IPPAG’s 2018 Autumn meetings were hosted by our Spanish member ‘Promositem’ in the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region: Barcelona!
We had a record attendance with over 120 participants from 30+ countries joining our 3 days of invigorating and inspirational workshops.
The week kicked off with an open format Sales workshop: allowing our top account managers from around the world to step out of their day to day and take things to the next level: exploring the exponential potential of key account business.
Our IPPAG managers then participated in a ‘Digitalisation and the Future of our Industry’ workshop hosted by Professor Tim Bruysten: who helped us draw a roadmap for ‘being a company owner / manager in the digital age’. Another day filled with expertise and creativity, discoveries and shared learning. As part of IPPAGs focus on ‘IPPAG has Vision’, one of our 4 pillars: the workshop was exclusively opened to selected industry guests: key Partner Suppliers, press and industry colleagues, and dedicated specialists.
As the leading industry Think Tank: IPPAG aims to create synergies and unleash potential: starting by getting the best minds in the industry in the same room.
We then closed the week with an internal workshop on company purpose and sustainability: all linked to the 4 IPPAG pillars:
– IPPAG shares: Case stories, member highlights and best practices
– IPPAG exchanges: CoDev groups, resources and platforms
– IPPAG has vision: Digitalisation, Purpose, Future of the Industry
– IPPAG cares: CSR + Sustainability / IPPAG BSCI program + IPPAG Convergences Awards: WEEECAM
And as usual, our members presented the best of what they’ve been doing for the last few months: with CIPI (Italy) / mcs (Germany) / and Prominate (UK) winning the IPPAG awards for ‘Most original Product Idea’/ ‘Most Innovative Promotional Solution’ / and ‘Best marketing campaign’
A wonderful week filled with vast amounts of knowledge, shared experience and expertise and the creation of valuable connections.
IPPAG: because ‘Together is better’
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The 2018 IPPAG Convergences Awards: we have our winner!
At IPPAG, we want to: act more… / act better… / act differently…
… by investing together to offset our activities and give back.
That’s why, this year, we have teamed up with Convergences: an international think-tank focused on advocacy and mobilisation to promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the development of a “Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty” world.
Projects were submitted from around the world, and out of these: 25 were qualified for the 2018 IPPAG Convergences Awards. After a phase of online voting from the public, our Jury composed of public, private, institutional and charity sector representatives shortlisted 5 projects, which were all further reviewed during a semi finale.
We are therefore now delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 IPPAG Convergences Awards is ‘PROJECT WEEECAM’ a sustainable e-waste recycling initiative in Cameroon.
WEEECAM received the award during a ceremony in Paris at the annual International Convergences Forum on September 3rd, and will also benefit from a financial grant, on-going support from IPPAG and Convergences: visibility, networking and mentorship…
The WEEECAM project aims to design and set up a large-scale, sustainable WEEE recycling activity in Cameroon. The ultimate goal is to demonstrate that the sustainable recycling of WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) can be profitable in developing countries today.
The objective is a large-scale, replicable activity of e-waste collection and recycling in Cameroon’s two major urban areas. 10.000 tons of WEEE will be recycled over a 5 year period.
IPPAG and its members wanted the award winning project to be:
Feasible, Relevant, Impactful, and Effective
…….and WEEECAM fits our criteria perfectly.
IPPAG and its members have adopted standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes and we are committed to respecting not only the rights of individuals, but also of our environment.
The United Nations University (UNU) estimates that the global flow of electronic waste, or WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment), was 41.8 million metric tons in 2014, with an estimated growth rate of 4-5% per year. This specific type of waste poses a serious threat to human health and the environment.
WEEECAM and IPPAG believe that the sustainable recycling of WEEE can be viable in developing countries, and that this emerging global threat can be turned into a driver of green growth
At IPPAG, we are very proud to be supporting this project. The expected outcomes include:
- the ecological treatment of 10.000 tons of hazardous waste
- the sale of thousands of tons of strategic raw materials and tens of thousands of refurbished appliances
- the creation of 157 local full-time jobs as well as hundreds of contract jobs
- improved income and working conditions for informal e-waste workers
- and a carbon offset close to 100.000 tons.
To find out more about this project (English version pending):
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We are proud to present IPPAG’s latest trendbook: showcasing the best promotional marketing ideas from around the world…
To make your 2018: “CONNECTED, EASY, FUN, SECURE, and SUSTAINABLE…”
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In parallel to the yearly HKTDC Gifts & Premiums fair which is the prime sourcing event in our industry, IPPAG and its members once again had the opportunity to meet up in Hong Kong for our General Assembly and a series of meetings and events.
Board elections were held:
– Mr Thibaut Fontaine has been renewed as Chairman of the Board for 2018
– and Mr Kaspar Benz (Pandinavia, Switzerland) was elected in replacement of Mr Andy Ducksbury (Lesmar, UK).
Our meetings then covered a series of IPPAG updates followed by a presentation by guest speakers Mr Paul Bellatone / Mr Dale Denham from PPAI giving us updates on the US Promotional Products industry.
Focus on the US continued with a presentation from Mr Jeff Lederer, Prime Resources giving his fellow members valuable insight on the strategies and changes that have led to his company’s success.
Best case stories from the past months were then presented showcasing the best of member’s sales operations, products, and creative ideas
The day rounded off with our official IPPAG dinner in a friendly and lively atmosphere and with our awards ceremony:
Congrats to our Best case stories winners:
– Chilli Ideas, Romania for the ‘Most innovative Promotional solution’
– Gimmick company, Guatemala for the ‘Most original product idea’
– Pandinavia, Switzerland for the ‘Best marketing Campaign’
IPPAG also hosted a Partner Supplier reception at the HKCEC on April 27th. This event is an opportunity for our members to meet with our dedicated, trustworthy and long term Partner Suppliers to develop existing ties and create new ones. Partner Suppliers are also rewarded for their collaboration with IPPAG members over the year with social awards for the best resultsn the best progress, the best CSR status and the best creative capabilities.
Last of IPPAG’s events in Hong Kong was our traditional ‘Products’ meeting where our members exchanged the latest and most inspiring products they found during the fair: this will be the source for our upcoming IPPAG ‘trends’ collection! Keep a lookout…
The 2018 IPPAG Convergences Awards:
At IPPAG, we want to:
act more… / act better… / act differently…
… by investing together to offset our activities and give back.
We want our chosen project / supported charity to be:
feasible… / relevant… / impactful… / and effective…
And that’s why we have teamed up with Convergences:
an international think-tank focused on advocacy and mobilisation to promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the development of a “Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty” world.
Every year, the Convergences Awards reward the best projects initiated by public, private and solidarity-based partners seeking to build a fair and sustainable future. Award winners receive multiple benefits:
- A financial donation to support their project
- Visibility, networking, support and mentoring
IPPAG is proud to be supporting and sponsoring this years Convergences Awards: All of the IPPAG member companies and our Partner Suppliers are getting involved and you can too!
The first step, which is now launched, is the call out for applications:
This is for projects that are connected to the following UN SGS
We will prioritise projects in low cost production countries most relevant to IPPAG
- high social and/or environmental impact
- innovative and replicable
- projects carried out by solidarity-based organisations in partnership with other public or private organisations
- 2 years of existence
- Economic viability
- Effective impact measurement process and sustainability demonstration
Once project applications are closed and validated, at a later stage, our members and the public will be called upon to vote for their favoured project…
An international jury will also assess the projects and place their official vote: leading to a semi finale, and then a finale…
The award-winning project will be announced in June, and will then be presented at the Convergences World Forum in September.
IPPAG and its member companies will continue to lend their support to the designated charity project.