The Ethical Fashion Initiative a flagship programme of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and of the World Trade Organization. He has built a more responsible and sustainable fashion industry by transforming it into a vehicle of poverty reduction and of empowerment of women, throughout the developing world.
The Ethical Fashion Initiative enables artisans who live in marginalised conditions in in three regions to become regular suppliers of international fashion and lifestyle brands, thus reducing poverty and empowering large numbers of women artisans: in Burkina Faso, Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda in Africa; in Haiti in the Caribbean; in Afghanistan and Nepal in Asia. He has also created a training centre for African migrants and refugees in Italy and is now engaged in a large project aimed at addressing the root causes of migration to Europe from Africa. Many international brands including Brother Vellies, Camper, Chan Luu, Edun, Mimco and others work with the Ethical Fashion Initiative.
Mr. Cipriani previously worked in Ethiopia and Kenya where he managed another UN-led intervention aimed at improving the national leather industry. He designed and managed development cooperation projects in Indonesia, India, Vietnam, China, Tunisia and Bangladesh.