Designing an economical fashion program that works for everyone

Economical fashion

The fashion industry shifts from linear to high-end business models – which include repair, recycling, re-selling, and hiring – while at the same time shaping great power, such as automation and climate disruption.

These changes bring both the opportunity to address long-standing employee problems by designing new business models and a responsibility to ensure that the new jobs created are good jobs.

The vital circularity raises a question for both the industry and policymakers: How can we use this chance to rethink and redesign the global fashion system to work for everyone?

Through Keeping Workers in the Loop (KWIL), we have brought together more than 45 major fashion industry players – established companies, emerging circular businesses, workers’ representatives, sustainable fashion professionals, and global organizations- to research this very inquiry.

Our study revealed three important results

1. As business models change, circularity provides an important business opportunity and skills development

Growth and investment in a round fashion show great commercial power in transforming the fashion industry. For example, just four luxury retail platforms attract more than $ 134 million in total investment in the 16 months to August. Businesses that provide recycling, repair, leasing, or retail sales services are emerging and growing rapidly.

As large asset companies seek to adapt, rotation can provide economic and business opportunities for employees. Our survey, in which we conducted a survey of approximately 200 employees, raises a strong desire to get involved. And start new circular businesses. In India, 66 percent of the employees interviewed, mostly women, are willing to start their own businesses but feel pressured by the lack of investment and business skills. Employees already have a lot of knowledge needed to be able to successfully navigate this change. For example, illegal waste workers understand how textile. And textile waste is sorted, processed, and re-marketed.

Jobs in the global economy require soft skills such as speed, language and business skills, and technical skills (clothing design). Our research found that both skills (broad) and training are lacking at all levels of the industry. Equipping different groups of employees with the necessary skills and business opportunities can accelerate. The construction of a circular and strong fashion chain.

2. Discriminatory and rights groups are given excessively in the value chain categories that may increase in the circular system, and there is a strong risk of furthering existing employee issues in the circular fields.

The transition to the circular industry means a series of obscure and complex fashion trends around. The world will grow to include new components and functions. Such as recycled plastic, agricultural waste, textile recycling, refining, and recycling. Our research has found that parts of the industry are already around today. Such as picking up waste for recycling or recycling. Having some of the worst working conditions, high levels of inequality, and a negative impact on society. The chaos in the clothing. And textile industry poses a serious challenge to the fair, impartial and inclusive transformation process, as many activities in support of the circular fashion system rely on illegal workers.

3. A transformation will take place between the root of growing dishonesty and economic inequality throughout the global fashion system.

KWIL’s economic model suggests that rotation, automation, and other big things could significantly affect the growth of the fashion industry by 2030. Regional variability in job losses and/or gains in all of our economic conditions is significant, as China and India see very large shifts. Worryingly, many cases see a decline in low-wage jobs in all areas, while high-wage earnings tend to rise.

Power of the Circularity community can only be achieved through deliberate action

Our findings suggest that the trend of round fashion brings a number of potential benefits to employees, including:

  • The ability to create strong job opportunities;
  • Multiple jobs, inspiring, improved roles for employee health and safety;
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurs, especially women, and;
  • The growing power to include illegal workers in the value chain, to provide them with social protection, etc.

On the other hand, apart from the deliberate integration of functions and aspects of social justice. As well as reforming industry practices. There is a real danger of perpetuating similarly challenging outcomes for workers due to lack of representation, decision-making, regulatory protection, and power supply inequality.

The KWIL report highlights how industry fluctuations and potential job disruptions increase. The need to address these legacy challenges in the transformation process. To help advance the path to a supportive workforce cycle. It sets out 10 recommendations for empowering a fair, just, and inclusive transformation.

You can find the full report here, which provides an initial map of the required skills. To assess how the rotation will affect different roles. How job impacts will be played on various circular models. And detailed recommendations for both fashion and textile businesses and policymakers.

If you would like to explore how your company can work in partnership with your peers. And BSR to help develop new strategies that improve. The global fashion system to work for everyone, please contact our team.

This research project was developed. And funded by the Laudes Foundation. Organizational collaboration and financial contribution have been instrumental in the success of the project. Many thanks also to the contributions of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the H&M Group, and the Target to the project outcomes and to the various organizations that contributed their ideas to this project.

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