your handbag’s social impact model

A retailer’s success has historically been reliant on it’s ability to churn out profits, speed up production times, and be as cost efficient as possible. Where the industry’s attention hasn’t been is on the ecosystems and communities impacted by the manufacturing of it’s goods. AKA: our handbags, our sneaks, our not so new hair-clips (hey junior high), our hoodies, and yes - even our underwear!

It’s seems a little far-fetched to see fashion as an industry that is connected to things that impact communities like fresh water, farming soil, trees, and the ocean. Like, what do my skinny jeans have to do with finding Nemo? It’s even harder to see just how big of an impact the fashion industry can have on communities economically as a result of these connections.

We keep on hearing that the fashion industry is pulling some of the biggest ethical no-no’s so where do we turn to find out what the solutions are?

Some retailers are already aiming to challenge the way we measure “success” within the industry. By monitoring and collecting data around things like greenhouse gas emissions, employee economic empowerment, and waste, we can all see what the heck is going on and how we can set better goals for the future….because I would in fact love to find Nemo.

When we think of a retailer’s “annual report”, we think of a 200 page spread of times new roman gibberish that no one understands. This is hardly the answer to creating a more transparent industry that we can all help to hold accountable. That’s why I want to spotlight a few retailers that are taking you behind the scenes of where strategically planning our impact goals can lead to...

 
Photo Cred: Kate Spade

Photo Cred: Kate Spade

KATE SPADE creates SOCIAL IMPACT IN RWANDA

Kate Spade is a perfect example of what the future of people analytics could look like for the industry. Kate Spade is delivering digestible and educational tools so customers can begin to learn the importance of measuring community impact down the supply chain. Check out their latest tribute video on the artisans behind the On Purpose label at Kate Spade and check out how the brand is helping these artisans build for a better tomorrow in their 2018 sustainability report.

stella mccartney shifts…

“We’re basically farmers in the fashion industry. We’re just kind of using soil, using land, cutting down forests, but we’re not really putting back what we’re taking out.” - Stella McCartney

 
 

the people behind people analytics

So who are the people behind these measures driving change?
What are they looking at?
What did they study in school?
Can they adopt me?
All the answers to your Q’s are here below:

(except for the last one…they said no.)

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Things to look up:
Human Centered Design
GeorgeTown Study x On Purpose
The UN SDG Sustainable development goals
-Social Empowerment in developing communities

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