The last edition of the Italian Fashion Chamber CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards took place in Milan at Teatro Alla Scala, at the closing of the last edition of the last edition of Milan Fashion Week.
Within the event, 14 most virtuous international enterprises, brands and personalities were awarded for their commitment to the sustainable cause by an international jury presided by Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Among others, OTB Foundation, OTB Group's non-profit organisation, received the "Philanthropy and Society Award", and the Italian Sease sportswear brand, received The Woolmark Company Award for Innovation.
Founded in 2008, OTB Group's nonprofit organization has invested in more than 300 projects with a concrete impact on the lives of more than 300 thousand people.
The jury honored the work of OTB Foundation and its commitment to sustainable development, inclusiveness and combating social inequality.
OTB Foundation was awarded the "Philanthropy and Society Award" at the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards 2022 ceremony.
The prestigious jury of the award gave this award recognizing the Foudation's untiring work and concrete help, its ongoing commitment to the benefit of women and children in need, as well as in the management of international emergencies.
"The Foundation operates following Renzo's vision of corporate responsibility. We are active in different areas, and it is difficult to choose whom to prioritize, but especially in this particular historical moment we cannot but talk about women: women who are killed, discriminated against and who do not see their basic rights respected. Fashion exists not only to make them more beautiful, but also to help them, protect them and guarantee them equal opportunities," said Arianna Alessi, vice president, OTB Foundation.
Among other recognisements, the Woolmark Company Award is a recognisement by The Woolmark Company, partner in the event and member of the Advisory Committee, collaborating with the Camera Della Moda on the Sustainability Fashion Awards and assisting in the search for sustainable innovations in wool.
Sease makes durable, high-performance garments as part of ethical and sustainable projects while minimizing the environmental impact of the supply chain without compromising quality and style through the use of Merino wool.
Franco Loro Piana, CEO and founder, Sease, commented, "We are happy for this prestigious recognition that gratifies Sease's commitment to creating value while respecting our planet. With Sease, the family's commitment to research and innovation in natural fibers continues, creating a contemporary performance and functional wardrobe capable of adapting to the lifestyle of new consumers."
Albini Group was also honored with a recognisement within this initiative. It is The Groundbreaker Award, an award aimed at companies that are committed to finding innovative solutions to sustainably manage critical issues in the fashion industry.
Albini was awarded for the development of the Grounded Indigo, an innovative sustainable dyeing project developed by Albini_Next innovation hub in collaboration with Stony Creek Colors manufacturer the world's only 100% BioPreferred indigo used to dye Albini's Biofusion cotton yarns.
"The fashion supply chain is incredibly intertwined, and collaboration is critical for innovation to happen at the pace needed to address today's environmental crises," sais Sarah Bellos, CEO, Stony Creek Colors. "Building on research with Albini_Next on a yarn dyeing process, Stony Creek Colors' natural indigo dyes and Albini's traceable organic cotton fabrics demonstrate that brands and consumers don't have to sacrifice quality and style while implementing renewable, climate-friendly solutions."
Among other recipients of the Awards there were:
The Oceans Award: Sea Beyond by Prada Group
The Climate Action Award: La Soledad x Gucci
The Social Impact Award: ARA Lumiere
The Human Rights Award: Dr. Rubana Huq
The Bicester Collection Award for Emerging Designers: NKWO
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Award for Circular Economy: Timberloop Treccker by Timberland
The Biodiversity Conservation Award: Oasi Zegna
The Craft & Italian Artisanship Award: Bottega for Bottegas by Bottega Veneta
The Visionary Award: Giorgio Armani