The “Sustainable Product Innovation – SPIN” project is implemented in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and funded by the SWITCH-Asia Programme of European Union.

AIT Vietnam is one of the project’s participants, together with five other partners: the Delft University of Technology (TUD), Netherlands with the participation of Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), and Cambodia Cleaner Production Office (CCPO).

Project’s Overall Objective

To promote potential innovation in the industry and increase social and environmental quality of the products produced in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This will be accomplished through the implementation of Sustainable Product Innovation (SPIN) on a large scale in all three countries. SPIN is regarded as a significant factor in approach to sustainable production and consumption, in a broad range in all three countries.

Project’s Specific Objective

The specific objective of this project is in the end, SPIN will be deployed for at least 500 businesses in five industrial sectors in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (food processing, textile, footwear, handicraft and furniture) to develop and produce more sustainable and advanced products for the domestic, regional and European markets. Therefore, SPIN will make common contributions to the sustainable social and environmental development of the industry, thereby, enhance its competitiveness in the markets.

Project Budget

Total cost of the project is EUR 2.8 million, of which 80% is funded by the SWITCH – Asia program of the European Union, and 20% as counterpart funds of the project’s partners.

Project Target Groups and Beneficiaries

The project will focus on 500 SMEs in five industrial sectors as target groups. Based on the available experience and surveys, five key sectors have been selected: Handicraft, Furniture, Food processing incl. packaging, Footwear, and Textile industry.
These sectors have been selected on the one hand because of their substantial share in the economy of the region, as well as their overall negative impact on environmental and social sustainability, on the other hand because of the potential for sustainable product innovation and thus for a positive change on overall sustainability. In three of the sectors local examples are now available as result of the CP4BP project. Also, the selected sectors have a high potential for further multiplication because of their structure and product portfolio. At least 500 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will be targeted, these companies will (re)design more sustainable products and introduce them to the market.

Other target groups are the governmental institutions responsible for the formulation of environmental and innovation policy. At least 30 governmental organisations will be targeted in the project. The major benefic iaries of this proposal will be the sector organisations, chambers of commerce and other intermediary business organisations connected to the f ive sectors. This includes but is not limited to organisations such as VCCI, VIETCRAFT, VICRAFTS, HRPC, HAWA, VINAFOR, VASEP, LEFASO, VINATEX, VFA, VINASME, VINPAS in Vietnam. In Laos, organisations will be selected via partner LNCCI and in Cambodia via PSMIA and ICC. At least 20 intermediate organisations will be involved in the project.

Other beneficiaries will be SMEs not directly involved in the project, since they will be able to learn from the experiences and make use the materials made available during and after the project. Other beneficiaries are the NGOs in the region that focus on sustainable development and sustainable products. Apart from this, the workers in the companies will also benefit from the results of this project proposal because of the related improvement of working conditions. All consumers nationally and internationally will benefit as well, as do the inhabitants of the region because of the reduced environmental impact and the improved social and economic circumstances.