Li & Fung

If you look in the mirror, you’ll probably see clothes, accessories, or beauty products that were made in the Li & Fung factory network. Li & Fung brokers production agreements between major brands and the Asia manufacturing base. The company sees MIT and LGO as key collaborators in its journey to increase sustainable practices across its production network. LGO students interested in sustainable manufacturing, the garmet industry, and optimization, can do their internships based in Hong Kong. LGO interns travel to production sites across southeast Asia. Past projects have initiatited change in a supply chain that touches virtually every consumer. LGO internships at Li & Fung benefit from the advice of MIT faculty including world-renowned supply chain expert Charlie Fine and engineering design authority Maria Yang.

Li & Fung recruits LGO graduates who are interested in Southeast Asia’s manufacturing economy. The company places LGO graduates into strategic management and leadership roles based in Hong Kong with travel throughout Asia.

Internships & Research

Number of internships with LGO: 11
Research topics: Supply Chain and Sustainability
Impact: Li & Fung uses its LGO internships to help develop and implement its Index for Sustainable Sourcing (LFIS) across the company’s massive supply chain. These analytics-driven projects have contributed to internal factory bench-marking and scorecard tools, leading to increased productivity and upgraded conditions for contracted workers and their communities. Future internships will explore how emerging market factories can use new technologies such as 3D printing and cloud computing to increase competitiveness, and how data analytics can increase visibility into global sourcing decisions.

Recent Internships

Jonathan Prout (LGO ’16)

Location: Hong Kong with travel in Asia
Research topic: Supply Chain and Data Analytics
John’s internship project used data from vendors to improve sourcing decisions. Working in the beauty products division, John collected data from 39 bag factories and created a performance analytics model that fed into a new vendor engagement process. The project helped Li & Fung identify how to develop their factory bench-marking approach.

Zachary Stauber (LGO ’17)

Location: Hong Kong with travel in Asia
Research topic: Data Analytics
Zachary’s project gave Li & Fung greater visibility into manufacturing technology adoption across their production network. Using existing audit data and a new survey, Zachary identified which technology adoption pathways correlated with improved performance. He also piloted the use of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) system at a Li & Fung-owned bottling factory, implementing several changes which helped reduce the impact of machine downtime on overall performance.