Clean by Design


Name of initiative Clean by Design
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
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Starting year 2009
End year
Secretariat Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage North America
Name of lead organisation NDRC
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description Clean by Design is a green fashion initiative under the Natural Resources Defense Council that aims to use the buying power of multinational corporations as a lever to reduce the environmental impacts of their suppliers abroad. Clean by Design focuses on improving process efficiency to reduce waste and emissions and improve the environment.

There are plenty of opportunities to improve efficiency in manufacturing processes while preserving product quality. And by reducing resource consumption, facilities can both save money and improve the environment. NRDC's Clean by Design program promotes these opportunities to increase efficiency (in energy, water, and chemical usage) and thereby reduce a factory's environmental footprint while saving it money.

Objectives Clean by Design focuses on improving process efficiency to reduce waste and emissions and improve the environment.
Activities Clean by Design targets 4 impact areas:

- Raw Meterials - Manufacturing - Transportation - Consumer Care

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Awareness raising and outreach, Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Policy planning and recommendations
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Participants Number Names
Members 7  
Companies 7 Natural Resources Defense Council (USA),Target (USA),Wal-Mart (USA),Gap (USA),Levi's (USA),H&M (USA),Nike (USA),Li & Fung (USA).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 13 June 2019 11:53:59

Not only have national states as participators