textiles3The Inclusive Business Alliance for Textiles & Clothing is one of six alliances formed around the Inclusive Business Co-creation Accelerator, a 3-year programme seeking to benefit the actors and initiatives within this alliance.

The challenge: A more inclusive approach to textile and clothing production

The textile, clothing and footwear sector provides employment opportunities to more than 60 million workers worldwide, predominantly unskilled young women from the developing world. Due to the scale and nature of this sector, it offers great potential to contribute significantly to economic development. However, the industry is often criticised for exploiting its workers. A more inclusive approach is needed to complement the existing push for more responsible business.

For more information about the challenge and opportunity in this sector, as well as an outline of Swedish capabilities and initiatives, please refer to the sector summary from the Inclusive Business Agenda here.

A collaborative alliance

The alliance is managed by Inclusive Business Sweden in collaboration with Mistra Future Fashion. Swedish businesses and other organisations in the textiles and clothing sector are welcome to join the alliance to collaborate around addressing this challenge.

Our ambition by 2030…

Enable the development of large-scale inclusive business models in T&C value chains across 10 countries

Current plans for 2015 – 2017 include to facilitate ongoing collaboration between peers, link actors with international partners, establish local and international forums for co-creation and innovation, enable access to financing, and establish other sector-wide initiatives. So if you want to benefit, make sure to join us below!

We encourage you to participate and co-create to benefit from these activities:

  • Collaboration will be managed through an open LinkedIn group – join here!
  • Actors will be encouraged, supported and potentially financed to act
  • The ecosystem of partners, participants and initiatives will be mapped and shared (please see below)
  • Alliances will be linked with international partners to support co-creation

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Join the alliance

Actors can join the alliance as partners or participants:

  • Partners are active – committed to the sector ambition and willing to act collaboratively towards that ambition
  • Participants are passive – interested in staying the loop with alliance activities

Swedish organisations can join the alliance by filling out the form below. Once that’s done, we will get back to you shortly with more information. Please note that joining the alliance does not represent a contractual or highly formal commitment, but rather an intention to co-create and collaborate around inclusive business activities.

Inclusive Business Forum: workshop outputs

At this year’s Inclusive Business Forum, where about 180 participants from business, government and academia gathered around the theme Co-create the Future, collaborative workshops were held to set forth the what, the why, the how and the who of achieving the alliance ambitions. Clicking on the image to the left will allow you to view the results of the workshop.

Need more information?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, or send us an email: info@inclusivebusiness.se.

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