Sustainable Fashion: Context For Business (Online)
Online courses occur as 1.5 hour live sessions, during which time you will interact with your tutor, classmates and course content using in-built audio and video chat, instant messaging and the virtual work display area.
The aim of the course is to enable participants to apply a critical perspective to business initiatives seeking to address the social and environmental impacts of fashion. Participants will overcome the complexity involved in generating a fashion system that enables people to flourish whilst working within ecological limits and will be introduced to frameworks for evaluating current initiatives and innovations...
Taught by: Liz Parker.
The aim of the course is to enable participants to apply a critical perspective to business initiatives seeking to address the social and environmental impacts of fashion. Participants will overcome the complexity involved in generating a fashion system that enables people to flourish whilst working within ecological limits and will be introduced to frameworks for evaluating current initiatives and innovations. This is a theoretical and philosophical course, and is not a course in how to set up a sustainable fashion business. The course will nevertheless be valuable to anyone looking to set up a sustainable fashion business by providing a critical eye to ideas.
The course will be taught through a range of activities including reading, case-studies, film, interactive activities and guided research. There will be eight online seminars and weekly tasks for you to explore your areas of interest further. The goal is for participants to finish the course with more questions than answers, but more equipped to respond to those questions than before they started the course.
Course Level - Beginners and intermediate
Entry Requirements None
Who should take this course?
The course is relevant to participants from a range of backgrounds including entrepreneurs, employees in established fashion business, fashion management or design students researchers and interested consumers.
By the end of the course, you will:
- Be able to describe the social and environmental impacts of fashion business from a holistic perspective
- Be able to give examples of fashion business initiatives seeking to address the social and environmental impact of fashion
- Be able to apply at least three models, frameworks or theories to evaluate sustainable fashion business initiatives
Week 1 Introductions and context
Week 2 Systems thinking and consumers and users of fashion
Week 3 Metrics and materials
Week 4 Fair trade and artisans
Week 5 Worker empowerment and working conditions
Week 6 Circular and shared economies and eliminating waste
Week 7 Driving change through the business case: Marketing communications, strategic positioning and competitive advantage
Week 8 Innovations and weak signals
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Liz Parker teaches sustainable fashion at University of the Arts London and across the UK. She is an activist, researcher and project manager in sustainable fashion, specialising in workers' rights in garment supply chains. She has worked for the Clean Clothes Campaign, Fashioning an Ethical Industry, Women Working Worldwide and Ethical Fashion Consultancy amongst many others.
Please bring the following materials to the first session:
- A notebook and pen
- Bendall, J. and Kleanthaus, A. (2007) Deeper Luxury. World Wide Fund for Nature http://www.wwf.org.uk/deeperluxury/
- Draper, S., Murray, V. and Weissbrod, I. (2007) Fashioning Sustainability: A Review of the Sustainability Impacts of the Garment Industry, Forum for the Future http://www.forumforthefuture.org/files/Fashionsustain.pdf
- Gooch, F., Hurst, R. and Napier, L. (2008) Material Concerns: How responsible sourcing can deliver the goods for business and workers in the garment industry, Traidcraft and Impactt
- Siegle, L. (2011) To Die for: Is fashion wearing out the world?, London: Harper Collins
- Clean Clothes Campaign www.cleanclothes.org
- Ecouterre http://www.ecouterre.com/
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation (circular economy) https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org
- Ethical Fashion Forum http://www.ethicalfashionforum.com/
- NICE nicefashion.org
- Sustainable Apparel Coalition Higg Index apparelcoalition.org/higgindex/
- Threads: London Sustainable Fashion https://www.facebook.com/groups/londonsustainablefashion/