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Sustainability in the fashion industry: Kim Poldner aims at teaching students how to be changemakers

Written on 14 Mar 2019.


Kim Poldner, Dutch professor and serial entrepreneur in sustainable fashion will teach in the MSc in Global & Sustainable Business. She tells us what she hopes to accomplish with and for the students of the 2019-2020 class.

As a sustainable fashion scholar, it is my pleasure to be offering the course Circular fashion - Design as a catalyst for transformation at EDHEC, a school praised for its entrepreneurial spirit,” says Kim Poldner, Professor of Circular Business at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and founder of the Circular Fashion Lab at Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands). Her lab brings designers and companies together with researchers and students to answer pressing questions in fashion supply chains, addressing sustainability, fairness and pollution issues of the textile industry. She is also one of the founders of SoFE, an incubator for social and sustainable fashion entrepreneurs, present in Greece, Spain, The Netherlands, Poland, and the UK.

This course fits perfectly with the educational philosophy of the MSc in Global & Sustainable Business. This MSc addresses global & sustainable business disciplines such as strategy, procurement, and marketing, and managerial competencies such as leadership and negotiating. Also, it brings students the state-of-the-art in industries where sustainability is material. The fashion sector is one of them. Growing demand for responsible fashion, possibilities for efficiencies in the use of resources, and opportunities for improving the reliability of the supply chain make sustainability important in this industry. I don’t know anybody who is in a better position than Kim Poldner to share the state-of-the-art in sustainable fashion with the students”, says Bastiaan Van Linden, programme director of MSc Global & Sustainable business.


Kim Poldner hopes her course at EDHEC will lay the cornerstone for wider collaboration.

"The European regions - Hauts de France and the Dutch province of Gelderland - want to promote collaboration in the circular economy in the coming years. One of the themes for this collaboration is circular textiles and I hope the seminar can serve as a catalyst, for example through involving the students in research and teaching activities that strengthen the innovative activities in both regions.”

Kim Poldner also hopes to help shape the minds of the MSc’s students. “My aim with the course is that students will walk out as changemakers, aware of how they can contribute to making a positive impact on society - and specifically the future of the fashion industry.”


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