June 17, 2024

Organisations Partner To Boost Indian Apparels Sustainability

SU.RE (Sustainable Resolution) has partnered with the British Council to launch a new project aimed at transforming India’s apparel sector and will run from May to October 2024.

This collaboration, which engages key SU.RE signatories with the UK’s New Landscape programme, marks a pivotal step towards fostering sustainable practices and innovation in fashion.

The SU.RE initiative is a joint effort by Reliance Brands, the UN, Textiles Ministry, and Clothing Manufacturers Association of India and is India’s largest voluntary commitment to fashion sustainability.

With 16 major brands as initial signatories, SU.RE aims to transition the Indian apparel industry to sustainable supply chains by 2030.

This project, structured in three comprehensive phases, is designed to guide and support SU.RE signatories through mentorship sessions, the development of actionable plans, and tackling challenges such as consumer perception and stakeholder alignment.

In the first phase, SU.RE delegates participated in a UK Study Tour where they connected with notable figures such as designer Christopher Raeburn and Harriet Vocking, CEO of Eco-Age.

The delegation also interacted with the British Fashion Council’s Institute of Positive Fashion and grantees from the New Landscapes programme, led by the University of Arts London’s Fashion, Textiles, and Technology Institute (FTTI) in partnership with the British Council.

The delegation then attended the Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where they co-hosted a leadership roundtable titled “Building Circular Systems for India” with Global Fashion Agenda.

This executive-level roundtable, supported by the British Council, aimed to align an actionable roadmap for integrating sustainability in the Indian fashion industry.

The SU.RE delegation included Ashish Katariya, CEO of Peppermint; Darshana Gajare, Head of Sustainability at Reliance Brands Limited and Sanjay Vakharia, CEO of Spykar.

Others included Naveen Sainani, Jt. Hon. Gen. Secretary of CMAI; Radhika Kaul Batra, Chief of Staff at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and Ruchira Das, Director-Arts India at the British Council.

Sanjay Rastogi, Head of New Business, ESG & Leadership at TATA Trent was also a part of the delegation.

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