On september 29 and 30, a delegation of SISVI-associates attended the 20th International Manufacturing Symposium. The Symposium is arranged by the Centre for International Manufacturing, IfM, at the University of Cambridge. On friday 30th, there was a special session on sustainability, hosted by Professor Arild Aspelund, where SISVI researchers Malena Ingemansson Havenvid and Marit Bjørnbet Moe held presentations, in addition to Professor Aspelund.
On September 23., the kick-off seminar in the Sustainability Forum anchored in the Polytechnic Society was held. SISVI was represented through Runar Stenerud in Plasto and PhD Scholar Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen. The topic was how the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented in Norwegian Industry.
On September 1. and 2., SISVI in collaboration a with Circular Ocean and NTNU Sustainability, arranged the conference “Developing a circular economy of fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) in Norway“.
The first day was held at Scandic Hotel Ålesund, and the topic was “Status and opportunities to facilitate circular economy of FNRs in Norway”.
The second day was held at NTNU Ålesund, and put focus on “Innovation and implementation of FNR recycling and reuse”. Here, Runar Stenerud from SISVI participating company Plasto held a presentation.
Sunnmørsposten published (03.09.16) an article about the conference, which you can access here.
The 18th of May, Ålesund KunnskapsPark hosted a SISVI workshop in their facilities at Norsk Maritimt Kompetansesenter in Ålesund. The purpose of the workshop was to welcome our two new network companies, ÅKP and Wonderland AS, and give them an overview of the status in the project as we are halfway through the project period. SISVI-companies Plasto AS and Molde KunnskapsPark were also represented at the workshop, and we dicussed further activities under the topic “Sustainability aspects in innovation processes”.
Professor Alf Steinar Sætre has in collaboration with master students Julie Dahl Benum and Ingeborg Gjærum investigated the tensions between short term profit and long-term sustainability.
In their report, they provide a historical overview and focus specifically on issues where the interests of society and the interests of corporations seems to be—and a times are—at odds with one another. They discuss the roots of this imbalance, and suggests Shared Value Creation as a solution for this, focusing on how corporations can generate profits while solving pressing social and environmental issues facing societies around the world today.
Read the report here: SISVI Report 2016-03.
As SISVI is halfway trough its project period, so is PhD candidate Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen who has his PhD anchored in SISVI. His midway seminar was held May the 11th, where he presented his preliminary results, and had a discussion about his further research. On the picture, from the left; supervisors Luitzen de Boer and Annik Magerholm Fet, discussant Jonas Ingvaldsen, and PhD candidate Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen.
Sustainability is considered one of the main challenges for todays manufacturing industry, and to face this challenge demands both new technology and bold investements. But is it reasonable to assume that business managers will make these investments if they are not profitable? And does it pay off at all, to invest in sustainability?
Two recent studies within SISVI gives a clear yes to that question. The studies are based on a representative selection of norwegian manufacturing industry businesses, and show that adopting a sustainability strategy, where the companies takes on a bigger environmental and social responsibility than imposed by regulations, is a profitable strategy which results in higher sales growth and higher returns in the long term.
Professor Arild Aspelund and Dr. Nicolai S. Løvdal presents their findings in this article, published in Dagens Næringsliv lørdag 07. Mai 2016.
You can also read more about the findings on this blog.
The underlying studies can be accessed by request, by contacting author Arild Aspelund. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org