German Sustainability Award & Congress, Düsseldorf – Dec 6th-7th, 2018

The LIFE+ CELSTAB project is presented at the German Sustainability Congress (GSC) on Dec 6 and 7, 2018 in Dusseldorf, Germany. P&G was present with a booth, operated by a multifunctional team of R&D, Sales and Communications. German Sustainability Congress (GSC) is the most important Sustainability Platform in Germany and a key platform in Europe. The GSC is under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany and supported by the Council of Sustainable Development, a key advisor to the German Federal Government. It was founded in 2008 to encourage the acceptance of social and ecological responsibility by manufacturers, communes and the public, as well as to identify role models in this area. Today it is THE independent national congress and award show for leaders of sustainability in economy, community and research in Germany and beyond. The congress showcases thought leading initiatives, features discussions with key experts and fosters networking of changemakers with more than 2000 participants.
The P&G booth was located very prominently at the entrance of the congress area, participants had to pass by it on their way to panel discussions and keynote speeches. The aim was to show that P&G brands improve everyday life and at the same time we have a very targeted approach for making responsible consumption possible. Examples that prove P&G’s approach were several innovations and initiatives across the key focus areas and life cycle: Sustainable packaging Fairy Ocean Plastic, Fabric Care, Hair Care, AHP recycling, AGM from renewable resources (Pampers), FemCare CELSTAB, Ariel Pods.
For deeper conversations at the booth we had a table with integrated touch screen display that was running a presentation on every aspect of P&G’s sustainability approach and the showcased initiatives: from Ambition 2030 and the goals we already achieved to AHP recycling, Life-Cycle thinking, and resource efficiency.

Internally we covered GSC with an article on the intranet and information on our screens. We had the opportunity to meet Roberto Marinucci, VP Pampers Wipes and AHP Recycling and exchanged the experience, key contact names and how to re-apply both projects (AHP recycling & CELSTAB) at our projects.

EU Commissions Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises “EASME” visit to P&G Innovation Center, Brussels – March 7th, 2018

P&G’s Brussels Innovation Center hosted a large and high level delegation (20 people) of the EU commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). EASME is the EU’s financial instrument supporting various EU projects and some of P&G’s innovation projects are funded directly or indirectly through these programs (i.e. LIFE+ CELSTAB)
Focus was on sustainability and Eco-innovation. The 5 hours visit was worked in close collaboration with R&D and aimed at further building P&G’s sustainability equity towards EU policy officers as well as deepen our relationships. We showcased a few EU funded projects in the context of sustainability (diaper recycling, FemCare innovations CELSTAB and packaging developments).”

LIFE & Circular Economy: Platform meeting, Milan – June 27th-28th, 2016

On June 27th and 28th Saint-Gobain hosted “LIFE Platform Meeting on Circular Economy”, the meeting organized by the LIFE platform that allowed about fifty european researchers to attend and participate in the presentation of some interesting and emblematic research projects.
The first day the event took place at Saint-Gobain Habitat Lab, the training center of the Group which is leader in sustainable building products and systems, in Corsico, near Milan. Besides the projects’ explaination and the debate arisen around them, two workshops have been organized: Replication, Economy (income / growth / jobs) and Enhance the market for secondary raw materials, during which the participants were asked to answer some questions about the state of their LIFE project, the ability to play and transfer technology during/at the end of the project and what are the actions needed to achieve a virtuous exchange of secondary raw materials. The meeting was concluded at the end of the second day with a guided tour through the production line of Saint-Gobain ISOVER glass wool factory, in Vidalengo Caravaggio (BG) which allowed the guests to see the various stages of “ISOVER 4+” glass wool production process.