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Levi Strauss develops industry program

Levi Strauss & Co. has launched an annual fellowship program for socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who see design and sustainability as inextricably linked and are working to create a more sustainable apparel industry.

The program is called LS&Co. Collaboratory. It will bring together innovators, designers and bold thinkers who are working to advance sustainability in the apparel industry. The fellows will have the opportunity to work at LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab and tap into the company’s deep network of people and resources to bring their aspirations to life. In addition to the workshop, fellows may receive up to 50,000 dollars in funding to implement their solutions.

The aim is to help foster the next generation of designers and entrepreneurs and build an apparel industry that restores the environment and protects vital resources.

The program is open to leaders of profit and not-for-profit organizations. It hopes to set the stage for a new generation of sustainably-minded apparel leaders who will define the new industry standard.

The Collaboratory curriculum was developed in partnership with the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization that aims to foster leadership based on enduring values and provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.