Participants will learn about global fashion supply chains, how they work and how they can have a more positive impact on people and planet

Participants will learn about global fashion supply chains, how they work and how they can have a more positive impact on people and planet

The global Fashion Revolution movement has launched a new free online course for people wanting to learn more about the fashion industry's impact on people and planet, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – and how the two are intrinsically linked.

The lobby group is campaigning for reform of the fashion industry, with a focus on the need for greater transparency and sustainability. Its recently published Fashion Transparency Index scores many of the largest global fashion brands on how they communicate what they are doing to improve social and environmental standards across their supply chains, and how much of that information they share with the public.

Its new 4-week course – 'Fashion's Future' – is free and run entirely online, making it available to anyone, anywhere. The course was specially developed by Fashion Revolution so that participants can learn more about the fashion industry's ecological impacts as well as its involvement in Fairtrade, international development and the global goals.

Those taking part will hear from the likes of Greenpeace, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Unicef and the Fairtrade Foundation, as well as first-hand accounts from former child garment worker and trade unionist Nazma Akter. The idea is that upon completing the course, participants will be empowered with new knowledge and ideas to contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through their own wardrobes.

"Whether you label yourself as a fashion professional, an activist, a student or simply someone that is interested in all of the above, this course will be both insightful and thought provoking," says Sarah Ditty, policy director at Fashion Revolution.

"Amongst other things, you'll learn about global fashion supply chains, how they work and how they can have a more positive impact on people and planet. You'll tackle the issue of gender equality, women's empowerment and how it links to the clothes we wear and decent work and economic growth. You'll leave knowing more about what this means in the global fashion industry and what we can do to support good working conditions."

The course has been designed to facilitate Fashion Revolution's 'Be curious, find out, do something' approach. Click here to find out more.