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much of the fashion industry is impervious to the pressing needs of consumers in lmics. companies like h&m, zara, and gap are now offering products in lmic markets and rapidly growing into the world's largest clothing brands. h&m has recently acquired the inditex group, which owns zara, massimo dutti, bershka, stradivarius, pull&bear, and other brands. the combined company operates in more than 60 countries. h&m stated that it was opening its first store in china and plans to open 500 stores in china in the next five years [ 14 ]. though this represents a massive investment in the market, the company still lags behind local competitors in the quality of its garments and its retailing and customer service. its recent rapid growth strategy has contributed to its rapid expansion in the global marketplace. however, its supply chain is not only inefficient and expensive, it is environmentally unsustainable. h&m's rapid growth strategy relies on sourcing garments from overseas subcontractors. although h&m has a local store in china, it has global sourcing policies. the company has recently announced a new research and development center in india with plans to create 1,000 jobs in the country. indian labor costs are lower than in china, which is why h&m manufactures clothing in china and not in india.
collective impact is a new area of work that invites us to think about how a group of people (like a corporation, a city, a nation or a family) can work together to make a positive impact on the environment, social equity, and human well-being. this is a new area for both academics and practitioners. there is a growing literature on collective action in the environmental and social justice context but it is still in its infancy. i describe the basics of collective impact, the lessons learned about doing collective impact, and the challenges of using collective impact in the context of a crisis. 3d9ccd7d82