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MADE-BY. Making sustainable fashion common practice

MADE-BY. Making sustainable fashion common practice

The Sustainable Fashion Academy - Industry Development SFA believes that to significantly improve the sustainability performance of the apparel industry, a holistic approach is needed, so that actions by different actors, including public agencies, profit-driven companies and civil society advocates, are optimized so they accelerate sustainable practices. Examples of our industry engagements include: Our planet is under great pressure. We now know this. We know the apparel industry is very influential – and therefore can lead the way to a sustainable society. But because the sustainability challenges we are facing are complex, systemic and critical, we need to accelerate our progress by learning from leaders and leading initiatives that have the potential to reshape the industry. To these ends, The Sustainable Fashion Academy and partners have established The Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel. To find out more, please click here Industry Innovation Seminar Series

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition - Home Grüne Mode – Kirsten Brodde – Blog Sustainable development goals 2015: all you need to know What are the sustainable development goals? The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs follow and expand on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001 and are due to expire at the end of this year. Why do we need another set of goals? There is broad agreement that, while the MDGs provided a focal point for governments – a framework around which they could develop policies and overseas aid programmes designed to end poverty and improve the lives of poor people – as well as a rallying point for NGOs to hold them to account, they were too narrow. As the MDG deadline approaches, about 1 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day – the World Bank measure on poverty – and more than 800 million people do not have enough food to eat. What are the proposed 17 goals?

modeafFAIRe | Online-Portal für faire Mode WellMade - Improving Conditions in your Supply Chain For Man and environment - the IVN advocates ecologically and socially sound production methods within the textile and leather industry Manufacture New York Manufacture New York is anchored in our CEO and Founder, Bob Bland’s, practical experience over a decade as a NYC designer, and her desire to help create social good within the fashion industry at large, especially here in New York City. If something like Manufacture New York already existed, she would be a member & produce her fashion label there. However, with the current infrastructure of domestic apparel manufacturing dwindling, we simply have to create a new model and ecosystem. There are old factories sitting empty, and industrial space in the Garment District is being rezoned as residential/commercial. There are excellent, hard-working production managers and sewers who are now working out of their homes, have had to change industries, or are simply unemployed.

Rana Plaza two years on: Challenges and concerns Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world’s worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring 2,378 more. The tragedy was undoubtedly a catalyst for change in the way the apparel industry looks at its responsibility towards the entire supply chain, but new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore for industry executives. The progress that's been made in Bangladesh over the past two years is "monumental," according to Rick Darling, executive director of government & public affairs at sourcing giant Li & Fung, who also sits on the advisory boards at both the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. "The two groups put $100m of their own private sector funds to do the inspections, the remediation, the corrective action plans. The Bangladesh government last year put in $14m towards its portion of the project." Darling agrees.

Ecoterre Sign up with Ecouterre to submit comments, stories, events and listings to us. Becoming an ecouterre member is free, takes 30 seconds and allows you greater access and participation in our active creative community of designers, influencers and makers. You can also sign up for our free weekly newsletter, which keeps you in the loop every week on the hottest new innovations in eco fashion. Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. We’re dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also a garment’s social and environmental impact, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. In September 2009, Jill Fehrenbacher, founder of sustainable-design website Inhabitat.com, launched Ecouterre to dispel any disparaging stereotypes that still cling to the concept of eco-fashion (hemp ponchos, anyone?) In 2011, Babble called Ecouterre the No. 1 eco-friendly shopping site for moms.

Acumen Global Fellows are the Next Generation of Impact Leaders Program Overview Now in its 11th year, the Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty. We are looking for potential social sector leaders who embody service above self. The fellowship begins with eight weeks of training in the Acumen New York office, where Fellows build their understanding of the problems of poverty, the current tensions in the sector as we explore solutions and understand the role we have to play. After training, each Fellow is placed with a company within Acumen’s ecosystem where they work on a key business challenge. Since 2006, we have received more than 5,000 applications from 110 countries and trained 97 Fellows from over 25 countries. Fellowship Year Overview Leadership Training September to mid-November The Global Fellowship begins with two months of intensive training at the Acumen offices in New York. Field Placement Mid-November to August Debrief & Beyond September & Onwards

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