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C&A Foundation announces Circular Fashion programme RFP

Jul '19
C&A Foundation announces Circular Fashion programme RFP
Switzerland-based C&A Foundation recently announced a request for proposals (RFP) for prototype initiatives or research programmes to understand how to enable positive outcomes for workers, employees, customers and the broader society in the transition to an inclusive and fair circular apparel industry. The RFP falls under the Circular Fashion programme.

The RFP intends to create evidence on how new circular business models operate at scale, and how the transition towards circularity can help to improve lives and livelihoods in the apparel industry; increase decision-makers’ capacities to address social issues of the apparel industry within a circular economy; and improve the quality of open source data and methodologies that address gender and social inclusion in the implementation of current circular business models in the apparel industry.

Proposals for either research or implementation initiatives can fit into two categories of grant size—up to €100,000 and between €100,000 to €500,000—and must be applied to at least one of C&A Foundation’s focus countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Sri Lanka, according to a press release from the foundation.

Adopting circular business models principles can potentially reduce the use of raw materials and could generate a net economic benefit for the European Union of €1.8 trillion by 2030, the foundation said.

In the fashion industry, different circular business models, including rental, reuse, re-commerce, repair, fashion as a service and closed-loop production systems, are already being implemented and tested by different apparel brands and retailers. Yet, it is still unclear how the transition to circular business models will affect apparel workers and their communities, especially the most vulnerable ones.

The deadline for submission of concept notes is 30 July. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal by 30 September. (DS)

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