Like-minded people | Business and International Development


Like-minded people | Business and International Development

A group to explore some of the wider issues and trends in the world of business and international development.

Location: Global
Members: 193
Latest Activity: Aug 16, 2018


This group is for pioneers in the world of ethical fashion who would like to learn more about, and contribute to, some of the wider debates that are happening around the role of business in fighting poverty.

Across the world, businesses - large and small - as well as governments and aid agencies are reassessing how to harness the power of business for development impact. This is driven by a realisation that giving people the opportunity to get a job or grow a business is the best, most sustainable way to end poverty.

Below are some links to resources that you might find useful. These are hosted on Business Fights Poverty, a partner site to the Ethical Fashion Forum. We will regularly post blogs and discussions here, and would encourage you to do the same!

Case Studies


Fighting climate change and poverty in Africa

As Nick Stern , who led the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, argued recently, “There are two big challenges for this century, and they are world poverty and climate change. We have to take these two together – we succeed or fail on them together”. Climate change is expected to hit the poorest hardest.

There are two primary connections here for business in…

Proposal for a 'Good for Development' company mark: consultation exercise

The Overseas Development Institute has proposed a new "Good for Development" Mark that recognises companies that are delivering development gains through their core business: creating jobs, bringing investment capital, training workers, using local suppliers and fostering small and medium enterprises.

ODI is interested in getting your views on the idea.

To find out more about the Good for Development Mark and to give your feedback,…

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Comment by Gnana Studio on June 16, 2017 at 8:07

Hello there

We are a romanian brand lunched by Floriana Sandu-a young designer- from passion of nature, beauty and freedom. With tendencies on the contrast between natural, simplicity and craftmanship, Gnana brings a versatile and conceptual design with simple cuts, completed by the use of natural materials. 

The contrast between clean cuts and the complexity of the hand made or digital prints brings the idea of the heterogeneity 
of the human being, of our dual feelings and the power of emotionality. 
Each collection brings a new and complete universe, by decomposing in three divisions: clothes for men and women, 
accessories and jewellery and the interior design division, fusing to offer an unique and exhaustive experience. 
Gnana’s characters are free, versatile and creative, explorers of the nature and of their inner world. Entities that trough imagination can give a new form to each garment

Our textiles are all natural (excepting the modal finer made of Fagus bark), traditional romanian soft goods woven however 
with the latest technologies.

Properties of our textiles: 
-easy to maintain without ironing 
-dimensionally stable indifferently of the ironing or washing temperature 
-durable ecological colors

We would love to have your feedback-as your opinion matter to us.

Thank you.

Comment by mark ribau fernandes evans on May 11, 2016 at 13:39

Private Label manufacturing
Australian Owned Portuguese luxury individually hand crafted men,woman & children shoes
Proudly Made In Portugal & Exported From Portugal
Also Available sneakers,loafers,sandals,pumps,wedding footwear,etc
For designers we can develop your amazing ideas to the exact footwear your wanting.
and create your own unique label.
Your success is our success.
Development Process,
Concept-Design-Prototyping-Quality control-Production.
Available is a huge variety of materials and technical know how,which allows your imagination
to open a large range of possibilities that makes any ideas materialize.

Comment by ABIOLA ODUNUGA on September 24, 2015 at 17:53

Hello , I am new to this network. I am fashion blogger , my blog is an interesting place to be. Please appreciate and encourage me by visiting my blog....thanks

Comment by Andrea Kolb on October 21, 2014 at 13:36

We are starting a unique grant program for international designers end of november - check it out here

spread the word, support the campaign and become part of a unique adventure!! 

Comment by chaitanya arora on May 11, 2014 at 7:01

Hi There...

I would be in London from 21-22 May ..Anyone interested in organic fabrics..get in touch...stockist and wholesaler from India 10 years selling beautiful organic fabrics..

would be carrying all swatches and samples for review...

I would love to meet anyone interested in buying organic fabrics or wants to discuss eco fashion...mail me on


Comment by Jena Laske on February 8, 2012 at 18:23

Hi, I'll be traveling to Mumbai in June-July. Looking for small fabric and clothing manufacture. Very interested in cotton print with lurex (see sample photos on my page). Please email me with info on fabric sourcing and garment manufacturing. Would L O V E to have the fabric/manufacturing in the same place! email:

Comment by Margaret Kadi on February 6, 2012 at 12:24

Hi there,

I own an ethical fashion accessories line called 'Project Sierra Leone and we are currently looking for stockists for our handmade bags, placemats etc.  We work with artisans in Sierra Leone (mostly women) who make all our products for us. Please have a look at our website and see a selection of our products at

Please send me an email at if you are interested in stocking our goods or if you know any retailers/shops that may be interested.

Many Thanks!

Comment by Nicola Thornley on June 16, 2011 at 14:31

Hi all.


I'm working with a couple of new projects which are looking for producers who are able to produce high-quality products in collaboration with high-end designers. 


Designs and product development assistance will be provided, but suppliers must be able to produce to a high quality.


Products can be clothes, accessories or trims. 


Producers should have an ethical/environmental focus: i.e. fairtrade, sustainable development, women empowerment, craft preservation, using environmentally friendly materials, etc.


We will be visiting suppliers in the next few months so please get in touch asap!


If you are interested or want to know more, please contact me:

Comment by Fuel4Fashion on April 20, 2011 at 15:59

Hello All ,

I'm a fashion designer & consultant working with global clients especially helping start up labels from concept to completion. Currently I'm helping a Non Profit Organization,a rural women enterprise in North India to market their products in apparels with 35 types of hand embroidery and hand made jewelery made from wooden beads, glass beads, shell and ceramic beads. We are looking for bulk buyers/wholesalers and retailers for our products. Can anyone point me towards any possible leads ? You can contact me at

Thanks so much !

Comment by Ishwari Vijay Thopte on March 24, 2011 at 17:21

Hi All,


I'm looking for ethical and fair-trade manufacturers and suppliers interested in expanding their business in the far east by participating in the Blueprint trade fair in Singapore this summer. This is an exciting opportunity as I have a lot of eastern designer's who are interested in outsourcing to green factories in South East Asia. Can the interested parties please mail me on asap?




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