66 pilot companies from the food, hospitality and construction sector have benefited from the ResilieNtWEB programme over the past three years. Headed by Brussels Environment and BECI, this European Interreg IVB (*) programme was rolled out to help these SMEs to become more resilient – that is to say, to anticipate market constraints, to adjust and to learn from current developments.
To do this, diagnostic and monitoring tools were developed in coordination with the consultant Greenloop – practical, interactive and educational tools which draw on the principles adopted by nature, and resolutely sustainable and cooperative.
On the 5th June in London ResilieNtWEB drew to an end with an event to present the results and the summary brochure of the project. Dozens of coaches and mentors from Luxembourg, Belgium, France and England were given an insight into the experiences of pilot companies and picked up a few sound pieces of advice before receiving the “ResilieNtWEB design toolkit”, a complete pack consisting of 7 mentoring tools that will, in turn, allow them to support other companies with their sustainability strategy.
“It is completely in keeping with the spirit of this programme financed by the European Regional Development Fund,” explains Etienne Aulotte, project coordinator for Brussels Environment. “We were keen to make sure that these patiently developed tools were made available to as many people as possible. Today, these tools have proven to be effective and the time has come to share them! “
The “ResilieNtWEB design toolkit” consists of a “quick scan” (FR/EN), allowing a rapid diagnosis of the level of sustainability of the company as well as a set of thirty “Resilience Design Cards” inspired by the “Business Model Canvas” (BMC) and accompanied by a plan on how to effectively use the cards in practice.
The set can be used by launching a co-operative game – a particularly useful tool to get the company’s employees on board and play along. And to ensure the easy ownership of this material, the designers of the “ResilieNtWEB design toolkit” have included a methodological guide, coupled with a database of all cases developed so far. Last, but not least: a comprehensive summary brochure has been published by Brussels Environment. Besides the programme history, it describes the approach of “ResilieNtWEB design toolkit”, including a selection of the best developed cases.
“The resources of our planet are not unlimited. Our economy must change paradigm to ensure its own survival. Companies must change their behaviour by taking inspiration from nature. The hope is that this “ResilieNtWEB design toolkit” will encourage many companies to take the plunge and adopt a more sustainable style of development! “ explained the Minister for the Environment of the Brussels-Capital Region, Céline Fremault.
ResilieNtWEB is an Interreg IVB programme conducted by WSX (UK), London Business Partnership (UK), ICC (North of France), LIST (Luxembourg) and BECI/Brussels Environment-IBGE (Belgium, Brussels, project leader). For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org