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Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Gary Gereffi, an internationally recognized researcher in global value chains and a Duke University professor of sociology, is leading a Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce collaboration called the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

The research team supporting this global sustainability effort includes Center Director Jay Golden, Dan Vermeer from the Fuqua School of Business and other experts. The Coalition is a collaborative of apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, governmental and non-governmental organizations from around the world who recognize that the environmental and social challenges around the global apparel supply system affect the entire industry. 

The Center's research team will support the development of tools to measure and evaluate apparel and footwear product sustainability performance for water use and quality, energy, consumption, climate change, resource consumption, toxicity as well as social and labor practices. Additionally, faculty-graduate student teams will explore organizational and technological innovations to improve sustainability performance of products throughout their life cycle. 

Members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition include: Adidas, Arvind, C&A, Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Environmental Defense Fund, Esprit, Esquel, Gap Inc., H&M, HanesBrands, Intradeco, JC Penney, Kohl's Department Stores, Lenzing, Levi Strauss & Co., LF USA, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Equipment Co-op, New Balance, Nike, Nordstrom, Otto Group, Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, Pentland Brands, REI, TAL Apparel, Target, Timberland, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VF Corp, Walmart and Verite.

For more information, contact Jay Golden at dukecsc@duke.edu.