Monday 30 June, 2014

2013 Results

Our books for 2013 are now closed and audited. We managed a turnover of 4,35 Mio SEK for a loss of 85 TSEK. We would have turned a small profit if one of our clients had not gone bankrupt before being able to settle our receivable. So a good financial year, despite the small loss.

2013 has been another year of transition, rich in interesting assignments and learnings. We completed a major project for SIDA and the Ministry of Environments of Vietnam, researching on Payment of Ecosystems services for a National park. We also helped Oji Drinks launch in 2 markets the most sustainable business in the category. We recieved several prices for our work and a good article on the story was published in Veckans Affär in the Spring. We also completed 2 missions at Volvo Corporate HR and a number of smaller projects with various public and private clients. Our investments in the climat change adaptation and mitigation tool PACT did not yield the results we had envisioned, but not thanks to the team who did an excellent job in taking it to virtually every Swedish public and private organization with an interest in the matter. Our investments in Base of Pyramid Business research paid off and we decided to spin off part of the team into a non-profit in order to be able to provide for the best legal frame required to further develop the investment and tap into a broader range of funds. Mike Debelak led the effort and in Q3, Inclusive Business Sweden was born, under Mike's leadership.

Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Times of transition

At the end of the year, I and my partner in life, Kaarina Dubee Rugiero, decided, for personal reasons, to move to France after 15 well spent, happy years, with Sweden as a base. More or less all of Daxam's Sweden based projects ended at the turn of the year so the transition happened rather smoothly. Kaarina and I will continue to operate under the Daxam brand from France, with the ambition to continue to serve Swedish clients with local associates and to help organizations in the rest of Europe from our new home in France. 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the team for the efforts made during the years. It is only through our team that we were able to do what we did. A page is turning. New exciting opportunities await - to accompany the transition towards sustainable ways of living. This is even more true than when Daxam started, in 2006.

Namaste,

Jean-Dominique Rugiero

CEO of Daxam Sustainability Services AB 

Saturday 20 April, 2013

“Forum for sustainable development on the Mekong Delta (Vietnam)”

Ana from Daxam and Linus Hasselström from Enveco, representing Fores, were invited to give a presentation at the forum “Nature and Culture Conservation Forum for the sustainable development on the Mekong Delta” in Ca Mau, Vietnam.

This was the 5th edition of the forum and the theme was Maintaining Ecosystem Services in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. The forum was organised by the Vietnamese Biodiversity Conservation Agency with the matching funds of WWF and Sida. 

Fores, EES, Enveco and Daxam are working together with Vietnamese partners in a project to pilot a payment structure for the coastal wetland ecosystem services (PES) in Mui Ca Mau National Park in the context of climate change and poverty reduction in the local community. For this reason, we gave a presentation titled "Using PES in Mui Ca Mau NP - An overview of ecosystem services in the NP and lessons learned from other ecosystem services markets"

According to WWF experts that were in Ca Mau, "the recovery and maintenance of ecosystems and their services require synchronization of local policies to ensure sustainable livelihoods for those still dependent on rice planting, fishing and aquaculture. Increasing awareness of the need for environmental protection in local communities is also critical—along with the development of Mechanisms and tools to support ecosystem service payments (PES)".  The main objective of the forum was to help policy makers in the region to better understand the importance of ecosystem services for economic and social development and environmental protection, and to show them the tools and policies that are available so they will be able to consider ecosystem services while planning the use of natural resources such as those provided by mangrove forests.

 

 

 

Friday 8 March, 2013

Workshop – It is time to make the Swedish offices’ coffee rooms sustainable

Many of us feel that the time is ripe to "make Sweden's office coffee rooms sustainable once and for all".

In order to investigate interest and possibilities, we will hold a first 'problem in the middle' type workshop in Stockholm on the 26th of March, and are working to ensure key representatives from all relevant sectors will come and bring their knowledge, experience, ideas and energy, so that together we can make this change for the better. 

Of course sustainability performance improvements in the coffee room are not core business, but helping Sweden take this further step towards responsible consumption is good for brand Sweden and hence good for us all. It is also an exercise that in a small but tangible way helps contribute to the continual development of culture and practice of sustainability thinking.

So, who could this be interesting for?

HR practitioners working in the areas of employee health, wellbeing, motivation and productivity; Purchasing personnel responsible for sustainable procurement; CSR/ Sustainability experts from academia and relevant NGOs; representatives from catering/ food distribution companies, and Sweden’s best and brightest fika room product suppliers. 

If you are interested to participate, please click here for more information: Swedish: Tiden är mogen! inbjudan and English: Tiden är mogen! inbjudan (ENGLISH) 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 19 November, 2012

Pilot project on Payment for Ecosystem Services in Vietnam

In partnership with Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES) and Environmental Economics in Sweden (EES) and the Vietnamese Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA), Daxam has been awarded a project to pilot a payment structure for the coastal wetland ecosystem services (PES) in Mui Ca Mau National Park in Vietnam in the context of climate change and poverty reduction in local community. The 1M USD project commenced the 15 of Nov 2012 and goes for 1 year with co-financing from Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).  The overall objective of the project is through a pilot PES, to do a reality check of the application of a relatively new concept of PES into a country where regulations have been dominated as major state governance tools. A PES structure will be constructed together with development and testing of small household livelihood models that generate incomes for the poor and provide means for the payment for the environmental services. Lessons learnt will be drawn for further replication of PES schemes in other areas in Vietnam.

Experts from Daxam will conduct field study to evaluate the ecosystem services which are potentially used for local livelihood models of small agribusiness and tourism. The experts are also in charge of stakeholder analysis and capacity need assessment to the national regulating agencies for them to effectively apply market based instruments such as PES in the management of biodiversity of the national parks. Daxam will also be responsible for the coordination between Swedish and Vietnamese implementing partners.