We're featured in Bloomberg and win funding from Levi's!
Our founder and CEO Marianne Hughes has been selected to join the second class of Collaboratory to receive funding as the creator of the first real-time transparency platform allowing brands to receive timely information about labour conditions in their supply chain and giving workers a voice.
As ESG investment steps up its game and brands pay closer attention to corporate social responsibility solutions, Levi Strauss & Co., one of the world's largest apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear, is making a contribution to sustainability by providing a generous $380,000 as part of its Collaboratory – a fellowship program for entrepreneurs aiming to make fashion more responsible.
Becoming a fellow required going through a rigorous selection process, with Kno scoring high on feasibility, community impact, project leadership, and overall quality. Alongside other fellows, whose projects include an upcycled fashion brand, sustainable consumption platforms and circular technology startups, Marianne attended a weekend workshop at the LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab.
The event brought together entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs from around the U.S., as well as Europe, Asia, and Central America to discuss ideas and challenges with Levi Strauss & Co. leaders and employee mentors, along with sustainability and apparel industry experts to develop actionable plans for shaping a more responsible future of the apparel industry.
Others selected included François Morillion, Co-Founder of Veja and Christina Dean, Founder of Redress.
The exchange of breakthrough ideas and support from Levi Strauss & Co. paved the way for implementing the most innovative solutions that will change fashion as we Kno it, making it more transparent and sustainable by putting the people and the planet first.
You can read the full article on Bloomberg here.
Read the announcement by Levi's here.