Stories in Pursuit” is an inaugural speaker series meant to discover the purpose and mission of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seeks to inspire and motivate in the areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. The series will provide an introductory look into what and how the SDG’s are going to help people, society and the planet through the lens of fashion. In partnership with the Conscious Fashion Campaign, LIM is making the “Stories in Pursuit” series available to engage students, faculty and the public through stories that are having a direct impact on the industry now and in the future.


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. These goals identify specific targets related to poverty, inequality, climate, responsible consumption and production, the environment, prosperity, peace and justice.


The fashion industry standing at $2.4 trillion, employing up to 75 million, of those, 80% are women and its influence is paramount in not only achieving the Sustainable Development Goals but improving local and global societies as a whole. The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, engages global industry events to commit to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative champions fashion as an influential sector to address the world’s most pressing issues and lead a future that leaves no one behind. The campaign is dedicated to driving change through advocacy, education and engagement of industry stakeholders to create a sustainable future for all.  


The first of the speaker series, to be held on February 19,  titled “Global Initiatives and the Sustainable Development Goals” will welcome Dr. Gayathri Banavara, Lecturer of Marketing, Management & Finance and Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships. The session will provide an introductory look into what are the Sustainable Development Goals and how and why the Conscious Fashion Campaign is taking the approach with fashion’s industry event leaders. The discussion will address how students can enter into the business of fashion keeping sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals framework in mind, aiming to put them ahead in an already competitive arena. 

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About LIM College

Founded in 1939, LIM College educates students for success in the global business of fashion and its many related industries. As a pioneer in experiential education, LIM College fosters a unique connection between real-world experience and academic study in business principles, offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs. LIM College is located in four buildings in Manhattan — the nation’s fashion and business capital — giving students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including Amazon, Harper’s Bazaar, Tiffany’s, Michael Kors, and Christian Dior.



About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action. 


About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:

The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry.