Luigi Grosso, EU Alumnus of the International MBA in Munich, on Sustainability
Luigi Grosso earned his MBA from Munich European University in 1995. He works in the footwear and apparel industry focusing on Sustainability in Supply Chains. He took time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts with us, explaining the importance of sustainable initiatives and offering invaluable advice. (EU Business School)
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EURO BRAND MANAGEMENT is a Benefit Corporation
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HOW THE WORLD SEES US
I worked with Euro Brand Management some time ago when both companies were footwear distributors. Last year we contacted the team in Munich to see if they would be interested to develop and produce a biodegradable solution to our current PET” All-time Favourites” E Commerce shipper. We worked to together for a year to find a producer that would be able to source the appropriate materials, do the testing and produce the bag. After various trials, we are introducing our “biodegradable” E commerce shipper into the market. Luigi and his team of sustainability experts supported me throughout the entire design and development process through to final testing and production. I can definitely recommend Euro Brand Management.
BRECHJE GONDRIE, CEO and Founder
All-Time Favourites B.V.
1013 AP Amsterdam
In 2017 we began working with Euro Brand Management. The partnership has evolved over the years to sharing the same supply chain mission of performance and sustainability. With our almost 40 years’ experience and know-how in production, entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, we have become a dependable partner of EBM in packaging production for European and North African footwear factories. We are delighted to be part to EBM’s global supplier network, and we thank EBM for the big opportunity to expand our business in packaging and their sustainability development goals.
BOGOLJUB PANTELIC, CEO
We created a strategic partnership with Euro Brand Management to further advance our climate action mission of helping companies to reduce emissions and to neutralize their emissions by supporting carbon offset projects. The mission and work model of packaging and packing systems at EBM closely aligns with our mission and their roadmap for cost and CO₂emission reductions. They are a very competent group, professional in their practice and absolutely committed to their mission.
MORITZ LEHMKUHL, Founder and Managing Director
Among the corporate supporters of Dynamo Camp there is a very special one, a company run by an entrepreneur of Italian origins, who grew up in the United States and eventually moved to Germany, where he settled with his family and company. When we met Luigi Grosso for the first time in mid-2018, we met a person with very clear ideas in terms of global sustainability and social responsibility.
Euro Brand Management, which is a company specialized in packaging for footwear and sports clothing / accessories, to begin with in 2015 became a certified B-Corp, taking the name SUBENCO “Sustainable Benefit Company” for the part of the business dedicated exclusively to packaging sustainable. In the description of its mission , on the company’s website it is clearly expressed that it is necessary to overturn the common thought that what is good for me is also good for the planet , in “what is good for the world will be good for us”.
B-Corp are profit companies subject to rigorous checks by the certifying body in terms of compliance with social, environmental, management, responsibility and transparency policies.
Having done this, Luigi Grosso – who, as he says, has worked hard, but has also had a lot from life – decided to associate his company with a non-profit organization and our non-profit organization was among the institutions taken into consideration. As an experienced manager, he learned about Dynamo Camp and The Serious Fun Children’s Network, visited the Camp in Tuscany where he met our staff and volunteers.
And then came the decision to start a partnership with Dynamo Camp with ongoing support and monthly donations to encourage the hospitality of the children.
This is a beautiful story that we wanted to tell, not only to thank Luigi and his team, but also to share a path of awareness and giving-back.
“We have been working together with Euro Brand Management on supply chain projects related to packaging and packing sustainability for over 10 years. EBM is a highly experienced and professional global team dedicated to providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions and executions. Their sustainable partnerships and alliances have given us an opportunity to help achieve our yearly sustainable business development goals.”
MARCO POLONIATO, Senior Vice President Operations & Purchasing
Via Feltrina Centro, 16
31030 Biadene di Montebelluna
Sustainability is core to our business model at Goodwings. As a B Corp company, it’s important to us that our partners and members recognize the need for action that benefits the environment, society, and business. That’s why we’re proud to have Euro Brand Management as a partner. As part of the B Corp family they actively work towards a better future for people and planet, taking action even when booking their hotels!
Christian Møller-Holst, CEO
Gammel Kongevej 3E, st.
1610 Copenhagen V
Having one central Asian and European packaging supplier with a complete process of sampling and approval, creates a direct and efficient communication with factories that guarantee consistent color and quality. In addition, it offers the possibility to monitor and control the specific volumes of packaging for each factory and brand.
STEFANIA OTTAVIAN, Purchasing Manager
Via Montebelluna, 5/7
We are proud to have been the first nearshore packaging partner in Serbia supplying the Geox manufacturing plant in Vranje since 2017 thanks to Euro Brand Management’s cooperation. Since we were contacted by Euro Brand Management in 2016 we have been working closely with their staff finding the most appropriate and effective supply chain solutions to meet the demand of the Serbian factory and as well as other footwear manufacturers in East and West Europe. We have to thank EBM to have brought us their expertise and experience in the global packaging business.
MITHAT LICINA , CEO
STAMPARIJA MERAK DOO
Since 2018 we have provided Euro Brand Management logistic and trucking solutions of sea and road transport to and from East Europe, West Europe and North Africa, offering full truck/container load or groupage and helping to successfully steer through the customs procedure. We have found in Euro Brand Management a client whose business philosophy and mission goes hand in hand with our business vision: delivering responsible top-quality services to meet the EBM’s requirements and constantly innovating the processes within the logistics chain that connects all corners of the world. In our business, as well as in Euro Brand Management’s, there are no barriers, only challenges that we overcome with ease. Only a business that is consistently committed to the values of persistence, responsibility, dedication and speed are able maintain sustainable initiatives.
MILOS MIHAILOVIC, Sea Freight Director
Bul. Zorana Djindjica 121 11070
Since Euro Brand Management became a certified B Corp® in 2015, we have collaborated in a spirit of interdependence on several sportswear, fashion and footwear brands. EBM’s purpose and mission are well aligned with those of Nativa: EBM is a committed and competent international team that promotes the sustainability and efficiency of global organizations and supply chains.
ERIC EZECHIELI, CEO
SmellWell Freshener Inserts help keep shoes and sports gear dry and fresh, making them last longer and work better. With a mission to take better care of our gear and wear, the cooperationwith Euro Brand Management has been key in our work to find better alternatives for packaging from FSC certified paper. We are looking forward to a long-term collaboration with Luigi, Riccardo and the rest of the great team at Euro Brand Management.
ANTON HAGLUND, CEO
114 55 Stockholm
In 2015 a colleague of mine brought to my attention Euro Brand Management. At that time, I was looking for packaging solutions that were more efficient and competitive. From the beginning of our collaboration I have found Euro Brand Management to be a reliable and professional partner that convinced me on several points: their product analysis made by competent technicians, the study in packaging supply that best suits our needs combined with the paper optimization, construction and measurements, the proposal to open up to the sustainability world and an efficient centralized supply of all packaging material shipped to different production sites. With these initiatives, we have significantly reduced our costs and limited our impact in the environment.
FABIO BIANCHIN, Operation Director TCX Srl
Via Ferraris Galileo, 56
TWOSUNS Trims Ltd. is a global production company based in Hong Kong, mainland China and Bangladesh offering a wide portfolio of labeling and packaging solutions to worldwide brands. In 2014 we established a representative agreement with Euro Brand Management GmbH. We have been designing and developing an extensive range of sustainable products and services for their European and global footwear and apparel brands. Following Euro Brand Management’s strategic input, we have designed and produced innovative sustainable labeling solutions; we are certain that together with EBM we are supporting their customers to reach their Sustainable Development Goals.
LEON YU, Co-Managing Director
Suite 1106, 11F
Tai Yau Building
No. 181 Johnston Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong Island
We began to work with Euro Brand Management in 2016 in order to reduce our impact on the environment in our supply chain, specifically in packaging and packing materials. Within a short period, we were able to implement a reduction in paper consumption by more than 20% and energy by 25% in the manufacturing of our packaging. In addition, they developed an industry first 100% biodegradable shoe bag for the Ultra III Bloom. EBM is an International team skilled at making a difference “for the world and in the world.
G. CLARK, Founder/CEO
28 Britton St, Farringdon
EC1M 5UE London
We have collaborating with Euro Brand Management GmbH for more than a decade. Not only does EBM bring us new business, most importantly they have successfully implemented significant sustainability and CO2 reduction initiatives. Their commitment to make a difference and create pathways at companies that will be followed for many years is unquestionably one of their primary rewards in the supply chain of global apparel and footwear brands. EBM is a highly competent, committed and professional partner to work with.
YAU FAI LAI, Chairman
Wah Tong Group
No.1 Hung To Road,
Kwun Tong, Kowloon