Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises

Work programme: COSME 2019

Opening: 03 October 2019 Deadline: 17 December 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time

Both fashion industry and civil society recognize the need to turn to a more sustainable approach in the way fashion products are produced and consumed. Nonetheless, many small companies in the sector are not aware of the benefits they can obtain from adopting restorative and regenerative business models and processes. Improved sustainable performance can help business in the sector remain competitive in a market where consumers are rapidly changing their attitude towards fashion and its ecological and ethical implications.

The action is meant to provide support to SMEs and start-ups in the fashion sector to help them become more sustainable and turn their business model into a circular one.

Expected Impact:

-Identification of the major obstacles for the sector to become more sustainable and circular;

-Identification of solutions already available for SMEs, start-ups, manufacturers active in the fashion industry to improve sustainability/circularity of the industry;

-Development and testing models to support companies to share knowledge and experiences to become more efficient in terms of use of resources;

-Financial support to SMEs overcoming obstacles to using sustainable solutions for production and services

-Increase investment in sustainable solutions for fashion industry.