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Pilot Programme for the Promotion of Environmental Management in the Private Sector of Developing Countries (P3U)

Good Housekeeping Manual (GHK®)
September 2006

Why did GTZ/P3U develop the ‘Good Housekeeping Manual’? 1. The Pilot Programme for the Promotion of Environmental Management in the Private Sector of Developing Countries (P3U), which was implemented (06/1996-09/2006) by the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ), has developed instruments for environmental management that are easy to apply, inexpensive, and suitable for use by micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in developing and countries in transition. In discussions with experts, the importance of ‘Good Housekeeping’ has emerged as an excellent starting point for improving productivity and organisational efficiency, as well as environmental and economic performance of SME (and even big companies, supply chains or industrial clusters and areas). As to our knowledge there has no easy-to-use methodology for Good Housekeeping been available to SME, we developed in 1997 this Good Housekeeping Manual in co-operation with various experts (among others with Rachid Nafti, Joyce Miller, Christoph Vosseler, Christian Tebert, Petra Eimer-Kontny and the GTZ-P3U team, as well as the respective training courses (standard course: 3,5 days). Since June 2006, PREMAnet e.V. and the international network of PREMA trainers and consultants support GTZ in disseminating the GHK® methodology and the Profitable Environmental Management - PREMA® method all over the world. 2. Since 1997, the Manual has been used (to our knowledge( by entrepreneurs, consultants, trainers, business associations, economic and environmental promotion institutions, as well as universities and schools in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela; China, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe; in the Near East (Jordania, Palestine, Syria); in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia; as well as in Europe (Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Rumania and Turkey). 3. Based on the experience of industrialists and consultants as well as from training provided by GTZ-P3U and partners, the Manual has been revised several times, adding questions and a checklist that covers Work-place Safety and Occupational Health, as well as systematically integrating the "Non-Product Output" (NPO approach, the triple win (economic, environmental and organisational), and the PREMA® "cycle of change".

4. ATTENTION: The GHK Guide used by SBA, Lausanne, e.g. in the DELTA programme, is one of the first, outdated versions which due to legal aspects cannot be denied to be used by SBA. However, the methodology used by SBA is not conform to GTZ-P3U quality standards and SBA acts in no way and nowhere with the support of GTZ, but on its own behalf. 5. In addition to a general version of the Manual, several sector-specific Good Housekeeping manuals have been elaborated by GTZ-P3U, consultants, and local partners in Brazil, China, Croatia, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mexico and Morocco for the following industries: • Bakeries / Cake Shops • Food Processing • Tanneries • Furniture Manufacturer • Shoe Manufacturing • Print Offices • Car Garages • Construction Materials Manufacturing • Laundries/Dry Cleaners • Hotels • Agricultural Companies • Offices • Schools • Rubber Industry

For whom did GTZ-P3U develop the GHK® Manuals?
GTZ-P3U expects that also in future entrepreneurs, consultants and trainers will consider the Good Housekeeping Manuals a useful tool for integrating good housekeeping concepts into their business operations in order to enhance productivity and overall efficiency, reduce the negative environmental impact of production, and production costs and risks. Consultants, business associations, and institutions in the field of environment, quality, health and...
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