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The Center for Social Impact and Sustainability is pleased to showcase our student theses. In line with GCNYC’s Common Good Mission, our M.S. students have chosen to focus on the following categories: Achieving Environmental Sustainability; Sustainable Businesses Practices; Culture, Consumption, and the Consumer; The Impacts of Marketing; Circularity in the Supply Chain; Design and Textile Innovation; Corporate Culture and the Workplace; and Social Impact and Human Rights Initiatives. Abstracts are provided for each thesis, and a representative thesis from each category is available for download.

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  • Achieving Environmental Sustainability
  • Circularity in the Supply Chain
  • Corporate Culture & the Workplace
  • Culture, Consumption and the Consumer
  • Design and textile Innovation
  • Social Impact and Human Rights Initiatives
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • The Impacts of Marketing

Harnessing Technology to Reintroduce Value to Artisanal Handloom Craftsmanship in Varanasii, India, Maila Arzadon Suelto

Technology continues to play a key role in making supply chains more efficient and adding value. However, technology is also disrupting how labor is allocated. …

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Blue ocean startup companies face the challenge of a non-existing market since the customer is often unknown in a startup. There are new ideas and …

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A Study on Water Repellent Fabrics, Its Evolution, Innovation, and Its Importance, Tapti Tapan

This research aims to understand and explore consumers’ experiences with water-repellent finishes on apparel and willingness to try on new or different garments with the …

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The Relationship Between Employees’ Satisfaction and Corporate Culture: The Role of Community in Workplace Culture That Enhance Employee Well-Being and Institutional Success., Peju M. Onile-Ere

Enhanced well-being of employees is essential for any organization to improve their institutional success in productivity, innovation as well as financial growth. Organization’s definition of …

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Understanding Social and Organizational Capital & Decision Making for Take-Off Stage Firms in the Food Industry During Unexpected Environmental Change, Frances Sweeney

This study contributes to the fields of organizational behavior, decision-making, and change readiness. I observed take-off stage organizations which are disrupting systemic food categories in …

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Establishing Best Practices for Risk Management for mental Health Institutions: Integrating the Perspective of Mental Health Service Providers as an Essential Component of Risk Management Culture, Chioma Nneka Venessa Iheaturu

Mental illness is one of the most prevalent health issues in the United States. It is estimated that one out five adults lives with mental …

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Textile Artisans in the Philippines: Accessing and Sourcing Sustainable Raw Materials and Fibers, Lorenza Lecaroz Wong

The vast availability of low cost, low-quality clothing and textiles brought about the near disappearance of the textile industry in the Philippines. Today, the Philippine …

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Using Human-Centered Design in the Fashion Design Process to Maximize Sustainability and Improve the Adoption of Innovative Ideas, Brittany DeColli

The actions caused by the fashion industry are causing substantial, and in some cases, irreversible damage to the environment. With an estimated eighty percent of …

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Facilitating the Process of Micro-Size Fashion Brands’ Integration of Sustainable Practices: Assessing an Intermediary Concept to Connect Designers and Manufacturers., Wesley Scott

Entrepreneurship in the fashion industry is growing. Fashion school graduates are entering the industry by starting their own fashion lines built on their aesthetic visions, …

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The Future of American Hemp: Roadblocks and Opportunities in the American Hemp Market, Olivia O’Neill

This paper explores the viability of the modern American hemp market following the 2018 Farm Bill which made it legal to grow hemp on a …

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The Impact of Women Only Organizations To Close The Gender Gap in Startup Culture Women Entrepreneurs and Women Venture Capitalists in the post #MeToo era, Margaret Ha

Women in the startup industry have been faced with challenges of inequality for quite some time. Although the gender gap in startup culture is not …

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The Culture of Small Medium-size Luxury Fashion Brands aligns with the Seismic Shifts in the Industry; Employees Perspective: Integrity, Trust and Betrayal., Laurine Grere Osborne

The Small Medium-size Luxury Fashion Brands (SMLFB) niche is an essential source of design trends and innovation that drives the fashion industry’s overall growth. Across …

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Ankole Cow Horn: Identifying Effective Strategies for Optimizing the Supply Chain to Create Empowerment and Sustainable Development from Ranch to Consumer, Shanley Knox Harruthoonyan

“Artisanal” approaches to production and services are a growing trend across industries – from beer to bread, clothing and advertising. But in the Global South, …

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The business of the secondhand clothing market in Africa and its Influence on the local apparel industry: Ghana as a case study., Adwoa Addomah-Gyabaa

This paper examines the secondhand clothing market in Africa using Ghana as a case study to determine how this business is impacting the local apparel …

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Incentivising Change in the USA: exploring the business case for textile to textile recycling using post consumer waste, Evan McCauley

The need to tackle the growing textile waste problem is well-established for post- consumer, pre-consumer, and post-industrial waste types. If fibers were made from all …

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Born Digital: Effective Digital Trigger Methodology and Content that Incentivizes Apparel Consumers to Trust and Engage with Digital Apparel Labels Called Digital Product Passports, Rana Sidahmed

In the United States, 26 billion pounds of textiles end up in landfills. Much of this waste is due to the linear and traditional “take-make-dispose” …

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Overproduction and Overconsumption: The Relationship Between These Two Forces and How Disruptors Can Change the Industry, Carver Queally

Overproduction is a problem in the retail industry and too much unsold inventory is being created. However, disruptive fashion rental services provide an interesting solution …

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Youth, Fashion and Sustainability: The Impact of Re-maker Fashion Workshops on Adolescent Skills, Knowledge and Consumer Behavior Julie Mastrarrigo Jorsling

The global trillion dollar a year fashion industry is one of the world’s largest industrial polluters. There is an increased focus on transforming the fashion …

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