The Long Run is a UK-based non-profit organisation and initiative of the Zeitz Foundation, which is one of the world's largest sustainable development initiatives, led by over 100 nature-based businesses. The Long Run commissioned pinpoint sustainability to undertake a survey of its members to better understand current funding practices, and provide guidance and recommendations for future funding opportunities.  Results were presented at their annual members' conference in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2017.    

Beyond the Horizon:  Consumer and hospitality approaches to tackling marine plastic debris

Through a variety of consumer and hospitality interviews, surveys and pilot trials in Muizenberg, Cape Town and other neighbouring suburbs insights were gathered to inform a national marine debris campaign.  The work was commissioned by WWF-SA and The Green Trust.  pinpoint sustainability undertook contextual research and provided a packing specialist advisory role under the auspices of The Beach Co-operative.  The accompanying report is due to be published by the end of 2017. 

Food loss and waste:  Facts and futures report

pinpoint sustainability undertook research and contributed towards WWF-SA's Food Loss and Waste: Facts and Futures report, which sketches the state of food loss and waste, with a specific lens into excessive food loss and wastage in South Africa.  pinpoint sustainability focused on:

  • Food loss and waste and the public sector; 
  • An initial investigation into and comparisons between the characteristics of food loss and waste in the formal vs informal retail sectors; and
  • Futures and recommendations to reduce food loss and waste.

A copy of the report can be accessed here.

Reducing food waste in OIC member countries

pinpoint sustainability provided food waste research and report writing expertise as part of UDA Consulting's team contracted by The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) to understand the scale of consumer food waste in Islamic States.  pinpoint sustainability presented the research findings at the 9th Meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group in February 2017 in Ankura, Turkey.  

A copy of the report can be downloaded here, and an accompanying video here.

Skills development for green public supply chain management

As part of a Green Skills Programme consortium, pinpoint sustainability undertook in-depth research to identify and develop the requisite occupations and related skills to support green supply chain management (SCM) in the South African public sector.  This included an international review of SCM practices and a national departmental case study. The work was commissioned by the Public Sector Education & Training Authority (PSETA). The final report can be accessed here.

Supply chain research country case study:  South Africa

pinpoint sustainability undertook research to identify on-farm and pack house food waste associated with the export of fresh horticultural produce to the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US).  Evidence was gathered to identify the scale of the issue, how and why food waste arises, and documented solutions for the prevention of food waste. The project was commissioned by Feedback and funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.  A final report - containing a number of global case studies, including South Africa has been published and can be accessed here.

Green economy inventory for South Africa (GEISA)

As part of a consortium led by Green Talentpinpoint sustainability provided lead research, waste and agricultural sector expertise for the development of a baseline 'Green Inventory for South Africa'. The project was commissioned by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), in collaboration with five UN agencies - UNEP, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Green skills in the South African surface coatings sector:  with a focus on paint

pinpoint sustainability undertook in-depth research for Rhodes University's Environmental Learning & Research Centre (ELRC), on behalf of the Green Skills Programme. The aim of the study was to investigate the greening of skills in South Africa's paint sector.  The study was commissioned by the Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA). A copy of the report can be accessed here.

Development and trial of a food loss and waste methodology

pinpoint sustainability developed and trialled a food waste and loss (FWL) methodology for the South African retailer Woolworths, in consultation with Anthesis UK and the World Resources Institute (WRI). The work was commissioned by WWF-SA and focused on the spinach supply chain. The outputs included: 

  1. A methodology which can be adopted for further food products and other South African retailers, and 
  2. A report on where in the retailer's supply chain food waste and loss occurs and why.

An overview of findings can be found in Woolworths' Annual Integrated Report 2016.

Greening skills in the fibre packaging sector

Commissioned by the Green Skills Programme, pinpoint sustainability undertook research to develop a discussion paper for the Fibre Packaging & Manufacturing Sector Education & Training Authority (FP&M SETA). The aim of the research was to identify the potential, and provide initial recommendations, for the greening of skills in the fibre packaging sector in South Africa. The paper can be downloaded here.



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