Sustainable Fashion Business Showcase: Innovate UK Global Expert Mission with India

03 August 2021

KTN Global Alliance in strategic partnership with Innovate UKUKRI Indiaand the Department for International Trade (DIT) will host a virtual Sustainable Fashion Global Expert Mission with India on 3 August 2021. Details for the event are below, or you can visit the official event page here.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has calculated the fashion industry produces 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions every year and it is estimated to use around 1.5 trillion litres of water annually.

In the UK, we buy more clothes per capita than any country in Europe and around 300,000 tonnes of used clothes are burned or buried in landfill each year. However, progress is already being made to combat these negative environmental impacts, with both larger companies phasing in ethical and environmentally responsible collections, and SMEs developing equally innovative disruptive solutions.

Addressing sustainability challenges in the fashion industry requires a global dialogue on how to encourage long-term transformations. In August 2021, Innovate UK and KTN Global Alliance, working closely with UKRI India and the Department for International Trade (DIT), will deliver a virtual Global Expert Mission to better understand the sustainable fashion landscape in India and help benchmark against UK capability. Scheduled to align with and feed into discussions at the most senior level, this Global Expert Mission will be a unique opportunity to explore the potential for collaborations between Britain, a fashion design leader, and India, an international textile and garment manufacturer, which will address environmental challenges, as well as socio-economically benefitting both nations.

As part of this Global Expert Mission, we invite you to join us for an open-audience session showcasing companies in both countries leading in this sector. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Presentations and conversations will span four challenge areas:

  • Digitisation to address sustainability
  • Sustainability supply chain and end-of-life solutions
  • Inspiration from tradition
  • Policy

We look forward to seeing you online!

Confirmed speakers to date include 

Draft Programme Agenda 

09.30 – 09.35 – Housekeeping, KTN
09.35 – 09.45 – Welcome, UK Research and Innovation
09.45 – 09.50 – Key Note(s), TBC
09.50 – 10.00 – Overview of UK Sustainable Fashion Landscape, Caroline Rush CBE, British Fashion Council
10.00 – 10.10 – Overview of India Sustainable Fashion Landscape, Jaspreet Chandok, RISE
10.10 – 10.20 – UK Presentation 1, Karinna Nobbs, The Dematerialised
10.20 – 10.30 – India Presentation 1, Samikska Bajaj, Samshek
10.30 – 10.40 – UK Presentation 2, Simon Platts, ASOS
10.40 – 10.50 – India Presentation 2, Kriti Tula, Doodlage
10.50 – 11.00 – UK Presentation 3, Claire Bergkamp, Textile Exchange
11.00 – 11.10 – India Presentation 3, Aanchal Saini, Flyrobe
11.10 – 12.10 – Q&A/Panel discussion, KTN
12.10 – 12.15 – Wrap up and close, Innovate UK