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CUTIS promotes the competitiveness of Ukrainian chambers of commerce and industry

COVID-19 has an impact on our everyday activities but doesn’t change our attention to build the competitiveness of our partners – chambers of commerce and industry. In April, we held a webinar dedicated to the sustainability development of regional business organizations in a changing world.

On April 3, regional chambers of commerce and industry (RCCI) had the opportunity to communicate with leading Canadian expert Steve H. Van Houten. The main goal is to help RCCI to be more productive and sustainable, so they can support members to grow.

The webinar covered such issues as management, marketing, working with members of the chambers (organizations), optimization of finances and improvement of interaction with public authorities, etc. Minimum theory and maximum practice.

Steve van Houten, President of Accord International Management Services Inc, Canada, has many years of legal practice. He has worked in a range of business and professional associations. In particular, Steve was Industry Executive in General Motors and held the position of CEO of 4 associations (Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Toronto Real Estate Board and Purchasing Management Association) where he has strengthened customer service, developed marketing strategies and improved communications with media.

The main areas of his consulting include strategic and operational planning, management, marketing, promotion and trade expansion, organization change, financial analysis, and supporting small and medium-sized businesses.

The collaboration between the Canadian expert and the chambers is not over. Further individual consultations with RCCIs’ representatives are planned aiming to improve the sustainable development of regional business organizations.

Webinar: benefits of apparel and textile environmental certification for Ukrainian manufactures

The CUTIS project held a webinar «Apparel environmental certification: additional opportunities on the Canadian market». You can watch the video via the link https://bit.ly/2zY1mUN on CUTIS YouTube channel.

It seems that the apparel and textile markets are completely harmless to the environment. In fact, it is not true. It is the second industry in terms of the negative impact on the environment after the oil industry.

Apparel consumers in developed countries pay attention to environmental certification. Responsible consumption is a noticeable trend in developed markets. For example, almost 86% of Canadians are ready to pay more for products that are eco and environmentally friendly.

What environmental labels are used in textile industry and what Canadian consumers pay attention to? According to our analysis, the OEKO-TEX® and GOTS labels have the greatest prospect in the textile industry not only in Canada but also in other countries.

According to Ruslan Shutov, regional manager of OETI Ukraine & MD, the OEKO-TEX® labeling includes analysis of raw materials, intermediate and final products at all stages of the production. Why a manufacturer should be interested in such labeling? Such marking has a high level of recognition among buyers and positively affects the level of brand trust and loyalty. It is also a considerable argument in B2B negotiation (especially for fabric manufacturers).

There are 18 Ukrainian companies with STANDARD 100 OEKO-TEX® certification. In particular, such well-known manufacturers of socks as “Dune-Vesta” (TM Duna) and Premier socks, as well as Novomoskovsk hosiery factory (TM Giulia).

Ksenia Butsa, the founder of organic SMPL underwear, shared the experience of developing small business in the field of organic clothing (yes, we have organic clothes and underwear in Ukraine:). SMPL underwear has more and more consumers on the Ukrainian market. Besides, the company wants to export its products. Right now it has negotiations with a partner from the Czech Republic.

Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project mentioned that environmental labeling is not just additional “paper”. It considers changing or improving all stages of production process. Such an approach not only saves money of the company, but also opens up new opportunities for business in developed markets, including Canada.

Moreover, OEKO-TEX® and GOTS certificates may be benefits for green public procurement and corporate sustainability supply chains.

Taking into consideration that Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may face financial challenges obtaining environmental certification, the CUTIS project proposes to reimburse 50% of certification costs. If you are interested in new opportunities, please contact environmental expert of the CUTIS project Zoya Pavlenko. Tel.:+38 (097) 167-21-07, e-mail: zpavlenko@cutisproject.org.

The CUTIS project held a webinar “Industrial Waste: Problems vs New Opportunities”

Industrial waste is one of the most discussed environmental topics. Unfortunately, in Ukrainian realities, the business considers industrial waste as a problem rather than a potentially interesting additional market. Moreover, efficient waste recycling is directly related to the competitiveness of Ukrainian companies in international markets.

Where to find the buyers for the particular type of industrial waste? Who can explain the new regulations? There are a lot of problematic issues for Ukrainian business.

That is why the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Promotion (CUTIS) project held a webinar with Alexander Semenets, Deputy Director of the Department of Environmental Security and Licensing, and the Chief of the Department of Waste and Ecology Management of the Ministry of Ecology.

Topic: “Industrial Waste: Problems vs New Opportunities”

The following issues were discussed:

  • regulation of industrial waste management;
  • the market for industrial waste management and its further development;
  • prospects for investing in the industrial waste recycling sector;
  • ways to increase the efficiency of the industrial waste recycling

You can watch the video of the webinar here https://bit.ly/2ysbO6i

For additional information, please contact Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project. Tel: (097) 167-21-07. Email: zpavlenko@cutisproject.org

Video: webinar “A taste of GroYourBiz”

Check out the video of “GroYourBiz” webinar as a part of the Export Promotion Office’s She Exports platform.

GroYourBiz is a Canadian initiative that offers women entrepreneurs access to monthly group consultations with proven experts from leading private sector organizations such as Bank of Montreal, TELUS, and others.

Experts work together to encourage and support small and medium-sized businesses. More about GroYourBiz can be found at: http://groyourbiz.com/

During the webinar, Barbara Mowat, Founder & President of GroYourBiz, MyBusinessMyBoard™ Advisory Boards, along with Frances Mannarino, GroYourBiz advisor spoke on how women’s business advisory boards work in Canada, and also shared their experience of creating and developing GroYourBiz .

The partner of the event was the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS), implemented by the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and the Conference Board of Canada and funded by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada.