Module 3 - Transparency Matters

Supply Chain Management: Sourcing & Sustainable Materials

No matter if you are a brand, producer, suppler or service provider you will have a supply chain around you, and who you chose to buy from, work with, sell to; all of it should be a conscious decision.

That being said, your priorities are a personal choice and you won’t be contributing to changing the industry if you can’t stay in business. There are an overwhelming amount of options on how to improve the sustainability and social inclusiveness of your supply chain. So, don’t despair. Be honest with yourself, be critical, dig deep. Once you know where you currently stand, you can start making improvement that are meaningful to you and your customers.

All your business related choices are part of your value chain and part of your potential positive impact.

Note: Although the module follows the example of a brand, any other type of fashion entrepreneur can apply the same logic to their partnerships and purchasing and sales practices. I also realize that some of the information you are asked to look for may be tricky to come by, if not impossible. That simply goes to show that transparency is a challenge beyond sourcing textiles: BUT it is the first step toward improvement.

“Lack of transparency costs lives. It is impossible for companies to make sure human rights are respected and that environmental practices are sound without knowing where their products are made, who is making them and under what conditions. If you can’t see it, you don’t know it’s going on and you can’t fix it.” – Fashion Revolution, 2016

Analysing your supply chain is the first step to understanding the complexity of the processes that lead to a finished product ready for sale. Looking at your own practices critically and trying to decipher the process is the first step to improving your practices. This process can help you to:

-Make conscious decisions regarding your choice of materials and partners
-Gain a better understanding of your suppliers’ and partners’ practices
-Identify your own priorities for positive impact, sustainability and social inclusion
-Create a roadmap for improvements
-Structure your Impact indicators
-Engage suppliers and partners in improving sustainability and social inclusion practices
-Communicate your impact to your customer

We will provide you with a process to help you analyse your own supply chain, and a few tools that can help you structure your efforts, insights on materials, as well as methodology to create KPIs consistent with your vision. The possibilities are endless. How deep you dig is up to you.

If you haven’t seen it already I do recommend you watch “The True Cost” ( We will be touching upon the different stages of the production process, but facing yourself with the imagery and livelihood of those hands garments pass through will make you more aware of all the different ways in which your choices impact the planet and human lives.

This course will cover

1.Supply chain analysis
2.Sourcing & Materials, Labour Standards and Certification

3.Reiteration of your Theory of Change, Impact Indicators and Business Model Canvas

Learning Objectives

This course is targeted at helping you dig deep into your own supply chain and evaluate where you stand to make informed decisions in the future.

Throughout the course you will learn and be tasked with:

-Understanding the challenges associated with supply chain management in fashion
-Evaluating your own supply chain, materials, practices and partnerships
-Forgetting half of what you learnt and not despair (and stay in business)
-Reiterating your BMC, Theory of Change & Impact indicators

Please note: There are endless possibilities on how to make a supply chain more sustainable, think of this course as the chance to create your roadmap between your current state and your vision! - Sandra

Your Instructor

Sandra A. Schoeber
Sandra A. Schoeber

A Do it! attitude and a mind full of ideas!

Sandra A. Schoeber is a former financial consultant, now researching the intersection between performance and business models in social entrepreneurship. She holds an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from ESADE, as well as a Master of Research for which she received a full talent scholarship. Sandra is part of the team who launched “El Salvador por el emprendimiento social” (; is assisting the social tourism start-up Autheticitys in its fundraising process (, where she is also currently leading SoFE Spain: with a passion for the creative industries and an eye for an opportunity at the intersection between design and travel.

She has now worked with entrepreneurs in eight different countries as a team member, mentor, advisor and facilitator. The multi-faceted experience has made her agile in changing perspectives and sensitive to stakeholder needs. She combines insights from Design Thinking, Human Centered Design and Business Model Innovation in her approach and is a firm believer of for-profit social entrepreneurship.

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