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Inclusive circularity is key in a positive future for the textile industry. These startups have integrated social inclusion in their circular business models from the get go. Explore the latest updates from four of our Techtonic winners.
H&M Foundation and Saamuhika Shakti are expanding on the inclusive circularity learnings and welcome two new partners that are developing Circular Textiles Waste Models (CTWM), with waste pickers playing the lead role.
As the textile industry modernizes, a new perspective comes into play regarding workers’ rights and social inclusion. With tech and robotics entering the industry, an additional setup of skills and support is needed – and there’s an urgent opportunity to equip women for the upcoming digital transformation.
Equipping the millions of women working within the textile industry has an enormous potential of contributing to an inclusive future. But different actors need to step up and collaborate. And even more importantly – the women themselves need to be included in the co-creation process from the start.
In connection to the World Economic Forum in Davos, H&M Foundation’s Global Manager Anna Gedda met with veteran news presenter Andrew Wilson in an interview series promoting the world’s innovators, leaders experts and academics with the aim of driving positive change.
During 2014-2022, H&M Foundation and its partner CARE supported over 270,000 women entrepreneurs from emerging markets. As part of the programme’s last phase two reports have been created with the goal to consolidate and integrate the lessons learned from the program both towards external stakeholders and internally within the confederation.
In 2020, the H&M Foundation launched a first of its kind USD 11 million initiative, Saamuhika Shakti, aiming to equip informal waste pickers in India to lift themselves out of poverty. Now, the reclaimed plastic waste is becoming a valued resource in the fashion and textile industry.