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Sustainable Industry‎
"Encourage and promote new methods in industrial and commercial agreement with the values of sustainable development."

The Association for Open and Sustainable Collaborative Industrial Projects APICOD-ACOSIP is a non-profit organization working for social entrepreneurship in the community, governed by its own Articles and also by art. 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.

It is independent of political or religious affiliations.

ACOSIP was incorporated in 2010, its headquarters is in Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland. The association is registered in the Commercial Register.


Purpose and objectives

To facilitate the promotion of industrial and commercial projects that meet the criteria for sustainable development by concentrating the forces and means required to carry out such projects. APICOD currently focuses on project

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Le monde durable

Sustainable development [1]

In the last few years, the notion of sustainable development has received considerable media coverage. Actors in the field of sustainable development, whether at the level of a commercial firm or a philanthropic institution, need to have sound foundations showing clearly that they observe the principles of sustainable development, both in their dealings with their partners and at the level of their internal organization. In addition, faced with the challenge of change that the notion of sustainable development implies in the current economic climate, it is essential that the spirit of mutual responsibility and support between the entities pursuing the same goals should be solid and productive.


What can AOSCIP provide?

It can help expand activities based on sustainable development through partnership. The guiding principle is to enable any person, company, association, etc., to exchange knowledge and/or means with the aim of developing an economic activity, based on products and/or services, which meet the criteria for sustainable development. In return, the partners benefit from experience that is enriching both professionally and in human terms.


What can one expect of a partner who adheres to the principle of sustainable development?

Depending on the partner’s orientation, the environmental and social impact or sustainable economic dimension will be emphasized along with the concomitant skills and competence. The notion of sustainable development provides an additional dimension offering a wider vision, thus avoiding fundamentalist points of view.

The most-often quoted definition of sustainable development is development “that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own”. This concept of the United Nations has been adopted by the Swiss Confederation as well as a number of Swiss cantons and communes. This means that all policies, programmes or projects implemented should keep the economic, social and environmental spheres in balance.

The following diagram illustrates the principles of sustainable development


Sustainable development diagram: the 3 poles

What do the terms “Collaborative” and “Open” in the Association’s name mean?

Collaborative [2]means that the resources for the development of a project can potentially come from a huge number of participants. As in the world of open source software, where programmers develop and propose solutions and a committee then assesses the usefulness and the proper construction of what is proposed and … includes it in the project, or not.

Of course, not all projects offer the same possibilities for collaboration. However, thanks to the new communication tools, and information systems such as the internet, a gathering of dynamic forces can be greatly boosted.

Open means that everyone, whether a member or not, can make a contribution to the construction of a project, in whatever form, so that a sustainable project useful to the greatest number can emerge. Open also means that the solutions developed within projects are not locked into patents or, if a patent is taken out, it should be with the aim of preventing a use contrary to the values of sustainable development. In most cases, the developments are destined for the “public domain” with strict monitoring by the Association so that the use that is made thereof abides by the principles of sustainable development and that no mercantile use can be made by third parties.

It should be noted here that open does not necessarily mean free. The Association does not forbid remuneration of participants. On the contrary, the Association encourages fair remuneration: “All work deserves to be compensated”. 


See articles of Association File:ACOSIP-APICOD articles.pdf