Impact fashion design is a process intended to maximize positive impacts of fashion products, services, policies and the fashion industry as a whole.

Individual impact design processes are »tailor-made« depending on the goals and stakeholders involved. To design such processes more structured and assure impact maximization, we developed a tool,»10 + 1 Impact Methodology«, including 10+1 fields with 40 impact groups (each area has 4) and 60 different indicators.

Abbreviations used:
ImpFa – Impact Fashion
ImpFaP – Impact Fashion product
ImpFa producer – Impact Fashion producer
ImpFaB – Impact Fashion Buyer

1 QUALITY (QUALITY) ImpFaP are high-quality products.
1.1Legal compliance (registered activity, permits, contracts, respect for intelectual property etc.) for production.
1.2ImpFaP is data based developed and produced. Production is supported by academic and research sector (including “fashion clinics” with participation of students), technologies are used in an effective way.
1.3The ImpFaP is a safe product. It is developed and produced by qualified personal, risk minimisation measures are effective (production and product impact on health, management, dispute-settlement mechanism etc).
1.4ImpFaP uses quality materials. Reducing the production costs is not the only focus.
2SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY (RESPONSIBILITY) The ImpFaP includes measures that reduce negative impacts of fashion on society, the environment and nature as a whole.
2.1The ImpFaP includes measures and incentives to motivates the ImpFaB towards sustainable and responsible conduct, including possibilty of Impact Pledge (for example promoting activities, based on ThredUp Fashion Foot print calculator)
2.2The ImpFaP production includes measures that serve to conserve cultural, natural and society/social heritage.
2.3Society, environment and nature-friendly materials are used in the production process.
2.4The ImpFa producer is integrating and following principles of circular economy, production and use.
3LOCAL IMPACT (LOCAL IMPACT) The ImpF is integrated into the local environment and facilitates a genuine contact with the local environment and population.
3.1The local environment is involved in the development of the ImpF. Its society benefit is enhanced by implementing the ImpF in local environments.
3.2The ImpF is implemented in a partnership with local stakeholders (local supply chain, local providers of services, transport etc.). Different partnerships are encouraged (public private, cross-sectoral etc.)
3.3The ImpF includes local materials, products, local brands, local elements are integrated.
3.4ImpF producer fosters genuine interaction between the ImpB and the local environment and population.
4SOCIAL CHALLENGE (SOCIAL CHALLENGE) The ImpFaP is associated with and positively contributes to addressing a society challenge.
4.1The ImpFaP has been developed in response or as a direct contribution to addressing a local or global society challenge.
4.2The ImpFaP has been enhanced to include impactisation measures.
4.3ImpFaP use by ImpFaB is intended for or contribute to addressing a social challenge.
4.4The ImpFa producer clearly communicates society challenge story and the connection therewith with the ImpFaP.
5UNIQUE EXPERIENCE (UNIQUE EXPERIENCE) Subject to a unique recipe, the ImpFaP is a society challenge-associated unique story which contributes to a personalised experience of the ImpFaB and addressing of a society challenge.
5.1The ImpFaP is innovative with a reason (reasonable innovation).
5.2ImpFaP facilitates an authentic and personalised experience for the ImpFaB.
5.3By creating a great product and diligently combined follow up activities for ImpFaB the ImpFaP facilitates a unique experience for him.
5.4ImpFaP facilitates an informative experience that has a direct impact on the empathy of the ImpFaB towards identifying and addressing social challenges (Social Investment into ImpFaB).
6IMPACT FASHION BUYER (IF BUYER) The ImpFaP facilitates an active and efficient socially beneficial footprint of the ImpFaB and promotes a sustainable link with the social challenge.
6.1The ImpFaB has possibility to co-create the ImpFaP and their active involvement directly contributes to addressing the challenge. Their social know-how footprint (Impact Sourcing) and/or active involvement in work or activities (campaigns, volunteer work) is/are preferred.
6.2The ImpFaB is empowered to identify and address local challenges (Impact Catching) and to contribute to public recognition of social challenges via their social networks (Impact Network).
6.3The ImpFaB is given the opportunity to provide various types of financial assistance (donations, crowdfunding, Impact Investment) or provide assistance in other types of support (HR recruitment) that help address the society challenge.
6.4The ImpFaP has been designed in a way that it empowers the ImpFaB to establish a sustainable association with the local environment or society challenge (social network, membership, another purchase, etc.).
7INCLUSION AND ACCESSIBILITY (ACCESSIBILITY)ImpFa pays special attention to and facilitates the inclusion and accessibility of vulnerable groups or individuals.
7.1The development and use of the ImpFaP includes vulnerable groups or individuals (*definition provided in the appendix).
7.2The ImpFaP is specifically intended for and tailored to vulnerable groups/individuals and contributes to addressing challenges associated therewith.
7.3The use of the ImpFaP facilitate accessible inclusion of vulnerable groups/individuals (facilities, transportation, performance of activities, etc.).
7.4The ImpFaP includes incentives and measures that promote the participation of vulnerable groups/individuals in the ImpFa (such as discounts, favourable conditions, etc.).
8SOCIAL AND FAIR ECONOMY (SOCIAL ECONOMY) The ImpFa producer is organised and produces in a way that contributes to the objectives of social economy and fair trade.
8.1ImpFa producer assures for all employees, co-workers and partners stimulative and fair conditions for their work and develops concrete measures to maximise positive impact of ImpFa also for them, including gender equality and other personal circumstances. Qualifications, knowledge and skills are promoted.
8.2The ImpFaP is not intended solely to generate financial profits, but its prices and consumption of excess funds reflect a fair balance between social, environmental and financial objectives. Conditions (prices, payment deadlines, % of mark ups etc) support weaker partners in production and sale chain. Price policy can stimulate products with impact (Impact Tax).
8.3The ImpFaP is designed and offered on the market under the provisions of fair trade (such as the 10 principles of WFTO).
8.4The ImpFaP spends one part of the profit for generally beneficial purposes (individually or as part of the Impact Fashion Index – IFI platform)
9IMPACT MANAGEMENT (IMPACT MANAGEMENT) By empowering stakeholders, the ImpFa producer efficiently manages impacts and communicates them to the public.
9.1The provider has developed indicators and methods for the impact management of the ImpFa. Digitalisation tools (data management etc.) are used in an efficient way.
9.2The provider involves the bussines partners, ImpFaB, local population and other involved stakeholders in the management process.
9.3The ImpFa producer clearly communicates the society impact of the ImpFa in their communications.
9.4The provider provides the required data for presenting data and is included into the Impact Fashion Index – IFI community.
10VERIFICATION (VERIFICATION) The ImpFa producer or ImpFaP are included in various schemes that verify relevant indicators for achieving society impacts.
10.1The ImpFa producer has adopted its own sets of rules (declarations, codes, etc.) that contribute to sustainable conduct, nature conservation, achieving social and society impacts, quality, fair trade, etc.
10.2The ImpFa provider or the ImpFaP is included in various local or global certification schemes associated with sustainable conduct, environmental protection, nature conservation, “green” schemes, circular economy etc.
10.3The ImpFa producer or ImpFaP are included in various local or global certification schemes that assess social and society impacts (ISO social responsibility, Social Value, corporate social responsibility schemes etc.).
10.4The ImpFa producer or ImpFaP are included in other schemes contributing to positive society impact, such as various local and global quality assurance schemes, local brands, granting patents, etc.
10+1BEYOND THE HORIZON (HORIZON) The ImpFa producer acts in other innovative and efficient manners that significantly contribute to the society impacts of its activities and use of produced ImpFaP.
11.1The ImpFa producer or the ImpFaP contributes to the society impact or addressing of a society challenge in other efficient ways and empowers the ImpFa to contribute thereto in their own way (MyWayImpact).


IFI sum / 11

To visualise our impact management 10 + 1 impact fields, we use Impact Fashion Index (IFI).
Impacts of each field we mark with 0 (no effect), ½ (some effect) or 1 (effect).
IFI score is a sum of all impact fields (maximum is 11).


IFI 1Quality1/2
IFI 2Sustainability1/2
IFI 3Local impact1
IFI 4Social challenge1
IFI 5Unique experience1
IFI 6Impact fashion buyer1
IFI 7Inclusion and accessibility1
IFI 8Social and fair economy1
IFI 9Impact management1
IFI 10Verification   1/2
IFI 11Beyond the Horizon0

WOOD BELT IFI 8,5 / 11