SWAROVSKI AND FASHION SUSTAINABILITY NONPROFIT STUDY HALL COLLABORATES WITH THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR PARTNERSHIPS (UNOP), TO LAUNCH “ONE X ONE”
Swarovski and fashion sustainability nonprofit Study Hall will partner in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), to launch “One X One” (one by one), a new global sustainability initiative designed to foster collaboration, create positive impact and drive lasting change in the fashion industry.
Part fellowship, part accelerator, One X One aims to empower three key partnerships in its inaugural year by pairing emerging designers with innovators focusing on sustainable practices in materials, manufacturing and consumption. The program’s ethos and mission is around the idea of partnership, illustrating two worlds coming together; the “X”, commonly denoting a brand collaboration, also implies the multiplication of impact that can happen when we join forces. One by one, we can help tackle and solve the problems with the current fashion industry.
Supported by the One X One team, which includes members from Swarovski, UNOP and Study Hall, participants will receive grants to empower their emerging innovations and inspire the industry. Teams will work together to define a creative project, product or process that highlights their organization’s expertise, supported by an advisory committee of iconic global figures in the fashion and sustainability space.
The project pairings will be curated in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will deliver on a core mission to follow Study Hall’s guiding principles “Good for the Earth, Good for People.” A selection of participants will be chosen to reflect a breadth of activity across the major themes of Circularity, Technological Innovation and Human-Centered Design. The program will officially launch end of 2019, with collaborators working through the spring and summer of 2020. The products, projects and creations that teams have produced will be documented and presented at a major program exposé in September 2020.
Study Hall’s organizing principles are dedicated to fostering awareness, advocacy and collaboration in the fashion industry to push a progressive environmental and human-centered agenda globally. Swarovski’s partnership on the project reflects the business’s ongoing commitment to the values and legacy established by Daniel Swarovski who founded the family-owned company in 1895, with a focus on working in harmony with the natural world, investing in communities, and nurturing and educating young people and emerging design talent.
Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board, comments “As a brand with 125 years of history, driven by innovation, creative collaboration and responsible business practices, we are delighted to support this new global initiative to connect the talent of the future with the businesses and individuals who can help create dynamic impact and lasting change. The United Nations Office for Partnerships and Study Hall are the perfect partners for this global project and we look forward to announcing our exciting mentors for the full One X One program over the coming months, as we work together to shape the future of sustainable fashion.”
On the genesis of the initiative, Celine Semaan, founder of Study Hall and sustainability design agency Slow Factory Global explains, “One X One was created to inspire intersectionality across disciplines and cultures in order to foster innovation at scale. At Study Hall, we believe that sustainability literacy and bold action need to be at the core of our industries as they expand at scale. We are proud to partner with Swarovski in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships and in order to lead the industry forward by example.”
“At the UN Office for Partnerships, our primary objective is to further the United Nations 2030 Agenda by acting as the gateway for partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “One X One” collaboration is very exciting and UNOP anticipates this will achieve great things. We look forward to working with Swarovski and Study Hall to create a shared vision and move forward the SDGs,” said Robert Skinner, the Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships.
Swarovski and Sustainability
- ·Throughout its history, Swarovski has endeavored to remain true to its founder Daniel Swarovski’s vision of a responsible company that not only has its employees’ wellbeing at heart but also that of the environment and society as a whole.
- ·This vision drives the company’s dedication to producing beautiful products using responsible methods that respect the wellbeing of people and the planet.
- ·Today Swarovski is a pioneer in a new era of Conscious Luxury, which puts sustainability at the heart of design and manufacture, finding ways to work that respect both people and planet.
- ·Swarovski is proud to adhere to nine of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water & Sanitation, Affordable & Clean Energy, Decent Work & Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption & Production, Life Below Water, Life on Land, and Partnerships for the Goals.
- ·Swarovski shares a longstanding commitment to emerging creative talents and the designers of the future, including scholarships and Conscious Design learning programs at major institutions including London’s famed Central Saint Martins, Parsons School of Design in New York and LaSalle in Singapore.
Swarovski creates a more sparkling world and delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and sells the world’s highest quality crystal, genuine gemstones, Swarovski Created Diamonds and zirconia, finished products such as jewelry and accessories, as well as interior design and lighting solutions. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 3,000 stores in around 170 countries, more than 29,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.7 billion euros in 2018. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2018, the Group generated revenue of about 3.5 billion euros and employed more than 34,500 people.
In 2019, Swarovski UK Limited received a Royal Warrant as manufacturer and supplier of crystals to HRH Queen Elizabeth II. A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and is embedded today in the company’s well-established sustainability agenda. In addition, the global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2013 to honor the philanthropic spirit of company founder Daniel Swarovski, and works to support culture and
creativity, promote human empowerment and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
Emerging from the design practice of Slow Factory Global, Study Hall is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to education around sustainable literacy, focused mainly on the fashion industry. Its mission is to foster
meaningful collaborations within the Fashion industry to gear its efforts towards a sustainable future. Using a wholistic, human-centered approach, Study Hall projects bridge science, human rights, technology, fashion & culture to develop awareness and impact at a global scale. Study Hall Summits and conferences have convened thousands of leaders from sourcing, manufacturing, global brands and designers, to policy makers, activists and culture-makers, to scientists, researchers and academics. Summits have been held in New York at the UN Headquarters, as well as Los Angeles and London.
About United Nations Office for Partnerships:
The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) 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. The Office oversees the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, the United Nations Democracy Fund, the SDG Action Hub, and the Secretary-Generals’ SDG Advocates. For more information visit: www.un.org/partnerships.