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UNECE-SDA BOCCONI Regional Workshop

21 September (9:30) - 23 September (17:30) 2021
physical and virtual Milan Italy
UNECE#1 regional workshop UNECE-SDA BOCCONI
Accelerating action on sustainability and circularity in the garment and footwear sector with innovations that deliver on due diligence and informed consumer choice


A transition to circular economic models is key to improved sustainability in the garment and footwear sector - a shift that can be realised with verifiable production data, delivered through improved supply chain traceability and transparency.

This three-day training workshop is the first in a series of events that aim to provide industry stakeholders with the tools they need to drive action on sustainability and advance progress towards circular economy approaches on a national, regional and global scale. Attendees will learn about the UN-brokered policy recommendations, implementation guidelines, an information exchange standard and call to action, known as 'The Sustainability Pledge', adopted at the 27th UN/CEFACT Plenary in April 2021 and how they can be applied in a real-world context.

The workshop is co-organized by the UNECE and SDA Bocconi School of Management, in conjunction with the project "Enhancing Traceability and Transparency for Sustainable and Circular Value Chains in Garment and Footwear", jointly implemented with the UN's International Trade Centre (ITC), with financial support from the European Union.

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Programme: Day 1 – 21 September 2021

The Policy Model
  • Institutional introduction
  • Module 0: The UNECE initiative for transparency and traceability of sustainable value chains in the garment and footwear sector
  • Module 1: Policy recommendations
  • Module 2: Scaling-up: -the Toolbox and the Sustainability Pledge
    • UNECE Call to Action – The Sustainability Pledge and SDA Bocconi Circular Fashion Manifesto
    • Monitor for Circular Fashion 2021: research findings (highlights from brands, ingredient brands, upstream actors, tech providers)
    • Press-Conference
  • Module 3: Principles and components of a traceability system
  • Module 4: Making traceability and transparency, sustainability and circularity work for small actors and vulnerable groups

Programme: Day 2 – 22 September 2021

The business and data model
  • Module 5: Formulation and implementation of a traceability and transparency action plan
  • Module 6: The business process analysis (BPA) for sustainable and circular textile and leather value chain
  • Module 7: The business and data model, the use cases and core components business data assembly (CCBDA) structures

Programme: Day 3 – 23 September 2021

The technology model
  • Module 8: The Technology model for traceability, transparency and due diligence in textile and leather
    • The UNECE blockchain pilots and systems for the cotton and leather value chains
  • Closing Ceremony