Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has chosen 12 members to join its Collaboratory fellowship – a programme aimed at accelerating innovation in sustainable apparel.

Launched in June 2016, fellows have the opportunity to work at Levi Strauss' Eureka Innovation Lab and tap into the company's network of people and resources. Now in its second year, this year's class will focus on climate change and reducing the apparel industry's climate impact.

"The Collaboratory was designed to propel inventive and tangible solutions that address the most important social and environmental challenges facing the apparel industry today," says Michael Kobori, VP of sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. "We're energised by the collective talent of this diverse group of leaders – and excited to see how they push boundaries to address the climate impact of the apparel industry."

This year's class of fellows will participate in an intensive 'Workshop Weekend' in June at the company's Eureka Innovation Lab, working alongside Levi Strauss leaders, as well as experts in the field to advance projects that help reduce the climate impact of apparel.

Each of the fellows' climate-related innovation can potentially receive up to US$50,000 in funding from Levi Strauss & Co.

The company says it has picked a diverse group of individuals, each of which it believes is poised to push the boundaries of sustainable innovation.

"Each individual brings exceptional creativity to their work, along with proven passion for advancing sustainable innovation and business practices," says Levi Strauss & Co. "[Collaboratory] is part of Levi Strauss & Co's continued effort to making an outsized impact by working with like-minded partners committed to sustainable progress."

A few of those chosen include François Morillion, co-founder of Veja, a sustainable shoe brand that uses organic, agro-ecological and fair-trade cotton, wild Amazon rubber and recycled plastic bottles. Ryan Huston, founder and general manager of Huston Textile Company, a maker of high-quality, small-batch, US-made organic cloth using vintage looms, has also been chosen.