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Innovation Credit Guidelines

The innovation application form can be downloaded here

1) Rationale

The Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) Certification System for Concrete awards points to innovative practices/products or solutions in the responsible sourcing of concrete. This document describes the procedure to obtain points for Innovation as defined in B3 Innovation Credit of the CSC Certification System.

2) Scope

  • A maximum of three innovations can be accepted for the innovation credit.

  • An innovation can be on company level and/or on plant/group of plants level.

  • If an innovation is on company level, the same innovation/exemplary performance can be multiply accepted for multiple plant certifications (concrete, cement & aggregates), provided that the plant under certification is applying the innovation.

  • An innovation/exemplary performance can no longer be accepted for the multiple use in the certification process of another plant after three years after its first submission to the CSC (date of certificate issued).

3) Definition

 

Innovations

  • stimulate significant improvement of the concrete sector regarding environmental, social and/or economic sourcing practices

  • are demonstrating leadership by best practice, hence are showcasing the progressive potential and competitiveness of the concrete sector

 

Innovations can cover one or more of the following fields:

  • Exceptional performance beyond the top score in existing credits

  • Exemplary social and/or environmental performance in a field not covered by the CSC system

  • Systemic and strategic innovation in streamlining or improving performance across multiple stages of the concrete supply chain

 

Innovations are evaluated according to three dimensions and one discrete aspect:

  • Novelty

    • High novelty
      Transformational – developing breakthroughs and inventing sourcing practices that don’t exist yet.*)
      Transformational innovation for the industry, which is transformed from other industrial practices into the construction material sector.

    • Medium novelty
      Adjacent – expanding from existing sourcing practices into “new to the company” practices.*)
      Low novelty
      Core – optimizing existing sourcing practices.*)

*) based on Nagji B., Tuff G., 2012, HBR

 

  • Impact
    Strategic fit to the matter of responsible sourcing, problem solving potential.

    • High impact

    • Medium impact

    • Low impact

 

  • Replicability
    Meeting potential market needs, ease of implementation.

    • High replicability

    • Medium replicability

    • Low replicability

4) Scoring

  • Each of the max. three submitted innovations is being assessed against the three dimension as shown in the tables below

  • The points awarded for the innovation credit are the sum of the submitted innovations with a cap at max. 9 points

 

 

High Novelty

Impact

High

4

5

6

Medium

3

4

5

Low

2

3

4

 

 

Low

Medium

High

 

 

Replicability

 

 

 

 

Medium Novelty

Impact

High

3

4

5

Medium

2

3

4

Low

1

2

3

 

 

Low

Medium

High

 

 

Replicability


 

 

Low Novelty

Impact

High

2

3

4

Medium

1

2

3

Low

0

1

2

 

 

Low

Medium

High

 

 

Replicability

 

5) Procedure

  1. Petition for scoring points in B3 Innovation shall be made to the CSC Innovation Committee (IC), together with explanation and evidence, using the Innovation Credit application form.

  2. Petitions to the IC shall be sent by the auditor or plant seeking certification to the secretary of the IC via e-mail (innovation@concretesustainabilitycouncil.com)   and in English language. Copies shall be sent to the auditor, the plant seeking certification and, if applicable, the Regional System Operator (RSO).

  3. Petitions can be submitted after project registration.

  4. The petition shall detail at the minimum:

    1. Plant name, plant address, name of the operator / owner, name of the corresponding RSO (if applicable), name, email address and telephone number of contact person (the auditor or the plant contact person).

    2. For each innovation that points are sought for:

      • A short but descriptive name of the innovative process or solution

      • A short explanation of the solution (service / technology / process) etc. in question

      • A description why the solution is considered an innovation including, if applicable, supporting evidence.

  5. The secretary of the IC will acknowledge the receipt of the petition at his or her earliest convenience and forward them to the IC for a decision.

  6. The IC will take decisions in phone calls or via email. In case there is no unanimous decision, the single majority of votes will decide. In the case of a tie the corresponding petition shall be considered denied.

  7. The IC will take its decision based on the B3 Innovation Credit Guidelines.

  8. All petitions shall be answered with a clear justification of the IC’s decision within five weeks of the date the petition was sent to the CSC.

  9. If the IC finds that the information provided by the petitioner is insufficient, they shall ask the petitioner for more information. The petitioner has two weeks for replying. The IC shall review the petition within five weeks after reception of the amended petition. If the IC finds after two amendments that the information is still insufficient they may deny the points.

  10. The plant seeking the certification has the right to appeal the IC’s decision by e-mail to the IC secretary. The IC secretary will transmit the petition to the CSC Executive Committee (ExCo), which will take a final decision during the following scheduled meeting.