What is RedES-CAR?

TheRedES-CAR Sustainable Business Network program aims to generate productive transformation in supply chains made up of large companies and their SME suppliers. This public-private partnership helps companies improve their competitiveness and their environmental performance through the support of the Regional Autonomous Corporation (CAR), the Universidad de los Andes, and other allied institutions.

Participating firms in the RedES-CAR program improve their economic and environmental performance through cleaner production (CP) and bystrengthening their supply chain. So far in 2014, more than 40 small and medium businesses participating in the RedES-CAR program, coming from nine different sectors, and suppliers of leading companies, called anchor companies--Alpina, Bavaria, Grupo Éxito, and the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters (Asocolflores)--have developed their own projects, aimed at improving their operating processes, and have interacted with other companies in a common effort to increase productivity.

The program was createdto respond to the need to implement effective mechanisms to reduce industrial pollution. RedES-CAR falls within the guidelines and recommendations found in the National Policy on Sustainable Production and Consumption of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the 2012-2023 Regional Environmental Management Plan of the CAR, and its 2012-2015Four-Year Action Plan.

Visit the official website of RedES-CAR here.

Who are the participants?

The program’s participantsinclude companies and organizations from the public and private sectors, which can be categorized into four groups:

  1. Anchor Companies: Large companies with high visibility and recognition in the region that lead supply chains and invite their suppliers to participate in the program.
  2. SME Suppliers: Small and medium-sized suppliers of goods and services of the anchor companies. Chosen for their capacity for innovation, willingness to participate in the CP training cycle offered by the program, and interest in developing projects that improve their economic and environmental performance.
  3. Service Centers: Universities and business training institutions committed to regional development, whose skilled staff teaches the program methodology. They act as multipliers of RedES-CAR by managing new chains and scaling their national impact.
  4. Environmental Authority: Organization that manages, promotes, and coordinates the program, recognizing the environmental achievements of the program’s participants.

Learn more about the Sustainable Business RedES-CAR Program here

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

The Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the School of Management at the Universidad de los Andes was selected by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to be the entity to act as executor of the Cluster Competitiveness Support Program in Colombia.

This program is nationwide and seeks to streamline support of the partnership between businesses through Promotion Entities located within the clusters. The program will also increase the competitiveness of existing clusters in the country to reap the benefits of collective work between companies and institutions and develop sustainable competitive advantages.

The program will contribute to the definition of best practices in intervention in clusters through verifiable results in terms of productivity, levels of marketing, innovation and technological development, partnership, and strengthening of the institutional capacity of selected clusters.

The total budget of the program is US $5,980,000, of which the IDB provides non-refundable technical cooperationresources. The restis paid for by the Colombian Government, the Universidad de los Andes, the Promotion Entities, and the beneficiary enterprises.

The program features an institutional system largely characterized by private entities, aiming to organize knowledge and make future efforts sustainable in the promotion of clusters and partnership strategies to enhance the competitiveness of Colombian companies.

Within the framework of this partnership, on June 16 and 17 an event held in Bogotá was attended by representatives of each of the eight current projects, as well as by exhibitors with expert knowledge on the issues of clusters and competitiveness, among others.

Over the two days of the event,theexperiences and knowledge gained during the months of the program’s execution were shared by the participants. Academic spaces and discussion forums on cross-cutting issues for the program were also generated.