In today's issue ConPolicy informs you about:
We wish you an exciting read!
Your ConPolicy team
News about ConPolicy
Recommendations for action for sustainable public catering in NRW: ConPolicy study published
On the occasion of the conference 'Sustainable public catering in NRW' of the consumer center of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a federal state within Germany, the study "Paths to a sustainable public catering in North Rhine-Westphalia" conducted by ConPolicy was published. During the conference, Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun presented the main results of the study in a forum and then moderated the discussion of the recommendations.
The study first highlights selected good practice examples of sustainable public catering, e.g. in schools or public canteens, in other cities and federal states. Based on an analysis of the specific framework conditions in NRW, recommendations for a (more) sustainable public catering in NRW are derived. It is recommended to initiate a dialogue process on sustainable nutrition to develop a nutrition strategy for NRW. Furthermore, it is recommended to initiate concrete implementation structures for municipalities: Regional competence centers for sustainable procurement and value creation, a state program for organic cities in NRW and a consulting organization for sustainable catering.
As part of the discussion forum 'Political strategies for sustainable public catering in NRW', the recommendations were discussed and enriched with further ideas. Overall, there was agreement that a political framework, e.g. through a nutrition strategy, is needed in order to successfully promote sustainable public catering in NRW.
An Executive Summary has been published for the long version of the study.
More information about the project can be found here.
ConPolicy presents at an international event hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Today, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection hosted an international online conference on consumer protection in the digital age. The Conference was co-organized with the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection with support by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The conference addressed the question of how consumers can best benefit from the impacts of digitalization and how to best protect them against risks to their safety, privacy and self-determination.
ConPolicy-Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun, presented a speech about the question of how technologies could and should be used to empower consumers. His key conclusions were:
- Consumer-enabling technologies (CETs) should be one strategic element to empower consumers.
- However, they do not replace market regulation and “classical offline” empowerment strategies. CETs should be considered complementary.
- The potential of CETs is by far not yet leveraged.
- CETs can empower consumers directly or indirectly via market authorities and consumer organizations.
- Governments should have a strategy to support the development of CETs and invest in research and development in this field.
Consumer policy news
More online purchases: Corona changes how we shop for groceries
Today, the digital association Bitkom published the results of a recent consumer survey on online grocery shopping. According to the results, the…
Fitness games increase in popularity during Corona pandemic
The digital association Bitkom published the results of a survey on computer games and fitness during the Corona pandemic today. The results show that…
4 in 10 German households use smart home applications
Today, the digital association Bitkom published the results of a recent consumer survey on smart home applications in Germany. According to the…
Older people rate their own digital skills as just sufficient
With the start of the 'DigitalPakt Alter' (Digital pact for older people) today, the digital association Bitkom published survey results on digital…
New online lawsuit tool seeks to facilitate digital access to courts
Today, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) together with 'Tech4Germany' launched the ‘Digital Legal Action’ project…
Grocery shopping: Consumers get information via smartphone in the supermarket
Today, the digital association Bitkom published the results of a recent consumer survey on product information when shopping for groceries. According…
Active online choices: Designing to empower users
Digital products and services are integral to modern life, but awareness of how they operate is low, and they are not always designed to easily allow…
Implementation toolkit on legislative actions for consumer protection enforcement co-operation
Countries have made significant efforts in recent years to develop domestic, regional and international frameworks for consumer protection enforcement…
Circular economy perspectives in the EU textile sector
This study aims to provide information about circular economy perspectives in the management of textile products and textile waste in the European…
Durability of smartphones: A technical analysis of reliability and repairability aspects
Smartphones are available on the market with a variety of design characteristics and purchase prices. Recent trends show that their replacement cycle…