high-level stakeholders dedicated to exchanging knowledge, benchmark existing solutions, prototype and test innovations, and lead the sector when it comes to fostering circular behaviours. The stakeholders includes business, start-ups, NGOs, researchers and European policy makers. You can find more details about the clubs here.

The Electronics Club focuses on exploring ways to engage consumers more effectively in the transition towards more circularity and test behaviourally-informed approaches in retail stores, neighbourhoods and households. Moreover, the Electronic Clubs aims at fostering circular electronic goals such as boosting take-back schemes, enabling the fulfilment of the right to repair, and supporting product maintenance. Finally, the club is also keen on understanding how solutions to support circular behaviours might have social impacts and how to account for them.

Are you interested in driving behavioural knowledge and supporting behavioural change towards the circular economy transition in Europe? Would you like to be involved in prototyping and testing interventions towards circular behaviours in electronics, plastics or textiles sector?

Then, reach out to Mariana Nicolau.

Image Robin Worrall on Unsplash

[1] ITU, 2017

[2] Prakash et al., 2016

[3] DG JUST, 2018

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The Academy of Change Second Round Kicked Off Virtually with 50 Participants from 25 Countries

23. Juni 2020 - 10:22

The capacity building programme, which focuses on integrating behavioural insights into the work of international NGOs, launched its second round in a virtual gathering across 10 different time zones and with an outstanding line-up of expert speakers on behaviour change topics.

The CSCP tapped into its expertise with digital collaborative tools to turn the opening event into an insightful and interactive webinar during which expert speakers shared their knowledge on some of the key elements related to behaviour change as a powerful means for improving our societies’ sustainability performance.

Becky Rowe, founder of Revealing Reality spoke about the role of behaviour insights as a means of understanding people in their own habitat, challenging our own assumptions, and viewing the world from different perspectives. Models as a method to diagnose behaviours, design behavioural strategies, and work as checklists for key tasks before, during, and after interventions, were the focal point of the presentation of Dr. Joe Hale, Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. Toby Park, Head of Energy and Sustainability at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also emphasised the need to shift away from understanding people as strictly rational beings and presented various tools that could be used in support of positive behaviour change. Jonathan Breckon, from NESTA and Director of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, provided an overview of the different approaches to evaluate behaviour change interventions and exploring the nexus between evidence and policy-making.

In addition to these valuable insights, the AoC participants will have the opportunity to follow a full-fledged programme consisting of seven different modules. The AoC modules cover the following: Behavioural and decision-making insights, models and tools of understanding and changing behaviours, designing and implementing behaviour change interventions, as well as learning how to evaluate related impact. The programme will run for four months. You can find detailed information about the Academy of Change programme here.

The Academy of Change (AoC) is a unique capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change, designed for NGO leaders working on climate change and sustainability. The AoC enables its participants to incorporate evidence-based expertise and insights about citizens’ behaviours into their strategies and projects, generating greater impact from their activities.

Did you miss the chance to apply for the AoC second round? Don’t worry, we are happy to announce that a third round will be held in 2021. Get in touch with the AoC team to be informed or sign up for the Academy of Change newsletter for the latest updates.

The Academy of Change (AoC) is a non-profit initiative of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Behaviour Change (BC) and the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC). The AoC is funded by the KR Foundation.

For further information, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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ALDI Süd, Lidl, Edeka, Netto, Norma, Biocompany and More Join the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste

22. Juni 2020 - 14:46

The Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste is building a solid ground for joint efforts in reducing food waste in retail and wholesale. The official signatories include major retailers such as ALDI Süd, Lidl, Edeka, Netto, Norma, Transgourmet, Biocompany and more, implying great potential for more positive impact.

The Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail (HandelsforumRVL) aims to achieve more precise measurements of food waste in the German wholesale and retail sector as well as a binding target agreement for this sector. In addition, the Dialogue Forum supports the implementation of innovative projects for food waste reduction.

So far, 16 wholesale and retail companies have officially underlined their joint commitment in reducing food waste by signing the declaration of participation to the Dialogue Forum. The Dialogue Forum is open and looks forward to welcoming new members.

Nora Brüggemann, project coordinator and moderator of the information exchange welcomes the current milestone and adds, “In the first few months of the joint exchange, we have been able to promote the co-design process with great success. With their commitment to contribute and test waste data collection processes, the signatories can directly support the new food waste reporting commitments towards the EU.”

Brüggemann also notes that, “Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the companies have agreed in intensifying the development and implementation of additional measures for further food waste reduction in and at the interfaces to the retail sector”.

On 23 June 2020, the Dialogue Forum will hold its next online meeting to discuss ideas in tackling food waste as well as further reduction measures (earlier inspirations were collected with the help of 10 video pitches). Representatives from the retail and the wholesale as well as civil society, policy, and other food companies will be part of the meeting. If you are interested in joining the discussion, which will be held in German, please reach out to Nora Brüggemann.

The dialogue forum is carried out by the CSCP in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut. The project is supported by funds of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on a decision of the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the Federal Program for Ecological Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture.

Current members of the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail are:

  • Alnatura
  • ALDI SÜD
  • BIO COMPANY
  • CHEFS CULINAR West GmbH & Co. KG, Niederlassung Wöllstein
  • Edeka
  • HelloFresh Deutschland
  • Lidl
  • Netto
  • NORMA
  • METRO Deutschland
  • Querfeld
  • PENNY
  • REWE
  • tegut… gute Lebensmittel
  • Transgourmet Deutschland
  • WASGAU

For further information please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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The AoC Catalyst First Round Has Kicked-Off

22. Juni 2020 - 9:27

Representatives of leading environmental and social Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) came together virtually for the official launch of the first round of the Catalyst, a special Academy of Change (AoC) programme aimed at accelerating the integration of behaviour change know-how in the daily work of NGOs.

The Catalyst participants include representatives of NGOs such as Greenpeace International, RSPB, Fingo, CEED Bulgaria, WRAP, HESPUL, Rare, CIDSE, Association of Concsious Consumers, and Foodture. All of them have successfully completed the Academy of Change capacity building programme, a prerequisite to join the Catalyst.

The main goal of the Catalyst is to support NGOs in undertaking  organisational change by providing tailor-made tools and supporting them in turning sustainable behaviour change knowledge into an asset for their daily work. The Catalyst also aims to enable NGOs to design and implement behaviour change pilot interventions, alone or in collaboration with other Catalyst peers, in order to have first-hand experience with behaviour change work and implement behavioural knowledge in a real-life setting. Moreover, the Catalyst will offer NGO peer exchange and mutual support on various behaviour change topics.

The Catalyst programme activities will cover six sequential modules that reflect and are built around the needs and interests of the Catalyst participants. The modules foster the development of a set of skills that range from internalising the topic of behaviour change in organisations, to communicating the importance of behaviour change, engaging colleagues in the work, applying it in practice, and exploring new formats for developing behaviour change interventions. In order to foster co-creation approaches and peer-to-peer learning, participants will have active roles in each of the modules to support the delivery of the module/tool exercise, share concrete experiences or ideas for action.

Especially exciting are the pilot interventions which the Catalyst participants will design and implement collaboratively with one another throughout the programme’s duration. Check the Academy of Change website or follow AoC on Twitter to receive further updates as well as first results from the pilots!

Do you think the Catalyst could help you and your NGO? Then, taking part in the Academy of Change Programme (AoC) would be your first step. You can find more details about AoC  here. For other ideas or suggestions, please get in touch with the Academy of Change team.

 

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CSR.digital Kicked off its Knowledge Sharing Process with Chambers of Industry and Commerce in NRW

19. Juni 2020 - 0:02

Ahead of the 2 July 2020 official launch, CSR.digital, the first ever Centre for Digital Responsibility in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), held a joint meeting with project partners – the CSCP, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, and IHK NRW – and representatives of 13 chambers of industry and commerce in NRW to initiate a knowledge sharing process. Discussions and experience sharing about how to best link digital responsibility and sustainability were at the top of the agenda.

During the meeting, which took place as a webinar, the participants also discussed the best ways to facilitate more resilience for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in NRW and how to enable them to exercise responsible leadership during and after crises’ times.

The meeting opened with a survey regarding the participants’ associations with digital responsibility. Surevy results revealed that many already acknowledge the potential of digitalisation to support the implementation of sustainability goals.

Prof.Dr. Barbara E. Weißenberger from the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf gave an indroduction on the topic of digital responsibility from the scientific perspective, emphasising the further development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) and factors impacting the successful implementation at the SME level.

Dr. Saskia Dörr, an expert on Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR), shared a presentation about how CDR goes beyond corporate image improvement and pointed out competitive advantages that can be created through it. Dörr also shared numerous practical examples ranging from ‘New Work’ concepts to the proper way of dealing with customer data.

The participants were also provided with numerous insights and practical experiences from Caroline Kogel, CSR manager at the hardware company Lancom Systems in Aachen. Relating to her own work, she explained how sustainability and digitalisation positively impact production and supply chains. Besides that, Kogel shared valuable insights on how the company she works for used CDR to shift from in-person meetings and office face time to working remotely, online meetings, and the usage of online collaboration tools during the most recent period.

Following an engaging discussion, various modes of collaboration between CSR.digital and the chambers of industry and commerce in NRW were also discussed during the meeting.

Ahead of the official kick-off of CSR.digital on 2 July 2020, the project will launch a series of online interviews with representatives of SMEs that have expertise in the field of digitalisation and sustainability. The first SME to be featured in the new format is Fond OF, a Cologne-based sustainable fashion company. The online interview, which will be streamed for SMEs and partner organisations, is scheduled for 18 June 2020.

The second online interview will take place on 16 July 2020 and it will feature e.GO mobile, an electric automotive manufacturer in Aachen.

CSR.digital – Sustainably Competitive is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of NRW via the EFRE fund and it is a collaboration between the CSCP, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, and IHK NRW.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

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BOOM Holiday Camp August 2020: Registration is Open!

18. Juni 2020 - 23:24

Do you know a teenager or a young adult who is curious about their future career and what it could look like? How will work and life look like in 2030, what are the future jobs and what knowledge and skill sets will be needed? Moreover, how can we shape future careers to be sustainable and therefore meaningful for individuals, society and the environment alike? The CSCP invites teenagers and young adults to join our first BOOM holiday camp and explore these questions and more together – registration is open!

The first BOOM holiday camp, which focuses on the subject of building and housing, will take place at the lake Edersee in Germany from 2 to 7 August 2020. During the camp, participants from the age of 14 – 17 years will have the opportunity to design their own open-air community room with upcycled furniture, renovate tree houses or learn to build a raised bed for delicious wild herbs that can be used in the kitchen of the youth hostel. The holiday camp will take place in an adapted format and with appropriate hygiene and safety measures, reflecting the latest Covid-19 developments.

BOOM – Career Orientation and Sustainability with a New Perspective (Berufsorientierung und Nachhaltigkeit Mal Anders) are holiday camps aiming to give teenagers and young adults the possibility to explore handicraft professions in creative ways, while at the same time offering them the space to experience their strengths, needs and wishes. The participants will also have the chance to learn about sustainable living and how career decisions can have an impact on that.

BOOM participants explore future jobs in the fields of ‘daily consumption and product design’, ‘energy and mobility’, ‘building and housing’ and ’food and agriculture’. Beyond that, they also have the chance to get insights into societal trends and challenges, such as digitalisation, changing consumption trends or the ‘New Work’ concept and reflect on how these trends affect their own lifestyles and future careers.

Along the guiding principle “every job is green”, the participants of the BOOM holiday camps are invited to take sustainability as a key aspect in their career plans and as an opportunity to shape their professional and personal future. To find out more about the camps and how to register, please check the BOOM website.

BOOM is a joint project of the CSCP and its partners Provadis GmbH and Sportjugend Hessen e.V and it is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The project runs until 2022.

For further information, please contact Carina Diedrich.

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Meet Anna Hilger, the New Project Manager in the Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Team

18. Juni 2020 - 14:50

Anna, a former project manager in an innovation lab as well as in the fashion industry, will support the team mainly in the area of sustainable digitalisation, with a focus on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Driven by her passion to combine the digitalisation agenda with sustainability goals, Anna looks forward to generating positive change for society and business alike.

Why did you apply to work for the CSCP?

Sustainability has always been of high relevance for me personally, which is why at a certain point I also realised that I wanted to make it a focus of my professional work, too. In this context, applying to work for the CSCP was a great opportunity to start this journey. In my current position, I find it especially important that sustainability is strongly interlinked to digitalisation, which ideally should be self-evident in the future in order to make sure that we leverage digitalisation to achieve more sustainability while making digitalisation more sustainable itself. In addition, I am also looking forward to our projects that focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), so that we can jointly create solutions that benefit companies and society alike. Lastly, I am appreciative of the CSCP’s international team, with diverse background and skill sets, which allows us to tackle sustainability from different perspectives.

What would you highlight from your past experience and how does that relate to the CSCP?

Previously, I have worked with and for several SMEs in different industries. This experience is especially helpful for my work in the CSR.digital project, where SMEs are the main focus. I have been lucky to always have worked in innovative environments, experiencing different teams, but also various software solutions and project management approaches. I intend to bring all this experience in and build on it further. Moreover, sustainability is deeply embedded in my private life too, with topics such as food waste and improving mobility being the main focus of my engagement. This adds a lot of passion into the work that I do at the CSCP

Your impressions on the CSCP so far?

I am very impressed by the way work is conducted at the CSCP and how collaboration is steadily kept in mind at all instances. As I joined during the peak of the Corona lockdown, I was also surprised with how good the CSCP is at working remotely and finding creative and engaging ways to do that. This is not only very sustainable, but also in line with current trends such as New Work and the aim to achieve more while retaining a better work-life balance

What are the topics/projects that you are most excited about in your new job?

I am very keen on thinking of digitalisation and sustainability together and also analysing promising new business models that emerge from thinking of these two aspects in interlinked ways. I am also very curious about exploring the New Work concept and I look forward to have a positive impact on that.

For further questions, please get in contact with Anna Hilger.

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The PathoCERT Project: Improving Emergency Responses for More Resilience

18. Juni 2020 - 14:14

Pathogen contamination occurrences are challanging to detect and trace: They can occur anywhere, may be caused by various reasons, and can easily spread through water causing large-scale contaminations. Our new project, PathoCERT (Pathogen Contamination Emergency Response Technologies), which launches in fall 2020, aims to address a key question: What can be done to respond quicker and better to the pathogen contamination events and thus safeguard our health and the environment?

Over the years, disruptive events, such as earthquakes, flash-floods, accidents or attacks on our infrastructures have shown us how deeply our security and health can be affected. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has also shed new light on existing communities’ vulnerabilities. Such events remind us how fundamental it is to move towards a more resilient society and become more future-proof.

The PathoCERT project, which focuses on Europe, injects new momentum into this background with a focus on a collaborative approach towards improving our prepardeness to unsettling economic, environmental, and social circumstances. The project builds upon the expertise of an interdisciplinary team composed of 23 members: 21 European-based partners, universities, first responders’ associations, SMEs, NGOs, research centers, and utility providers and two South Korean partners.

The PathoCERT project will strengthen the coordination capability of first responders in handling waterborne pathogen contamination events. It will do so by increasing their  capabilities and situational awareness, thus allowing faster control and mitigation of emergency situations and their negative impacts. At the same time, the project will assess how local communities can be supported to best anticipate, cope, and recover from these emergencies.

The CSCP together with the project partners will set up six Communities of Practice – in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, and South Korea – to reasearch upon local stakeholders’ requirements and citizens’ needs as well as to investigate and increase the acceptance level about the use of novel technologies and processes.

The PathoCERT project is funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 framework.

For further information, please reach out to Francesca Grossi.

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CSR.digital Sustainably Competitive Launches on 2 July 2020

18. Juni 2020 - 13:11

The kick-off event will take place online with an exciting agenda including speakers from NRW-based Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), the NRW Minister for Economy and Digitalisation NRW, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart as well as digitalisation and sustainability experts.

CSR.digital, the first ever Centre for Digital Responsibility in North-Rhein Westphalia (NRW), aims to serve as a hub for addressing important digitalisation aspects within the SME sector in the state. In particular, the project will focus in supporting SMEs to successfully adapt sustainability as part of their digital responsibility strategy and leverage digitalisation to stregthen their resilience. The centre aims to do so in close collaboration with economic, social and civic actors in NRW.

During the kick-off event, a detailed description of the aims and scope of the project will be presented and planned activities will be shared and discussed with SME representatives as well as other relevant organisations.

An interview with the NRW Minister of Economic Affairs Prof.Dr. Pinkwart concerning the role of sustainability and digitalisation and how it impacts SMEs, particularly in crises times, is also planned.

Moreover, the project team is happy to host a very diverse and interesting panel of speakers and topics:

  • Roland Schüren, a regional bakery chain owner, will open the discussion round and share insights on the role of innovation, digital tools and e-logistics for his and other companies
  • Myriam Jahn, CEO at the Internet of Things (IOT) company ‘Q-loud’ will bring this popular topic closer to the project audience and point out how their product can create added value for the industry
  • Saskia Dörr, expert on Corporate Digital Responsibility will share insights on the theoretical background and specific application cases for SMEs
  • Stephan Grabmaier, expert in the field of New Work will discuss the relevance of this concept and its evolvement during the Covid-19 crisis

The panel will also respond to questions from the audience and the discussion feedback will be channelled in the project’s upcoming work.

If this sounds interesting and you would like to be part of the CSR.digital kick-off event, please register here.

The project CSR.digital – Sustainably Competitive is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of NRW via the EFRE fund.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger

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M4KS Webinar Series: Mastering Interaction and Creativity in Online Meetings

9. Juni 2020 - 12:02

Many of us have been there recently: Online meetings that at some point become impersonal, difficult to follow, and content does not come through as planned. Designing and conducting successful online meetings requires a different set of skills and experiences compared to in-person ones. A webinar series on how to successfully conduct interactive online meetings as part of our Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum eStandards (M4KS) project allowed participants to learn more about strategies and tools aimed at making remote collaborating more efficient, and thus strengthening businesses’ resilience.

The webinar series covered meeting formats such classic webinars with presentations and Q&A sessions, more complex and interactive formats for smaller groups, and advanced interactive sessions with larger groups and more specific aims. The webinars followed a hands-on-approach, sharing practical suggestions on a wide range of topics, such as how to plan a successful meeting agenda including screen breaks and shorter sessions, housekeeping rules like avoiding multi-tasking, tips and tricks on how to maintain an interpersonal connection, and a number of different interactive features like polls, surveys, and break out rooms. During the webinar series, the participants had the opportunity to test all of these tools and gained some first-hand experiences. In addition, collaborative spaces like whiteboards or shared documents were integrated into the sessions to give participants a clearer idea on what they offer and how to best use them. Finally, advanced tools suited to support creative processes like design thinking or completing a business model canvas were demonstrated as well.

The Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum eStandards (M4KS) project supports SMEs in their efforts on digitalisation and sustainability. A key focus of the CSCP’s work as part of the competence center is to support companies in facilitating the implementation of new work formats. The webinar series was conducted in response to the challenges of remote working and virtual collaborating imposed by developments related the COVID-19 pandemic. The competence center offers similar webinars in a regular basis. For further details, please visit the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum eStandards (M4KS) website.

For further information, please contact Rosa Strube.

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