North-South Circular Value Chain (CVC) within Textiles - A Shared Governance Model for Scandinavian Workwear Companies


This pre-project aims to support the circular transition in the Nordics by setting up a shared governance model to enable pre-competitive collaboration and the design of circular value chains between Scandinavian workwear companies in the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak (ÖKS)-region and producers in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Turkey.

The project will develop a circular value chain mapping framework by investigating 3-5 workwear companies, and accordingly set up a share governance model to enable circular value chain transition.

This feasibility project is intended to lead to a multi-year project where tailored models for shared governance as a way to develop practical circular solutions, related to post-consumer recycling, circular material procurement, safe and resource-efficient design of circular products, social sustainability and due diligence, among others will be tested. The main project will thus develop solutions to reduce material footprint, and resource usage while generating both commercial viability and prepare for new regulation, reporting, and accountability.  

Our primary goal is to equip Scandinavian workwear companies with tools and knowledge to comply with the upcoming EU directives and policies. This includes regulations on product-specific design requirements to labour conditions for employees, human rights, all the way from production to third-party suppliers. Ensuring these companies, especially their suppliers, can transition to a circular supply chain, and navigate the legislative landscape, while guaranteeing competitiveness in the global market.