One group of people who really know how to enjoy a good beer is contruction workers. After a hard day of work in the sun doing a new construction or a building renovation filling up their Jacskon dumpter rental, that will never say no a fresh beer from Mississippi or elsewhere. And they will not gain weight or gain any disease from it, and they burn enough calories in their work so that their body can take it.
Carried out by the local services, the collection of household waste is assured from one to four times a week depending on the sector. Since 2010, the cities have also been collecting door-to-door multi-material recyclable waste (all paper, cardboard, metal and plastic packaging). Volunteer drop-off points are also available to everyone in recycling centers. To know the points of voluntary contributions, consult your interactive map. The collection frequencies are determined very precisely according to the habits of the users so that the public service best meets their needs. From 1 to 4 collections per week, the frequencies and the circuits adapt to the type of habitat (suburban areas, dense collective habitats, the historic centers) and take into account the state regulations regarding waste management in force to ensure tours of safe garbage collection. The large metropolis collect bulky items (called bulky items) for all residents. The accepted items are scrap metal, used furniture, doors and boards, mattresses and box springs, carpet and tiles, cardboard and large packaging, small DIY waste... Refused objects must be deposited in a recycling center: household appliances, Hi-Fi, rubble, hazardous waste (acids, solvents, phytosanitary products ...), tires, plants, batteries and batteries, waste oil, construction waste... A warning is be careful what you put on the sidewalk. Items that are not accepted will not be picked up. It is also necessary to take out bulky items the previous evening on the sidewalk in front of your home.
Society is entering a period when the so‐called “baby‐boomers” are now reaching the legal age of retirement. By 2020, the 65+ age group will represent close to 30% of the population in Western Europe. The business community, financial institutions and municipalities must develop sustainable products and services to meet the changing needs of this growing segment of society. The purpose of this proposal is to secure funding to develop a model for ecologically, financially and socially sustainable residential estates in sparsely populated areas that guarantee an acceptable long‐term return on investment for their developers, their future residents, the municipalities where they are located and society at large. The methodology proposed to drive this development is the establishment of a Community of Action consisting of representatives from the business community, financial markets, the municipality in which the project will take place, thought leaders and experts.
This Community of Action will:
- Identify the residential needs of citizens 65 years and over;
- Identify state‐of‐the‐art applications, processes, products and services to minimise the environmental impact of the property;
- Develop a sustainable business model for the construction, marketing and operation of the estate that sets a new benchmark for environmentally‐friendly housing.
The Do SMART Business booklet aims to provide small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) around the world with simple and concrete ideas for taking their own actions towards more environmentally and socially responsible business operation. It encourages changing small feasible things that make an immediate difference without requirement of large amount of investment. All actions are easily replicable, encourage the colleagues to do likewise and help to improve working quality as well as triple bottom line.Various guides, tools and instruments published in recent years are either targeting large companies in developed countries or targeting rather technical experts.
Trying to stay focused, most existing approaches cover only a certain part of the CSR universe (e.g. eco-efficiency, human rights). However, the vast majority is not written in an inviting style.Instead, the Do SMART Business booklet:• aims to be fun, short, explicit and well illustrated.• will be content- and not process-driven, and not provide any detailed guidance on how to i mplement a management process. Instead, it will clearly signpost interfaces with existing management schemes (such as quality management), highlight the added value of taking a structured approach and refer to existing guidelines.• will cover as broad as possible set of CSR aspects, reaching from workplace issues (e.g. harassment/bullying, training), marketplace (e.g. fair pricing and fair trade, local sourcing), community (good neighbourhood, corporate volunteering), environment (material and energy efficiency, transport, ecological footprint) to governance (business ethics, stakeholder engagement).
In selecting these aspects, the booklet will not follow the agenda of a certain organisation or guidebook. How4 ever, each aspect will be presented in form of a very specific action, but providing “the bigger picture”.• targets “ordinary” managers and employees at SMEs around the world, especially in Asia. It will not require any previous knowledge about CSR, and try to avoid using jargons.Additionally, the “SMART Health Check” at the end of the booklet will tie up the various actions, providing a starting point for a more structured approach.The booklet will be developed in cooperation with international partners and will be made both in a print form and on website for wide dissemination. It will also be translated into three languages at the minimum from the original English text. The dissemination events and accompanying training sessions will be organised in different regions to maximise the use of this booklet. In short, the Do SMART Business booklet will address a niche by trying to be more accessible than traditional guidebooks.Risk assessment in the Banking sector• To provide simple guidelines, checklists, for the Banking Sector to use in the dialog with SME customers. The questions could differ in different sectors and regions. The tool will signal red or green for the client.
If red the client and the banker in charge will find expert help to solve the problem.• To provide tools for awareness building amongst the bankers working with risk assessment.There is a rising awareness in the financial sector about risks, opportunities and the necessity to include sustainability in the risk assessment process. So far, however, the focus has been on asset management, project financing and bigger loans and investments. In many financial institutions the awareness has not reached out to the bankers in the frontline handling risk assessment for SME: s. As the bank is a valuable contact/partner for the small companies the bank has a lot of influence. If the bank helps the companies to avoid risks due to lack of knowledge in the sustainability area that will lead to better results and fewer credit losses. The risks that can be avoided are for example:New regulation and legislation. If the company is aware of changes in advance it’s possible to be prepared and also be proactive and make good business.Consumer preferences. This is a difficult issue but together the company and the bank might analyse this area. What’s happening in the environment and social area from the customer’s standpoint?Contaminated sites and processes that are adding to pollution in air, land and water.