The STRASUS (strategic sustainability for logistics) project aims to "gamify" the creation and, above all, the active implementation of a sustainability strategy (CSR) for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The logistics sector in Germany and the Netherlands has to be prepared in view of the future changing requirements regarding non-financial transparency (EU directives). The requirement for large companies to disclose non-financial information will have its impact on smaller companies in the supply chain. Serious Gaming Modules will be created for this purpose, to help SMEs to internalise corporate social responsibility into their business. The Serious Gaming Modules are designed and developed both on the basis of the sustainable strategy-making process as well as on best practices in order to be as practical as possible and relevant to the participating companies. They will be used in workshops for SMEs to help them to design their own CSR strategy.
The project team consist of knowledge institutions (Hochschule Niederrhien (lead partner), MSI-UM, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen), a serious gaming company (BuGaSi GmbH), and several logistics companies.
The total fund of the project amounts to approximately 1.5 million euros, half of which comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (INTERREG-Programme Germany-Netherlands). Other donors include the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the province of Gelderland, and of course the participating business partners mentioned above. The Hochschule Niederrhein receives approximately 450,000 euros in funding as lead partner. The project started on 1 June 2017 and ends in May 2020.