Evaluation Criteria for Curated Content

Protect the environment through societal development

The Celebrate section highlights the sustainability efforts of startups, social enterprises or individuals whose solutions or business models have a significant societal impact in addition to the environmental impact.

In order to curate a list of such unique, booming companies, a strict internal assessment process based on critical parameters was carried out. This is to provide the relevant stakeholder, a value added service, while also shedding light on such emerging, yet unknown companies who offer a holistic approach for the upliftment of rural textile community.

This section provides details on those parameters and their importance.

Selection criteria

The assessment methodology is designed to evaluate the companies against six criteria grouped under four themes - celebration worthiness, level of impact, replicability and uniqueness. The six criteria include

  1. Celebration worthiness of the solution provider
  2. Celebration worthiness of the beneficiary
  3. Level of impact on the environment
  4. Level of impact on the society
  5. Replicability
  6. Uniqueness

Celebration worthiness of the solution provider

This section is aimed at determining the quality of solutions as well as the nature of companies or individuals offering them. This section is composed of two criteria - celebration worthiness of the solution provider and celebration worthiness of the beneficiary.

  • Celebration worthiness of the solution provider: This refers to the nature or background of the company or an individual who has been motivated by real-life experiences to offer the services for the upliftment of a society or a community related to textile industries.
  • While many prominent companies are working towards sustainable solutions with a high societal impact as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility activity, the measures taken by an individual or group of volunteers in a socially underdeveloped region could have a higher advantage and be worthy of celebration among like minded stakeholders.

  • Celebration worthiness of the beneficiary: This refers to the nature of the end users or communities who get benefited by the above solutions. Societal impact doesn’t mean just the services offered to well-educated or settled people who can manage their livelihoods or have access to related high end markets. It is rather the services offered for the underprivileged, tribal people who face several challenges in their daily lives to meet their livelihoods.
  • While these people would be experts in traditional, sustainable textile related designs and/or production methods, access to the modern markets as well as advanced technical skills to adapt to latest technologies are practically not feasible. Further, these people also lack access to basic amenities of life such as educational, medical facilities, employment opportunities etc.

    Thus services offered by the companies oriented to meet the needs of such rural people would require a higher importance.

    Apart from the above mentioned people, the beneficiary would also include rural women in empowering their lives as women play a major role in the upliftment of a society.

    Level of impact

    This section refers to the extent of impact the solution has on the environment and society thus comprising two criteria.

  • Level of impact on the environment: With increasing concerns over industrial activities, in particular the textile industry, contributing to climate change, several leading brands are shifting their trends towards sustainable technology adoption. Thus the solutions offered by these companies should integrate fair trade and sustainable production measures across the value chain and measures for ecosystem preservation to create a positive environmental impact. The higher the positive impact through diverse sustainable approaches, the more the added advantage for those companies.
  • Level of impact on the society: As discussed above,societal impact is the major selection criteria to be considered while evaluating these companies. Thus companies providing a holistic solution to the upliftment of the community or society would have an added advantage compared to those offering solutions to select needs.
  • Replicability

    This section refers to the extent of replicability of the model or solution for adoption on a global scale. Solutions with minimal technical complexities and feasible economics will be easily replicated by entrepreneurs or large brands through synergistic partnerships, thus enabling a massive positive impact on the textile sector.

  • Level of impact on the society: As discussed above,societal impact is the major selection criteria to be considered while evaluating these companies. Thus companies providing a holistic solution to the upliftment of the community or society would have an added advantage compared to those offering solutions to select needs.
  • Uniqueness

    Finally, the solution or concept developed by these companies should be unique in any of the following aspects - raw materials, business models, nature of beneficiary, nature of societal impacts and more. Companies who offer novel solutions to unique challenges faced in the textile sector and related societies would be more likely to be prominent compared to others who offer same or closely related solutions.

    Get focussed intelligence on how others have reduced their carbon footprint

    The Carbon Focus section at E2Expo provides high quality resources on carbon footprint reduction efforts by diverse companies and organizations in the textile & apparel industry.

    While curating a list of such efforts, we have used an internal assessment framework with each resource evaluated on key parameters to ensure that readers get to know about efforts that are not just relevant and are of high quality, but are also actionable

    Here are the parameters used to evaluate each resource that was added to this section.

    Selection criteria

    The assessment methodology is designed to evaluate the efforts on five criteria:

    1. Relevance
    2. Readiness
    3. Depth
    4. Authenticity
    5. Recent

    Relevance

    An effort to reduce carbon footprint might be an excellent one, but how relevant is it to the textile industry and its stakeholders? That is the question that this evaluation parameter addresses.

    We rate every effort on its relevance, based on the number of textile industry stakeholders who could benefit from it - the more the number of stakeholders who could benefit, the higher is the rating on this parameter.

    Readiness

    An effort for reducing CO2 or other greenhouse gases might have good potential, but does it have the potential in the short or medium term (within 5 years)?

    Evaluating an effort on the above parameter enables us to identify those that are market ready so other industry stakeholders can deploy right away. This criterion does such an evaluation by providing a high rating to those efforts that can be implemented right now or in the near future.

    Depth

    It is important that the resources we curate about specific CO2 mitigation projects provide enough intelligence about that effort.

    While the first two parameters evaluated the effort or project per se - in terms of its relevance and readiness - this parameter evaluates how well such an effort has been detailed in the resource depth and breadth.

    A carbon footprint reduction effort might be a significant one, but unless enough details about it are provided, it does not benefit a reader who is keen on learning from it and taking back important points.

    Our evaluation of every resource for depth and details ensures that this need is taken care of.

    Authenticity

    We are keen that every resource we refer to is from a good quality source - whether the source is the author or organization of the resource, or the publication or media on which it is carried.

    In addition, we also wish to ensure that the details or analyses in the report are provided in a professional manner.

    Under Authenticity, we thus evaluate each resource on the above parameters - the source quality and the professional style in which it is presented.

    Recent

    The sustainability projects and efforts curated by us should not be too old.

    Our evaluation of each resource for its timeline takes into account the time of the effort/content in question (for instance, it could be 2017 when a carbon footprint reduction project was implemented) and the time of its publication (which could be in 2020).

    Typically, at the time of evaluation, we wish to ensure that neither of the above is more than five years old.

    Get effective intelligence on a range of sustainability project implementations across the textile industry value chain

    The Solutions@Work section at E2Expo provides high quality resources on sustainability projects and efforts along the entire textile & apparel industry value chain.

    While curating a list of such efforts, we have used an internal assessment framework to evaluate each resource evaluated on key parameters to ensure that readers get to know about efforts that are not just relevant and are of high quality, but are also actionable.

    Here are the parameters used to evaluate each resource that was added to this section.

    Selection criteria

    The assessment methodology is designed to evaluate the efforts on six criteria:

    1. Relevance
    2. Readiness
    3. Depth
    4. Authenticity
    5. Recent

    Relevance

    A sustainability project might be an effective and impactful one, but how relevant is it to the textile industry and its stakeholders? That is the question that this evaluation parameter addresses.

    We rate each project or sustainability effort on its relevance based on the number of textile industry stakeholders who could benefit from it - the more the number of stakeholders who could benefit, the higher is the rating on this parameter.

    Readiness

    An effort for enhancing sustainability in a part of the textile industry value chain might have good potential, but does it have the potential in the short or medium term (within 5 years)?

    Evaluating an effort on the above parameter enables us to identify those that are market ready so other industry stakeholders can deploy right away.

    Depth

    It is important that we provide readers with resources which provide enough intelligence about an effort.

    While the first two parameters evaluated the effort or project per se - in terms of its relevance of readiness - this parameter evaluates how well such project or solution has been detailed in depth and breadth.

    A textile industry sustainability effort might be a significant one, but unless enough details about it are provided, it does not benefit the reader keen on learning from it and taking back important points. Our evaluation of each resource for depth and details ensures that this need is taken care of.

    Authenticity

    We are keen that every resource we refer to is from a good quality source - whether the source is the author or organization of the resource, or the publication or media on which it is carried.

    In addition, we also wish to ensure that the details or analyses in the report are provided in a professional manner.

    Under Authenticity, we thus evaluate each resource on the above parameters - the source quality and the professional style in which it is presented.

    Recent

    The sustainability projects and efforts curated by us should not be too old.

    Our evaluation of each effort for its timeline takes into account the time of the effort/content in question (for instance, it could be 2017 when a project was implemented) and the time of its publication (which could be in 2020).

    Typically, at the time of evaluation, we wish to ensure that neither of the above is more than five years old.

    Insights on textile industry sustainability for the top management by their industry peers

    The Top View section at E2Expo provides sustainability perspectives and insights from top and senior management in the textile, apparel and fashion industries.

    There’s a lot going on in sustainability efforts and strategies at the top management level of the global textile industry. In this section, we curate content where details of such efforts are shared by the corporate or by their top management. Other senior management professionals in the textile industry can richly benefit from these perspectives shared by their peers.

    Given that senior professionals will have limited time owing to their hectic schedules, it is important that such a curated list has gone through a detailed evaluation. Here are the parameters used to evaluate each resource that was added to this section.

    Selection criteria

    The assessment methodology was designed to evaluate the resources on six criteria

    1. The Who
    2. Depth of content
    3. Sustainability impact of insights
    4. Format of content
    5. Geographical scope
    6. Quality of source

    The Who

    Most of the resources in this section feature top management personalities sharing their insights and perspectives, and in some cases, such insights could be from management consultant firms and organizations.

    In order to maintain a significant emphasis on top and senior management, every resource is evaluated for seniority of the professional whose perspectives or insights are captured in the resource.

    Depth of content

    To align itself with the limited time top management professionals have for reading, most resources in this section will be only a few pages long (4-5 pages at most). At the same time, we evaluate each piece of content to ensure that there is enough intelligence shared on important perspectives.

    Sustainability impact of insights

    Every item is also evaluated to ensure that a large portion of the perspectives and insights shared could have a significant impact on textile industry sustainability.

    Format of content

    For this section, we prefer resources that are either interviews or derived from interviews of top management professionals.

    The reason is that interviews have the ability to capture critical insights and thoughts from top professionals, and interviews are also easy to read for other senior industry professionals.

    Geographical scope

    Resources provided in this section are also evaluated for the geographical scope that they are relevant for. We typically look for resources which have at least a national level (for prominent nations) scope and relevance, preferably international.

    Quality of source

    Most resources that are curated and selected for this section will be from leading news resources, prominent business media or reputed corporates and consulting firms.

    Get to know of sustainable innovations with impact in textiles & apparel

    The Innovations section at E2Expo provides high quality resources on innovative products, solutions and efforts along the entire textile & apparel industry value chain.

    While curating a list of such efforts, we have used an assessment framework with each resource evaluated on key parameters to ensure that readers get to know about innovations that are not just high quality, but are also actionable.

    Here are the parameters used to evaluate each resource that was added to this section.

    Selection criteria

    The assessment methodology is designed to evaluate the efforts on five criteria:

    1. Stage of innovation
    2. Specificity of innovation
    3. Clarity of benefits
    4. Background of the innovator
    5. Impact potential for the innovation

    Stage of innovation<

    A sustainability project might be an effective and impactful one, but how ready is it for the marketplace? That is the question that this evaluation parameter addresses.

    We rate each innovation based on the stage of innovation. An innovation could be at a very early stage (say, lab research) or at an advanced stage (early market commercialization) or at stages in between (pilot, early commercialization etc.,).

    We typically select only those innovations that are at least at a pilot stage, in order to ensure that such an innovation can have a market impact in the near future or medium term (within next five years).

    Specificity of innovation

    Innovations that are able to clearly define end-users or market segments have a much higher potential for adoption and success.

    With this in mind, we rate each innovation for its specificity - the more specific it is about its target segment, the higher its rating.

    Clarity of benefits

    The third evaluation criterion we use has to do with benefits from an innovation. Similar to earlier criterion on target segments, this criterion evaluates how clearly and specifically the innovation has defined its benefits.

    The more clear and specific the benefits of an innovation, the higher the likelihood of its success in the marketplace.

    Background of the innovator

    While innovation can come from anyone in theory, in practice, most industry-ready innovations require the innovator to have at least a certain degree of background and acquaintance with the subject of his/her innovation.

    While it is not an elimination criterion in our evaluation, the innovator having a strong background in his/her field of innovation is regarded as a plus.

    Impact potential for the innovation

    Finally, we evaluate each innovation for the potential it has to make an impact on the sustainability of the textile/fashion industry. We are keen that the innovations we include here are not just exciting, but also are effective.