The GCU Fair Fashion Center focuses on the intersection of profitability and sustainability.
With the unique mission to facilitate the incorporation of sustainable practices into fashion, the Fair Fashion Center is proving the business case for sustainability by turning global issues into industry opportunities.
The language of the scientific community and NGOs is different than the language of business. Translation and actionable solutions are required, as is an understanding that profitability is the lever that motivates and the path to scale.
When considering the influence the fashion supply chain has on other industries – from farming and manufacturing to transportation, real estate and waste management—there are many distinct but entangled elements that must evolve in order to create an industry that is a respectful and regenerative ecosystem that supports people, planet and profits.
The FFC develops market-based solutions that combine economic value creation with environmental stewardship, social inclusion, and sound ethics to create systemic change in the fashion industry. Changes individually to each entangled area begin the momentum but the inertia of the collective actions will create a quantum redesign of the industry.
Overcoming challenges created by gaps in traditional ecosystems, the FFC creates the enabling space for cross sector collaboration yielding innovative solutions and unique collaborations. With guidance from public sector organizations like the United Nations and priorities established by the industry’s leading executive, the FFC works to moves company initiatives beyond CSR, empowering organizations to embed sustainable practices across all business functions.
Glasgow Caledonian University is renowned for the quality of its learning and teaching and is the leading modern University in Scotland for research power. Serving nearly 20,000 students from more than 100 countries with core campuses in Glasgow, London and New York and partnership transnational education offered in Bangladesh, Oman, South Africa and Mauritius.
Tracing it's origins to 1875, the University has remained steadfast these 140 years in maintaining the mission written into its seal, For the Common Good. GCU's commitment to the Common Good is realized through University-wide initiatives in the four key areas of raising aspirations and widening access to higher education; enhancing capability; reducing inequalities and regenerating the communities it serves.
Our Chancellor, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, inspires our educational philosophy to transform the lives of our students and use our resources to deliver benefits for society. Chancellor Yunus is a pioneer in microcredit who has received prestigious recognitions including Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal.
GCU is a signatory to the United Nations PRME initiative (Principles for Responsible Management Education) and is the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate responsible management initiative. The University has been designated a Changemaker Campus by AshokaU, for its efforts promoting and facilitating global social change and responsible business.