Environmental Retail Management
10.03.2017 : CSR-Award

In 1949 Werner Otto started in Hamburg the (catalogue)-mail-order house "OTTO" - today a leader in Europe. In 1971 his son Dr.Michael Otto joined his father's company and became its CEO in 1981. In 1986 he discovered sustainability and the environment as company targets - being also the first in German Trade to introduce ISO 14 001 for environmental retail management.

In 2017 Michael Otto is awarded by the German CSR-Forum for his longstanding activities during his time as CEO and later President of the Otto-Group as well as for the outstanding private sponsorships for many projects in the broad scope of economics, ecology and ethics. For 2020 the Otto-Group wants to reduce its CO2-emissions by 50 percent comared to the year 2006.

15.02.2017: Zero Hunger

Especially for Africa the big gap between demand and supply for food becomes an increasing problem: see SLIDE SHOW. Therefore, in March 29th - 31st 2017 Nairobi University will organize a First African FoodWaste Conference (LINK) - parallel starts an Awareness Campaign with an exhibition of the Gallery of Nairobi Museum. The painting "Challenge Food Waste" of Marie-Christin Hallier will be one contribution from Germany.

The European Retail Academy supports research in this field already for several years. As a Zero Version about the inclusion of Food Banks served its printed booklet "Food Waste Management" (LINK: e-Learning); also as a kick-off for PhD-research in Mexico by Alina Pukhovskaya. Now also ECR-Austria published Guide Lines for an ethical and sustainable approach (LINK Blue BOOK).

19.01.2017: Collaboration

Jointly the ECR Community Shrinkage & On-shelf Availability Group and the Kuehne Logistics University (KLU) invited for an international workshop " Sell more - Waste less" to the KLU HQ in Hamburg/Germany.

Based on Insights into ISO 44001 and a KLU-Study standards for collaborative business relationships were discussed. Additionally the Consumer Goods Forum distributed "Food Waste - Commitments & Achievements" and Prof.Dr.B.Hallier his booklet "Food Waste Management" (see: E-version).

15.12.2016: Standards Needed

Global imbalances between supply and demand within the Total Supply Chain need a constructive dialogue about the understanding of how modern supply chains work and how commercial practices could be optimized.

Tools for this optimization are Consistency and Capacity, Data and Fair Benefit Sharing. The KLU LogisticsUniversity/Hamburg/Germany together with the ECR-Community Shrinkage & On-Shelf Availability Group is disseminating its proposals in an International Workshop in Hamburg on 19th January 2017. Retail participating will be among others Ahold, Carrefour, European Retail Academy, Lidl, Metro, Tesco and Walmart.

15.11.2016: Food Value Chains

Within a PPP supported by the German DAAD Academic Exchange Service Prof.Dr. Bernd Hallier discussed the food security structures and developments of the last 30 years with Dr.L. Emilio Morales from the University of New England/Australia and Christian Deutsch from the University of Bonn/Germany.

According to Hallier for all value chains "trust via a connected responsibility chain" has to be created by tracing/tracking like in Germany firstly organized by Orgainvent (Link) in response to the BSE-Mad Cow Crises 1994/1996: see also TILS Cuttinghouse (YouTube Link). In the future there will be an additional focus on the topic of Food Waste Management Systems like described in the following e-learning project (Download eBook). Social responsibility for example via cooperations with Food Banks will be essential for Corporate Social Responsibility. Alina Pukhovskaya (CV) is writing with the support of the European Retail Academy her PhD about this "hot" topic.

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