Product development and Purchasing.
Specialist in manufacturing of OEM/ODM products in China and Thailand.
We help Scandinavian companies source, develop and manufacture their products in Asia.
We are based in Xiamen, China with office in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Online collaboration platforms as a tool for becoming Future Fit
In today’s post I will talk about how to use the online platform Podio to inspire the team and help foster a spirit of openness and collaboration.
Eyekandi uses Podio throughout all our business operations, not only for the sustainable business work. Podio is an online platform for companies to communicate and collaborate online. It is a Citrix database, with some very clever danish front end design, and it works great.
In the vídeo I talk about how we use Podio to help us become Future Fit.
I walk you through our set up and the applications we have developed for this project, and also showing you exactly how we are using it.
Sustainable business operations means that we should consider the environment before we book our travels and print out documents for instance. By using Podio, we can collaborate in a way that saves me from having to travel as frequently to China.
Future Fit and sustainable business should be more than just slogans for the board room. We want to use the path towards Future Fitness to communicate inside of our organization as well. Change starts with the individuals, and by displaying an open process and include everybody in activities and efforts, we hope to make lasting changes.
In future blog posts I will talk about the activities we are doing here at Eyekandi to high light the Future Fit Goals within our own company.
I hope you enjoyed the video walk through of how to use Podio for Future Fit.
A Future-Fit business is one that in no way undermines the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.
This heading is the credo of the new Business benchmark Future Fit. This is great news for companies like Eyekandi, since we want to have a strong focus on sustainable business.
Future Fit Benchmark, and their clearly stated Goals ( Which I will get back to over the course of this blog ) can help companies work towards becoming Future Fit in a more structured way. It will make it much easier for us to get this line of thought implemented throughout our supply chain as well.
As you can see from the downloadable PDF, the team over at Future Fit has come up with 21 Goals that a Future Fit company should strive to meet.
From my understanding, each Goal represents an ideal situation; such as Goal 1: Energy is from renewable sources. This will then be the Goal, and the first thing a company must do is to assess the CURRENT situation. Finding our baseline will help us track improvements.
What we have done so far
We first filled out a questionnaire where Future Fit asked a lot of questions concerning our Operations in both Thailand and China. It was very detailed. We had to find the power bills, figure out if our waste water could harm the local water shed, study our contracts with all the staff etc.
The process was almost as enlightening as the Benchmark itself. It has spun a lot of discussion and awareness in our company about sustainability.
As a company that has a Chief Sustainability Officer and use e-cars, develop solar products and pride ourselves with the fact that we are very green and responsible, it was honestly surprising that we had many areas where we did not meet the Benchmark.
We have gone full into this, and in the blog posts to come, I will write about our experience with implementing a Future Fit thinking in our organization and in our entire supply chain. This could be a very interesting experience and the Goals are definitely worth the journey.
How we heard about Future Fit
As a supplier of services to Bright Products AS in Norway, we got introduced to Future Fit. Bright Products is a Norwegian company that wants to be Future Fit. Since we are a service provider and not a manufacturer, we focus on 14 of the 21 goals. But, we also work with Bright Products to verify the supply chain of their products. After doing the initial assessment, we saw that this was very relevant and will do the same in our own supply chains.
How does it work
As of now, I am not sure exactly how the Benchmark will be handled by Future Fit. Only self assessment is not enough, so I think there will be auditing companies or consulting companies involved in the reports. We will get more information about the way this will be handled soon, according to the company.
I have also asked about how to use the Future Fit logo and score on our web site and interaction with customers. The answer is that this is currently being resolved and will be presented soon. When we get the information from Future Fit, I will present it here in the blog.
So, I hope you will join me and Eyekandi in the pursuit of FutureFitness to hopefully get some tips and ideas about how to get started for your self.
Due to climate destabilization, ocean acidification and what looks like a biodiversity crisis, we are facing a ecosystem degradation. The way we power our operations, and how we get water to drink and nurture our plants all play a role.
The way products are made and disposed of has a huge effect on our ability to sustain production. When the middle class of the world has grown as rapidly as it has, the use of non renewable resources, such as minerals and metals, has exploded. The current paradigm can not continue into the future unless we find ways of reducing, reusing and recycle those vital materials.
Future Fit Goals also look at Education challenges and the Health gap between rich and poor. In a sustainable world, everybody should have access to basic health care and education. We can argue how this should be done, but the Goal, I think, is pretty universal.
Download the Future Fit Business Benchmark
Below you can look at all the Goals, and download the Future Fit Business Benchmark, Part 1 release 1 here. Future Fit has written extensively on the subject of Global Challenges and I recommend that you download the PDF and print it out as a book.
A Future Fit company should strive to reach all the 21 Goals.
Future Fit uses color codes in their Map of Goals to indicate if the Challenge and Goal are related to:
Social + Environment
Here are the goals, split into their Stakeholders
Environment: Physical Resources 1. Energy is from renewable sources 2. Water is used in an environmentally responsible and socially equitable way 3. Materials derive from sources that respect the welfare of ecosystems, people and animals
Environment: Operational Presence 4. Operational emissions do not harm people or the environment 5. Operations emit no greenhouse gases 6. Operational by-products are repurposed 7. Operations do not encroach on ecosystems or communities
Customers 8. Products do not harm people or the environment 9. Products emit no greenhouse gases 10. Products can be repurposed 11. Customers are informed about any aspect of products that may cause harm
12. Customer concerns are actively solicited, impartially judged and transparently addressed
Employees 13. Employee health is safeguarded.
14. Employees are paid at least a living wage 15. Employees are subject to fair employment terms 16. Employees are not subject to discrimination 17. Employee concerns are actively solicited, impartially judged and transparently addressed
Communities 18. Community concerns are actively solicited, impartially judged and transparently addressed
Society as a Whole 19. Business is conducted ethically 20. The right tax is paid in the right place at the right time 21. Lobbying does not undermine the pursuit of future-fitness
Suppliers 22. Suppliers are a special case: a company is considered mutually accountable for the operational impacts of certain types of supplied goods and services.
All information has been derived from www.futurefitbusiness.org and some of it has been altered for the purpose of presenting it here.
Yesterday, the mailman brought something very interesting. It was the newly published book about start-ups by Co-founder of Bright Products, Kristian Bye.
Kristian left a high paying job in the ad-world to start Bright Products, and succeeded.
He writes this book as part memoirs and part guide book for other entrepreneurs, and have coupled the book with a lecture program and he is now traveling with his book and speeches. A true entrepreneur!
The book is only available in Norwegian at the momement, so I am the only one in the office who gets to fully enjoy it, and I have.
I liked the book, not only because of the story, but because I feel he told the story in a very coherent way and I could really recognize the material, since I was part of the journey.
I think this is a book that most young business students should read, to hear from the actual start-ups, and not only the silicone valley or Wall Street themes that are normally featured in books like these.
Thank you for sending us the book Kristian and good luck on your next endeavor.