Blockchain for the supply chain


  • Manuella Godeau GBBA student


blockchain, sustainability, fashion, textileindustry, supplychain


The aim of this paper is to go further into ways as to how blockchain maximise and transform the way the current textile supply chain is operated. This paper chose to focus on the textile industry and fashion brands as it is one of the biggest economic contributor to economical and societal negative externalities. By implementing blockchain, transparency, costs and wages for workers at the start of the supply chain can be improved. It can not only bring awareness to companies as to how their way of sourcing raw material is unsustaible but also enable workers to speak out on the way that they are being treated along the supply chain. 


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