The pandemic has severely affected the fashion industry. However, I trust it can accelerate the transformation of business models towards sustainability and circularity. I have been involved in sustainable fashion for 15 years and I have never seen such a strong interest: we must seize the opportunity”.

Francesca Romana Rinaldi, PhD, teaches at Bocconi University and SDA Bocconi where she is coordinating the course CSR in Fashion & Luxury at MAFED – Master in Fashion, Experience and Design Management. She is also part of the SDA Bocconi Sustainability Lab and coordinates the Community for Circular Fashion.

She is Director of the Master in Fashion Direction: Brand & Business Management and the New Sustainable Fashion short course at Milano Fashion Institute. She is author of Fashion Industry 2030 (Bocconi University Press, 2019) and co-author of L’Impresa Moda Responsabile (Egea, 2013) and The Responsible Fashion Company (Greenleaf Publishing – Routledge, 2014).

Francesca is Expert Co-Lead of the Policy Recommendation group in the UNECE project “Enhancing Transparency and Traceability of Sustainable Value Chains in the Garment and Footwear Industry”.

In 2019 she has created the instagram community @fashionindustry_2030 to discuss about responsible innovation and creation of shared value in fashion.