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Implementation of Supply Chain Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

Damgaard Nielsen, Signe LU (2012) In IIIEE Master Thesis IMEN41 20122
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
This thesis investigates how small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fashion industry work with sustainable fashion and the approaches they implement within the supply chain. The research examines further how third party organizations support the SMEs in their way towards a sustainable design and production.
The research presents findings from case studies of seven focal companies and identifies the external factors, which the SMEs in fashion industry face. These external factors include market drivers such as transparency, lack of regulatory drivers and support from third party organizations. The internal factors such as applying sourcing criteria as certified materials and suppliers are identified together with the importance of a... (More)
This thesis investigates how small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fashion industry work with sustainable fashion and the approaches they implement within the supply chain. The research examines further how third party organizations support the SMEs in their way towards a sustainable design and production.
The research presents findings from case studies of seven focal companies and identifies the external factors, which the SMEs in fashion industry face. These external factors include market drivers such as transparency, lack of regulatory drivers and support from third party organizations. The internal factors such as applying sourcing criteria as certified materials and suppliers are identified together with the importance of a trusted and collaborative relationship with suppliers. A gap between SMEs challenges and the support the third party organizations provide is highlighted. Finally, the thesis seeks to provide an overview of the different initiatives done by SMEs in Denmark and Sweden and to understand the critical aspects for a further sustainable development. (Less)
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author
Damgaard Nielsen, Signe LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN41 20122
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
sustainable supply chain, sustainable fashion, small-medium sized enterprises (SME), third party organizations
publication/series
IIIEE Master Thesis
report number
2012:36
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
3127539
date added to LUP
2012-10-09 13:52:16
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2012-10-09 13:52:16
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  abstract     = {This thesis investigates how small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fashion industry work with sustainable fashion and the approaches they implement within the supply chain. The research examines further how third party organizations support the SMEs in their way towards a sustainable design and production. 
The research presents findings from case studies of seven focal companies and identifies the external factors, which the SMEs in fashion industry face. These external factors include market drivers such as transparency, lack of regulatory drivers and support from third party organizations. The internal factors such as applying sourcing criteria as certified materials and suppliers are identified together with the importance of a trusted and collaborative relationship with suppliers. A gap between SMEs challenges and the support the third party organizations provide is highlighted. Finally, the thesis seeks to provide an overview of the different initiatives done by SMEs in Denmark and Sweden and to understand the critical aspects for a further sustainable development.},
  author       = {Damgaard Nielsen, Signe},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {sustainable supply chain,sustainable fashion,small-medium sized enterprises (SME),third party organizations},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master Thesis},
  title        = {Implementation of Supply Chain Sustainability in the Fashion Industry},
  year         = {2012},
}