Introducing SIA - Standards


Presently, in many parts of the world government institution and industry representatives are discussing standards for sustainable (eco-) industrial areas. While governments want to guide their national industrial development towards sustainability, park operators and company representatives regard the standardisation process as a good instrument to increase the efficiency of their production, to lower the costs and to enhance their reputation.

Guidelines and standards of sustainable industrial areas focus primarily on the management level of the park. They intend to guide the parks as a whole to become sustainable and are less dealing with the individual companies. The environmental friendliness or performance of companies in the park is assumed to be guided by the respective sector or company related guidelines or standards. Nevertheless, a sustainable framework on park level of course will initiate and promote positive changes on company level.

GIZ expertise

  • Advanced Training Program for Chemical Management in Textile Wet Processes

    The Advanced Training Program aims to support wet processing plants in China and Bangladesh in establishing detox-compliant chemical management. The program was initiated by Tchibo GmbH, Rewe Group and GIZ within the program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and in cooperation with the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles.

    The Training aims to provide the knowledge and practical skillset required to replace hazardous chemicals in the wet processing units in a comprehensible way.

    The Advanced Training Program is a combination of classroom training and on-site visits. Target of the classroom trainings is to raise awareness and teach general knowledge on the subject. During the factory visits, consultants will then further introduce the program, identify gaps between the operations and best practices, develop a management action plan with the factory and consult on any challenges regarding the implementation. Incorporated into the training is also a train the trainers scheme which helps to increase chemical management capacity in the region. The complete training program will run over approximately 12 months from kick-off to completion.

    The content of the training materials are based on the GIZ Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals" (REMC) Toolkit and closely follow the recommended structure and content of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Chemical Management System Guidelines. Currently, the training materials are available in English, Chinese and Bengali.


  • CSR Toolkit

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the commitment of the private sector to social concerns beyond legal requirements. This can be either company-internal commitment (employees’ welfare) or in the social environment of the enterprise (community relations). Ideally, CSR is implemented in the area of business operation.

    Sustainable development in Industrial Areas requires an integrated approach towards stimulating economic growth, embedding environmental protection and economic development in a stable and prosperous social environment. Well-developed CSR projects enhance community relations, ease conflict potential, enable communal service providers / communal small businesses to meet industrial park requirements and support the capacity building of more employable local workforce.