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The Canvas
Description/achievement of initiative

The Canvas transforms vacant spaces into hubs focused on sustainable development. We empower global rising, ethical businesses and provide them with access to global markets, services and technologies. We believe the demise of fast fashion will be accelerated through a connected network of sustainability-focused businesses working together to stimulate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Our retail and e-commerce platform connects real estate, ethical fashion brands and initiatives, and retail entrepreneurs. The Canvas mission is to lower market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and independent brands, while supporting brands and landlords looking for tenants in an increasingly volatile market.

Implementation methodologies

The Canvas community of over 200 fashion brands is integrated on to one central operating system, a fully developed software platform meant to organize inventory, facilitate collaboration and streamline communication. This is a system for fashion and retail now, but serves as the essential framework for a problem solving mechanism amidst an interconnected group of businesses working towards the SDGs. Numerous collaborative initiatives have started within The Canvas community due to our existing platforms. This new software further enables efficiency in areas to international cooperation. Each of our brands address multiple Sustainable Development Goals, which they detail in order to be approved as part of The Canvas platform. The goals and targets we have selected below correspond with the initiatives of our brands, partners and collaborators, as well as the work we do as The Canvas for advancing SDG awareness.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Our community is engaged in multidisciplinary collaboration. As our business grows, so do our brands and our ability to integrate our products and services into systems beyond their businesses and into their communities.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Canvas is an LLC. Our headquarters are New York City and Antwerp, Belgium. Our Advisory Board is a group of global stakeholders with backgrounds in law, finance, design and filmmaking.

Partner(s)

3QUARTERS, DOTMO (Distant Relatives), Abby Alley, ADIFF, Amalya Meira, Anne James New York, Arielle, Atelier Minimalist, AYANI, Qaytu, Declare Denim, Tove by Design, Vert Toi, Reuben Oliver Co., Bring Japan, Paradox, Reflect Studio, Eaton Hemp, Kmana, Love Stories Bali, Kraywoods, Endota, Chic Made Consciously, Slow Burn NYC, Global Fashion Exchange, Miranda Watson, The Untrend Shop, RISE Brewing Co. and more
Progress reports
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Goal 17
01/2023
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05/2021
Brand Platform for Sustainable Development Goals (In Progress)
07/2021
Partnership for Algorithmic Assessment of Brand's Efforts Towards SDGs
Staff / Technical expertise
The Canvas team is pleased to remain available for technical support and integration in any capacity useful for the advancement of SDG related initiatives.
In-kind contribution
The Canvas will offer any of our physical locations in NYC and Europe for SDG Partnership Platform related programming.
Other, please specify
We will be pleased to make annual contributions to the SDG Partnerships Platform based on a % of sales, and encourage our global partners to do the same.

Basic information
Time-frame: 05/2021 - Ongoing
Partners
3QUARTERS, DOTMO (Distant Relatives), Abby Alley, ADIFF, Amalya Meira, Anne James New York, Arielle, Atelier Minimalist, AYANI, Qaytu, Declare Denim, Tove by Design, Vert Toi, Reuben Oliver Co., Bring Japan, Paradox, Reflect Studio, Eaton Hemp, Kmana, Love Stories Bali, Kraywoods, Endota, Chic Made Consciously, Slow Burn NYC, Global Fashion Exchange, Miranda Watson, The Untrend Shop, RISE Brewing Co. and more
Countries
Contact information
Devin Gilmartin, Co-Chief Executive Officer, devin@querenciastudio.com
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