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IFM introduces IFM - Kering Sustainability Chair

Nov '19
Pic: Institut Français de la Mode
Pic: Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode has unveiled the "IFM - Kering Sustainability Chair" to create a first-class research and teaching centre in fashion industry, comprising all areas of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The Chair will focus research efforts on sustainability - from traceability to measurement to eco-responsible business models.

The Chair position is being headed up by Andrée-Anne Lemieux, Doctor of Industrial Engineering and Professor in charge of all sustainability-related initiatives at Institut Français de la Mode. The Chair will focus scientific research on a wide range of topics related to sustainability, from traceability to measurement as well as eco-responsible business models. Aspects of creative ecology will also be studied in order to identify ways in which creative teams can develop ecological fashion and propose new sustainable creative offerings that are highly attractive, while developing tools for measuring and appropriating environmental and social issues.

Xavier Romatet, dean of Institut Français de la Mode, said: "The IFM - Kering Sustainability Chair is an integral part of the strategy of Institut Français de la Mode. It means students can develop a 360 degree understanding of the challenges of sustainability, so that they can participate as future professionals in the industry’s transformation."

The Chair's research work will include mentoring doctoral students on university theses, contributing to scientific publications and participating in conferences related to the Chair's programme and issues.

Training modules dedicated to responsible fashion (ready-to-wear, shoes, leather goods, accessories and jewellery) will be developed for training courses ranging from CAP to Bac+5 (French vocational qualifications through to Master’s level) in creation, management and know-how as well as for continuous training for companies. An active learning methodology will make it possible to approach sustainability through the environmental, social and societal aspects relating to business models, supply processes, innovations, materials, manufacturing processes, and consumers.

"Research and education play a crucial role in changing the practices and models of the fashion industry. At Kering, these are key pillars of our sustainability strategy because we believe that it’s our duty, as a luxury group, to address the generations that will craft tomorrow’s fashion. I am pleased that Kering is partnering with IFM to create a designated Sustainability Chair position and I am convinced that the research and findings will provide concrete results to help transform our industry," commented Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering.

With a PhD from Polytechnique Montréal and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from ENSAM, Andrée-Anne Lemieux has devoted her thesis to transformation and innovation through lean management and agility in the fashion and luxury industry. She has 15 years of experience in operational management positions in product development, purchasing, marketing and retail in the fashion and luxury industry. She currently focuses on higher education and research at Institut Français de la Mode on the subjects of sustainability and CSR in fashion and luxury.

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