Manchester Fashion Institute (MFI) of the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) organised a virtual roundtable discussion on “Sustainable Fashion and Textile Production Framework and its implementation in Bangladesh” on 9 August 2021 from the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) project it is implementing in Bangladesh in collaboration with Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) and BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT). Dr. Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem, a digital fashion expert from MFI and the principal investigator of the GCRF project, presented a new framework of sustainable fashion and textile production at the beginning the virtual event. The framework is developed through the research activities jointly carried out by a group of researchers from MMU, BUTEX and BUFT. Representatives from the international fashion retailers Decathlon, Next and M&S and experts from UNIDO and ILO participated in the virtual roundtable as panel discussants and made critique on the I-A-E (Identify – Act – Evaluate) framework presented by Dr. Sayem and made recommendations on the pathways of implementing it in Bangladesh. Mr. Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun MP, Hon’ble Minister of the Ministry of Industries, Government of Bangladesh graced the occasion with his presence and valuable speech as the Chief guest of the event.
GCRF is the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) that supports cutting-edge research works to address the challenges faced by developing countries. It focuses on the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The GCRF project led by Dr. Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem is bult upon the UN SDGs 9 and 12. The project aims to build research capacity in zero-waste apparel production and material sustainability in Bangladesh. The principal investigator Dr. Sayem and the co-investigator Dr. Haider from MMU provided research skill training to a pool of early career researchers (ECRs) from BUTEX and BUFT and a small group of industry professionals. MMU has sponsored licenses of advanced 3D computer aided design (CAD) and life cycle analysis (LCA) software systems to BUTEX and BUFT to strengthen their research capacity. Further details of the project can be obtained from the principal investigator Dr. Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem through email at firstname.lastname@example.org .