SPIN introduction

Since its first introduction to Vietnam in 2007, Sustainable Product Innovation (SPIN) has been proved as a powerful tool for sharpening the competitive edge of SMEs and for showcasing their commitment toward sustainability through comprehensive and creative solutions. However, its implementation at company level still heavily depends on face-to-face working manner between SPIN experts and companies. This, in it turns, depends on the limited on-site availability of SPIN experts.

To support the continuous SPIN process in SMEs and enable the distance mode of SPIN, we launch the new online SPIN expert-company interface: the Expert Support System (ESS). This step-by-step ESS is the simple journey that follows the guiding questions, instructions, case studies, links to expertise knowledge and SPIN expert online support. The SPIN ESS for SMEs is available in both English and Vietnamese versions.

The Sustainable Product Innovation (SPIN) project is funded by the SWITCH-Asia Programme of European Union and aims to assist SMEs and organizations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to increase their competitiveness and profit through the implementation of sustainable product innovation, by which reducing the environmental impacts and improving the social responsibility of the products throughout their whole lifecycle. This project is hosted by the Delft University of Technology (TUD), Netherlands with the participation of Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC)-HUST, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam (AITVN), Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), Cambodia Cleaner Production Office (CCPO).

The Sustainable Product Innovation (SPIN) project aims at increasing profit for producers and added value for the community through innovation of sustainable design methodology, cleaner production and green technology. Thanks to this project, after 3.5 years of operation, 30 new technologies have been developed and transferred; while 2,000 products have been innovated for 500 SMEs in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. More importantly, together with the SMEs, the project has succeeded in promoting innovative business models and methods in order to improve the competitiveness and social responsibility of these SMEs as well as their products’ environment-friendliness.  aa