Circular Fashion Management: Building Sustainable Value Chains

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April 19, 2023

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6 weeks
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Be a part of the sustainability revolution in the fashion industry

The fashion industry contributes significantly to the global economy, but it also has one of the largest environmental footprints. As a result, changing fashion business models is becoming the norm in the industry. The next step is to refocus structured goals on circularity and sustainability.

66%

66% of fashion organizations now have multiple sustainability-related targets

Source: Global Fashion Agenda Sustainability Guide to Fashion Leaders – Panaprium

73%

73% of the world’s clothing eventually ends in landfills to decompose or be incinerated

Source: Global Fashion Agenda Sustainability Guide to Fashion Leaders – Panaprium

1%

Only 1% of all materials used for clothing is recycled into new clothing annually

Source: A New Textile Economy (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

What You Will Gain

SDA Bocconi School of Management’s Circular Fashion Management program brings the discourse around responsible fashion into the spotlight. With this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply sustainable practices, such as responsible innovation and circularity, to a fashion organization's business model.
  • Identify platforms and technologies that facilitate sustainability in fashion.
  • Compare opportunities, challenges, and trade-offs associated with implementing circular practices in an organization.
  • Explain which specific leadership skills are required to transition an organization's business model from linear to circular.
  • Develop a plan to include consumers and stakeholders in efforts toward circularity.

Who Is This Program For

C-suite executives in the fashion industry seeking to:

  • Derive business value through impactful solutions to business problems
  • Explore and examine economic paradigms and new forms of value creation for circularity in the fashion industry

Mid- to senior-level managers in the fashion industry seeking to:

  • Develop and communicate plans focusing on circularity in fashion for consumers and stakeholders
  • Implement circularity principles to reshape an existing business model

Entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to:

  • Gain an understanding of the challenges and solutions of circular fashion management to become more sustainable
  • Recognize key innovative solutions to unlock circular fashion opportunities

Program Impact

91.7%

91.7% of survey respondents from a recent cohort are confident that they can apply sustainable practices, such as innovation, traceability, and transparency, to a fashion organization's business model.

91.6%

91.6% of survey respondents from a recent cohort are confident that they can design a renewed fashion value chain model.

91.6%

91.6% of survey respondents from a recent cohort are confident that they can develop a plan to include customers and stakeholders in their organization's sustainability efforts.

84.3%

84.3% of survey respondents from a recent cohort are confident that they can identify platforms and technology that facilitate sustainability in fashion.

Program Topics

Over the next six weeks, you will grasp how to drive toward circularity in fashion through the following modules:

Week 1:

Reshaping the Future through Responsible Innovation

  • Identify key environmental challenges in the fashion industry.
  • Define circularity in fashion and recognize strategies to create a community around it.
  • Describe the challenges and opportunities associated with responsible innovation.

Week 2:

The Circular Fashion Value Chain

  • Recognize circularity and identify examples of responsible innovation in fashion organizations.
  • Implement eco-design principles to reshape an existing business model.

Week 3:

Traceability and Transparency for Sustainable and Circular Fashion Value Chains

  • Identify sustainability and circularity claims.
  • Discuss advanced technologies to support traceability in fashion.
  • Explain the social aspect of circularity and evaluate your value chain for traceability and transparency.

Week 4:

Managing Circularity in Fashion

  • Match circular fashion activities to corresponding business models and KPIs.
  • Identify opportunities and challenges, and discuss potential solutions for circular fashion trade-offs.
  • Recognize the importance of measuring circularity in fashion.

Week 5:

Detailing Circular Fashion Activities

  • Identify opportunities to use sustainable and circular materials in your organization.
  • Describe your recommerce habits as a consumer.
  • Discuss your experience with P2P, rental, and subscription platforms.

Week 6:

The Future of Fashion: Innovative Solutions to Unlock Circular Fashion Opportunities

  • Develop stakeholder engagement strategies to accelerate circularity in fashion.
  • Understand the importance of educating and involving consumers in a take–make–remake model.
  • Brainstorm solutions to circularity trade-offs.

Week 1:

Reshaping the Future through Responsible Innovation

  • Identify key environmental challenges in the fashion industry.
  • Define circularity in fashion and recognize strategies to create a community around it.
  • Describe the challenges and opportunities associated with responsible innovation.

Week 4:

Managing Circularity in Fashion

  • Match circular fashion activities to corresponding business models and KPIs.
  • Identify opportunities and challenges, and discuss potential solutions for circular fashion trade-offs.
  • Recognize the importance of measuring circularity in fashion.

Week 2:

The Circular Fashion Value Chain

  • Recognize circularity and identify examples of responsible innovation in fashion organizations.
  • Implement eco-design principles to reshape an existing business model.

Week 5:

Detailing Circular Fashion Activities

  • Identify opportunities to use sustainable and circular materials in your organization.
  • Describe your recommerce habits as a consumer.
  • Discuss your experience with P2P, rental, and subscription platforms.

Week 3:

Traceability and Transparency for Sustainable and Circular Fashion Value Chains

  • Identify sustainability and circularity claims.
  • Discuss advanced technologies to support traceability in fashion.
  • Explain the social aspect of circularity and evaluate your value chain for traceability and transparency.

Week 6:

The Future of Fashion: Innovative Solutions to Unlock Circular Fashion Opportunities

  • Develop stakeholder engagement strategies to accelerate circularity in fashion.
  • Understand the importance of educating and involving consumers in a take–make–remake model.
  • Brainstorm solutions to circularity trade-offs.

How You’ll Learn

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Polls

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Interactive try-it activities

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Workbook activities

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Peer-to-peer discussions

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Live sessions with industry experts

What Makes This Program Invaluable

Learning from experts

You will gain insights directly from experts and learn from some of the global fashion capital's finest minds:

  • Alberto Candiani, Candiani Denim
  • Gianluca Pandolfo, Patagonia
  • Maria Teresa Pisani, UNECE

Pitching circular value chains

You will undergo interactive roleplay simulation in the final module to learn how to pitch circular value chain models to all relevant stakeholders.

Faculty Director

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Francesca Romana Rinaldi

Lecturer, Department of Sustainability at SDA Bocconi School of Management

Francesca Romana Rinaldi is part of the research team at the SDA Bocconi School of Management’s Sustainability Lab where she directs the activities of the SDA Bocconi School of Management Monitor for Circular Fashion. More info

Guest Speakers

Each module will feature industry experts as lecturers and guest speakers, who will share their knowledge with you. They will bring real-world examples into the discussion to help you gain practical experience in taking on challenges with confidence.
Christian Tubito

Christian Tubito, Kering

Christian supports the integration and implementation of sustainable and innovative solutions into Kering Houses’ collections and supply chains.

Maria Teresa Pisani

Maria Teresa Pisani, UNECE

Maria works on many RadiciGroup projects on sustainability and nonfinancial reporting. Maria represents RadiciGroup in many national and international working groups dealing with circularity.

Gianluca Pandolfo

Gianluca Pandolfo, Patagonia

Gianluca is the sales director EMEA of Patagonia and has been responsible for the wholesale business since 2015.

Alberto Candiani

Alberto Candiani, Candiani Denim

Alberto is committed to being a leader in the industry's sustainable revolution and to continuing his family's legacy through sustainable and circular innovation and his vision for the future of denim.

Danielle Arzaga

Danielle Arzaga, Candiani Denim

Danielle has unique expertise in international fashion value chains, manufacturing, and product sustainability, empowering brands to lead in a just transition to a circular and resilient economy.

Faculty Member Rossella Ravagl

Rossella Ravagl, Armani

Rosella is the sustainability director at Giorgio Armani. Rosella has 25 years of experience in the field of sustainability across sectors.

Claudia Di Bernardino

Claudia Di Bernardino, UNECE

Claudia has 15 years of experience in law and is a member of the Fashion Law Committee, the Privacy Committee, and the Women and Diversity Committee at the Bar Association of Rome.

Isabella Tonelli

Isabella Tonelli, Vivienne Westwood

Isabelle has built her expertise in the purchase and procurement process with a special focus on sustainability for Vivienne Westwood.

Giorgio Ravasio

Giorgio Ravasio, Vivienne Westwood

Giorgio is the country manager for Vivienne Westwood and supervises its production activities with an emphasis on ethicality and sustainability.

Erika Andreetta

Erika Andreetta, PwC

Erika leads the consumer markets consulting practice , is a member of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Consumer Markets Leadership Team, and leads the EMEA Luxury Community.

Liuba Napoli

Liuba Napoli, Monitor for Circular Fashion

Liuba has more than 15 years of experience collaborating with institutions abroad and gathering solid and in-depth expertise in sustainability and sustainable development within an international environment.

Giusy Cannone

Giusy Cannone, Fashion Technology Accelerator

Giusy is the CEO of Fashion Technology Accelerator, the international hub for digital innovation in the fashion industry, and is based in Milan and Doha.

Paul Roeland

Paul Roeland, Clean Clothes Campaign

Paul is a long-time activist working on the intersection of human rights, technology, and social change.

Karin Bolin

Karin Bolin, Humana People to People

Karin is an active member of several national and international working groups dealing with sustainable fashion and textiles.

Edoardo Iannuzzi

Edoardo Iannuzzi, ACBC

Edoardo is the founder and creative director of ACBC, a revolutionary start-up that commercializes modular and low impact shoes.

Matteo Ward

Matteo Ward, WRÅD

Matteo is the CEO and cofounder of WRÅD, an innovative start-up and design organization dedicated to sustainable innovation and social change.

Giusy Bettoni

Giusy Bettoni, CLASS Eco Hub

Giusy is the CEO and founder of CLASS Eco Hub as well as an expert in textile value chains.

Giorgia Carissimi

Giorgia Carissimi, Albini Group

Giorgia is the head of ALBINI_Next and manages and develops projects linked to sustainable innovation and the circular economy.

Mattia Trovato

Mattia Trovato, Manteco

Mattia is a lecturer at the Manteco Academy project and conducts webinars and workshops on eco-design and the wool circular economy for numerous fashion schools, technical universities, and brands worldwide.

Dario Casalini

Dario Casalini, Oscalito

Dario is a member of the Monitor for Circular Fashion at SDA Bocconi and of Exclusive Brands Torino and is president of Consorzio Italian Lingerie Export (CILE).

Daniel Tocca

Daniel Tocca, Kauri Store

Daniel is a sustainable fashion entrepreneur and cofounder of the sustainable fashion brand Re-Bello, the Kauri Store concept , and of the Kauri Distribution consultancy.

Andrea Ruzzi

Andrea Ruzzi, Accenture

Andrea became the managing director at Accenture in 2005 and is responsible for the Accenture Customer Innovation & Delivery Center in Milan.

Laura Vicaria

Laura Vicaria, MUD Jeans

Laura is the CSR manager at MUD Jeans and works toward its continuous improvement and sustainability and circularity objectives.

Jette Ladiges

Jette Ladiges, WFTO

Jette is WFTO’s partnerships manager and supports Fair Trade Enterprises around the world, with a particular focus on creating new market opportunities for fair trade.

Giulia Faoro

Giulia Faoro, Miinto

Giulia is the e-commerce sales manager and business developer at Miinto and also works as an independent fashion consultant.

Anna Fiscale

Anna Fiscale, Progetto Quid

Anna founded the social enterprise Progetto Quid in 2013. It houses fashion- and home-accessory labels in collaboration with various brands.

Simone Colombo

Simone Colombo, OVS

Simone is in charge of corporate sustainability at OVS, a leading Italian fashion retailer.

Matthieu Meneghini

Matthieu Meneghini, Green Media Lab

Matthieu’s main focus is on corporate strategies and leading organizations toward deep cultural transformation through responsible action.

Silvia Mazzanti

Silvia Mazzanti, Save The Duck

Silvia is the sustainability manager at Save The Duck and has more than 20 years of experience in product development for organizations in the total look, ready-to-wear, denim, and outerwear sectors.

Marco Guazzoni

Marco Guazzoni, Vibram

Marco has been the sustainability director at Vibram since 2018 and is working toward turning Vibram’s sustainability strategy into measurable goals.

Enrica Arena

Enrica Arena, Orange Fiber

Enrica is the CEO and cofounder at Orange Fiber, the first organization to produce patented materials for fashion from citrus by-products.

Nicola Tagliafierro

Nicola Tagliafierro, Enel X

Nicola is the head of sustainability at Enel X and is responsible for sustainability worldwide strategies, circular economy portfolio acceleration, and environmental solution development.

Matteo Aghemo

Matteo Aghemo, MUST HAD

Matteo is the cofounder of the innovative start-up and benefit corporation MUST HAD, the first Italian platform entirely dedicated to upcycled fashion.

Faculty Member Alessandra Guffanti

Alessandra Guffanti, Showroom Guffanti

Alessandra is a second-generation family member and entrepreneur in the textile and fashion industry.

Faculty Member Tara Scally

Tara Scally, Fairtrade Advocacy Office (FTAO)

Tara is a senior textile-sector advisor at the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO).

Faculty Member Alessandro Armillotta

Alessandro Armillotta, AWorld

Alessandro is the cofounder and CEO of AWorld, a platform and app that support ActNow, the United Nations campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability.

Faculty Member Luca Tonello

Luca Tonello, Dedagroup Stealth

Luca is the sales director at Dedagroup Stealth and has over 20 years’ experience of complex IT sales, from technology to ERP and from outsourcing to cloud apps.

Faculty Member Marie Demaegdt

Marie Demaegdt, European Flax / Masters of Linen

Marie is the textile and sustainability manager at the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp l CELC and is in charge of enhancing linen innovation in yarns, wovens and knits.

Faculty Member Loris Maestri

Loris Maestri, RadiciGroup

Loris is the R&D product development engineer at RadiciGroup and works toward promoting projects involving sustainability and the circular economy for both polyamide and polyester business lines.

Faculty Member Elisabetta Amadei

Elisabetta Amadei, BCG

Elisabetta has been collaborating on several projects within Bocconi’s research centers since 2017 and has five years’ experience in the corporate world, having previously worked at Luxottica, Retrosuperfuture and Worldline.

Faculty Member Martina Schiuma

Martina Schiuma, The ID Factory

Martina is the head of sustainability at The ID Factory, which helps fashion brands trace their supply chain’s production processes and material flows through the creation of a digital ID and a unique traceability system.

Faculty Member Francesca Boni

Francesca Boni, Il Vestito Verde

Francesca is the founder of Il Vestito Verde, the first Italian directory dedicated to sustainable and ethical fashion.

Certification 

Certification 

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a verified digital certificate of completion from SDA Bocconi School of Management.

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