Carbon Literacy Training

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Join us for the only carbon literacy course designed specifically for those working in fashion and retail. Here you will gain the knowledge and tools to translate sustainability into action whatever your role or organisation.

"The course was so interesting and I felt like it gave me the confidence and tools to handle any future project carbon related (we're currently going through a B Corp application and this is going to be a big help for me!)."

The course runs online over two sessions (8 hours total) and is led by experienced sustainable fashion practitioners. It is engaging, interactive, designed to be highly participative with lots of useful tools and a lot of fun! It is a unique opportunity to not only enhance your understanding of sustainability in fashion but also to become an active participant in shaping a greener future for the industry.

As part of the course you will be required to make two pledges — an individual action pledge and a team-based action pledge to embed your learning and action to qualify for certification.

Three Options

Individuals – 8 hours of online learning split over two weekday mornings.

Organisations – Full day of training at a location in London for teams.

Working with your organisation to achive Carbon Literate organisation status (bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels). Please enquire for further details and pricing.


Facilitated by Safia Minney MBE (Founder, Fashion Declares/REAL Sustainability) and/or Debbie Luffman (Director, ThinkCircular; former Product Director, Finisterre).

Cost per person

£175 Medium or large businesses/organisation

£125 Small business/Charity/Not-for-profit/Academia

£95 Independent Practitioners/Students

Next training courses


Friday 20th and Friday 27th September, 9:00 – 13:00


Friday 18th and Friday 25th October, 9:00 – 13:00



Friday 22nd and Friday 29th November, 9:00 – 13:00

"Brilliant to meet so many change makers in the fashion industry, earning carbon literacy certification is a bonus."

Course Outcomes

In-Depth Understanding of Climate Change: Delve into the relationship between climate change and the fashion industry. Learn not just about the challenges, but also about actionable solutions and strategies to address them.

Practical Skills for Sustainable Action: Acquire practical skills and knowledge for reducing carbon footprints both individually and professionally. This includes understanding major trends and how to effectively implement sustainable practices within your organisation.

Empowerment to Lead Change: Equip yourself to be a leader in sustainability within your role, whether you are a designer, buyer, merchandiser, or involved in logistics, marketing, or finance. Gain insights on how to integrate sustainable practices into various aspects of the fashion industry.

Actionable Plans for Real Impact: Develop actionable plans and pledges to implement sustainability from your role and within your organisation. Engage in interactive sessions that encourage you to apply what you’ve learned in meaningful ways.

Networking and Collaboration Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals and build a network of peers committed to sustainable fashion. Collaborate and share ideas for a collective impact.

Certification in Carbon Literacy: Earn a certification in Carbon Literacy, affirming your commitment and knowledge in this crucial area. Use this certification to enhance your credibility and influence within the sustainable fashion sector.

Who is it for?

You do not need to have prior sustainability experience, although two hours of homework will be required before the course starts. We do advise that you are working in fashion or fashion retail as the course contents is tailored for this audience. If you are a designer, buyer, merchandiser, work in logistics, marketing, finance or retail this course will start your journey in decarbonising your role and organisation and leading genuine sustainability action. Students studying fashion will also find this course highly engaging.



Climate change – the basics

Fashion – the impact

Action not despair – solutions


Carbon footprint – overview

Beyond GHG emissions – planetary boundaries

Organisational risks & opportunities


How to reduce fashion’s carbon footprint -getting technical

Learning from case studies

Baseline assessment – carbon reduction


Communicating climate change in your organisation & amongst stakeholders

Building a climate action plan

Pledges – mapping actions individually and in the wider context of your role.

To receive certification you are required to attend 8 hours of training and complete 2 significant pledges.

Next Training

September 2024

Two day online course leading to carbon literacy certification. 

Fridays 20th and 27th of September 2024, 09:00-13:00 on both days 

You must attend both sessions in order to be able to become certified carbon literate.

"I found the course to be very informative and worked well. The working groups were an interesting way of bringing multiple areas of influence and interest to a discussion point."

“Very insightful and informative session. It was great to meet like-minded people and have purposeful conversations.”

"A brilliant course, thoroughly enjoyed the format and discussion breakout rooms. Passionate participants meant lots of valuable insights from across industries. Highly recommend."

"Brilliant to meet so many change makers in the fashion industry, earning carbon literacy certification is a bonus."

"What a great session this morning from Fashion Declares and REAL Sustainability. So much was covered, but in a way which was highly engaging and participative within the group, and the resources shared were really valuable to support driving change in the industry and taking action in our respective businesses."