Sustainable Product Innovation (SPIN)

The SPIN project

The aim of the SPIN project is to contribute to improved innovative power of industry and improved environmental and societal quality of products made in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This contribution will be realized by implementing Sustainable Product Innovation (SPI), as an essential element of the approach of sustainable production and consumption, on a significant scale in these three countries.
The objectives are:

  • To raise product innovation competence in key industries: textiles, footwear, furniture, handicraft and food processing.
  • To minimise the environmental and social impacts of products.

The main activities are:

  • To establish the Green Office, which supports SPIN capacity development.
  • To implement activities in over 500 enterprises resulting in over 1,000 sustainable products.
  • To develop a toolkit for implementing SPIN techniques and practices among SMEs.
  • To set up research, workshops and training courses in SPIN, branding and marketing.
  • To promote and support sustainable product-related policies, including sustainable public procurement.
  • To support the marketing of the developed products at national and international exhibitions and trade fairs.
  • To train over 100 experts in SPIN and to involve Master’s graduates.

Why is SPIN necessary?

Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia are bouncing back from the recent economic crisis. The coming year is expected to be a time of strong economic growth, reflecting economic resilience and new opportunities for investment. However, the competitiveness of these countries’ national products is still relatively weak. Their national economies are based primarily on labour intensive, raw material export and are therefore vulnerable to global market fluctuations. There is great potential for improvement, not only in quality but also in health and safety standards for workers.
During this period of recovery, these countries will have to make a decision: either to continue to invest in their traditional production and consumption systems or to invest in targeted sectors and activities that support the development of a new green economy. Current economic growth has significantly impacted the environmental and social dimensions in this region, resulting in the depletion of the natural capital base. The recent droughts in the Mekong and Red River Delta are just two examples of the major environmental problems these countries face. Sustainable economic improvement will not be possible unless there is a change in current trends.