The fashion industry has not traditionally been associated with definitions of sustainable development and sustainability. The social and environmental challenges faced by the fashion industry concern the entire supply and demand chain, propped up by a throwaway consumer culture.
In response to these sustainability challenges, some fashion companies have developed innovative social and environmental initiatives. While many of these initiatives are sympathetic, resourceful and hold real potential for generating social and environmental improvements, greater scale and scope is needed in order to bring about a more fundamental shift in current practices.
This Special Issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship explores how sustainability can be a driver for exploring new business models within a single industrial setting, highlighting some of the sustainability initiatives that bring hope for a more sustainable future. New Business Models for Sustainable Fashion is a must-read for researchers and practitioners tackling the challenges of an industry in need of large-scale transformation.
EditorialMalcolm McIntosh, General Editor, Journal of Corporate Citizenship IntroductionEsben Rahbek Gjerdrum PedersenCopenhagen Business School, DenmarkMiguel Angel Gardetti, The Sustainable Textile Centre, Argentina Business Model Innovation through Second Hand Retailing:A Fashion Industry CaseKerli Kant Hvass, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Quo Vadis Responsible Fashion? Contingencies and Trends InfluencingSustainable Business Models in the Wearing Apparel SectorR. Kudlak, Adam Mickiewicz University, PolandA. Martinuzzi, N. Schönherr and B. KrumayVienna University of Economics and Business, Austria Apparel Manufacturers and the Business Case for Social Sustainability:‘World Class’ CSR and Business Model InnovationMarsha A. Dickson and Rita K. Chang, University of Delaware, USABusiness ‘Plan A’: Analysing Business Model Innovation forSustainable Consumption in Mass-Market Clothes RetailingElizabeth Morgan, University of Leeds, UK Barriers towards a Systemic Change in the Clothing Industry:How do Sustainable Fashion Enterprises Influence their Sector?Ingrid Molderez and Bart Van Elst, University of Leuven, Belgium Case Study: Miranda Brown Limited and the Passionto Make Fashion SustainableKate Kearins and Helen Tregidga, Auckland University of Technology, New ZealandEva Collins, University of Waikato, New Zealand About the Journal of Corporate CitizenshipNotes for Contributors