23rd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference

 

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Inauguration Ceremony with the President of Colombia and Nobel of Peace, Juan Manuel Santos

 

Durante los próximos días hasta el 16 de junio, la doctoranda Vanessa Prieto-Sandoval está asistiendo al congreso internacional sobre sostenibilidad, en Bogotá, Colombia, con el fin de presentar nuestros avances en la línea de Economía Circular.

A continuación, incluimos su saludo a la conferencia, en el que sintetiza sus motivaciones y la investigación que va a presentar. Le deseamos mucho éxito.

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One of the PhD Workshop meetings

 

Vanessa Prieto Sandoval, PhD Student Industrial Management Department, Universidad de Navarra (Spain)           
I’m Vanessa Prieto Sandoval, proudly from Bogotá, Colombia. I’m studying a Ph.D. in Applied Engineering at the University of Navarra (Spain), which is focused on the Circular Economy Implementation in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). I want to participate at the ISDRS conference because I think that the research communities have to work together to really “do something” and create useful knowledge to help our companies to implement eco-innovative ways of production, to encourage the sustainable consumption and to propose political solutions for the environmental challenge that we currently live.

As Colombian, I had the privilege to grow up in rich and biodiverse landscapes, in contrast to cities like Bogotá with a fast industrial and economic progress based on the resources depletion. This is local example of how the current economy has forgotten the fact that infinite growth is not possible. Therefore, if we don’t keep safe the only earth we have, the exploration of new planets we become a need, not an option.

I’m convinced that we need a change of paradigm from the anthropocentric sociological view to ecocentrism. As follows, the circular economy clearly represents the most advanced and recent manifestation of this paradigm shift. Consequently, in this conference, I will present two papers: The first one is titled “Key strategies to implement circular economy in SMEs”. This study proposes a kit of strategies that could help SMEs to mature and orient their corporate strategy towards the circular economy and build a competitive advantage in the market. Moreover, this study proposes a group of internal and external factors that should support the implementation of the kit of strategies. Finally, some useful dynamic capabilities are defined to undertake the circular economy in the business performance. The second one is titled  “The growing acceptance of eco-labelling: an empirical analysis in Spain”. In this study, we argue that an ecolabel is the visible manifestation of a voluntary eco-innovation process. In this process, consumers’ environmental expectations are met; firms increase their created and captured value and enhance their sustainability, and governments and institutions foster sustainable production and consumption. Thus, the aim of this study is to assess the EU Label growing acceptance in the European Union and, more specifically in Spain by product categories and by geographical regions. Both studies may contribute as an important guidance for policy makers and firms to trigger sustainable practices and the transition to a circular economy in Spain and other regions with cultural proximity, like Ibero-America.

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