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Sustainability in the Textile Industry

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2024
Juniorprof. Dr. Rainer Michael Rilke
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

When we speak of "sustainability," we delve into the intricate interplay between societal progress, economic development, and environmental stewardship. But what frameworks underpin this concept, and how does it translate into tangible practices, especially within the textile industry known for its significant environmental footprint?

In this course, we will demystify "sustainability," examining it through the multifaceted lens of the circular economy, social responsibility, and ecological impact. Our journey will take us through the complexities of the textile industry's value chain, spotlighting the hidden externalities and strategies for mitigating them.

We will:

  • Explore the pillars of sustainability and how they manifest within the textile sector.
  • Analyze the concept of a circular economy and its implementation challenges and successes.
  • Dissect case studies to identify and strategize against negative externalities.
  • Develop a toolkit for assessing and aligning various sustainability approaches to forge practical solutions.
  • Gain transferable skills that go beyond textiles, equipping you for sustainable decision-making in any business environment.

The course is designed to empower you with the ability to harmonize economic, social, ecological, and cultural considerations, fostering a sense of intergenerational responsibility essential for today's multifaceted careers.

A preliminary syllabus can be found here.

Date Time
Wednesday, 24.01.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Wednesday, 31.01.2024 15:30 - 18:45
Friday, 02.02.2024 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 14.02.2024 15:30 - 18:45
Thursday, 15.02.2024 15:30 - 18:45
Friday, 23.02.2024 11:30 - 15:15
All relevant literature (scientific or practitioner articles) will be provided as mandatory or voluntary readings during the course via Moodle to help you deepen your knowledge on the topics discussed in class.
  • Lectures
  • Casestudies
  • Video project
  • Guest lectures
Your grade will be compiled of two group grades (case study pass-or-fail; video project, 60%) and one individual grade (take-home assignment, 40%).
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