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Additional opportunities from the CUTIS project for Ukrainian SMEs to enter Canadian market

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) provides additional opportunities for companies that are interested in the Canadian market.

CUTIS project can reimburse 50% of costs for:

  • resource- and energy efficiency audit for enterprises – helps to detect technical gaps, which wash out money, and plan activities for their elimination;
  • ISO 14001 «Environmental management systems» certification audit;
  • certification audit for receiving Canadian organic certificate (COR);
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification audit (applied for articles of wood origin);
  • OEKO-TEX certification audit (applied in light industry);
  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification audit (applied in light industry);
  • development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy for the enterprise.

Why is this important?

Identifying the losses of resources and energy may lead to a reduction of the final goods costs. This may help to be competitive not only in Canadian, but also in other markets.

The ecological marking, confirmed by a certificate, may help business to find new buyers of products. For example, almost 86% of Canadians are ready to pay more for environmentally friendly products.

Organic certification may help to successfully enter the Canadian organic goods market. Canadian organic market is the fifth largest in the world, it is estimated at nearly 5.4 billion CAD.

The ISO 14001, FSC, OEKO-TEX®, and GOTS certificates will be benefits for green public procurement and corporate sustainability supply chains.

Taking into consideration that Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may face financial challenges obtaining environmental certification, the CUTIS project proposes to reimburse 50% of certification costs. Do not miss your chance!

If you are interested in new opportunities, please contact environmental expert of the CUTIS project Zoya Pavlenko. Tel.:+38 (097) 167-21-07, e-mail: zpavlenko@cutisproject1.ubmdelta.com.

Webinar: benefits of apparel and textile environmental certification for Ukrainian manufactures

The CUTIS project held a webinar «Apparel environmental certification: additional opportunities on the Canadian market». You can watch the video via the link https://bit.ly/2zY1mUN on CUTIS YouTube channel.

It seems that the apparel and textile markets are completely harmless to the environment. In fact, it is not true. It is the second industry in terms of the negative impact on the environment after the oil industry.

Apparel consumers in developed countries pay attention to environmental certification. Responsible consumption is a noticeable trend in developed markets. For example, almost 86% of Canadians are ready to pay more for products that are eco and environmentally friendly.

What environmental labels are used in textile industry and what Canadian consumers pay attention to? According to our analysis, the OEKO-TEX® and GOTS labels have the greatest prospect in the textile industry not only in Canada but also in other countries.

According to Ruslan Shutov, regional manager of OETI Ukraine & MD, the OEKO-TEX® labeling includes analysis of raw materials, intermediate and final products at all stages of the production. Why a manufacturer should be interested in such labeling? Such marking has a high level of recognition among buyers and positively affects the level of brand trust and loyalty. It is also a considerable argument in B2B negotiation (especially for fabric manufacturers).

There are 18 Ukrainian companies with STANDARD 100 OEKO-TEX® certification. In particular, such well-known manufacturers of socks as “Dune-Vesta” (TM Duna) and Premier socks, as well as Novomoskovsk hosiery factory (TM Giulia).

Ksenia Butsa, the founder of organic SMPL underwear, shared the experience of developing small business in the field of organic clothing (yes, we have organic clothes and underwear in Ukraine:). SMPL underwear has more and more consumers on the Ukrainian market. Besides, the company wants to export its products. Right now it has negotiations with a partner from the Czech Republic.

Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project mentioned that environmental labeling is not just additional “paper”. It considers changing or improving all stages of production process. Such an approach not only saves money of the company, but also opens up new opportunities for business in developed markets, including Canada.

Moreover, OEKO-TEX® and GOTS certificates may be benefits for green public procurement and corporate sustainability supply chains.

Taking into consideration that Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may face financial challenges obtaining environmental certification, the CUTIS project proposes to reimburse 50% of certification costs. If you are interested in new opportunities, please contact environmental expert of the CUTIS project Zoya Pavlenko. Tel.:+38 (097) 167-21-07, e-mail: zpavlenko@cutisproject1.ubmdelta.com.

Ukrainian exporters explored the benefits of ISO 14001 certification for entering the Canadian market

Environmental certification is a significant competitive advantage for companies that want to be successful on the Canadian market as Canadians are well-known ethical consumers who are willing to pay more for products that are environmentally friendly. For example, Canadian supermarkets and distributors often expect suppliers to have ISO 14001 certification.

On April 20, as a part of the “ISO 14001 Certification and its Perspectives for the Canadian market” event CUTIS project together with Bureau Veritas shared the advantages and intricacies of ISO 14001 certification with Ukrainian exporting businesses.

The seminar participants learned about the emergence and development of the ISO 14001 standard, the risk management underlying it, reviewed the certification process step-by-step and discussed successful cases of Ukrainian companies.

“Environmental certification can become a real advantage on the Canadian market and motivate Ukrainian producers to turn towards a more environmentally friendly production practices,” – CUTIS director Paul Darby emphasized.

You can download the event materials (in Ukrainian) here.

Video: Smart exports # 5 – Voluntary certification and corporate social responsibility

On May 23, 2017 the fifth event in the Smart Exports series on “Voluntary certification and corporate social responsibility” was held. Check out the video of the presentations by Uliana Lytvyn (ISOQAR Ukraine) and Rostislav Kurynko.

Presentation of the speaker is available at: http://bit.ly/SE5-ppts

Photos from the event are in the gallery below.

Smart Exports is a series of educational seminars for exporters initiated by the Export Promotion Office, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, Ukraine Investment & Trade Facilitation Center in partnership with Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment support project.

The series will return in autumn – follow us on Facebook for the latest announcements.