MFCA leads the way to sustainable operations When the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) kicked off a demo project on the efficient use of resources to improve green sustainability in Pakistan, the participating companies started with a major challenge: there was a lack of knowledge and awareness of suitable tools for resource efficiency. Additionally, there were […]
An APO demonstration project in India created the new approach “Green Lean (GLEAN)” to integrate lean manufacturing and material flow cost accounting. On his first visit as the APO-assigned expert for a demonstration project in India, Hiroshi Tachikawa, managing director of Propharm Ltd., asked the management participants of all five companies one simple question: “How […]
How MFCA paved the way for higher productivity in two APO demo companies in Bangladesh. Leather and leather goods is Bangladesh’s second-largest export sector. While that’s great for the economy, distressingly the industry is linked to serious effects on the environment and leather sustainability. Realizing the downside, the government looked into adopting sustainable, environment-friendly green […]
After months of working on the Asian Productivity Organization (APO)-backed off-grid solar PV training project in Indonesia, it was finally time for the first trial run. International consultants, local partners, and the demonstration company staff were standing by to witness the results of their hard work. Expectations were running high. Then, with just a click […]
A demonstration project showed how smart solutions in MSMEs yield multiple benefits while cutting costs. Introduction The Indian automotive industry, with deep linkages to multiple subsectors of the overall economy, has powerful multiplier effects. Its prominent place in the national economy made it an obvious candidate for a demonstration company project under the Asian Productivity […]
APO training and NPS aid helped Wijeya Newspapers take up the energy conservation drive that curbed spending by 9.4% in a year. The chief operating officer (COO) of Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL), one of Sri Lanka’s leading newspaper publishers, was tasked with spearheading an energy conservation pilot project aimed at reducing the organization’s energy consumption, […]
Somchay Soulitham shares how learning from an APO session helps her offer better consultancy to SMEs in Lao PDR.
If Somchay Soulitham were the kind of person who thrived on simply staying in her comfort zone, then she never would have applied to participate in an APO project. By her own admission, Enterprise & Development Consultants Company Limited (EDC), the private consulting company she works for in Lao PDR, was not facing any real challenges apart from a disorganized storage and filing system. But as EDC’s founder, Managing Partner, and Human Resources Manager, Somchay could not have only her own interest at heart.
Perseverance, and a slew of APO tools, helped Amrish Narayan to rapidly build his mark as an accomplished consultant and trainer.
It was the hunger to improve his knowledge and skills in productivity and quality tools that propelled Amrish Narayan to enroll in Asian Productivity Organization (APO) projects from 2011. At the time, he had just joined the Fiji National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC), with zero experience in consultancy and very little in training.
As the African proverb goes, it takes a village to raise a child. But the people of the Rothschild and Sogama tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka had been frequently denied this basic privilege for years.
In the mid-1990s, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) on tea plantations across Sri Lanka ranged from 0.9 to 1.9 per 1,000 live births, which was higher than the national average. As recently as 2012, the infant death rate in the country stood at 6%, with every single case occurring on the plantations. Over the next year, that figure climbed to 20%.
Keo Mom, now the CEO of LyLy Food Industry, had a dream for her business that went beyond making a stamp on the industry.
The other half of her plan was providing badly needed employment opportunities to Cambodia’s farmers and lower-income groups. Her business blueprint involved producing high-quality, nutritious snacks for the Cambodian market and neighboring countries made in a sustainable way, and achieving HACCP and ISO standards for health, safety, and quality.