In October 2019, we trained 24 people across 14 SMEs in Lagos. These included a furniture producer, two recyclers, a farm and a health food chain.
Based on participants’ feedback, the training helped enhance their knowledge of the circular economy as well as their understanding of systems thinking and the role they can play within the local ecosystem.
The training also provided them with new insights, with many of the participants referring to the experience as an ‘eye opener’.
We also trained 10 BDS providers, enabling them to provide local SMEs with support in becoming more circular in the future.
All participating SMEs came out of the training with an action plan and timelines to incorporate circular thinking into their business models. For example, a couch manufacturer decided to set up a production line to refurbish and sell second-hand couches, which allowed them to attract a new, more cost-conscious group of customers.
However, due to covid-19, most of these SMEs’ priorities have shifted to ensure short-term sustainability.
The Lagos Business School is now working to embed circularity in their curriculum for SMEs. They are also providing coaching to participating SMEs to work on their action plans.
Exploring the five modules of On Course, participants get an overview of best practices, trends, and case studies of key industry players and technologies. The learnings and solutions generated by teams while taking On Course often prove to be a valuable input for their brands’ circularity strategy.
Professors and staff trained at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute are leveraging learnings from the training to incorporate circularity in their curricula.
A number of brands have also put the learnings from the training to use in redeveloping their strategy and setting circularity targets. The desire to learn and share insights across product teams has also been a key outcome, and has led to the development of structural knowledge-sharing talks within a large outdoor brands group.
Our focus is to continue to roll out On Course with leadings brands and retailers and scale its reach through digitisation. Additionally, we are currently scoping the global need to incorporate circularity across fashion and design school curricula. If you, your brand or educational institution is interested in incorporating circularity into your product, project or curriculum please get in touch with us.