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Understanding a sustainable fashion supply chain to enhance the operations of a fashion company in Ghana


Term:

Summer

Department:

EC: Edgerton Center

Faculty Supervisor:

Kendra Leith

Faculty email:

kleith@mit.edu

Apply by:

06/15/2020

Contact:

Safi House Dzifa Anagblah (dzifa.011@gmail.com)

Project Description

Safi label is a sustainable and ethical women’s wear and lifestyle brand that produces apparel, footwear, accessories, and home goods by a team of talented artisans in Ghana. We focus on bringing high quality, timeless designs, and craftsmanship that empower artisans in low-income communities and provide a sustainable income and livelihood. The brand focuses on craftsmanship, ingenuity, sustainability, and empowerment of local artisans to increase the integrity of our fashion choices. When a fashion brand aims to promote sustainability, the main linkage is to develop a sustainable supply chain. A sustainable fashion supply chain involves providing safety training, monitoring sustainable manufacturing, usage of eco-materials, reducing carbon emissions, and promoting eco-fashion. We are looking for a student to lead research efforts in assessing and understanding the structure of a sustainable fashion supply chain. The student will develop a model for a sustainable fashion supply chain and will provide a good framework on how Safi House can develop a sustainable supply chain and promote sustainable practices in Ghana. This project will • Identify and examine the structure of a sustainable fashion supply chain as a strategy to promote and enhance the Safi House supply chain to improve its responsibility to the society and environment and gain a competitive advantage. • Explore how other fashion brands are promoting sustainability and implementing a sustainable fashion supply chain. • Recommend sustainable practices or programs that Safi can adopt to promote a sustainable supply chain. Relevant URL: https://www.thegeniusworks.com/2018/10/sustainable-fashion-eileen-fisher-has-become-a-leader-in-clothing-with-a-conscience/ https://www.eileenfisher.com/mapping-our-supply-chain-from-farm-to-factory Expected Working Hours: 6-15 hours in a week. Please note that this UROP is part of a three-year program, New Entrepreneurs Xchange for Transformation, which was co-created by MIT D-Lab and Ashesi University in Ghana. It includes an incubator for social ventures. Safi House is one of the enterprises in the incubator.

Pre-requisites

Applicants should have an interest in sustainable fashion, fashion activism, circular economy, responsible consumption, and production. Applicants should have a background in supply chains.