The Future of Fashion Essay

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TEACHING MODULE

THE FUTURE OF FASHION
DECEMBER 2010 This teaching module was independently written by the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program with the generous support of

THE FUTURE OF FASHION:
SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH THE LENS OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY*
By: Jennifer Johnson & Gina Wu

Companies across all industries are facing the challenges of business sustainability, debating how best to address these risky issues while also embracing their opportunities for competitive advantage. This Teaching Module uses the context of the fashion industry to discuss topics that are shaping the future of all industries. These topics include sustainable resource management, the challenges and opportunities of global growth, workforce
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* This teaching module was independently written by the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program with the generous support of Levi Strauss & Co. For more information, please contact info@aspenbsp.org.

THE FUTURE OF FASHION

03 nologies and dramatic shifts in the global economy are already impacting the industry. The nexus of these concerns makes the fashion industry a valuable case study for these challenges and provides a framework for discussing new business models and management techniques for the future. Product life cycles in fashion are among the shortest in any industry, and the rapid cycle of change and adaptation makes it a useful proving ground for innovation at many levels. This Teaching Module uses the fashion industry as a case study to focus on topics crucial to the success of businesses in a range of industries. Designed to help prepare students to lead in an uncertain future, this Module discusses topics that will shape outcomes across industries, including sustainable resource management, the challenges and opportunities of global growth, workforce management, and the role of ethical consumption in business. In preparing for a future in which a growing world population, declining resources, and unsustainable practices are likely to play significant roles in industry operations, will business as usual be

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