Osklen (Brazil) and others from the fashion industry and global business community.
Description/achievement of initiative
International Advisory Committee will advise projects developed by micro enterprises from the developing world, on how to develop sustainable and market based business models.
As an independent advisory committee established by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the purpose of the International Advisory Committee (“IAC”) for the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the Poor Communities and Trade Programme (“PCTP”) of ITC is to advise ITC on technical aspects of PCTP and specifically to the Ethical Fashion Initiative.
The PCTP aims at enabling micro-entrepreneurs from marginalized communities in the developing world to do business and thus trade their way out of poverty. PCTP uses an innovative development approach and operates through an inclusive business model and methodology developed by ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, i.e. a business model that allows micro-entrepreneurs in the developing world to create income and wealth through their own work and to strengthen the international competitiveness of micro-enterprises. This inclusive business model builds capacities for social enterprises, thus allowing marginalized informal entrepreneurs to get involved in the formal economy, within a given value chain. The project-based cooperation supports the micro-enterprises with a business infrastructure that frames and enhances all productive processes in which they are involved.
The PCTP is an ongoing programme funded by the International Trade Center.