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Revised chemical management toolkit in line with ZDHC/DETOX

Opportunities for interested trainers in chemical management in Bangladesh - GIZ PSES will publish a revised Chemical Management toolkit for companies and trainers in August 2016. The revised version even more closely refers to the requirements under ZDHC/Detox, in particular with regard to the implementation of ZDHC Chemical Management Systems. In connection with this relaunch, a number of training for trainers and service providers will be initiated through GIZ PSES from August 2016 onwards. For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pakistan now on the PREMAnet International map

We are welcoming Muhammad Salman Butt as our first PREMA trainer in Pakistan, with whom we are able to add Pakistan to the map of countries with presence of PREMAnet International. As a project manager for the German government funded Espire initiative and member of the local bfz gGmbh project team, Salman presently supports the industry in Pakistan in embracing sustainble production practices, amongst others looking into resource efficiency, chemical, energy and environmental management. At this moment the garment/textile sector and the automobile supply industry are two of the focal areas of his work. Following two initial pilot interventions on profitable resource efficient management and chemicals management in 2014 in the context of the Espire Green component, further initiatives in Pakistan are under preparation.


Linking PREMA© with Private Sector Promotion: A Successful Launch in Rwanda

by Joyce Miller

From an initial request for information about PREMA© in June 2013, it took all the way until mid-August 2014 for the CAPRESE team of Joyce Miller and Eli De Friend to land in Kigali to launch the first step of a training programme involving consultants and companies, at the request of GIZ’s Eco-Emploi
programme in Rwanda. This initiative marks an important link for PREMA© and PREMAnet e.V. with GIZ’s Private Sector Promotion division. As part of the priority area “Sustainable Economic Development” of the Rwandan German Development Cooperation, the Eco-Emploi program (June 2013-May 2016) has an objective to enhance the individual and joint performance capacity of public and private institutions for the development of sustainable employment through interventions in skills development, private sector development.

GIZ’s Eco-Emploi is tasked with developing new Business Development Services towards small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), supporting Rwanda’s interest in fostering “green economy” approaches. PREMA© was a natural fit for Rwanda –for building relevant skills, developing a new service specially tailored for SMEs, and using the improvements in resource efficiency that PREMA© promises to contribute to “green economy”. A total of 8 companies (including producers of construction materials, wood, and paint) hosted site visits and developed Action Plans, together with 14 local consultants, during PREMA© training carried out during 18-22 August 2014. With timelines for the implementation of improvement measures ranging from one week to two months, a first Network Meeting is already scheduled to take place on 7 October 2014, followed by additional training for the local consultants. In the meantime, distance coaching and support through webinars is being provided to keep the momentum going! There is great interest in forming a local PREMA© network. Stay tuned for more news coming from Rwanda in the near future!

PREMAnet trainers supporting implementation of Chemical Management in Bangladesh

by Jürgen Hannak

In Bangladesh, a team of PREMA© trainers is presently supporting a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the GIZ Programme for Promotion of Special and Environmental Standards in Industry (GIZ PSES) and Huntsman (a major international chemical manufacturer and supplier) in the implementation of Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals. With the help of the three local master trainers, 15 representatives of local resource efficiency/CSR service providers as well as five staff members of Huntsman have received training and coaching support in practically assisting 10 medium- and large-scale textile companies in addressing chemical management related issues. As part of this joint initiative, the PREMA© practitioners (on behalf of GIZ PSES) focus on the implementation of the management system angles of chemical management, while the Huntsman team complements these efforts with technical inputs on process changes, recipes (e.g. water-free textile dyeing). 

So far, the teams have completed the Chemical Management (CM) quick checks, using the revised quick check tool (thanks to Jurgen Hannak and Martin Felipe Wohlgemuth) in 10 large-scale textile units (all of them suppliers to well-known European and American buyers), followed by a 3-day CM training for company representatives. At this moment, the joint company and consulting teams are engaged in on-site improvement activities and interventions, which probably will be completed by September/October 2014. One interesting challenge in this initiative is the need to adapt the existing approaches, which were originally meant for SMEs, to the requirements in large-scale companies as well as to link these to the requirements of the “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Substances” (ZDHC) initiative. ZDHC is an effort by a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers to help lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020


PREMA© in women-run enterprises in Colombia

by Mabel Rueda and the PREMAnet Office

In the context of the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) between the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Successful Women Foundation that was implemented during June 2012 to July 2013, an action was carried out to boost the capacities of rural women who participate in productive and associative entrepreneurships nationwide in 34 projects. Within this context, PREMAnet members in Colombia had the opportunity to deliver 53 PREMA©-Good Housekeeping (GHK) “info trainings” throughout the country to 1477 rural women. This tool was considered as key guidance for developing entrepreneurship by both participants and the project’s sponsors. PREMAnet member and Regional Representative for Latin America Mabel Rueda organised basic PREMA© GHK info trainings for 22 junior facilitators in Bogota, Cali, and Medellín and subsequently evaluated their skills. Their experience was successfully replicated nationwide in 27 municipalities, 15 departments and 34 projects throughout Colombia during the first semester of 2013. 

The project aimed to provide an impulse to the 1477 participating rural women and their families by fostering their capabilities as organised groups that produce goods – and in parallel, strengthening their capabilities to organise themselves within networks able to implement actions and change. This activity was designed to have an impact on-the-ground by reducing rural poverty and leadership of rural women.