Our Funders & Partners
‘The Centre for Sustainable Fashion is a trailblazer, helping all of us to a better understanding of why the pursuit of sustainability must be on par with the pursuit of business building and design innovation’.
Caryn Franklin, fashion broadcaster and commentator, ambassador for the CSF
At the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, we believe collaboration is key to our success. We couldn’t have achieved half of what we have done without the support and funding of the following individuals and organisations.
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European Regional Development Fund & Newham College
Our Business Support programme has been funded and supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Newham College to nurture London fashion designers to grow in a sustainable way, contributing to a thriving London design economy.
The UK Government Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has worked with us since 2007 when the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap was launched to analyse the impact of our industry. We have since offered significant contribution to the Roadmap and the resulting Sustainable Clothing Action Plan by being and active member of the steering group and being cited as the lead provider of sustainable fashion education, research and business support in the UK. Defra also financed the Shared Talent India project through the UK:India Sustainable Dialogue Development fund, to offer deep understanding and promotion of Indian sustainable textiles for fashion designers.
Acknowledging the quality and importance of the UK creative industry, Creative Connexions is a UK Government funded initiative that seeks to motivate creative businesses to connect to business opportunities in the rapidly growing markets in China and India. Creative Connexions have supported Shared Talent India and the Fashioning the Future Awards.
Forum for the Future
In 2009, we worked with Forum for the Future and the MA Fashion & the Environment students on the Fashion Futures initiative. Fashion Futures presents four vivid scenarios of the world of 2025 and the role of the fashion industry, helping companies around the globe navigate the ever-changing challenge of developing sustainable business. The report contains illustrations developed by the MA students of fashion product and service solutions that would flourish in 2025.
Chairman of the British Fashion Council, owner of Jaeger and Aquascutum, and London College of Fashion alumnus Harold Tillman has been a great support to the work of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, as a regular sponsor of the Fashioning the Future Awards and advocate of our practices.
‘The Centre for Sustainable Fashion offers a platform of expertise, insight and innovation that will affect change in the way that we work.’
Higher Education Academy
We have worked with the Higher Education Academy since 2008, when we were commissioned to research and write the report Volume 4.0: Green Collar Graduates for the Fashion Industry. We are currently delivering a further project for the HEA for Art, Design and Media under the theme of education for sustainable development, working with three undergraduate courses at London College of Fashion to develop toolkits for teaching sustainability in fashion.
Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey
Since meeting in 2009, the CSF and Baroness Young quickly established a rapport of shared goals and energy focusing on the promotion of ethical fashion at a parliamentary level. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ethical Fashion held its preliminary meeting in 2009 and we were proud to be announced as the secretariat. We will continue to develop activities for the APPG in 2010, bringing together a mix of industry innovators and politicians to further debate the issues.